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January 24, 2010 4:43:21 PM

I'm building a computer for my dad. He will be using it for movie watching, some gaming, word processing, internet browsing, and just about anything else. His budget is $1000 (absolute maximum), including a monitor. Here is the list of parts I'm planning on purchasing for him. As of right now, this order will cost $983.90 on Newegg. If anyone has any feedback on any of this, it will be greatly appreciated.

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

power supply: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd burner: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

monitor: HP 2009m 20" HP 16:9 Wide HD Ready LCD Flat Panel Monitor w/HDCP Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 24, 2010 9:14:11 PM

Is your dad a heavy gamer? If he usually only plays games that aren't graphics intensive, then I'd go with either the Core i3 or an AMD Athlon II quad core. If he is, then this sounds like a good build.

I'd go with Crucial memory. You go to their website, select your mobo, and then it automatically finds you compatible RAM. Free (and very timely) shipping, great customer service, and guaranteed compatibility. I bought direct from Crucial, but if you're buying it all from Newegg they also have it there.

Crucial: http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=GA-P5...

Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

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January 25, 2010 12:51:53 AM

meganreeves said:
Is your dad a heavy gamer? If he usually only plays games that aren't graphics intensive, then I'd go with either the Core i3 or an AMD Athlon II quad core. If he is, then this sounds like a good build.

I'd go with Crucial memory. You go to their website, select your mobo, and then it automatically finds you compatible RAM. Free (and very timely) shipping, great customer service, and guaranteed compatibility. I bought direct from Crucial, but if you're buying it all from Newegg they also have it there.

Crucial: http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=GA-P5...

Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...



Crucial's god, but I like G-Skill ram right now particularly their ripjaws and ECO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 25, 2010 1:00:20 AM

Looks pretty good. But I would change a few things:

1, Antec 300 might be a good case three years ago but it is outdated now. Upside down PSU installation, no motherboard tray hole for mounting heatsink backplate, horrible cable management by today's standard. Azza Helios 910 and the new Cooler Master 690 II Advanced are much better cases for your money.

2, you didn't say what kind of games he's into, but I suspect a 5770 might be overkill.

3, Go for a Seasonic power supply. They are near silent and extremely reliable. Most other power supplies are rebranded affairs. Seasonic manufactures their own.

4, I personally would get a dual or triple core Athlon II instead and put the money into getting a better monitor like a Dell 2209WA. Most applications today are not that CPU intensive. The screen, however, is what you have to look at all day.

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