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February 5, 2010 9:00:11 PM

Hello all. I've been a long-time Tom's lurker, always looking for advice and tips. Always seems to be friendly, helpful people here. I have built 2 systems for myself in the past and feel it's time to build another as the release date of Bad Company 2 approaches. So, here goes....

Budget: $1,000 - $1,200

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: FPS gaming, web surfing, some word processing (this would be my home "fun" comp)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, obo

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type : looking to stick with mid-high end stuff, like i7 gpu, radeon 5850 or better.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes,BUT I'm not very skilled at doing this, nor do I have a lot of time to do so. I'm REALLY looking for a mobo that can overclock for me, or at least make it so easy it's almost like it's automatic. Just click click click and whamo you're overclocked.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes BUT not immediately. I'd like to have the option to do some some time down the road if I feel the need to do so. Plan is to get one gpu now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200.
Honestly don't know what my current monitor maxes out at. Might need to upgrade this component in the near future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Like I said, mostly for gaming. I don't need the baddest of the bad, but I do want to treat myself to something nice :D  . Something that I can hopefully hang on to for a while with only minor upgrades. Sticking to budget is not really so important, but I really don't want to splurge too much. I've listed below the system I am considering. Please add comments, suggestions, criticisms. If you think there is one part that could be upgraded at little to no extra cost, please make your suggestion. I thank you all for your help and advice.



RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail
Model #:ATX-612WEBP
Item #:N82E16811156098 $99


ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:X58 Extreme
Item #:N82E16813157163 $170


SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
Model #:100282SR
Item #:N82E16814102857 $310


Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Model #:BX80601920
Item #:N82E16819115202 $290


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBRH - Retail
Model #:F3-16000CL9D-4GBRH
Item #:N82E16820231281 $140



Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:ST3500418AS
Item #:N82E16822148395 $60


Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Model #:AD-7240S-0B
Item #:N82E16827118030 $25


grand total of about $1,060

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February 5, 2010 9:16:11 PM

For the 1200 price range i would do a build like this



Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $6.99
• 2 year: $11.99
$24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$109.98
$99.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$54.99
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231321
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131621
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


• SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102857
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
o 1 year: $29.99
o 2 year: $49.99
• Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$414.98
$384.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Subtotal: $1,219.89
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February 6, 2010 5:56:56 AM

I wouldn't go with 2x2GB if your getting a triple channel CPU. I'd also figure out what size monitor you have before doing much more. (though the 5850 is a good card for nearly every high end res.)
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February 6, 2010 4:28:46 PM

My monitor is 1920x1200 24"

Thanks for responses. I'm looking at the other posts and finding helpful info there.
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February 6, 2010 5:02:32 PM

for that rez i would go HD 5850 for good FPS or HD 5870 for grate FPS
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