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January 24, 2010 11:55:00 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully this weekend.

BUDGET RANGE: $720 for hardware/software/accessories.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video Editing, maybe some computer art on down the road, internet, & schoolwork.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (Samsung Syncmaster 712n), speakers (though I'd like to get a nice headset), Hard Drives (one: 250GB SATA Drive; one: 1TB SATA Drive [can be used as an external), DVD Drive (PATA), Case (MicroATX; I've checked dimensions & the 4890 will fit, the PCIE 2.0 slot is below the last drive bay; also I'm gonna hopefully mod it so that I can give it a front 120/140mm fan)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Right now I'm interested in an AMD/ATI setup but I'm no fan boy.

CPU/GPU COMBO: Athlon ii x4 620+ XFX 4890- $278.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Always been interested in the athlon ii x4 & there is not much of a difference between the 620 & 630 except that this combo deal is only for the 620. Plus since I do video editing I'm not very interested in going any lower than a quad core. But do you think it's worth the extra money to look into a cpu w/ L3 cache? I know that the 4890 isn't dx11 but the fact is that dx11 won't become mainstream until a few years & by then this generations dx11 cards from ati won't be able to handle dx11 effects at respectable framerates; even so, dx10 will still be a viable option. But is a 4890 overkill to hold me off until the 2nd generation of dx11 cards come out (read additional comments for info on what I'd like to play)?

PSU/MOBO COMBO: OCZ StealthStream 700W PSU + GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 785G Micro ATX MoBo- $129.98 after MIR- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I know I don't need 700W but it is more expensive to get the 550W OCZ FATALITY & this mobo seperate (there's no combo deal). Plus this mobo fits my criteria via MicroATX form factor & the firewire port (what my video camera uses to plug into the computer); plus its very stable & gives me some overclocking options on down the road if I do happen to attempt it. Though I'm open to other suggestions concerning the PSU & Mobo.

RAM: Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333- $96.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Have had my eyes on this one for a while, plus the voltage is compatible w/ my mobo (this is 1.65V whereas the mobo supports only 1.6V & up). Plus the heatsinks should help to keep them cool in my MicroATX case.

OS: Windows 7 64-bit OEM- $104.99- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Smart choice for the future.

DVI to VGA adapter: $6.98- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The GPU I have chosen doesn't come w/ one & my monitor is only VGA.

Headset: Need help here...

AntiVirus Software: what's one out there that won't tax my system's performance yet keep me protected well?

TOTAL (W/ SHIPPING & MIR): $628.03

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but I'd like to learn more about it first.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (maybe will upgrade in the future, but not too soon)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
With this rig I'd like to be able to play graphically intensive games at the highest settings (give or take AA) such as Crysis/Warhead, Arma 2, Far Cry 2, & Oblivion within 40-60fps avg preferably; plus some older games like Neverwinter Nights, Jedi Academy, Source games, etc. Though I also do a little bit of Video Editing (Sony Vegas) I'm not one who needs to have a PC super fast at rendering, just not to the point where it'll take all day. I'm more concerned about in game performance. My friend suggested I go w/ an ATX build but I'm going to stick w/ MicroATX: 1) I plan on running only a single GPU setup, 2) I have a case that already is MicroATX, 3) I want it to be easy to move around (like LAN parties & such) With that being said, I'm open to completely different build ideas for my price range but I don't want to get anything that is unnecessary to accomplish my goals for this build. Also I don't want to have to do much upgrading on this PC for at least a year. Advice would be appreciated, thanks!

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January 25, 2010 1:30:51 PM

The 4890 DOES come with a DVI-TO-VGA adapter. Look at the photos.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...

I doubt this low/mid-end gaming rig can do Crysis & Arma 2 at 60fps with maxed out image quality. There are triple SLI GTX 280 rigs that can barely do that, granted, they're at a much higher resolution or they're on multiple monitors. I think you have unrealistic expectation from $700.

Indoors Oblivion at 60fps is easy, but outdoors is another story.

The other games are not as demanding.
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