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$1800 Home Gaming PC w/Monitor

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March 4, 2010 12:00:52 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of March

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching tv/movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Would like all new everything my old stuff is all about 6years old

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Tigerdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: As long as it's fast and it will last and fit my budget.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes in the future when the 5850's come down in price

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080+

Computer will mostly be used for Multi-Boxing EQemu playing WoW EQ2, Aion and other Online games and playing other higher end single player games @ decent FPS. Watching TV/Movies.

Budget no more then $1800 with shipping

Website of choice http://www.tigerdirect.com/

Corsair Dual Channel 4096MB PC10600 DDR3 1333MHz Memory (2x2048MB) - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... - Motherboard can take 1600MHz memory but from what I've read you need to mess with the Bios to get it to read it. I'm no pro and stuff like that worries me. I'm open to suggestions if its worth getting 1600MHz and makes a noticeable difference.

(Combo Deal) - Asus M4A79T Deluxe Motherboard & AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor & XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition Video Card Bundle

ASUS M4A79T Deluxe Motherboard - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... - Multiple 16x PCIe slots so later on down the line I can throw in another 5850 hopefully.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition AM3 CPU HDZ965FBGMBOX - 3.40GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Processor with Fan - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

XFX Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 Black Edition - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Samsung P2570HD 25" Class Widescreen ToC LCD Monitor with TV Tuner and Logitech MK300 Wireless Desktop Keyboard and Mouse Bundle - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... - I don't have a cable box just a coaxial cable coming out of my wall that i hook into my TV on my desk to watch cable TV. I'm looking for a decent sized monitor that will double as a HDTV. Mouse and keyboard on this is a plus but here I'm clueless as well I'm open to suggestions.

Western Digital WD7501AALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 3.5", 7200 RPM, SATA 3G, 750GB, 32MB Cache - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... - Seem decent and big enough for what I'd use it for.

Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE DVDRW Drive - DVD+R 22X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, IDE (OEM) - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... - only picked this because its a Samsung and pretty cheap.

Cooler Master V8 CPU Fan - Socket 1366/775/AM2/AM2+,1156, AM3 120mm Fan, Modular Aluminum Fins - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... - Don't know much about these but it was reasonably priced and seemed to have pretty good reviews. Open to suggestions.

Corsair TX950W 950-Watt Power Supply - 950 Watt, ATX, PCIe, SLI-Ready, 80 Plus Bronze - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... - Wanted to make sure I'd have plenty of power for a 2nd 5850 when I get it and some case lights or something. Open to suggestions.

Case - Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Special Edition ATX Full Tower Case - ATX, 7x Expansion Slots, 2x 120mm Fan Ports, Acrylic AMD Dragon Side Panel - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... - Seems tigerdirect just ran out of the Cooler Master 932 tower with the huge side fan I had in my cart.

Also Windows 7 - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

All this is in my Tigerdirect cart for $1780.25 with shipping.

Been 6years since I built my last computer is this all the stuff I'll need and is it all compatible?
March 4, 2010 1:12:41 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hadware forum.

1- Why AMD, (I have a X4 955) I think that with that budget you can build a i7 rig
2- With a 750W Plus Bronze certified is enough for the Crossfire.
3- The Hyper 212+ is a very good cooler, and you can get a similar performance as the V8
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March 4, 2010 1:13:39 AM

Just scanned your build quickly ...

Given your budget and your stated goals, a 5870 is indicated (or 2X5850s)

... Your PSU is good for any 2 card xFire.

... double check your memory and cooling for that mobo and ... stock cooler? O.C.++

= Al = Other AM3 mobo experts usually chime-in, right about now. Tho, most of us use newegg as a reference site.

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March 4, 2010 2:01:15 AM

saint19 said:
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hadware forum.

1- Why AMD, (I have a X4 955) I think that with that budget you can build a i7 rig
2- With a 750W Plus Bronze certified is enough for the Crossfire.
3- The Hyper 212+ is a very good cooler, and you can get a similar performance as the V8


AMD CPU AM3 Mobo seem cheaper and good enough for what I'll use them for. I still have to squeeze new monitor,mouse,keyboard,speakers into this budget. I figured as long as i have 3.0GHz+ CPU and a good GFX card I'll be fine? I'll look into the hyper 212 and a lower PSU

Thanks for the reply.
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March 4, 2010 2:11:25 AM

Seems the XFX 5850 has 2 6pin connectors so i'll eventually need 4 and the PSU above doesn't list that it has any. Can you buy these separately?
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March 4, 2010 2:35:16 AM

As indicated by others above, with that budget, I'd go Intel 1156 / 1366

Monitor - Better monitor and 1920 x 1200 instead of 1080.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.

Case / PSU : $310 case / psu combo is expensive. Antec 1200 / CP-850 is a better PSU and equivalent case for $65 less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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March 4, 2010 3:34:13 AM

I'd like a monitor i can plug my cable TV's coaxial cord into so it will double as a TV
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