Advice on New Complete System - Approximately 2,000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Will be purchasing with tax return, most likely next month (March 2010)

BUDGET RANGE: Approximately $2,000 before rebates give or take depending on tax

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming – everything else rates below gaming follows)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All parts required, building complete new system.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: – other reputable website. Country of Origin - USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking to use an AMD Phenom II X4 955 processor with a Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 Motherboard. More info in the body of the post.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes – most likely in a year if needed.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Decent widescreen monitor, am looking at a 23” details posted in body.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A quiet computer would be nice, but I am more interested in performance. I don’t want it sounding like a jet or anything though :).

Details below in the format Item – Description - Price

CPU Phenom II X4 955 $170

MOBO Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $140

RAM G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $120

HDD x2 Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $110

GPU SAPPHIRE 100281SR HD 5870 $410

CPU Fan Hyper 212 + $38 (will work with AMD right?)

Power Sup. Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V - $156

CASE HAF 922 $130


Sound Card None, will use on-board sound.

OS Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit $140

Monitor ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor $284

Backup UPS Help - One that is beefy enough to handle the system ?

Keyboard Razer Arctosa $53

Mouse Razer Naga $87

Mousepad Razer Vespula $40

I am looking to get a gaming PC with the money I receive from my tax return this year. This PC will be built from the ground up, so I will need everything. The tax return should be approximately $2,000.00.

The prices include shipping. Do I have everything I need for a complete system? Is everything compatible? Changes/Suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. your mobo has 8 channel onboard sound, so if it's not going to "make or break it" for you then you can just ditch the sound card altogether.

    i would definitely spend that $150 from the sound card on a monitor btw, with a 5870 you can run some pretty high res no problem.

    here's a 25.5":
  2. Like was mentioned above, there is no need for the sound card. The on-board sound works just fine for 95% of home users.

    I would go with the HAF 922 instead. It's very close to the same size and considerably cheaper.

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $109.98

    You're overpaying for Windows 7 if you're paying $200. You can get it from Newegg for $140.

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $139.99

    In fact, there's even a combo deal for 64-bit Windows 7 Pro + a Sapphire 5870 that saves another $20.

    A quality 750W PSU would power your system even if you add another 5870 in Crossfire. If you want a little extra headroom you could step up to an 850W unit for a little more.

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $129.99


    Antec TPQ-850 850W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $149.99

    I would consider an i5 or i7 build since you have plenty of budget for one.
  3. Thank you for your responses. I have edited the original post. I took out the sound card, added the 850W power supply, and changed the monitor and case per your suggestions. With the updated prices this will leave me approximately $100.00 for a backup UPS.

    I went with the 850W power supply because I will be adding more hard drive storage, crossfire, and upgrading the processor at some point down the road.

    The reason that I have not went with the i5 or i7 build is that per my understanding, this build will be more upgradable in the future.

    Thanks again.
  4. Don't forget about the OS + GPU combo deal.
  5. shortstuff_mt said:
    Don't forget about the OS + GPU combo deal.

    Thanks. I am just worried that it may not be around when I go to purchase next month.
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