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Parts Advice - Gaming System - Future

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Unknown, 2-3 months
BUDGET RANGE: Max $850

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, some graphics work, and basic computer tasks (internet, movie watching, video watching, etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, HDD Optional (I have an external that I could put into the system if the budget was tight)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: Never built a rig before, so really no preference, just something that has a good track record or good experiences.

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I believe it's 1680x1050 (Needs to be DVI)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to have a case that I could add some lights to the inside at a later date. Definitely something that could play some of the latest FPS. I'm mainly building this to play Starcraft II, which I know does not require heavy graphics work, but I have other games in mind outside this.

Also, I would like Windows 7 64bit preferable to make the most of my RAM. 3-4GB of RAM. I also would like multiple hard drives instead of 1 larger one. CD/DVD drive of course.

I was looking at the part for my graphics card, it's $129.99, so it's a decent price for the apparently performance I've read from the reviews.

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339


Thank you for all your help.
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  1. Here is a great Home Theater and Gaming Mobo with HYBRID SLI and SLI 8x8
    Has integrated HDCP Graphics with HDMI port out ... Ties into your ATi Game Card !


    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131633

    http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=Gdf0vtpVf72LTYgs

    Model
    Brand ASUS
    Model M4A89GTD PRO
    Supported CPU
    CPU Socket Type AM3
    CPU Type Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
    FSB 2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)
    Chipsets
    North Bridge AMD 890GX
    South Bridge AMD SB850
    Memory
    Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
    Memory Standard DDR3 1866 (O.C.) / 1333 / 1066
    Maximum Memory Supported 16GB
    Channel Supported Dual Channel
    Expansion Slots
    PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 support ATI CrossFireX technology(@dual x8 speed)
    PCI Express x4 1
    PCI Express x1 1
    PCI Slots 2
    Storage Devices
    PATA 1 x ATA133 2 Dev. Max
    SATA 6Gb/s 6 x SATA 6Gb/s
    SATA RAID 0/1/5/10
    Onboard Video
    Onboard Video Chipset ATI Radeon HD 4290
    Onboard Audio
    Audio Chipset Realtek ALC892
    Audio Channels 8 Channels
    Onboard LAN
    LAN Chipset Realtek 8111E
    Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
    Rear Panel Ports
    PS/2 1
    Video Ports D-Sub + DVI
    HDMI 1 x HDMI
    USB 1.1/2.0 6 x USB 2.0
    IEEE 1394 1 x IEEE 1394a
    eSATA 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
    S/PDIF Out 1 x Optical
    Audio Ports 6 Ports
    Onboard USB
    Onboard USB 8 x USB 2.0
    Onboard 1394
    Onboard 1394 1x 1394a
    Physical Spec
    Form Factor ATX
    Dimensions 12.0" x 9.6"
    Power Pin 24 Pin
    Manufacturer Warranty
    Parts 3 years limited
    Labor 3 years limited
  2. Games don't care as much about the number of cores so much as they do a fast clock speed. The mobo I spec'd is a core-unlocker type, and might give you more than two cores.

    Even at stock-clock this is a great CPU for gaming and Home Theater ...

    AMD Phenom II X2 555 Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846

    And with this cooler, and FAST CAS7 DDR3, you will be set to OC !

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail $34

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=hyper+212

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=ripjaws_1600-_-20-231-303-_-Product
  3. As we all know ... the GPU is the heart, and most influential component of your gaming experience !!

    We also know that it is best to STRETCH your budget for the best SINGLE CARD SOLUTION you can possibly afford ... and "build down" around that ...
    ... REMEMBER ... that second 5850 (for 2xSLI) will be half the cost, in 18 months !

    Choose the most expensive card you can afford, from THIS list !
    SAPPIRE is the best built.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=Property&N=2010380048&Manufactory=1561&PropertyCodeValue=696%3A53938%2C696%3A33099%2C679%3A50042%2C679%3A50041%2C679%3A49753%2C679%3A49754%2C683%3A20729&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=False&CompareItemList=N82E16814102859%2CN82E16814102864%2CN82E16814102858%2CN82E16814102881%2CN82E16814102856
  4. So, I am reccommending the Radeon 5850 coupled with your mobo's integrated HYBRID SLI ... To get you 2 years down the road ... at which time, you get another 5850 for half of what they cost today.

    = Alvin =
  5. Thanks very much the advice Alvin.
  6. Alvin Smith said:
    So, I am reccommending the Radeon 5850 coupled with your mobo's integrated HYBRID SLI ... To get you 2 years down the road ... at which time, you get another 5850 for half of what they cost today.

    = Alvin =


    1. 780G onwards introduced hybrid crossfire where the integrated video combines with a low end HD 24xx- HD 34xx for better performance. Any higher end discrete video disabled this feature

    2. 890GX is rumoured to do HCF with the lower end offerings from the discrete HD5k series Data is available with HD 4290 IGP + HD 5450 in HCF

    3. Actually if TS non HC gamer and at 1680 x 1050 a HD 4770/4850/GTS250/HD5750/5770 would be ok
  7. I was looking through cases on Newegg and found

    RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156062

    It's gotten great reviews for ventilation and such, but beyond ventilation I'm not totally sure what I need to look for in cases. I like the look, which is a plus, should I look at a larger case or will this one suit the components suggested?
  8. Negative with bundled free PSU with casing at just $10 more you could hit a nice 80+ certified PSU with a very decent Antec 200 hehe
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.359313
  9. The smilodon is a really well built case,I just picked one up a few months ago and I was very impressed with the quailty,I would definitly get a better pwr supply though.The Build with this case went easy,very easy,if you have a comp shop somewhere near by where you live,its worth it to check this case out in person to see the quality of it......
  10. batuchka said:
    1. 780G onwards introduced hybrid crossfire where the integrated video combines with a low end HD 24xx- HD 34xx for better performance. Any higher end discrete video disabled this feature

    2. 890GX is rumoured to do HCF with the lower end offerings from the discrete HD5k series Data is available with HD 4290 IGP + HD 5450 in HCF

    3. Actually if TS non HC gamer and at 1680 x 1050 a HD 4770/4850/GTS250/HD5750/5770 would be ok



    Thanks for the "Primmer " .... Cheezsh! ... Talk-a-'bout "Hot Off The Press"!

    So, as for my way of thinking ... I would want the latest chipset mobo and the highest discreet gpu which would benefit from HCF ...

    ... I *know* you grokked what I just said so ... Can you define a "best answer @moment" for a given mobo/gpu config ??

    = Alvin =
  11. Thanks for the advice on the cases, I'll look at the one suggested.
  12. Best answer
    You are welcomed - something that would suffice IMO
  13. Best answer selected by Jack-o.
  14. Wow, thank you very much! That's almost exactly what I was looking for! Great deals too! Saving me $100 with those deals!
  15. You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
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