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Advice - Please review gamming, etc. system.

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March 3, 2010 4:22:58 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Building an all propose PC: Gamming, video editing, encoding movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have a Case, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, most of the basic stuff. The power supply I have is a Corsair 550 W. OS: Windows XP

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, etc.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in Future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
My old Athlon 2600 bit the dust (was my first build and served me well R.I.P.) so looking for some advice on parts for its replacement. Trying to keep the price around $650ish. This is what I have selected:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HITACHI Deskstar HD31000 IDK/7K (0S00163) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comments / Suggestions and thanks in advance!


March 3, 2010 6:56:09 PM

MadAdmiral said:
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115. Much faster sticks for very little more.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90. This is the best HDD out right now.


Humm - for $8 more I could upgrade the memory ( I am assuming this memory will work okay with the MB). The hard drive maybe pushing the budjet. I can get the Hitachi for about $69. Unless you know something about the HitACHI drive that it should be avoided at all cost?
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March 3, 2010 7:10:48 PM

I know that Hitachi's theory to HDDs is to use smaller platters, which inherently decreases speed, increases heat and noise, and theoretically could increase the odds of failure. Hitachi also isn't considered one of the big HDD manufacturers.

And if you're referring to getting it at $69 through the rebate, the rebate is gone now. It's $85.
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March 4, 2010 3:29:33 PM

Thanks for the advice. I will have to see what can be done to stretch the budjet. or maybe getting a small capacity Drive to save some $.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
March 4, 2010 3:36:04 PM

I wouldn't get anything other than the 500 GB F3 ($55) or Seagate 7200.12 (also $55). These are the only other 500 GB platter drives out in the lower sizes right now.

Don't forget to check for combos with other parts.
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March 4, 2010 4:28:13 PM

Really appreciate the help. Have to read up on the Toms review of the 890 board.
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