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February 21, 2010 5:24:45 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon as I get parts sorted out.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes. If not now, in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: $1000 is a hard cap, which means before rebates, and it needs to include the OS. Also, I plan on playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 when it comes out, and was wondering how it would run on a PC in this price range?

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February 21, 2010 4:59:21 PM

Alright fang273! You have a super hard-cap of $1000. You want to include the OS, parts, and all that jazz. I think I got it all.




You mentioned Battlefield: Bad Company 2, from EA. You plan on playing BC2 and actually enjoy it rather than have a computer that barely gets by. Let's look at the RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS.




DirectX GeForce GTX 260/ ATI Radeon 4870 with 512 MB VRAM
2 GB RAM
Quadcore
Windows Vista or Windows 7







Okay. That's not too shabby. This is definitely within a $1000 budget. Heck, it's even within an $850 budget.







Before I go ahead to NewEgg and get your parts, I usually tell people about an Online Computer Maker called CyberPowerPC. I can get you the following for $835!



CoolerMaster 310 Case
700W Power Supply
AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ (3.0GHz QUAD CORE)
ASUS M4A78LT-M Motherboard
4GB DDR3 Corsair RAM @ 1600MHz
ATI Radeon HD 5770
250GB Hard Drive
LG 22X CD/DVD Burner
Windows 7 64-Bit



All of that shipped to your house, working, pre-built, OS installed, and a 3 Year Warranty for $836!




THAT is a steal and gives you tons of breathing room if you really wanted to upgrade it further. You blew away the requirements for the game you want to play AND you future proofed it heavily (Bad Company is a Direct X 10 game, you have a Direct X 11 Video Card. Also, you have DDR3 RAM. Beautiful!).








So fang273, if you want, I'll head over to NewEgg and see what I can conjure up if you're more interested in building a computer yourself. The price should be pretty similar to CyberPowerPC though. I'll post in about 30 minutes :D !
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February 21, 2010 5:20:29 PM

Does look like a purdy good deal, 'cept I never heard of them and anybody can make a website and promise anything ... guarantee credit card security, etc? Certified by what agencies? AMAZON dealer? (w long history and stats/cust reviews?).

But if all that could be assured, and that they actually will fix any DOA issues "ricky-tick!".

Anybody else heard of that builder?

= Jus' 'cause I'm paranoid, don't mean they ain't out to get me. =
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February 21, 2010 5:33:04 PM



Sorry didn't have price in pic. The out the door price is $1000

That PC has the best single GPU video card available today. Will play any game maxed out on the highest resolution.
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February 21, 2010 5:34:05 PM

aww link didn't work. hold on.
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February 21, 2010 5:35:36 PM

Good lord what's going on. it's not letting me zoom in.
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February 21, 2010 5:36:09 PM

Back again fang273! Here are the parts I mustered up from NewEgg!




Keep in mind, our RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS are still being blown away with this build.








Here is my AMD QUAD-CORE BUILD. Not into AMD? Don't worry, I have an Intel build just below. Look over this one and tell me what you think!




CD/DVD Burner: LG 22X CD/DVD Burner ($23)
Computer Case: HEC 6T ($30)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.0GHz (QUAD CORE) ($134)
Hard Drive: 500GB Seagate Barracuda ($55)
Memory: A-DATA 4GB DDR3 RAM @ 1333MHz ($97)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T ($77 ($10 Mail-In Rebate!))
Power Supply: OCZ Quiet 600W ($55 ($10 Mail-In Rebate!))
Video Card: ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5770 ($160)
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit ($105)






All the parts are trusted brands, some are award winners, and all have great reviews! I did the best I could :) 







Grand Total after Shipping + Taxes: $799.55, $779.55 after Mail-In Rebates!








Not bad for around $800, yeah? So let's say you're not into all the AMD stuff. I just did a quick Intel build for you. Check it out!












Here is my INTEL QUAD CORE BUILD!






CD/DVD Burner: LG 22X CD/DVD Burner ($23)
Computer Case: HEC 6T ($30)
CPU: Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.66GHz (QUAD CORE) ($182)
Hard Drive: 500GB Seagate Barracuda ($55)
Memory: A-DATA 4GB DDR3 RAM @ 1333MHz ($97)
Motherboard: ECS P55H-CM Motherboard ($90 ($15 Mail-In Rebate!))
Power Supply: OCZ Quiet 600W ($55 ($10 Mail-In Rebate!))
Video Card: ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5770 ($160)
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit ($105)






I think I might have skimped slightly on the motherboard. There is a GIGABYTE motherboard for $100 that is trusted and has a lot of good reviews. Might cost you another (+$30) if you buy that Board and the CPU seperately!





Grand Total after Shipping + Taxes: $865.39, $840.39 after Mail-In Rebates!









Hope I did everything I could fang273! :D 
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February 21, 2010 5:37:48 PM

Here we go try this. http://i50.tinypic.com/dmp5qe.png

This PC's video card is roughly twice as fast as the HD 5770.

To be honest I wouldn't go with a Intel processor, they are extremely expensive compared to AMD.
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February 21, 2010 5:39:05 PM

Alvin Smith said:
Does look like a purdy good deal, 'cept I never heard of them and anybody can make a website and promise anything ... guarantee credit card security, etc? Certified by what agencies? AMAZON dealer? (w long history and stats/cust reviews?).

But if all that could be assured, and that they actually will fix any DOA issues "ricky-tick!".

Anybody else heard of that builder?

= Jus' 'cause I'm paranoid, don't mean they ain't out to get me. =





CyberPowerPC has been around for about 6 years now. I've bought my previous 4 computer through them and always recommended my friends to it. In fact, my girlfriend just bought her computer through them about 3 weeks ago. Pretty similar build. Really nice Azza case too!



CyberPowerPC advertises in all types of Magazines including CPU, PCGame, etc. I know what you mean about trusting the company, and I felt EXACTLY the same way you did, but once I bought a computer for the exact cost of building it, I fell in geek-love :D 
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February 21, 2010 5:41:06 PM

WOW! Talk about "full service" !

Give that monster a free case of TurtleWax(TM) !!!

= impressed ! =

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February 21, 2010 5:46:14 PM

whitefang said:
http://i50.tinypic.com/dmp5qe.png

Sorry didn't have price in pic. The out the door price is $1000

That PC has the best single GPU video card available today. Will play any game maxed out on the highest resolution.






CyberPowerPC has the following available for $1015 shipped to his house, working, OS installed, etc.





CD/DVD Burner: LG 22X CD/DVD Burner
Computer Case: CoolerMaster 310 Elite
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.4GHz (QUAD CORE)(MAXED!)
Hard Drive: 750GB Seagate Barracuda
Memory: 4GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600MHz
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T
Power Supply: Corsair 700W
Video Card: ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5850
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit



Pretty darn good if you ask me for $1015!
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February 21, 2010 5:53:59 PM

Meh, ge the first Intel build, and put a 5850 in it. You have enough room in ur budget, and it's the diffrence bewteen a 5870 and 4890 preformance wise, that is, HUGE! Also, look at the 7.5TB drive in ^s build! Thats Huge! (LOL)
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February 21, 2010 6:19:18 PM

Wow, thanks for all the help! I'm really liking the cyberpowerpc option, especially with a 3 year warranty.

I think I'll go that route, but I can't decide between the first one you posted, or the second more expensive one. I guess the decision comes down to which is the better value. I could eek out the extra 15 bucks, but would it last me longer than getting the cheaper one and upgrading it down the road?

Edit: I plugged the more expensive one you posted into cyberpowerpc, and it ended up at $1,169 including the OS and shipping with the below specs. Are you sure you got the price right on that, or did I hit the wrong button somewhere?


* CPU: AMD Phenom™II X4 965 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology [+104]
* HDD: Single Hard Drive (750GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+26])
* MOTHERBOARD: GigaByte GA-770T-USB3 AMD 770 Chipset Support DDR3 Ultra Durable™3 Socket AM3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-II, RAID, 1 Gen2 PCIe, 4 PCIe X1, & 2 PCI [+14]
* MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [+39] (Corsair or Major Brand)
* SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
* VIDEO: ATI Radeon HD 5850 PCI-E 16X 1GB Video Card [DirectX 11 Support] [+281] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)

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February 21, 2010 6:41:22 PM

Don't get the Cyperpower thing. They suck.
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February 21, 2010 6:46:16 PM

builderbobftw said:
Don't get the Cyperpower thing. They suck.


Care to elaborate?
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February 21, 2010 6:47:27 PM

builderbobftw said:
Don't get the Cyperpower thing. They suck.



I have no opinion on the "cyber thang" but, if it is real and quality, then why not? I don't think TurtleWax is a "schill".

You can always tell a Troll, cause they make inflamatory remarks, without backing up their statements.

I would not pay any attention to those who are not constructive, or at least informative.

= Al =
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February 21, 2010 6:47:28 PM

Necromentia said:
CyberPowerPC has the following available for $1015 shipped to his house, working, OS installed, etc.





CD/DVD Burner: LG 22X CD/DVD Burner
Computer Case: CoolerMaster 310 Elite
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.4GHz (QUAD CORE)(MAXED!)
Hard Drive: 750GB Seagate Barracuda
Memory: 4GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600MHz
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T
Power Supply: Corsair 700W
Video Card: ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5850
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit



Pretty darn good if you ask me for $1015!

No, that's the HD 5850, in my build you can get the HD 5870.

And the Mobo I chose has got better reviews, and Dual X-8 Crossfire slots. It also has a better case.
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February 21, 2010 6:47:53 PM

Overpriced, cheap crappy parts, bad customer support, ugly cheap plastic cases, terribl;e customor support. better of building it urself.
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February 21, 2010 6:52:56 PM

I agree, I would just build it yourself. You still get the same 3 year warranty if you buy it from newegg.

You will definitely get a better price from newegg too. How else is cyberpower making there money? My build above has the latest single GPU video card and you can't get a deal as good as that from cyberpowerpc. http://i50.tinypic.com/dmp5qe.png
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February 21, 2010 6:59:15 PM

builderbobftw said:
Overpriced, cheap crappy parts, bad customer support, ugly cheap plastic cases, terribl;e customor support. better of building it urself.



Oh ... well ... "There ya go!" A little meat to go with them potatoes ... AND ... the source(s) of knowledge, which have caused you to form this strong, and rather harsh opinion ?? (not that I really care, cause I do naught but NewEggs).

= Al =
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February 21, 2010 6:59:32 PM
February 21, 2010 7:02:48 PM

Cool ... there's supposed to be an LCD in there with a total hard cap of $1000 (HARD)

= Al =
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February 21, 2010 7:06:56 PM

whitefang said:
I agree, I would just build it yourself. You still get the same 3 year warranty if you buy it from newegg.

You will definitely get a better price from newegg too. How else is cyberpower making there money? My build above has the latest single GPU video card and you can't get a deal as good as that from cyberpowerpc. http://i50.tinypic.com/dmp5qe.png


Thanks for the advice, I'm leaning towards this build now. Just wondering, is there anything else I need to get with it? I assume the cpu comes with a hsf that'll work fine and some thermal paste, and that all the cables I'll need are with their parts? First time builder, just making sure I don't overlook anything.

Edit: I also see that the deal on the graphics card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) ends today, I'm assuming the combo will go up in price, also? Probably not going to be ready to buy until tomorrow.

Also, the graphic's card reviews say it's a bit long, and the cases say it's not very big front to back, are you sure it'll fit?

Alvin Smith said:
Cool ... there's supposed to be an LCD in there with a total hard cap of $1000 (HARD)

= Al =


Sorry if I didn't make it clear, don't need a monitor or anything like that, just the pc itself.
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February 21, 2010 7:09:58 PM

Agnahc with my build you have a similar build to what I suggested but my build has

1. Better cpu (2.8 ghz Phenom II quad)

2. Better Mobo (Dual x-8 XFire slots + better reviews + more)

3. Better PSU (650W continous 750W max) yours is 700W max

But mine is $10 more.
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February 21, 2010 7:11:19 PM

fang273 said:
Thanks for the advice, I'm leaning towards this build now. Just wondering, is there anything else I need to get with it? I assume the cpu comes with a hsf that'll work fine and some thermal paste, and that all the cables I'll need are with their parts? First time builder, just making sure I don't overlook anything.

Edit: I also see that the deal on the graphics card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) ends today, I'm assuming the combo will go up in price, also? Probably not going to be ready to buy until tomorrow.



Sorry if I didn't make it clear, don't need a monitor or anything like that, just the pc itself.



Nope your all set with that.

That PC is a beast and will max out any game on the highest resolution today. You will love it.
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February 21, 2010 7:32:47 PM

With whitefang's build you either need to change the RAM or Motherboard to be compatible. I highly suggest going with a AM3 motherboard with DDR3 RAM.
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February 21, 2010 7:43:19 PM

agnahc said:
With whitefang's build you either need to change the RAM or Motherboard to be compatible. I highly suggest going with a AM3 motherboard with DDR3 RAM.


Any recommendations? I've barely looked into motherboards, no idea what I'm looking for.
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February 21, 2010 8:01:31 PM

So this would be the final build.

http://i48.tinypic.com/24l9etz.png
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February 21, 2010 8:15:13 PM

If anyone has anything else to add, please do. If not, thanks Whitefang, I'll probably be ordering this first thing tomorrow!
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February 21, 2010 8:58:50 PM

Shave and a hair-cut .. two bits!

= U =
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February 21, 2010 9:06:54 PM

Basically means the same thing as " Tah-dah! "

It is musical.
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February 21, 2010 9:12:13 PM

Whoa, Whoa. I was reading the OP, and i noticed that he had a low resoultion moniter. Why does he even need a new build? Maybe he should just buy a new moniter first? Seems like a waste to get a 5870 and play at that res, he should be fine with a C2D and a 4850.
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February 21, 2010 9:19:04 PM

Ok thats nice, but does anyone want to adress what i bourght up?
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February 21, 2010 10:03:20 PM

builderbobftw said:
Overpriced, cheap crappy parts, bad customer support, ugly cheap plastic cases, terribl;e customor support. better of building it urself.



This is your last post, from what I can see? Is this what you meant by ?address what I brought up?

= spanked ! =
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February 21, 2010 10:08:50 PM

a 20" lcd is like $60 on craigslist. they are every where. No reason to get a 4850 when a 4850 can't play his game on highest even at 1280 by 1024.

Plus, I'm sure he'll eventually upgrade his monitor and when he does he won't be screwed with the 4850.
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February 21, 2010 10:24:01 PM

funny? ... what? ... You mean, "like a clown? .. Funny ? " .

I was being completely serious, ... whot's not to like, there (unless you are laughing cause he does not have the moo-lah, right now).

I am typing on a 52" 120Hz LG right now. Best technical upgrade of my lifetime.

I have to grab a'hold of something every time I perform a "block-move" !

= Hahahahahah =
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February 21, 2010 10:44:26 PM

I might get a bigger monitor eventually, and I might not. Even if I don't, I don't mind a bit of overkill at the moment, since it'll even out soon enough as games get harder to run.
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February 21, 2010 10:45:11 PM

Best answer selected by fang273.
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February 21, 2010 11:15:32 PM

That's crap about the 4850. The 4850 is almost as good as the 4870/5770, and i have a 4870 and i max out at 1680x1050, with 24x AA. ( forced through CCC) in MW2. He could also buy a 4850 now, and get a second one later, which would beat the hell out of a 5770, or even the much, much faster 4870 or 4890.
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February 21, 2010 11:44:09 PM

Future crossfire with the 4850 is pointless. by the time he would want to crossfire the card would probably be about $50 and a newer single card would be the better option.

Don't ever buy a low end GPU and crossfire it later. The 5870 will be sufficient for him for years and years to come, where as the 4850 will be outdated and crushed by the new games coming out soon.
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February 21, 2010 11:47:40 PM


... ahem .... " S O L V ED ".

Have to agree with "Whitey", on that last comment.

= ZZZzzzz =
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February 22, 2010 5:24:29 PM

Got a quick problem, the RAM (A-DATA AX3U1600GB2G9-AG) went out of stock, so I need a replacement. Trying to get this ordered in the next couple hours, so any help is appreciated.

Got about 80-100 bucks to play with for 4 gigs of DDR3.

Looks like my options are:

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

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

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

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


Edit: Just noticed I can combo the mobo and windows 7 oem, is there any reason not to do this? If not, then I spend another 10 bucks on the ram.
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