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March 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM

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=N82E168...


Thank you for all your help.
March 23, 2010 2:39:33 AM


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=N82E168...

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
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March 23, 2010 2:53:03 AM

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=N82E168...

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=E...

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=N82E168...



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March 23, 2010 3:02:30 AM

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?Submi...




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March 23, 2010 3:20:40 AM

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 =
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March 23, 2010 9:53:03 AM

Thanks very much the advice Alvin.
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March 23, 2010 9:58:19 AM

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
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March 23, 2010 10:18:22 AM

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=N82E168...

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?
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March 23, 2010 12:22:43 PM

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......
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March 23, 2010 6:20:57 PM

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 =
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March 23, 2010 9:06:11 PM

Thanks for the advice on the cases, I'll look at the one suggested.
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March 24, 2010 8:54:56 AM

You are welcomed - something that would suffice IMO
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March 24, 2010 9:32:19 AM

Best answer selected by Jack-o.
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March 24, 2010 9:35:58 AM

Wow, thank you very much! That's almost exactly what I was looking for! Great deals too! Saving me $100 with those deals!
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March 24, 2010 9:39:23 AM

You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
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