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February 20, 2010 9:52:38 PM

Hey everyone,

this is going to be my 2nd build. my last system was a socket 939 AMD build back in 2005 but that computer didn't make it. anyway, i have put together my component list and i want to see your thoughts on it. i mainly play WoW, but i want to be able to play CoD MW2 as well as some other newer games.

Here are the specs:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black edition AM3 dual core w/ Scythe 92 mm 3 heat pipe CPU cooler
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX
Memory: G.Skill 4 GB(2x2gb) 240 pin DDR3 1333
Video Card: XFX HD 4850 Radeon 1GB 256 bit GDDR3 pci-x 2.0
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650 watt 80 plus certified
HD: WD Caviar Blue 500g 7200 rpm
Case: Coolermaster elite 310 (im buying 3 separate fans since it only comes with 1
Monitor: asus 19" 5ms backlight led
Optical Drive: Lite-on CD/DVD burner
OS: Windows 7 home premium 64 bit


It's been a while since i have done a custom build, but i think all those components will fit together nicely. please give me some input on what you think, im still kind wondering about the video card, i know the 4850 is GDDR3 but it has way better reviews than any of the lower end 5xxx series which have DDR5.


Thanks,
Shellback
February 20, 2010 10:09:02 PM

I know an online Configurator that will build this exact computer (including the Monitor), install the OS, and make sure it all runs and is under warranty for...

$938 shipped to your house. Interested?



For $1000 I can find you something a bit better via NewEgg or even the online Configurator. Let me take my time and meet your requirements and such <3. One moment.
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February 20, 2010 10:37:58 PM

Okay Shellback, here is what I've found.





CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 (3.0GHz Quad Core) ($134)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P 770 ATX ($77 ($67 after Mail-In Rebate!)
Memory: A-DATA 4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz ($97)
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4850 from Sapphire ($94)
PSU: OCZ 700W ($65 ($45 after Mail-In Rebate!))
HD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda @ 7200RPM ($55)
Case: HEC 6T ($30)
Optical Drive: LG 22X CD/DVD Burner ($23)
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit ($105)



Monitor: ASUS 19' 5ms ($120)





Grand Total after Shipping + Taxes: $868.02


Including Mail-In Rebates?: $838.02









So, is there anything else I can help you with Shellback? ^_^
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February 20, 2010 10:43:53 PM

Shellback, what Rokez is talking about is the AMD Phenom II X2 545. It has 2 dormant cores. Yup, you can turn that CPU into a QUAD-CORE starting at 3.0GHz. Quite powerful if you ask me.



That will save you $43 from what I suggested.




Grand Total: $795.02




There are tons of guides on how to do this online too!
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February 20, 2010 11:10:16 PM

I believe Rokez was talking about the Phenom II 550 (it is a black edition so it has an unlocked multiplier allowing easy OCing).

Building off of Necromentia's build, with the money saved, consider upgrading the gpu, perhaps to a HD 5770 .
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February 20, 2010 11:25:51 PM

Very sorry pepperman! I just realized you need the Black Edition for it.
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February 21, 2010 1:23:20 AM

Hi newcomer, take a look of this configuration, maybe can help you.

CPU $ 159.99 Phenom II X4 955
MOBO $ 139.99 790XTA-UD4
RAM $ 128.99 Crucial Ballistix Tracer 1333
GPU $ 299.99 5850
HDD $ 89.99 Spinpoint F3 1TB
COMBO PSU + CASE $ 179.94 Here

Total: $ 998,94 + MIR + SHIPPING

P.D. I know, I forget the OS, DVD drive and monitor, so, you can try with this another one configuration.


CPU $ 99.00 Here
MOBO $ 139.99 Here
RAM $ 114.99 Here
GPU $ 159.99 Here
HDD $ 54.99 Here
COMBO PSU + CASE $ 179.94 Here
OS: $ 105
DVD Drive: ~$25
Monitor: $ ~$130

Total: $ 980,94 + MIR + SHIPPING
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February 21, 2010 2:37:08 PM

Necromentia said:
Okay Shellback, here is what I've found.





CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 (3.0GHz Quad Core) ($134)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P 770 ATX ($77 ($67 after Mail-In Rebate!)
Memory: A-DATA 4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz ($97)
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4850 from Sapphire ($94)
PSU: OCZ 700W ($65 ($45 after Mail-In Rebate!))
HD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda @ 7200RPM ($55)
Case: HEC 6T ($30)
Optical Drive: LG 22X CD/DVD Burner ($23)
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit ($105)



Monitor: ASUS 19' 5ms ($120)





Grand Total after Shipping + Taxes: $868.02


Including Mail-In Rebates?: $838.02









So, is there anything else I can help you with Shellback? ^_^



First of all, thanks for all of the helpful information from everyone. I didn't expect to get so many great responses but thank you.

So what is the online configurator called? I like that deal except for the case, and I kinda wanted to keep the phenom II black edition and unlock the cores but if you really think that buying real quad core is worth it i can try and swing it. But should i get the 4850 or a lower end 5 series video card?

Shellback
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February 21, 2010 4:11:24 PM

I'm sorry for taking forever to respond Shellback! I had to go into Pro-Mode in StarCraft 2 and Unreal Tournament :D 





The online configuration I'm talking about is CyberPowerPC. Before I had Alienware sponsor me, I always bought from these guys. Their prices are very competitive with building one yourself, all my friends are happy I showed them CyberPowerPC, and they're quite fair in their Warranty (3 Years).


The site may be a BIT daunting at first, but I'll show you step-by-step how to get a cheap computer pre-built, OS installed, 19' LCD Monitor, and everything working under warranty for under $1000.




Step 1: Go to CyberPowerPC



The configuration you're at is called Back-To-School 2010. It comes with Windows 7 already in the price (which many configurations don't; that's where the site gets you >_<)





Case: Pick whichever one you wish. The Apex Vortex 3620 near the top is the cheapest one. Fiddle around and see which one you prefer.


Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: None
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
Noise Reduction Technology: None



Power Supply Upgrade: 600W Power Supply (This should be plenty. Upgrade to 700W for +$10)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 [3.0GHz Quad Core] (Go down in CPU with your budget if you want).

Cooling Fan: AMD ATHLON64 Certified

Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M (Default one, cheapest Mobo)

Memory: 4GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz (Default)



Freebies: None




Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5770

Video Card 2: None

Dedicated PHYSX Card: None




Free Game: None
Multiple Video Card Settings: None





LCD Monitor: 19" TFT (Brand Name, probably will be ACER).




2nd Monitor: None





Hard Drive: 250GB (Get 320GB for +$2!)
Data Hard Drive: None



Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
USB Portable Drive: None




Optical Drive: LG 22X (Default)
Optical Drive 2: None
Sound: Default HD On-Board w/e



Speakers: None
Network: Default one,
Modem: None






CONTINUE onto the next page :D 






If you have a Keyboard and Mouse, you just click NONE to shave off $7.
For the Flash Media Reader/Writer, get rid of it. None one uses them anymore :(  Shave off another $3





CONTINUE onto the next page :) 




You're done! As you can see, Windows 7 64-Bit is included in the price, and you get a Microsoft Office Trial for 60 Days. If you want Shellback, I'll mail you a CD I have for Windows Office 2003. Promise to give it back though >_< It's my only one.




Click ADD TO CART.





Want a cool promotional code? Type in MYSPACE and save $30! Ship to whichever state and choose UPS Ground shipping. It's the cheapest.





Grand Total after Shipping + Taxes: $1010





Grrrrr. $1000 was your budget and I couldn't meet it :(  Remember, you can mess with the GPU and CPU. Maybe downgrade to an ATI Radeon HD 5750 and get an AMD Phenom II X2 for a bit cheaper. That will save you around $50~.





So let's see the difference between having CyberPowerPC make it and getting the parts from NewEgg.





CyberPowerPC: $1000~

NewEgg: $850~


So for about +$150 someone will build a computer, put a warranty on it as a whole, make sure it runs, include a 19' Monitor, and ship it all to you.



Bottom line: If you want to spend another $150, go ahead. You can downgrade the CyberPowerPC configuration a bit to save more money. Maybe $100 to have someone build it and all is worth it. It's all personal opinion.












Happy to help Shellback. Email me at NecromentiaGaming@gmail.com if you have any more questions. Looking for an Intel Core i5 for the same price? I'll do my best to meet your budget :) 
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February 21, 2010 7:04:19 PM

Thanks. I have actually spent a lot of time on cyberpowerpc doing the same configurations but after reading some of the reviews on there about what brand of parts come with your system, i went back to newegg. but i do like the fact that it runs correctly and it has a warranty, that is the major downside of building your own, it doesnt always turn out the way you want it to. i'd rather build my own, but then again my last build ended up getting fried after a year but that was because i didnt have adequate cooling. but thanks again man.



Shellback
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February 21, 2010 8:11:58 PM

No problem Shellback :)  Take care and enjoy putting that puppy together!
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