Good multipurpose build around $1000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next month BUDGET RANGE: in the ballpark of $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: internet surfing, multimedia, light gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: could really upgrade everything since everything I have is legacy now, but want to focus on the core/barebones build

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or anywhere better COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've been leaning towards an Intel i5/i7 processor, but am also not ruling out an AMD quad core

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Would like recommendations on a good HD monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I plan on running Windows 7 64-bit so that purchase will also be in this build. I want to build a good well rounded system that is really fast and scalable enough to last for a few years. I don't really do any serious gaming on PC right now (have PS3/Wii for that), but I want it to be able to run HD movies and other multimedia with no problem. I'd hate to overspend on GPU if I really won't use the power. So please steer me in the right direction for this build and thanks for your time! :)
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  1. What we really need to know, since you are trying to get so much for so little, is what parts are not included in the $1000

    Is the monitor above and beyond? OR ... must it all be within/under $1000 ???

    = Al =
  2. Budget: $796.61


    CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model HDZ720WFK3DGI - OEM
    MOBO: ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
    HSF: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail
    GPU: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
    Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Thermal Compound: Comes with heatsink.
    This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1080 or less

    Budget: $771.90


    CPU: Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80616I3530 - Retail
    MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    PSU: Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible ... - Retail
    GPU: XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
    Case: Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1080 or less

    Gamer: $1,130.90


    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
    MOBO: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
    HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
    GPU: XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
    DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1200

    Gamer: $1,136.89


    CPU: Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
    MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
    HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
    GPU: XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
    DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1900x1200

    Enthusiast: $1,421.89


    CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail
    MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail
    RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
    HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    GPU: XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ... - Retail
    DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    This build will allow you to play games at max settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1200 or higher...

    Enthusiast - Extreme: $2,047.87 (Thanks for the feedback... saint19)


    CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 - Retail
    HSF: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
    SSD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM
    HDD: SAMUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    GPU: SAPPHIRE 100280OCSR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail
    PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with ... - Retail
    DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
    Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    This build will allow you to play games at max settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1200 or higher...
  3. Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

    CPU $ 159,99 Phenom II X4 955
    MOBO $ 139,99 Here
    RAM $ 128,99 Crucial Ballistix Tracer 1333
    GPU $ 299,99 5850
    HDD $ 89,99 Spinpoint F3 1TB
    PSU $ 89,99 Antec 550W
    CASE $ 61,99 Here

    Total: $970,93 + MIR + SHIPPING
  4. I like Saints build with one exception........


    The PSU. If you plan on XFire that PSU will not be enough. Personally I would look around the 700 watt mark for Xfire.

    AND

    If you dont plan on XFIRE then you do not need that mobo you could go with a cheaper single PCI slot board.

    Just my 2 cents.
  5. By the time he can afford crosfire, PCIe3.0 will be out and xfire on the wane so ...

    Maybe the cheaper mobo, since $$$ is tight.

    = Al =
  6. If you want X-Fire, with this PSU is enough.
  7. I don't see a monitor or OS included in any of the builds so far. Here's a full build at your budget that includes a motherboard and PSU that will allow you to add another GPU in Crossfire later if needed:

    AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103809&cm_re=phenom_ii_x4_945-_-19-103-809-_-Product $150.99

    Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129070&cm_re=antec_two_hundred-_-11-129-070-_-Product $39.99

    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021&cm_re=antec_650w-_-17-371-021-_-Product $79.99

    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317&Tpk=his%205770 $152.99 - $10.00 MIR

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275&cm_re=g.skill_ddr3_1333_4gb-_-20-231-275-_-Product $108.99

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395&Tpk=seagate%20500gb%207200.12 $54.99

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.333251 $214.98 - $10.00 MIR (Motherboard + OS combo)

    ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR20000:1) w/ SPDIF out - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236053 $169.99 - $10.00 MIR

    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&cm_re=24x_sata-_-27-106-289-_-Product $23.99

    Total - $996.90 - $30 MIR's

    Edit: Sorry, forgot the DVD burner.
  8. How does he do that ?!
  9. Alvin Smith said:
    How does he do that ?!

    :)

    Lots of practice! I put together so many builds every day I lose track of them all. It helps me keep up on what components are best at a given price range every day.
  10. ^+1, I'm a noob in that part. :(
  11. This technology changes so fast you have to research hardware and read reviews pretty much every day to keep up on it. What I recommend today will most surely change next month when either new hardware is released, or prices go up/down.

    Building computers on the side also helps get first-hand experience with the components recommended on this forum.
  12. Man you guys are just GREAT! This helps so much! :)

    shortstuff_mt I'm leaning towards your build. Just have a fews questions. Is there any reason why I should go with the 945 proc over the 955 proc? The price difference is only $10, will the ASUS board support the 955? Will the performance be worth it?

    I will also be grabbing a second hard drive at the same time for backup. 500GB is probably overkill for me, but the price difference isn't really enough to justify a smaller drive. How are the Spinpoint drives, I was looking at a couple of these? Performance and reliability any better or any other compelling reason to stick with 500GB?

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD253GJ 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152226&cm_re=spinpoint-_-22-152-226-_-Product

    I'd probably also go with the Antec 300 case instead of the 200.
  13. You could use the 955, it will work just fine with that Asus motherboard. I like to recommend the 945 because of the 95W rating. The 955 steps up to 125w for only 200MHz. I also saw that you were not going to overclock. The main reason people go with the 955 is because of how easy it to overclock since it's a "Black" edition with an unlocked multiplier.

    Here's an XFX 5770 + Phenom II X4 955 combo deal if you swap to the 955.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.325772

    Edit: Scratch the above combo. I would just stick with the HIS 5770 since it uses a better cooler and is cheaper even after the combo savings.

    The Seagate 7200.12 and Samsung F3 500GB drives use very high-density 500GB platters which makes them very fast. I would stick with the 500GB drive since you get double the capacity and a faster drive for an extra $10, even if you don't really need the extra capacity.

    Going with the Antec 300 is a nice upgrade. It's up to you whether it's worth the extra $20 once you take shipping costs into account.

    Edit: Here's a combo deal for the Asus motherboard and the Antec 300 that saves an extra $10 over the motherboard + OS combo in my original build.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.343307
  14. Shortstuff is right on as usual.

    Only thing I would suggest is if you are looking at upgrading the case I would look at the Antec 300 "ILLUSION" I like the extra fans. But both are great cases.
  15. Yeah, I'm getting pretty sick of him too !


    = snort ! =
  16. shortstuff_mt you are my master.
  17. Here's what the updated build would look like.

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808 $159.99

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 $104.99

    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021&cm_re=antec_650w-_-17-371-021-_-Product $79.99

    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317&Tpk=his%205770 $152.99 - $10.00 MIR

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275&cm_re=g.skill_ddr3_1333_4gb-_-20-231-275-_-Product $108.99

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395&Tpk=seagate%20500gb%207200.12 $54.99

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.343307 $154.94 - $10.00 MIR (Motherboard + case combo)

    ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR20000:1) w/ SPDIF out - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236053 $169.99 - $10.00 MIR

    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&cm_re=24x_sata-_-27-106-289-_-Product $23.99

    Total - $1,010.86 - $30 MIR's
  18. osu43130 said:
    Shortstuff is right on as usual.

    Only thing I would suggest is if you are looking at upgrading the case I would look at the Antec 300 "ILLUSION" I like the extra fans. But both are great cases.


    Thanks for pointing that out. I think I would opt for the extra fans as well. Does anyone know how noisy the 300 Illusion case would be?
  19. It's not very loud at all with the fans set to low. The three 120mm fans are "TriCool" fans, so they have a low, medium, and high setting. The top 140mm fan is a dual speed fan with low and high settings. I have a build I'm currently completing for a customer that's using the Antec 300 Illusion. The airflow is good and the volume is pretty low with the fans all set to "low".
  20. shortstuff_mt you are right on point! This build looks really great, I'm probably going to pull the trigger on it soon. Thanks for all the helpful feedback from EVERYONE!

    Now, can someone tell me how much this new system will stomp my current P4 3.06, 1GB RAM, GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB system (please don't laugh :D )?
  21. We were kinda hoping you would come back and answer that question, yourself !
  22. You will be blown away by the performance of your new build compared to that old dinosaur! :)
  23. ^Can you see my configuration and suggest me some upgrades?
  24. saint19 said:
    ^Can you see my configuration and suggest me some upgrades?

    You mean the configuration in your profile?

    1- AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE @ 3.8GHz
    2- MSI K9A2 Platinum
    3- GPU MSI N260GTX 896MB O.C.
    4- 4GB DDR2 800MHz Crucial Ballistix Tracert
    5- 2x500GB SATA
    6- CASE Thermaltake V9
    7- PSU Thermaltake TR2-850W
    8- SyncMaster 2333
    9- Labtec 5.1 speakers
    10- Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

    That's a decent build. I'm guessing you already have the components, right? What is it not doing well that would cause you to want an upgrade? If you really want suggestions, we shouldn't hijack this thread. It would be best to start your own thread.
  25. ^Yeah, I have with this build 1 year and a half, but you are right. I will start a new thread for advices.
  26. I'm so stoked, I can't wait to get to building! :)

    Now just for some final wrap up so I can get everything on one order.

    I would still need some Arctic Silver for the heat sink right?

    Any suggestions for keyboard/mouse combos?

    And I'd like to purchase some nice 5.1 or 7.1 speakers. Any suggestions? Would I need anything extra to run 5.1 or 7.1, I'm assuming the on-board audio would support it.
  27. ^All mobo today support the 5.1 and 7.1 spearkers, so, you don't need anything extra. I have a 5.1 Labtec and is very good.
  28. You don't need thermal paste if you're using the stock cooler and not overclocking. The stock HSF comes with thermal paste pre-applied.
  29. An excellent, tho pricey, illuminated KB ...

    This KB is great for the den or HTPC ... not a gamer, though.

    Brothers, I have seen and used more KBs, since 1976 (selectrics & teletypes)

    This KB is SO worth the ~$80 that I ran out and got another one (Best Buy) the day that I spilled coffee on my original one, which was only a week old.

    3 levels of gentle white illumination (and off) ... very slim and light ... outstanding feel !

    Easy to find (or not step/sit on, in the dark. So much more "classy" than red or blue (tho I like amber).

    Best yet ... for me ... truth.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126043&Tpk=logitech%20keyboard%20illuminated
  30. That KB does look pretty sweet, thanks! I'm using wireless right now and I'm somewhat partial to that. Any good wireless KB/mouse combos to look at?
  31. This 5.1 setup looks pretty sweet, price is right too!

    Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speakers - Retail $88.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121006&cm_re=logitech_speakers-_-36-121-006-_-Product
  32. I love wires ... I trust wires ... I NEED wires !
  33. Alvin Smith said:
    I love wires ... I trust wires ... I NEED wires !


    ESPECIALLY FOR GAMING!!!!!
  34. Black wires, red wires, blue wires ... A tremendous amount of wires!

    Supple sensuous wires which have insulation that tastes really good when chewed upon!

    In my project studio, I do so much patching, so often, that my wires end up in a huge tangled rat's-nest, in no time flat. I always put off the "untangling sessions" because they can be daunting and protracted. In college, I was discovered, by roomates, in my unerwear, on the floor, right in the middle of a really huge ball of tangled cables and I was king of bitching out loud, at them ... This was rather embarassing and socially compromising ... hard to live down as I was judged to be a bit "kinky" for such "antics".

    That is just life, in my studio ... seems a little extreme to the uninitiated.

    = sorry for the OT overshare =
  35. Hey shortstuff_mt (or anyone else) any chance you would want to take a crack at putting together a similar build through TigerDirect.com? I get way more of a kickback through my credit card there vs. Newegg. If not, no big deal. ;)
  36. Nm, I priced a similar system through TD and Newegg is still better when you factor in their fast shipping and great customer service. Plus TD does not carry Antec products so the case and PSU is not available there. I really wasn't wild about the other options.
  37. Well I went ahead and ordered the parts today. Here is what the final build looked like. Thanks again for everyone's help. I couldn't have done it without the great assistance here at TH! :)
    . .
    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Model #:Three Hundred Illusi
    Item #:N82E16811129066
    $69.99

    . .
    Rosewill 20" Serial ATA II cable with metal latch, Model RCW-204, Red - Retail
    Model #:RCW-204
    Item #:N82E16812119052
    $2.99

    . .
    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Model #:M4A79XTD EVO
    Item #:N82E16813131402
    $119.99

    . .
    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    Model #:H577FM1GD
    Item #:N82E16814161317
    $162.99

    . .
    Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail
    Model #:EA650
    Item #:N82E16817371015
    $74.99

    . .
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
    Model #:HDZ955FBGMBOX
    Item #:N82E16819103808
    $159.99

    . .
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    Model #:F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
    Item #:N82E16820231275
    $108.99

    . .
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:ST3500418AS
    Item #:N82E16822148395
    $59.99 (x2) $109.98
    . .

    ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor w/Speakers & HDMI - Retail
    Model #:VH232H
    Item #:N82E16824236079
    $179.99

    . .
    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    Model #:iHAS124-04
    Item #:N82E16827106289
    $26.99

    . .
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Model #:GFC-00599
    Item #:N82E16832116754
    $104.99

    . .
    Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speakers - Retail
    Model #:970223-0403
    Item #:N82E16836121006
    $88.99

    Subtotal (before combos, MIR, tax, and shipping): $1,210.87

    Total out the door after combos, MIR, points, tax, and shipping: $1278.00
  38. That's a good looking build. Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
  39. Hey just wanted to report back that I completed my build this week and it's up and running great! Booted on first try. The speed is amazing! Windows 7 is cool. Makes using the PC fun again. Thanks again for all the help!
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