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January 13, 2010 7:41:19 PM

Time frame: I plan to purchase in the next 7 days.

Budget: As inexpensive as possible! But I'm prepared to spend $600-$850.

Usage (in order of importance):
1. Playing online poker.
2. Running a postgres sql database (~40GB).
3. General web and email.
4. File storage (~100GB).
5. Very light video encoding.

Parts not required:
Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred website to purchase:
None, although I would prefer to purchase from one place.

Parts preferences:
1. Multi core AMD processor. I need multi cores, but Intel is not worth the $$$ to me. I prefer quad core, but would consider three or two core processors.
2. Two hard disks in a RAID 0 configuration (for better read/write performance to my database).
3. Video card must support two monitors with digital output. However, the graphics are low intensity and not fast moving, so high end cards and SLI/Crossfire type technologies are not important to me (at least I don't think so).

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI/Crossfire: Doubtful

Monitor Resolution: Currently 1920x1080, although I may upgrade to 1920x1200.

Will plan to run Windows 7 OS.

January 13, 2010 7:48:21 PM

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January 13, 2010 8:26:33 PM

Yes, you've gone overboard on some components.

The Sunbeam cooler blocks the RAM slots on some motherboards. I would get this one instead:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $31.99

You don't need a 600W PSU for your use. A quality 500W PSU will work fine.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W PSU $59.99 - $20 MIR

The 5770 seems like overkill for your use, but if you stick with it I would go with this card to save $27 if you use promo code VGA181.

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $162.99

The RC-690 is a nice case, but you could save some money there too. The Antec 200 is a great case for the money.

Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $39.99 - $10 MIR
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January 14, 2010 12:55:53 PM

That card should work fine. You might also want to consider the ATI HD46xx series if you're just looking for a cheap GPU with dual DVI outputs.

Here's some combo deals you may find interesting:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $215.98 (AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945WFGIBOX - Retail + XFX HD-467X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail combo)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $94.98 (XFX HD-467X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail + Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail combo)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $153.99 (AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail + XFX HD-467X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail combo)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $172.98 (AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX630WFGIBOX - Retail + Antec Six Hundred Black / Silver ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail combo)
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January 14, 2010 1:04:31 PM

Thanks so much shortstuff! You just saved me probably $200. I split the difference and made a $100 donation on behalf of this forum to the American Red Cross to benefit the Haitian relief efforts.
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