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March 4, 2010 2:01:07 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next 2-3 weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: games mostly and normal internet/word processing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I'm only replacing Mobo, CPU, Ram. Graphics card potentially in a few months (currently have a 8800gs that needs upgrading, but I'm doing this in steps due to budget limitations). I plan on re-using all my other parts, including a 450 W PS that I've had for the last two years.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Like Newegg, not opposed to others.

PARTS PREFERENCES: No strict preference

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, definitely not required

MONITOR RESOLUTION: currently 1280x1024, preferrably have room to upgrade to a 22-24" monitor at a later date.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm looking to spend $350-400 for just these three components. I have a rough idea of what to get, but looking for input if I can do better or if I have any issues with the size of my PSU, especially if i upgrade the graphics card in the upcoming months to something better (but within like a $100-150 price range. Current idea:

cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (or something like these, I'm not super picky when it comes to a mobo)

ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks!

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March 4, 2010 2:18:23 PM

Those are good components. Here's a combo deal for the Gigabyte board and the 955 that gets you a free game:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

What 450W PSU do you have? I'm sure you may be aware that a quality PSU is the key to a stable system. If it's a cheap PSU you should replace it with a quality unit ASAP before the old one takes out your shiny new components in its blaze of glory.
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March 4, 2010 2:36:56 PM

Im not sure on make/model, will look it up when I get home. I saw that combo as well, one reason I put that mobo up here. Are both those mobo options decent?
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March 4, 2010 2:43:53 PM

I would avoid Nvidia Nforce chipset motherboards. They are known to have stability issues. I also haven't had the best luck with MSI motherboards. I would stick with either Gigabyte or Asus. The GA-MA790XT-UD4P is a great board for the money.
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