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January 20, 2010 6:45:24 PM


This post is for one of my friends, I'll just help him set the system up. A reminder, we are probably going to purchase the items from stores or sites in Sweden, which means another Value is used. The difference between USD and swedish SEK might differ, also the prices between the countries, so if possible, try to keep the prices down as much as possible to be on the safe side.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Heavy Gaming, movies, internet surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, headset.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Swedish site, partlinking is enought, since mostly all items is available here aswell)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Mid-Full Chassis, AMD/Intel, ATI prefer is it'll bring down the price, DDR3


MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not yet decided, 22" probably

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A quite silent computer. packages that include monitors is okay, although a separate one is not going to be bought. A USD is worth about 7.5SEK

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January 20, 2010 7:09:04 PM

I know you're not buying in USD, but the numbers are for me to keep track of the budget...

CPU: Phenom II X4 955 $165
Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO $110
RAM: Cheapest 1600 mhz (or 1333 mhz) 2x2 GB CAS Latency 7 kit you can find $115
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55 (or 1 TB $90)
Case: HAF 922 $100
PSU: 700-750W Corsair, Antec Earthwatts, OCZ, FSP, Seasonic or PC Power & Cooling. Any of these would be good quality. Budget about $100.
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find $25
OS: Windows 7 $100
GPU: HD 5970 $650+. Can swap for an HD 5870 to save about $250.

Total: $1,320 w/ 5970, $1,070 w/ 5870.

If you do go with the HD 5870, you might want to get the i5 instead of the X4 955. The changes would look like this:

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190

Total: $1,185
January 20, 2010 7:37:51 PM

The 5870 is completely unnecessary if he's only planning on buying a 22in monitor. 5850 would be more then adequate.
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January 20, 2010 9:02:25 PM

Depends on the monitor, but yes, the 5870 is pretty much overkill for everything out TODAY. In the future, probably not so much.
January 20, 2010 11:50:36 PM

you should get a 5850
January 21, 2010 3:59:28 PM

Thanks for the tips guys.

This rig is for my firend, and if he will be using a 22" is still not decided.

Is 5850 a better choice if he'll be planning for a 22".

Forgot to tell that OS ain't needed, so a $100 or approximately 700SEK is still available for upgrading other parts.

We've discussed about the case, and we're probably going for the 932 HAF instead. Not quite decided neither.

Last input, a manufacterer for the ramsticks would be great, and they really gotta be compatible with the mobo.

Once again, thanks alot!