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February 24, 2010 6:07:35 PM

Hello everyone, this is my set up right now:

You may be shocked to hear of this dinosaur,

Motherboard: Asus P4P 800 SE,
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz (what a beast)
PSU: Generic crap
RAM: DDR PC3200 SDRAM 512x2
Videocard: ATI Radeon 9800 PRO (I know, it has antique value)
Storage: Western Digital 750 GB SATA 1, Western Digital 200 GB SATA 1
Soundcard: Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS
Case cooling: No fans but the side panel fell off (max airflow)
CPU cooling: stock heatsink and fan
Video/other cooling : non-existent

It's been about 8 years since I built this baby and I am tired of being scared that my computer may catch on fire every time I run a game so ...

I am building a new set up now! :D 

So far I have:
Thermaltake Element V case (, wanted to get Thermaltake level 10 ( but it's almost 1000 dollars.
PSU: Corsair HX1000W

Now, I am in between choosing AMD Phenom II X4 or one of Intel's i7's

I am trying to find a motherboard that supports both USB 3.0 and SATA 3, so far the only ones that I found are ASUS P7P55D and a few Gigabyte ones. However, both of those motherboards have intel chipsets not AMD, and I have heard that Intel's LGA 1156 and LGA 1366 will not be around for long before intel comes out with a new chipset limiting my future upgrade possibilities. Also intel setup is on average more expensive than AMD.

If anybody has advice or suggestions I'd appreciate it.

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February 24, 2010 7:14:36 PM

What's your budget, monitor resolution. And do you need an OS?

What will you be using your PC? I'm guessing gaming.
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February 25, 2010 3:36:37 PM

Thank you for the reply guys. I will definitely be using the computer for high end gaming. I have a new Samsung 1080p monitor. Planning to run full HD 1920x1080 resolution. I will be going for Windows 7 64 bit OS.

February 25, 2010 3:51:30 PM

My budget can be flexible, as long as it is for something that is worth it. I don't mind spending a little extra on a motherboard if it will allow me to upgrade my CPU and RAM in the future. Which is one of the main reasons I am leaning towards AM3 chipset motherboards.
February 25, 2010 5:04:08 PM

Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55

HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 $380

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) $129 or $104 after rebate

Windows 7 64 bit $105

Hyper 212 plus and Optical $40

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus and GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $220

With this you should be able to play any game on High settings at 19XX resolution. Also you could probably look around a bit more and find another combo or two to drop the price even more if you wanted.

Total $925 before rebates and $905 after.

Since there was no real budget listed we could go higher with a 955 or lowe with a X3 425 depends on what you wanted but with this you get the USB3 and Sata 6 as well as ability to XFIRE in the future. If you did not want to XFire then you could get a different mobo and save a few bucks there as well.

February 26, 2010 2:08:09 PM

Thanks for the post, but my budget is easily more than that, because I am buying 1 component per paycheque :p  I expect to spend around 3000 on this baby.

I won't go below AMD phenom II X4 965, or will go with an i7. I was looking at this ASUS mobo: P7P55D-E Premium

but my only concern is, will the LGA-1156 platform last? or will I have to do another mobo upgrade in a year when I will want to upgrade CPU?
February 26, 2010 3:31:44 PM

2 things.....

1) with 3K that is definitely more then enough for a sweet 920 set up.

2) Be careful buying parts separately what is Great now might be average next month.