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February 18, 2010 10:32:18 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 700-800) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming,Internet,Sever

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers, OS (Havent decided what monitor to use. Have a 23 inch viewsonic, or my 32inch vizio

720hdtv)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, open to others if its a really good deal.

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, ATI, ASUS, Full tower with bling :) 

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: At some point, but probably to costly for this budget.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure about resolution

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My buddy picked up an antec 1200, and a like it, but would perfer not to copy it, but I am having a hard

time comming up with some good options. I hate picking a case, so any help would be awesome.


mobo: ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model HDZ720WFK3DGI - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

**** Not sure if this is the way to go, or if i should pick up a x2, either way hoping to unlock cores to save money***

gpu: SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card -

Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

Power ... - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

OCZ3G10664GK - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

***would like to do 8gig if possible, but haven't found that good of a deal yet***

hdd: not sure yet

wireless keyboard and mouse setup??

I haven't built a computer since 2003, so I really am just getting back into this. Any suggestions/advice would be awesome!

Going to be running Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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February 19, 2010 2:38:39 AM

hard drive : samsung F3 500 gig . Fast and cheap , and not a seagate

Id go for the x2 555 . Most people dont seem to have any problem unlocking cores on them . You might be unlucky but you'd still have a gaming pc thats just as strong as the 720be because of the higher clock speed .

The mb might as well be a board with a 790 G chipset . That will cost a fraction more but give you the opportunity for crossfire later . Most 785 g boards have the second pci-e x16 slot at x4 and that means that crossfire isnt an option

The 4850 is a great card , but your monitor is probably 1900 x 1080 and the 4850 wont give you high enough frame rates at good quality settings . IMO the entry level card for that resolution would be the 5770 .
The 4850 is going to be ok on the 720p tv .

Even crossfiring a pair of 5770's wouldnt need a 750 watt psu . 650 would be more than enough . For a single card 500 W quality psu would be fine

why windows 7 ultimate? Its not faster than premium . It just has a few features that are mostly useful to business users
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February 19, 2010 3:07:57 AM

EDIT: Dint refresh...
^ Some changes for good

CPU - Though it is a good idea to try unlocking the cores but it is not always sure that you would get a good chip that unlock without any issues...If you want to save money and still want 4 cores, then the Athlon X4 630 is the best option...Even wiht that chip, you can unlock the cache but anyways even if its not possible, you still have a Quad...And it is not very slow compared to the Phenoms and once overclocked, it will be even more powerful...

Mobo - Chagne to this...
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - That OCZ seems to have lot of stability issues
change to this...And 4GB would suffice IMO...spend on better components like GPU/ CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card - HD 4850 ? IMO this is a better option if you want to game
HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
Seagate 7200.12 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE + PSU - Why do you need a 750W for that setup ? And a Full tower ? IMO first the internals and then to the externals...and this Mid Tower case is one of the best out there...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Or this
Antec 300 Illusion + EA 650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Or any of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

But again I would suggest that you first get better internal components and then with the left over money, get the CASE...
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February 19, 2010 12:14:39 PM

Thanks guys for the advice.

As for the case I just have an asphyxiation with full towers.

I will be going with the 5770, as was originally in my first "write up"

I just have a copy of Windows 7 ultimate so i figured id use it.

Thanks again.
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February 19, 2010 12:31:47 PM

Oh well academic if you had gotten your parts but $799 before rebates :p 
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March 1, 2010 7:39:16 PM

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 --- currently out of stock

any other options?
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March 1, 2010 7:52:17 PM

If it is for gaming try to fit a 5850 into the budget. Games are driven more by GPU then by CPU.
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March 1, 2010 10:08:01 PM

Ok guys anyway you can find to shave this down to 700 after shipping?

I know im asking alot but i appreciate it :) 

using the haf 932 .. I just have to have a full tower im sorry
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March 2, 2010 10:51:36 AM

Hmm i'd go with an Asus M4A77TD or MSI 770-G45 and that chip is fine
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March 2, 2010 12:59:50 PM

You do realize that the HAF922 is pretty much the same size and cheaper.
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March 16, 2010 11:48:04 AM

Best answer selected by angstmanic.
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