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hello wise ones,

so, i am in dire need of a new machine, and have had friends build me stuff up until about 3 years ago. so, i was turned onto ibuypower from a buddy and have put together a machine that i think will suit my needs.

i'll mainly be editing video in premiere and a little gaming here and there (mainly tf2, and l4d). here are the specs:

Intel Core 2 DDR3 Configurator
Netbook / Notebook Bundle ( None )
Case ( NZXT Tempest EVO Gaming Tower Case - Black )
Processor ( [=== Quad Core ===] Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9400 (4x 2.66GHz/6MB L2 Cache/1333FSB) )
Processor Cooling ( [Free Upgrade] Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 120mm Radiator )
Memory ( 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand )
Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 – 1GB - Single Card )
Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by ATI or NVIDIA )
Motherboard ( Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3LR -- Intel P45 Chipset Supported w/8-ch HD Audio, Dual Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 1 PCI-E 2.0 x16 MB )
Power Supply ( 650 Watt -- Casegears ECO-Element 80 Plus Certificated High Efficiency Power Supply - SLI Ready )
Primary Hard Drive ( 320 GB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s - Single Drive )
Data Hard Drive ( None )
Optical Drive ( 22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - [Lightscribe Technology] Black )
Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )

if you have any better ideas, i'd love to hear them. and keep in mind i'm on a tight budget. this rig is running at 780 from ibuypower and that's about as high as i can go. better deals are more than welcome.

thanks in advance
troy
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    This is a "Homebuilt systems" forum. You won't find many fans of pre-built computers around here. The pre-built systems cut corners anywhere they can, especially with the RAM and PSU. You can get a much better system if you build it yourself. You also shouldn't be building around the dead LGA 775 socket. You can do better for your money. Here's a nice system that includes the OS for less than the above build:

    ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131603

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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.333259 $174.98 - $10.00 MIR (Motherboard + OS combo)

    AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103656

    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.324025 $283.98 - $10.00 MIR (CPU + GPU combo)

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=SAMSUNG%20F3%20500GB $54.99

    Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129070&cm_re=antec_two_hundred-_-11-129-070-_-Product $39.99

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016&cm_re=ocz_500w-_-17-341-016-_-Product $64.99 - $25.00 MIR + an extra 10% off w/promo code Febc10, ends 2/14

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=g.skill_ddr3_1600_4gb_cas_7-_-20-231-303-_-Product $114.99

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192 $23.99

    Total - $757.91 - $45.00 MIR's
  2. Might want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature...

    That's not a very good build for about $800. Ibuypower is going to be more expensive than building it yourself.

    Here's what I would do:

    CPU/Mobo/GPU: X4 955, Asus M4A79XTD EVO and HD 5750 $381 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB DDR3 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    HDD/PSU: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB and OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W $85 after rebate
    Case: Antec 200 $40
    Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $25
    OS: Windows 7 $105

    Total: $751.
  3. Best answer selected by RabidLime.
  4. shortstuff_mt said:
    This is a "Homebuilt systems" forum. You won't find many fans of pre-built computers around here. The pre-built systems cut corners anywhere they can, especially with the RAM and PSU. You can get a much better system if you build it yourself. You also shouldn't be building around the dead LGA 775 socket. You can do better for your money. Here's a nice system that includes the OS for less than the above build:
    s


    many many many thanks shortstuff. i looked over your recommendations and agree verbatim. plus i ran it by a bunch of other homebuilders, and they are amazed at not only the deals you found, but the quality of the system i'm getting for the money.

    i thank you. the job i'll get thanks to the system is more than a dream job.

    thanks again.
  5. No problem. Good luck with the build! Let us know how it goes.
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