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January 18, 2010 7:37:59 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of the Week

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming, Watching HD Movies, Surfing the Web, Playing Flash Games, Doing School Projects

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor(I would like a monitor but have a 32" LCD I'd like to hook up),

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, or other reliable sites might be considered

PARTS PREFERENCES: Not much here, but would like a case with a LCD Display for temps

OVERCLOCKING: YES?, not right at the moment but will most likely be overclocking down the line

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Most likely not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I DONT CARE! I want to hook up to my 32" LCD via HDMI cable.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Any help given to a 1st time builder would be apreciated. Also Would like a blu-ray burner. I posted a request earlier and some people gave me a list of parts but took me while to convince my dad to let me build one by then, the dea lexpired.

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January 18, 2010 8:14:52 PM

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I DONT CARE! said:
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I DONT CARE!
You actually care alot. The resolution dictates how powerful of a graphics card you need to run games smoothly. Since you have a 32" LCD, is that a TV or a monitor? I guess we will have to assume its 1080p HDTV which means 1920x1080.

What games do you play and do you want to play them at max settings, high settings or is medium ok? Whats your budget?

Or if you pasted the list of parts from the earlier posting that would help.
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January 18, 2010 8:19:09 PM

dndhatcher said:
You actually care alot. The resolution dictates how powerful of a graphics card you need to run games smoothly. Since you have a 32" LCD, is that a TV or a monitor? I guess we will have to assume its 1080p HDTV which means 1920x1080.

What games do you play and do you want to play them at max settings, high settings or is medium ok? Whats your budget?

Or if you pasted the list of parts from the earlier posting that would help.



His budget is $600 and your resolution matters a lot in picking out parts. Your LCD is either 720p or 1080p because if you could afford a 30" inch monitor I wouldn't think money would be too much of an issue. Also why do you want a blu ray burner as they cost roughly $200 and it is 1/3rd of your budget.
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January 18, 2010 8:44:25 PM

anonymousdude said:
His budget is $600 and your resolution matters a lot in picking out parts. Your LCD is either 720p or 1080p because if you could afford a 30" inch monitor I wouldn't think money would be too much of an issue. Also why do you want a blu ray burner as they cost roughly $200 and it is 1/3rd of your budget.



i meant to say I have a blu-ray burner. Yes it is a 1080p TV.
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January 18, 2010 8:44:51 PM

dndhatcher said:
You actually care alot. The resolution dictates how powerful of a graphics card you need to run games smoothly. Since you have a 32" LCD, is that a TV or a monitor? I guess we will have to assume its 1080p HDTV which means 1920x1080.

What games do you play and do you want to play them at max settings, high settings or is medium ok? Whats your budget?

Or if you pasted the list of parts from the earlier posting that would help.



ITS a 1080p TV
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January 18, 2010 8:46:09 PM

dndhatcher said:
You actually care alot. The resolution dictates how powerful of a graphics card you need to run games smoothly. Since you have a 32" LCD, is that a TV or a monitor? I guess we will have to assume its 1080p HDTV which means 1920x1080.

What games do you play and do you want to play them at max settings, high settings or is medium ok? Whats your budget?

Or if you pasted the list of parts from the earlier posting that would help.



He they are:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...
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January 18, 2010 8:46:41 PM

amoghthegamer said:
ITS a 1080p TV


It would be helpful if you linked the parts list from your earlier post.
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January 18, 2010 9:20:22 PM

That parts list is still pretty good.

Phenom II x4 955 ($165)
Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P motherboard ($85)
4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1333 RAM ($100)
Antec Neo Eco 520C PSU ($60)
Antec Two Hundred Case ($40)
Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD <Samsung F3 is out of stock> ($55)
XFX 5770 GPU ($170)
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler ($30)
Look for combos to save some money.

Save yourself the expense of the gaming keyboard and mouse unless you know you will use them. My feeling is unless you are high level raiding on the same character consistently, you will never memorize the programmed keys well enough for it to make a difference in your gameplay.

For 1080 I would prefer to go up to the ATI 5850 ($300) but I am not sure it will fit in your budget.
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January 18, 2010 9:29:30 PM

dndhatcher said:
That parts list is still pretty good.

Phenom II x4 955 ($165)
Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P motherboard ($85)
4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1333 RAM ($100)
Antec Neo Eco 520C PSU ($60)
Antec Two Hundred Case ($40)
Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD <Samsung F3 is out of stock> ($55)
XFX 5770 GPU ($170)
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler ($30)

Save yourself the expense of the gaming keyboard and mouse unless you know you will use them. My feeling is unless you are high level raiding on the same character consistently, you will never memorize the programmed keys well enough for it to make a difference in your gameplay.

For 1080 I would prefer to go up to the ATI 5850 ($300) but I am not sure it will fit in your budget.


The gaming keyboard doesn't really do anything special that helps your gameplay unless you know the programmed keys really well. The mouse kind of helps in some situations, but it is not totally necessary. It is however IMO more useful than a gaming keyboard. If you were to take the money that it takes to get the mouse and keyboard you could get a 5850 instead, which to gaming is more important than the mouse and keyboard especially at you resolution.

Aren't you over budget with this build already because I added the price of the parts and it adds up to $705.

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January 18, 2010 9:32:19 PM

anonymousdude said:
The gaming keyboard doesn't really do anything special that helps your gameplay unless you know the programmed keys really well. The mouse kind of helps in some situations, but it is not totally necessary. It is however IMO more useful than a gaming keyboard. If you were to take the money that it takes to get the mouse and keyboard you could get a 5850 instead, which to gaming is more important than the mouse and keyboard especially at you resolution.

Aren't you over budget with this build already because I added the price of the parts and it adds up to $705.



well that was before. Iam just gonna get a good Logitech MX Wireless Keyboard & Mouse.
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January 18, 2010 9:35:40 PM

anonymousdude said:
Aren't you over budget with this build already because I added the price of the parts and it adds up to $705.
Yep, I mis-added. Unfortunately the only thing to sacrifice and not impact performance too much is to drop the CPU to an Athlon II x3 435.


I dont know how many times I have been in raids where everyone had to take a 5 minute break while some nitwit had to find new batteries for his wireless mouse... I hate wireless for that reason alone.
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January 18, 2010 9:54:20 PM

amoghthegamer said:
well that was before. Iam just gonna get a good Logitech MX Wireless Keyboard & Mouse.



I'd advise against a wireless mouse and keyboard for gaming because as dndhatcher mentioned that is is a pain to go find batteries in the middle of any game especially in shooters or any online multiplayer.
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January 19, 2010 2:29:28 AM

Antec 300 + Antec 550w psu $115 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
500GB Barracuda $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD4850 $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PII X4 945 + M4A78 $215 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
4GB OCZ Reaper $105 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$590
$30mir on the ram, leaves room for a wired mouse. I hate my wireless mouse for gaming.

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January 19, 2010 3:46:41 AM

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail : $100
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail : $80
Total: $180, combo - $30 - mail in $25 = $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail : $80, -$10 mail in = $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1333LV4GK - Retail : $90
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail : $100
Total: $190, combo -$15 - mail in -$10 = $165
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive : $55 (single platter drive)
Rosewill Gift - Retail :$40 (free, external docking bay)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail : $165
AMD Gift Battleforge Game Coupon - Retail Free with purchase!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $622.94, w/mail in $567.94
Total Saved: $187, w/mail in $242

If you can spare the extra money Id up for the AMD 955 BE (with C3 stepping), same combo as above just different processor and about $50-60 more than what is there now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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