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$1,100 left for Brother's Gaming and Media PC

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February 24, 2010 10:06:27 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 3 weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: $1,100 including shipping and tax to USA Zip 37076 before rebates, unless they are instant rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multitasking, gaming, internet, watching high-def video, maybe backing up Blu-ray movie collection.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I already have an Intel 80GB X25-M G2 SSD, 32" Sharp 1080P LED-LCD, Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced, Windows 7 Pro x64, Logitech G500 mouse, and Sennheiser PC-350 headset.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any place that's legit.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Anything with good reviews. Sometimes not so good companies make GREAT products.

OVERCLOCKING: In the future.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 32" LED-LCD at 1920x1080.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just need the best bang for buck.



Here's the list of compnents I've come up with:

$ 86.99 - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
$ 299.99 - XFX 5850
$ 262.99 - i7 860
$ 99.99 - LG Blu-Ray Reader DVD Burner
$ 59.99 - OCZ OCZ700MXSP 700W
$ 139.99 - ASRock P55 Extreme
$ 136.55 - Corsair 2x4GB 1600 7-8-7-20
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$1,086.49 - Total w/ Tax & Shipping



Thanks for any suggestions in advanced.
February 24, 2010 10:12:14 PM

It's nice to get a clean start to this. :) 

The build looks good as-is. I won't nit-pick it since that seems like what derailed your last post. All the components will work together just fine.

Edit: I will make one suggestion that was also suggested in your previous build. I would get this PSU instead of the OCZ one.

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $79.99

It's the same price before MIR and has free shipping. It's a higher quality unit that's 80+ Bronze certified and has a 5 year warranty. It also puts out more power on the 12v rail than the 700W OCZ PSU and has enough power connectors to power two 5850's without adapters.
February 24, 2010 10:29:11 PM

If he has intentions on Crossfiring his 5850's which he says he might, I wouldn't hold out on the PSU unless you're willing to buy another later, which would waste money. You can get a 750W Thermaltake or Antec for 30 dollars more than what you're suggesting. Well worth it.


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February 24, 2010 10:35:08 PM

The TP-650 is a very high quality PSU that puts out enough power on the 12v rails to power Crossfire 5850 cards. There's a whole lot more to a PSU than the wattage rating.
February 24, 2010 10:47:07 PM

There's more to building a rig than meeting minimum requirements too. This guy's throwing around 1100 dollars to buy 6 things because he has the rest already, including a Blu-ray player etc. See his monitor? He's got money. He's going to need more than 650W in the future, I guarantee it. He'll end up crossfiring, perhaps with 5870's who knows. Running RAID, anything. 30 dollars now or a pain in the future? 30 dollars.
February 25, 2010 7:45:10 PM

That Antec looks nice. I guess it pretty much comes down to which PSU. Well, I'm going to leave the PSU purchase till the end. Hopefully I find an awesome deal on the PSUs you guys recommended.

So everything else is fine, that's good to hear. Any opinions on the motherboard? This will be the first time I use ASRock. I just really like it because of the features to price ratio and the reviews on Newegg seem promising.
February 25, 2010 7:58:48 PM

The motherboard should work. I always stick to either Gigabyte or Asus, but you shouldn't have any problems with that board. ASRock is the budget division of Asus. The quality of components used isn't up to Asus and Gigabyte boards, but it's not horrible.
February 26, 2010 2:46:30 AM

shortstuff_mt said:
OK, we need to make sure not to make this into a PSU debate. His old thread was flushed down the toilet by a bunch of unhelpful posts.

Here's a very nice 750W PSU that's on sale for an excellent price. I was sticking with the 650W suggestion because I was trying to stay under the $1,100 budget.

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC PSU $89.99


+1 for this PSU

February 26, 2010 3:05:09 AM


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185 $89.99


GIGABYTE GV-R585D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814125300 $309.99


Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371021 $79.99


OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227365 $159.99


ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813157163 $159.99


Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115202 $288.99


LITE-ON Black BD-COMBO SATA Model ihes108-29 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106300 $99.99

Total $1188.93 ($20 rebate)

after rebate $1168.93
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