Final review of this new build $900

Posted this last week, thanks for all the help so far. Wanted a final review from a few others before ordering parts. One tweak I added was adding a SSD as I think this should increase speed. I also have a large external drive for storage.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, poker, surfing the internet)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers - I have 2 19' dell monitors

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Been 8 years since I build a system so no preferences.

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: as high as possible for multi-tableing on poker sites.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: thans for your help in advance!

MB- ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail Combo price $195.98 (-10 mail in rebate)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.315745

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

HD - Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167025

PS - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
DVD Drive - LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM - Combo Price $96.98 (-25 mail in rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.323055

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $164.99 (-10 mail in rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.320603

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

Wireless - Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R) Up to 150Mbps Data Rates/ WPA/WPA2 (AES, 64,128-WEP with shared-key ... - Retail $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166038

Total - $927.90 - $45.00 mail in rebates $882.90
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  1. Case/CPU: Antec 900 and X4 620 $176

    Mobo: Since you don't want to Crossfire: Asus M4A77TD and Windows 7 Home $165 after rebate

    RAM: For $5 less: Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7.

    SSD: Here's the deal. In a gaming build with your budget, you really shouldn't put in an SSD. Basically, you'd be able to put the OS and maybe 1 game on that size of a drive (they need a lot of free space to perform at there best). In addition, you NEED to have a data drive. SSDs hate to be constantly writing. So lose the SSD.

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream 500W and Optical $49 after rebate. 700W is overkill for not Crossfiring.

    GPU: HD 5850 $270 with promo code VGA161302

    Total: $845 after rebate (I think, my math may be off)
  2. Alright, what if we went with the SSD and the samsung drive? Would I notice a big boost in launching programs, boot times ect? Multi-tasking and speed are prob the most important factors for me... Would add a few dollars but that is not an issue..
  3. You must get the Samsung even if you don't get the SSD. So really, the added cost is the cost of the SSD ($130). And you would only notice a few seconds faster boot time, if you ever actually turn the computer off. You'd notice very slight decreased load times. However, you wouldn't notice anything in games or inside applications. Keep in mind that with that size, it will hold your OS and maybe 10 GB of other stuff, so maybe 1 game. It's not worth the price.

    It's especially worthless since if you remove it, you can fit an HD 5850 in the build. Which you would notice in games.
  4. Ok you can get a 5850 + SSD into your build for just over $900. Yes a 5850 is worth it, and yes a SSD has a big impact. Will cut your boot time in half at least anyway. Either way, just take everything.


    Case
    Antec 300 $51.99 w/ code EMCYZNT57
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    HD
    Spinpoint F3 $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    SSD
    Intel x25-V $124.99 w/ $15 MIR and free ship
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10011743&ps=weekly_10011743

    Wireless Card (Do you actually need one for a desktop?)
    Rosewill $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166038

    GPU
    5850 $269.99 after code VGA161302
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161302

    RAM
    Corsair XMS3 $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285

    PSU/Optical
    OCZ 500w + LG $73.98 w/ $25 mir
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.323122

    MOBO
    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P $79.99 w/ $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    CPU
    Athlon II x3 $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.320283

    OS
    win 7 premium 64 bit OEM $99.99 w/ $10 MIR
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10011180&ps=ps=weekly_10011180

    Total: $960.89 not including $4.73 shipping and $60 MIR

    Final Price after everything $900.89.

    EDIT1: Ok fixed to a DDR3 mobo lol oops, OK will edit again, still wrong mobo grr

    EDIT2 : Ok finally got it right. Just ditch the wireless card to put it under $900.

    EDIT3: OK since you're getting the SSD from zipzoomfly might as well grab win 7 64 bit premium OEM for $89 from there.
    Puts final cost, including the Wireless card at $900.
  5. BTW totally the wireless cards fault I couldn't get it under $900. It's also the only reason you pay any shipping at all!!
  6. Slight problem banthracis. That board is AM3/AM2+. DDR3 won't work.
  7. Keep in mind that you can always stick in the SSD later when the prices come down.
  8. Oh and if you ditch the wireless card you can get an athlon x4 and not use a micro atx board with

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.315753

    Athlon II x4 + Asus $155.98 w/ $10 MIR.

    Would put final cost at $898.98


    Too lazy to edit this one as well!

    Just grab the CPU by itself and the ASUS mobo from previous build

    Ok, no athlon x4 for you for your budget!


    Bah this post can officially be completely ignored.
  9. Right you are MAD, getting combo crazy here haha. Ok, will edit build in a sec.
  10. Ok I double checked everything and it all works out.

    $900 for a 5850 + OS + Ahtlon II X3 + SSD. I think this is officially the cheapest build I've ever put together with all that stuff.

    Easy change to get an X4 instead is to drop the wireless card, which usually isn't necessary for a desktop.
  11. Thanks banthracris, can you reedit and suggest a motherboard and x4 combo and I will drop the wireless card. I'd like the antec 900 case I originally mentioned so this will bump it up by $50. So I am looking at $950 ish right?
  12. It's not a combo. It's just a CPU. Here's the X4 620. I'm positive that's the one banthracis was looking at.


    EDIT: While you're at reediting (if you're going to), you might want to fix the CPU link so it doesn't go to a combo with a DDR2 board...
  13. Ok you can get a 5850 + SSD into your build for just over $900. Yes a 5850 is worth it, and yes a SSD has a big impact. Will cut your boot time in half at least anyway. Either way, just take everything.


    Case
    Antec 900 $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    HD
    Spinpoint F3 $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    SSD
    Intel x25-V $124.99 w/ $15 MIR and free ship
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10011743&ps=weekly_10011743

    GPU
    5850 $269.99 after code VGA161302
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161302

    RAM
    Corsair XMS3 $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285

    PSU/Optical
    OCZ 500w + LG $73.98 w/ $25 mir
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.323122

    MOBO
    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P $79.99 w/ $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    CPU
    Athlon II x4 $95.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103706

    OS
    win 7 premium 64 bit OEM $99.99 w/ $10 MIR
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10011180&ps=ps=weekly_10011180

    Total: $1009.9 not including $2.99 shipping and $60 MIR

    Final Price after everything $952.89.

    Ok as you wanted. As a consolation prize you get a free notebook wireless card.
  14. Yea, that post has been edited so much, I just decided to do it over lol.
  15. So the motherboard I will be using is the GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P $79.99 w/ $10 MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128392

    correct?
  16. yea. Build is right in the new post. Totally blame that whole mess up there on the fact I was on the phone most of the morning while doing the build =P

    10 person conference calls= biggest waste of time ever.
  17. Great, thanks... can't wait to place this order and build this one. I think I will be set for quite awhile with the quality of components you helped select. I'll let you know once it's done.
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