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January 16, 2010 7:27:00 PM

I'm bulding a new desktop. I just wanted some opinions on my choices. Main uses are for internet, some gaming (PC Gaming Newb so don't know exactly how much just yet) and just a general future proof pc that is upgradeable in the future. Parts not needed = CD-rom, DVDRW drive, Speakers, keyboard and mouse. Goal budget $1,000 max


CASE-ANTEC THREE HUNDRED ILLUSION
http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

Graphics: EVGA GTS250 1GB
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Power supply: ENERMAX Infinit 650 Watt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4G 6M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

MEMORY: 2GBx2 OCZ OCZ3RPR16004GK 4GB total
http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...
MONITOR: ASUS LCD 23.6" 5MS VH242H FULL 1080P HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

CPU COOL: ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

Total cost: $1087.54 - $65 in mail-in rebates and 2% Bing cashback = $.26 over my $1,000 budget

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January 16, 2010 8:06:45 PM

F1 is an old drive.....F3 is current implementation.
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January 16, 2010 8:17:21 PM

Oh. Well, that drive was recommended to me by a friend. I wasn't aware of the new one although a newegg comparison shows them exactly the same except for some added features. Do you think it will make a huge difference?
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January 16, 2010 8:17:52 PM

Couple issues, you are getting a 790X which is crossfire capable and an nVidia card, if you are going to get an nVidia card dont pay extra for the crossfire board, or get the 790X and an ATI equivilent like a 4770 or 5750.

Drop the PII X4 965 down to a 955, it will save you a bit and you can increase the multiplier yourself for free. You can save $30 if you get the C2 stepping or $20 if you get the C3 which runs a bit cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Swap the cooler for the Hyper 212, its a lot cheaper and performs quite well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The F3 will cost you slightly more but performs significantly better than the F1, it has 2 500GB platters which give it the best sequential performance of any HDD as of toms last HDD roundup.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 17, 2010 7:23:53 AM

OK... So... everything I mentioned is ordered and on it's way. Sadly... I didn't find this forum early enough to find the flaws in my selections. Since it is Sunday I can make the corrections and if the price is right I can overnight the parts and build it on schedule. However, I could always wait a bit if it will make my build better. Every post was very good and I now have regrets. :(  thank you for the info. I think I will order the F3 hdd and a different vid card to suit my system better. is there anything else anyone suggests to suit my system? THANKS in advance.
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January 17, 2010 12:51:12 PM

i ould go from a x4 965 to a x4 955 and use the 30 bucks you saved on an ATI raedon 4870/4890. the gpu is a big bottleneck for that system

dont go with the 5770 unless you want to save the money, yeah its DX11, but is it really even powerful enough to let you do all the dx11 eyecandy? the 4890 is a great card, why get the bad card from the newer generation when you can get a better card from the older generationat about the same price?
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January 17, 2010 12:53:02 PM

PS dont go for the 5770 just because of eyefinity, it is not a strong enough card to support those resoultions at reasonable game settings.
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January 17, 2010 1:17:20 PM

The 5750 not so much, but the 5770 is a pretty good card. Take a look at the reviews, it handles 1680x1050 fairly well. (about the same speed as the 4870.) considering your only spending another ~$20, and gaining DX11, Eyefinity, etc, I'd go for it.
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January 17, 2010 2:42:22 PM

You're also getting a cooler-running, more efficient card with the 5770.

But yes, it may not matter if all the parts are ordered, but otherwise I agree with Hunter.
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