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$1,000 Gaming/Homework System

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February 19, 2010 7:07:50 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the week

BUDGET RANGE: Exactly $1,000 including monitor/case. (Before Rebates)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Moderate games: LFD2, WoW, and CS:S)--> Homeworks

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Don't need a mouse or keyboard. WILL need windows 7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Combo Deals: newegg.com Single items: www.amazon.com (I have Amazon Prime)

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU Preferrably

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, but what is SLI?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Doesn't matter

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
-Is this build going to be a noisy PC?
-Do I need to buy extra cooling systems?
-Will this PC die on me before 2 years? If so, what is the part that is most suseptible to injury, that I shouldn't spend so much on?
-My room is two floors above the internet router, snaking an ethernet cable up is impossible for me. I looked into getting one of the Netgear Powerline HD Ethernet Adapter, and I was wondering if there was a physical cord attached to the other end, or would I be recieving wireless internet at ethernet power strength? If wireless, can anyone help recommend a strong wireless adapter? (It can be outside the allotted budget.)

OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1333LV4GK - Retail
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
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ECS Black Series A785GM-M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

LG Electronics GH22NS50 22X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - Bulk with Software (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-GH22NS50-Super-Int...

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
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SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
February 19, 2010 7:35:18 AM

WOW !! i have the same configuration except for the ram...ur congiguration is quite good...

1) Well my AMD 955 stock cooler does make some noise, so i would suggest you to buy a cpu cooler from another company

2) Since your motherboard is an AM3 socket it wont die for a couple of years, since AMD wiill be using this for a lot of time now, ur motherboard has an upgrade path. So don't worry

3)SLI is a technology, u can use 2 nvidia cards simultaneously....but you wont need it since you are using ATI and ATI uses CROSSFIRE technology BUT you motherboard has only one PCl-E slot so no space for 2 graphic cards....i doubt you would need to crossfir OR SLi

4)You can't predict accurately when ur PC may die on you or which part will, atleast the power supply and DVD drive won't :p 
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February 19, 2010 7:37:41 AM

sli is the nvidia's equivalent of xfire but it can take up to 3 gpus at the same time, because you have a amd based mb, it is out of the question, also getting a nvidia chipset based mb is a bad idea.

your memory and mb aren't compatible, take this combos instead:
os+mem: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
cpu+gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
mb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 19, 2010 7:39:24 AM

dumb me, your mem and mb are compatible, not sure why it shows me a am2+ mb...
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February 19, 2010 7:43:16 AM

Your Processor AM3 and you motherboard has an AM3 socket therefore compatible
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February 19, 2010 7:43:17 AM

daggs said:
sli is the nvidia's equivalent of xfire but it can take up to 3 gpus at the same time, because you have a amd based mb, it is out of the question, also getting a nvidia chipset based mb is a bad idea.

your memory and mb aren't compatible, take this combos instead:
os+mem: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
cpu+gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
mb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


wait how come http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... MB can't work with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... RAM?

EDIT: LOL nvm, I was trying to figure out what was wrong
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February 19, 2010 7:47:32 AM

I was wondering if anyone could help me with my earlier question: My room is two floors above the internet router, snaking an ethernet cable up is impossible for me. I looked into getting one of the Netgear Powerline HD Ethernet Adapter, and I was wondering if there was a physical cord attached to the other end, or would I be recieving wireless internet at ethernet power strength? If wireless, can anyone help recommend a strong wireless adapter? (It can be outside the allotted budget.)
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February 19, 2010 1:36:55 PM

You will need a pair of Powerline HD Adapter. One will connect to your internet router and the other one will connect to your PC. Performance wise, it is nowhere near the advertised 200Mbps speed, nor the 100Mbps speed of the good old ethernet connection. It really depends on the electrical wiring of your house. Your mileage will vary.
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