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March 14, 2010 7:10:08 PM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 1 month BUDGET RANGE: ~$700 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: office, gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (1680x1050), speakers, hdd.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com as I'd like to try to get everything in one place COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've been using AMD processors for a bit, but would use an intel just as easily

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My old PC needs to be replaced, and I've been out of the PC building world for so long I'm not sure where to start. The PC's main use would be everyday office work (emails, some photoshop, office documents, etc.) but I do enjoy playing COD4MW2 and the like. I've got the hard drive already (Western Digital SATA drive), but need everything else. I am re-purposing my current PC for the kids to use and could pull the EVGA 8800GT (512MB) video card from it, but would need a similar replacement card to go back into the old pc, so I might as well get a new card for the new pc. Also, would i need to get a retail copy of Windows 7 or could I just go OEM? I don't know what issues I'd run into with the OEM versions with W7.

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March 14, 2010 7:40:20 PM


Looks like an AM3 Socket with a 5770 GPU

(Maybe a fast Phenom-II X3? )

4GB CAS7 DDR3

Antec 300 or CoolerMaster Centurion Mid Tower case

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 cooler

Arctic Silver MX-2 Thermal Paste

SAMSUnG Spinpoint 500MB or 1TB @ 7200 RPM (Or Caviar Black 1TB @ 7200RPM)

SAMSUNG DVDR

= Alvin =

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March 14, 2010 7:42:31 PM


650W (+/- 50Watts) Single +12V Rail (80 PLUS) xFire Ready PSU

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March 15, 2010 12:28:01 AM

I don't need the hdd, so that money can go into something else.
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March 15, 2010 3:26:04 AM

Athlon II x3 435/Gigabyte 890 USB3 - 199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600 - 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 5770 - 154.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair VX550W - 79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master HAF 922 - 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Really cases in general are a personal thing so what I suggested is an option. You just choose one with good airflow... but the case above does have that)

PS. Add a dvd burner if you want. Not sure if one was needed.
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March 15, 2010 3:47:23 AM

VERY NICE ! *WITH* DVDR Your Total before shipping will be. . . .

... ... ... ... lemme see ... carry the 8 .. ... jeesh, lotsa ".99s" ... and ...

. . . cha-CHING ! ! . . . Your grand total, with DVDR is just under $655 USD

= ta dah = good job!
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March 15, 2010 3:49:42 AM


PS: That HAF-922 case is like $30 more and TEN TIMES BETTER !!!
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March 15, 2010 3:51:15 AM


FREE SHIPPING PROMO CODE ON THE HAF-922 ENDS NOON WEDNESDAY !!
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March 15, 2010 10:05:17 AM

Anyone able to put together an Intel build just for comparison?
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March 15, 2010 2:28:46 PM

I forgot to ask, do you want USB3/SATA6GB on your board?

If not:
Intel i3 530/Gigabyte H55 S2javascript:%20void(0);H Mobo - 199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Reuse everything I state in AMD build.

Quote:
G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600 - 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 63938&SID=


XFX 5770 - 154.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product


Corsair VX550W - 79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139004


Cooler Master HAF 922 - 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product


PS. Just noticed you didn't want crossfire so either go with the board I originally listed (in the AMD build) so you can later support the 6-core CPU AMD is going to release or drop to:
Gigabyte USB3 770 Mobo - 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better RAM for $4 more:
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1333 Cas 8 - 108.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 15, 2010 4:27:39 PM

Wait your primary use for a gaming PC is doing office stuff?
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March 15, 2010 5:26:55 PM

Well, If it can handle gaming, it'll handle the office stuff no sweat. I just don't need some amazing machine as I don't do a lot of gaming, but I don't want to be stuck playing games from 2 years ago either. I want to be able to pick up a game off the shelf for the next 2 years and be confident it'll play at a decent frame rate and resolution.
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March 15, 2010 7:46:08 PM

spamman said:
Well, If it can handle gaming, it'll handle the office stuff no sweat. I just don't need some amazing machine as I don't do a lot of gaming, but I don't want to be stuck playing games from 2 years ago either. I want to be able to pick up a game off the shelf for the next 2 years and be confident it'll play at a decent frame rate and resolution.

Well then just pick up a Athlon II.
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March 22, 2010 3:05:03 AM

Best answer selected by r_manic.
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