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AM3 build

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January 10, 2010 6:43:35 PM

Hi this is going to be my first gaming build, looking for opinions if its a good build/ how long will it last. i plan on playing whatever new games will be released at 1920x1080 resolution. ill be making my pc around feb. 1 budget around 1200-1300 with gpu.

Motherboard/cpu combo
Price: $329.99

Cpu cooler
Price: $77.89

case/psu combo
Price: $179.97

Price: $93.99

Hard drive
Price: $74.99

cd/dvd burner
Price: 35.97$
os windows 7 oem 64bit $104

total cost with shipping/tax is $989.30 i plan on buying a nvidia card when they get released will this be a good computer that will last atleast 2-3 years? also i do plan on getting another nvidia card whenever its needed for sli mode.

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January 11, 2010 11:39:42 AM

Ditch the WD HDD. The newer Samsung Spinpoint F3s (500 GB for $55 or 1 TB for $85) are cheaper (for the size) and a lot faster.

I personally think you'd be better off going with an ATI card, as it appears the new Fermis are going to run really hot, thus SLI is going to be a problem.

I also like the other HAF 922/PSU combo. It's cheaper, and the OCZ unit is high quality. It'll be $60 cheaper after rebates.
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January 11, 2010 8:41:06 PM

thanks for the info the samsung HDD does look nice, and ill switch to the first i5-750 combo as it gives me better options if fermi isnt great like the 5850. I might end up going with a different case with a corsair tx 750. but the haf combo for $99 after MIR looks like a good deal, i just wasnt sure how reliable the psu would be at the price its going for. is there anything i can do for dust filters with the haf 922? im not sure how big of a problem dust can be, but i do get a lot of dust in my current pc. the NZXT M59-001BK M59 Gaming Mid Tower Case has some nice features on it and im not sure which one to get any info on that?
January 11, 2010 11:26:45 PM

OCZ makes very reliable PSUs. Typically, Corsair, Antec Earthwatts and OCZ are the brands I stick to for PSUs.

There are dust filters available. I can't tell you how much they cost.
January 21, 2010 11:02:34 PM

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