Need help with 800$ max PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Hopefully within a month or two) BUDGET RANGE: (800 tops i hope)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Ive got classes next year thatll invole virtualization and multiple OSs, some gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse(Msoft Arc Mouse), monitor(ASUS VH236H), speakers(Sony 5.1), OS(Win 7 64bit)




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)

Stuff ive got in my cart

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS DVD-E818A6T/BLK/B/G Black 18X SATA DVD-ROM Drive - Bulk - Retail

I still need a case and PSU. I dont want to pay more for something to big and with more power than i have to. All this so far is 614$. Im not looking for Crysis 60fps or anything.
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  1. i5 750 $200 free shipping
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 $124 USB3.0 SATA III free shipping
    HD 5750 $144 Free shipping
    Spinpoint F3 $89 7.28 shipping
    Thermaltake V9 Black Edition $65 after rebate and promotion code free shipping (this case is amazing for its price)
    Antec 500w PSU $69 + $6 shipping
    Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 $104 free shipping
    Sony Optiarc Black DVD drive $24 free shipping

    ~832 after shipping, rebates and promotional codes

    if this isn't good i might be able to squeeze a bit more out of it, just let me know.

    EDIT:I copied it from another post i made, and modified it im fixing some of the broken links now.

    EDIT:I fixed all of the links
  2. That's decent, but here are some much better parts:

    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Neo Eco 520W $120 (saves $20).
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115 (adds $11). Much faster sticks.
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $90 (saves $7 w/ shipping). Just as fast, but cheaper.
    GPU: HD 5770 $155 (adds $11). Much better GPU. It's a 15-20% performance increase for almost nothing.

    Total: $818. If you absolutely need to be under $800, switch the CPU and board for:

    CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $228 after rebate (saves $96)
    HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $29 (to overclock)

    Total: $751.
  3. Shot down!

    as expected Good answer! +1 to MadAdmiral
  4. Seems nice. Is the Intel combo better than the Phenom i had? if the intel is that much better ill keep it.
  5. It's not a huge amount better. I would say that with your budget, you should stick to AMD. Just make sure to get the X4 955, as it's the same chip as the 965, just without a factory overclock.
  6. Sounds good. On another note the PSU doesnt have a power cord? ive never built a pc so this seems weird to me. Where do i get one?
  7. I hadn't noticed that. And I have no idea on where you'd get one...

    So instead of that case/PSU combo, get this one: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $130
  8. I liked the idea of that cooling thing for the intel. Any comparable thngs for the AMD? Overclocking sounds like something i might do. Also, does the MOBO i have fit in with the ports on the case? I look at pics and they dont seem to line up. Once again im new.
  9. That HSF will work on AMD CPUs as well. It will actually work for every current generation socket. I included it with the AMD recommendation because the X4 955 is a little slower than the i5, and overclocking would help lower that difference.
  10. In case you ever do end up needing a power cord, one of these will probably fit the bill:
  11. I looked on the stickyd thread about buying PCs and over at the "March 2010 best video card" section it gave me the card i began the thread with. Is the 577 worth the extra cash?
  12. Yes. It's about 15-20% more powerful, uses a lot less energy to run, scales better in Crossfire, runs extremely quiet and stays very cool. Not to mention it supports Eyefinity, DirectX 11 and bitstreaming.

    Basically, you would be looking at replacing the 4850 in a year or so because of the new games using DirectX 11.
  13. Im noticing that the visiontek HD 4870 is the same price, and the review for the 5770 said in the conclusion to opt for this one. Is it worth it? DX 11 sounds like itll come in handy later.
  14. The 5770 will be more future proof. The 4870 will be more powerful at the same price. Most people here will recommend the 5770 over the older cards because of the future proofing factors and the lower power consumption.
  15. ^and because the 5770 overclocks better than the 4870.
  16. I watched a youtube video about installing the heatsink and it said you should have a 21cm width case. Is the antec case that wide?
  17. MolotovMan1263 said:
    Also, does the MOBO i have fit in with the ports on the case? I look at pics and they dont seem to line up. Once again im new.
    You have to remove the backplate that comes with the case and replace it with the one that comes with the mobo.
    I watched a youtube video about installing the heatsink and it said you should have a 21cm width case. Is the antec case that wide?
    Well on the specs it says 8.10", on my tape measure when I count 10 notches above 8 inches it is opposite 22cm. Whereas when I put 8.10" into an online length converter it says 20.5cm. So ?
    I think allowing 5cm for the motherboard tray is a bit excessive. So considering the fact that the Antec 300 and Hyper 212 Plus are recommended together quite often I'm sure if it didn't work it would have been brought up by now.
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