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February 27, 2010 3:16:31 PM


BUDGET RANGE: around $900
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Battlefield BC2, whatever else that comes out new) @ 1920x1280

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Windows 7, Monitor, Hard Drives, dvd drive




SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not today, but would like the capability to do so later

Here is what I'm leaning towards. With shipping, I'm right around $885. Just one thing to note, the case I have is free shipping so my total shipping is only $5.99. If I go with a non free shipping case even if it's the same price or a bit cheaper, shipping jumps up 10-25 dollars.

$305 (combo deal) -
BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750

$390 (combo deal)-
XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition 256-bit GDDR5
XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified

$105 -
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

$80 -
AZZA Helios 910 Black Japanese SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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February 27, 2010 4:48:01 PM

Hey GlenK!

So let's see, you don't need Windows 7 or a Hard Drive. Do you happen to need a CD/DVD Drive? You didn't include it in your build below >_<

I must say the build you have is quite good.

Core i5 is great for the wallet and on-par with the Core i7s.
XFX has a Lifetime Warranty on their Graphics Cards! (ATI HD 5850 is probably one of the best cards out now)
XFX has 5 Year Warranties on their Power Supplys. Awesome!

Use PROMO CODE EMCYNNS22 to say $5 on the G.SKILL Ripjaw RAM <3 Just for you

The case might be iffy to me. I prefer a solid Antec Three-Hundred ($60) or a CoolerMaster, but I have had a great history with AZZA none-the-less.

The only thing I might change would be the motherboard. Yeah the combo is great and all for $-20, but you can find a good brand name MSI or ASUS motherboard for $110~.
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February 27, 2010 7:56:00 PM

^^ That link you listed takes me to a evga I-7 motherboard for $269.

Thanks for the promo code necromentia! I don't need a dvd drive either, I have a bunch kicking around and haven't felt like going to blu-ray was worth it.

As far as the motherboard goes, I wasn't really seeing much for asus or msi that did crossfire at least at 8x8x. I saw some that went down to 4x, but eventually I would like to get a second 5850 down the road and 8x8x doesn't bother me, but I don't want to do 4x4x.

Is there some I'm missing that will do crossfire at 8x8x for around $125? I don't want to spend 200 on a MB.

I've been debating back and forth on that gskill ram and azza case or this combo instead:

I could keep the gskill and just switch to the coolermaster case instead though.