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January 19, 2010 7:49:44 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: About $750 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or tigerdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD because it's probably cheaper than Intel

OVERCLOCKING: maybe, never did it before

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe, never did it before

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This would be my first computer in 7 years. I never built one before, but after watching videos and reading articles for the last week at this fine website, I'm certain I can do it with my brother's help (who has built one computer before this). I don't have any PC games in mind to play, and would buy some games after the purchase of this machine. I often read if your computer could play Crysis you could play anything. For $750 I don't expect to have the best. I'm brand new to this and I don't pretend to know what I'm doing, but after reading the articles I have come up with this build, please let me know what you think or what to change:

Processor - AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
AMD 770, AOD ACC support, 4x DDR3 1600, EuP Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card - XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
AMD Gift Battleforge Game Coupon - Retail Free with purchase!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
Dual Channel Intel Core i5 & Core i7 CPU for P55 motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/CD - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Free BELKIN surge protector w/ purchase, limited time offer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RTK-001 Premium Anti-Static Wrist Strap - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BYTECC 18" Serial ATA-150/300 Cable w/Locking Latch Model SATA-118C - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 19, 2010 8:35:04 AM

For $750, I would suggest this config -
CPU + Graphics card
Phenom x4 925
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo -
Gigabyte 790X - For Crossfire support later on
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU + DVD
OCZ 600W(Can handle HD 5770 crossfire + Sony DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Same

CASE - I would suggest you take a look at this case...
NZXT M59 - Is very well built, and after rebates and discount, comes to half the price of that Antec...It was also used in TOM's build and turned out to be very good...
$10 off w/ promo code EMCLMMR25, ends 1/20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - This Seagate 7200.12 or the Samsung F3 would be very good options...
- Free HDD dock with the Seagate...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OS and rest same...

Total - $797 | $747 after rebates...
This PC would be better for gaming and has the option to add 1 more HD 5770 in crossfire later on when you need more graphics power...
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January 19, 2010 1:05:39 PM

The anti static wristband, SATA cables and Artic silver 5 are unnecessary for your build.

Mobo comes with all the cables you need, wristband is plain useless, and AS5 isn't needed if you don't plan on OCing and you're using stock HSF anyway.
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January 26, 2010 7:48:16 AM

Best answer selected by rk9295.
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