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March 2, 2010 5:40:00 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 1500 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Everything is required (monitor, keyboard, mouse, os)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: North East US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Full Tower, ATI/AMD for processor and graphics

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I picked out parts already; I’m pretty set on the 5870 and a mobo with sata 6 gbs and usb 3.0 for future proofing.

I’m looking for a build critique and maybe someone knows of a better brand or deal (wouldn’t mind saving money too). Not sure if I picked out the right memory.


DVD

Card Reader

COOLER MASTER HAF 922

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Windows 7

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24"

Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System

Saitek PZ30AU 104 Normal Keys

Logitech MX518

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W

XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

Let me know what you guys think....thanks

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March 2, 2010 5:44:15 PM

Switch the WD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB.

Spend a few bucks more for 1600 mhz CL 7 Ripjaws. The 1333 mhz ones are the same price, so get the faster ones in case you decide to overclock later.

Other than those very minor changes, it looks good.
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March 2, 2010 5:47:14 PM

I'll def take you advice on the ram, not sure about the hd though. I've always used WD, is Samsung as reliable?
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March 2, 2010 5:48:55 PM

Yes. And WD is losing the battle right now. Their HDDs are more expensive, slower, louder and run hotter. The Samsung (or Seagate 7200.12) is a much better choice.
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March 2, 2010 5:56:23 PM

Nice build stick with Mads final changes and it is damn near perfect.
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March 2, 2010 5:58:15 PM

Ok well that was easy thanks everyone.
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March 2, 2010 6:00:07 PM

Best answer selected by nuke3ae.
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March 5, 2010 3:07:38 PM

Hey guys any suggestions on an intel processor and mobo? Still looking to have the sata 6gbs and usb 3.0?
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March 5, 2010 3:12:02 PM

At a $1500 budget, you are going to want to go with the i5-750. I'm sure someone will come along and suggest a motherboard shortly.
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March 5, 2010 3:26:40 PM

Thanks again guys
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