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February 26, 2010 2:29:28 AM

"APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:with in 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: 650-700 After Rebates

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

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No / Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 19" lcd

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:this website has an incredible wealth of info, was just dumb luck I found it. Some really wise posters too. This build is my first and is for my son and I to build together and play some games on.



LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
Item #: N82E16827106335 $31.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136073
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $55.99

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102825 $164.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231277 $104.99

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371015

Antec TWO HUNDRED S Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129074
-$25.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$149.98
$104.98

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128419

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103724
-$10.00 Combo

$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card13-128-419 $169.98
$159.98
Subtotal: $622.92

How is it lookin, did i forget anything I'm going to get the OS (windos 7 64 bit) at the local Best Buy, Staples etc...
This is my first post so I apologize if I messed the cut and paste up. =)

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February 26, 2010 8:31:10 AM

Bump that up to a quad core 2.8GHz <+ and you will be good to roll.
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February 26, 2010 8:39:13 AM

Also recommend switching HDD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 and GPU for a 5770, other than that looks good :) 
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February 26, 2010 1:42:53 PM

Hi newcomer and wlecome to the Tom's hardware forum.

My advices:

1- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... a better HDD with similar performance that the Spinpoint F3 500GB
2- Good combo case PSU
3- The RAM has CL9 that isn't good for DDR3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a little more expensive, but much better.
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February 26, 2010 3:52:28 PM

So I'm goin with that ram and hard drive. I'd lke to stick with the 435 everything I've read says that its an easily OCed chip and its 35 clams less.

This article http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5770,2446.html shows the 4870 beating the 5770 in pretty much everything and its cheaper.

saint-in #2 did u mean i picked a good combo or get a different one.

Thanx so far guys
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February 26, 2010 4:48:59 PM

cjsdaddy said:
So I'm goin with that ram and hard drive. I'd lke to stick with the 435 everything I've read says that its an easily OCed chip and its 35 clams less.

This article http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5770,2446.html shows the 4870 beating the 5770 in pretty much everything and its cheaper.

saint-in #2 did u mean i picked a good combo or get a different one.

Thanx so far guys


I mean that is a good combo.

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And runs hotter, uses more power, and does not have DX11. But its your call.


DX11 isn't for all games today, in fact, only a few games use DX11, so, IMO is a good choise get a 4870 over the 5770 for price/performance.
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February 28, 2010 3:00:26 AM

nother question, that particular ram isnt listed on the campatible sheet for the mobo is that gonna matter. I only ask because of the issues I've been reading about guys switchen from IDE to AHCI(?). I'm not planning on switching from IDE,but was just checkin.
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February 28, 2010 8:33:03 PM

That the RAM isn't listened in the QLV of the mobo doesn't mean that don't work with the mobo. So, you can be sure that the RAM work fine with the mobo, just wasn't tested by the mobo's manufacturer.

When you change from IDE to AHCI you are changing the operation mode of the HDD, that doesn't have anything to do with the RAM.
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February 28, 2010 11:54:11 PM

ok thanx, just wasnt sure. thinkin I might get everything but the graphix card right now. Do you think the fermi thing comin out will drive prices low enuf to hold out a little while? just a thought. And thanx for the help so far saint, I've been doin alot of reading the past couple of weeks. But its still more comforting to actually hear it from someone, plus you can't ask books and articles all the "dumb" questions.
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March 1, 2010 12:01:01 AM

Well, when fermi comes out the GTX200 series will low the prices, and maybe the HD 57xx series and 58xx series. But i'm not sure, all this depends of the performance of fermi.
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March 3, 2010 7:35:38 PM

took the plunge :)  just finished up my order and sent it off. Thanx for all the help saint.
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March 3, 2010 7:36:06 PM

Best answer selected by cjsdaddy.
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March 3, 2010 7:37:41 PM

Any time that's why we are here.
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