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March 13, 2010 7:40:14 PM

Greetings all, while I posted a couple months back asking for build advice, finances became tight and I had to wait. I am now ready to buy and build, so I am looking for your great advice once again. On to the info...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week.

RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) $1000-1100

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MMO gaming is my primary type of gaming, but I would like to play some of the games my PS3 can't i.e. Left 4 Dead, Mass Effect2, etc...

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I'm not reusing any part except for the keyboard and mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really, just looking for the best bang for the buck.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes I would like to overclock a little
SLI: I have no real interest in running SLI or crossfire

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I am buying a new monitor with this build. The one I found for a resonable price was 1600X900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't need a case with a window or any flashy looks. My computer is setup in a living room, so I would like to keep it as quiet as possible.

What I am considering so far:
Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hanns·G HH201HPB Black 20" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Case/power supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3

GPU:
XFX HD-585A-ZNDC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) XXX Edition 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

Heatsink:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

Motherboard/OS combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

Total: $1,106.89 this includes shipping

Thanks for reading my thread, and I look forward to your advice!

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March 14, 2010 3:34:12 AM



SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151192
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $6.99
• 2 year: $11.99
$19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$59.99
$54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer X223WDbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824009212
Return Policy: Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$179.99
$159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102878
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $25.99
• 2 year: $42.99
-$10.00 Instant
$259.99
$249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231303
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Return Policy
$104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


• OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817341016
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
• COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119137
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
-$10.00 Combo
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$174.98
$134.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


• AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103808
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
• ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131402
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$279.98
$259.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Subtotal: $1,134.89
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March 14, 2010 12:31:49 PM

On a lot of the 1600 RAM I am seeing designed for i5 and i7. Will I see trouble if I am using an AMD chip? Should I just go with 1333?
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March 14, 2010 12:38:15 PM

They will work just fine on AMD boards.

The comments on i5 / i7 is to note the RAM voltage is equal to or less than 1.65V, which is the requirement of the Intel chips.
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March 22, 2010 2:40:30 PM

Thanks for the previous replies. This is the system I have in my newegg cart ready to click buy. I just wanted to run it by you all before I did.

Note: my wife clamped down on the budget, so I had to get as close to $1k as I could.

Also, went with the WD HD because the spinpoints are out of stock.

Let me know what you think.

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH202T-P Glossy black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail
Combo for these two:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision Model HDZ555WFGMBOX - Retail

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

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

combo with win 7.

subtotal: 960.89
Thanks again for the help.
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March 22, 2010 4:12:31 PM

For gaming this would blow the above out of the water.

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March 22, 2010 4:25:54 PM

I was really trying to fit either a 5830 or 5850 into my budget, but I need win7. Most of my gaming is MMO in nature, so I'm hoping the 5770 will do. I guess the question is does the 5850 supply enough of an increase in performance to justify the wife aggro for a couple days.
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March 22, 2010 4:45:18 PM

5850 gets about 30+ fps over the 5770.
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March 29, 2010 11:15:43 AM

Best answer selected by r_manic.
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