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Help for Phenom build $1,000?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Today March 01, 2010) BUDGET RANGE: (Under $1,000) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: ( gaming- WoW, surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: ( keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case, hard drive- have 2 x 1.0 tb from my old computer)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ( newegg.com, tigerdirect.com) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (U.S.A)

PARTS PREFERENCES: (Windows 7, AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor, 650-750 watt power supply)

OVERCLOCKING: Overclocking: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future when I learn how.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: ( 1680x1050)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: ( Will be used to play World of Warcraft, maybe upgrade monitor in 4 or 5 months, will be my 1st time building a computer)
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    CPU/GPU: X4 955 and HD 5870 $528
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750W $95 after rebate
    Optical: SATA DVD burner $24

    Total: $892.
  2. I was reading other previous posts, would this be a good combo?


    GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail Model #:GA-790XTA-UD4 $139.99

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 -4GBRM $114.99

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible $34.99

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $9.99

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - $160.99

    XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $179.99

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $104.99

    SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222L LightScribe Support - OEM- $25.99

    if my math is correct should be $772.00 before tax and shipping


    Also do I need the

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible $34.99
    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $9.99

    if I don't plan to overclock/ramp up the computer?
  3. Get the SATA version of the DVD burner.

    No, you don't need the HSF or thermal compound if you're not overclocking.

    That will certainly power WoW through everything. If you're more committed to spending the full $1,000, my build above would be great at playing every game.
  4. Thanks MadAdmiral for the advice :D , purchased from Newegg yesterday (03/01/2010).
    Can't wait for the parts to get here. :bounce:


    . Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - $23.99
    . GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $139.99
    . XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $169.99
    . AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - $160.99
    . G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - $114.99
    . Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - $104.99
    . Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ... - $109.99
    .
    . Total, includes tax $895.98
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