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February 23, 2010 1:09:06 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Over the coming weeks, not in a rush though

BUDGET RANGE: around 800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, media server, surfing the internet, watching movies, etc

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS ,CPU (i7-860), GPU - Radeon 4850.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com , or other similar sites
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC, . I plan on upgrading my graphics card when the 5870 comes down to a reasonable price (i know it will be a while).


I've already purchased the CPU: i7-860 ...
heres the shopping list

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan:
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
looking for suggestions on a quite case

HD:
looking for a good 1 TB + drive

Monitor:
No clue where to start here, looking 22+ here but don't want to blow the budget on this.


Thanks in advance to everyone for the help

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February 23, 2010 1:18:44 PM

Mobo: That Gigabyte diables USB 3/SATA III speeds when you Crossfire. The Asus P7P55D-E Pro (for only $5 more) doesn't.

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105 after rebate. Cheaper and faster.

Case: The HAF 922 is excellent, but somewhat pricey at $90 after rebate. After that, the Antec 300 Illusion is in a nice combo with an Earthwatts 750W PSU for $145 after rebate.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90

Monitor: Asus 21.5" 1080p $160 after rebate
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February 23, 2010 1:30:50 PM

Or he can save a few dollars and buy something like this: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P

Since he doesn't intend to crossfire the specified drawback of Gigabyte's motherboards won't affect him...

+1 for everything else :) 
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February 23, 2010 1:35:08 PM

See, I skipped that part. I assumed OP wanted to because of the 8x/8x board...
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February 23, 2010 1:44:36 PM

Im more looking for the best long term purchase. the current system i'm using i built back in 06 and have only upgraded the graphics card and added 2 HDs since building it.

I've looked at the HAF and seen it recommended many times, honestly i'm not a huge fan of that case, design and noise wise, i guess i could always go with sound damping panels.

also whats everyones take on the G.skill ripjaws series?
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February 23, 2010 1:52:32 PM

G.Skill makes some great sticks. However, the 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 set is was out of stock this morning. The Mushkin set is currently slightly cheaper after the rebate.

I don't own the HAF, but I've been told it's actually really quiet. You're absolutely right about it being ugly as hell though. I'm a fan of the Antec 300 Illusion, but you should also check out the Coolermaster 690 or 690 II.
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February 23, 2010 1:54:07 PM

I was looking at those 2 coolermasters, but the one that really has my eye is the Zalman HS2... although for $180 its a bit much to pay for a case....
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February 23, 2010 11:02:32 PM

bumping to try to get a few more responses.
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February 24, 2010 11:09:30 PM


I'm kinda feeling like the motherboard maybe a bit of overkill. anyone give opinions or recommendations? not sure i'll be making use of SATA III or USB 3.0 anytime in the near future...
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February 25, 2010 1:50:21 AM

If you're not planning to run CF/SLI and want to save some cash on the motherboard, check out the GA-P55M-UD2. It's mATX but if you don't plan on adding many expansion cards it's a great board for only $105. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, I think your PSU may be overkill. Again, for not running CF/SLI I think a good 550W would be fine. That's sufficient for the latest generation of cards, you can double check your 4850 to be sure. The Corsair is $85 after rebate. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: I looked up the 4850, here's what AMD says as far as power goes:
450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended (550 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...
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February 27, 2010 12:54:44 PM

Best answer selected by AuTX_buckeye.
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