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January 18, 2010 4:20:54 PM

OKGEAR 18" SATA II cable with metal latch,UV BLUE Model GC18AUBM12 - Retail


APEVIA X-SUPRA G-Type X-SUPRAG-BL Black / Blue SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive


ASUS VW224T Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail


APEVIA ATX-AQ700W-BK 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model CT25664AA800


BIOSTAR TP45E XE LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q9400

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

MASSCOOL 8WT15-38 90mm Long life Bearing CPU Cooler

I am trying to stay under 1k without sacrificing too much performance and already have a video card so just wondering how the rest of these components rate.

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January 18, 2010 4:31:46 PM
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Badly. The LGA775 socket is dead. Biostar is a not a high performance mobo maker. WD's green series is horrible as a boot drive. Apevia doesn't make that good of PSUs.

Is that $1,000 not including the GPU? What GPU did you buy?

Assuming a $200ish GPU, here's what I would get:

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W $55 after rebates
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55
Case: HAF 922 $100 (or an Antec 300 Illusion for $60, depending on GPU size)
OS: Windows 7 $100

Total: $815.

Or if that monitor is included in the $1,000 budget:

CPU: Phenom II X4 955 $165
Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO $110
Rest is the same

Total: $700.
January 18, 2010 5:30:27 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Badly. The LGA775 socket is dead. Biostar is a not a high performance mobo maker. WD's green series is horrible as a boot drive. Apevia doesn't make that good of PSUs.

Is that $1,000 not including the GPU? What GPU did you buy?

Assuming a $200ish GPU, here's what I would get:

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W $55 after rebates
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55
Case: HAF 922 $100 (or an Antec 300 Illusion for $60, depending on GPU size)
OS: Windows 7 $100

Total: $815.

Or if that monitor is included in the $1,000 budget:

CPU: Phenom II X4 955 $165
Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO $110
Rest is the same

Total: $700.



I like this build but including os it puts me over my budget to build, the cheapest win 7 64 bit i could find was on newegg for home premium 64 bit oem for 104.99 and have a geforce 9500gt( i know its a budget card, but wasnt planning on building new this soon) that i just bought so not going to upgrade my video card yet, and was just curious as to the problem with the apevia case, i really like the look of it, thanks for the assistance.
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January 18, 2010 5:36:09 PM

It's just cheaply made.

And the builds above include the OS. I didn't even look at combos and what not. Generally, Windows is in some decent combos. I can get more specific if you let me know what you want to spend on what you still need.
January 18, 2010 5:53:03 PM

Sorry for a double post, but here's some combos to help lower the price.

For either build:
OCZ PSU with OCZ RAM for $141 after rebates. These sticks have the same specs as the G.Skill ones, but will be cheaper.

For the AMD build:
X4 955 and M4A79XTD EVO for $256 after rebate.

Total for the i5 build (with everything except GPU, monitor) $786.

Total for the AMD build (without GPU, monitor) $652
January 18, 2010 6:51:18 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Sorry for a double post, but here's some combos to help lower the price.

For either build:
OCZ PSU with OCZ RAM for $141 after rebates. These sticks have the same specs as the G.Skill ones, but will be cheaper.

For the AMD build:
X4 955 and M4A79XTD EVO for $256 after rebate.

Total for the i5 build (with everything except GPU, monitor) $786.

Total for the AMD build (without GPU, monitor) $652



After changing the cpu mobo it put me inside my budget, i have always went with intel and am curious if there are any drawbacks to going with amd or which is better?
January 18, 2010 6:54:53 PM

They're both very high quality. AMD is generally known as being better for enthusiasts and overclockers, but right now, they're dominating the lower cost market. It's mostly a budget decision now days.
January 19, 2010 2:35:33 AM

I haven't heard about that problem. From that article (page 76, right?), that was a problem with DDR2-1066, not the higher speeds of DDR3. You can use AM3 CPUs with DDR2, but you shouldn't bother doing that anymore. It appears that the problem only occurs when you use the newer CPUs in the older sockets.

The article also says a fix is planned, and that's like 8 months old. The 955 and 965 hadn't even been released then.
January 19, 2010 4:52:12 AM

well that seals the deal for me i believe, thank you for the advice and ill try to post how the system turns out
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