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Last response: in Systems
March 25, 2010 2:56:34 PM


BUDGET RANGE: $1500 after rebate

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming primarily, other things secondary

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers/mouse


PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or higher

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: have access to windows 7 for free

OK so I've never built a computer before but my friend has helped me throw together a list. Thoughts?

Hanns·G HH-281HPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD Monitor Built in Speakers

XCLIO A380COLOR Fully Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P3 550W Power Supply

OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX60G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
HIS Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) H587F1GDG Video Card
MSI 790FX-GD70 ATX AMD Motherboard

Total: $1480 after rebate ($290 for monitor so actual comp is $1190.


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March 25, 2010 3:01:54 PM

I'm going to go ahead and say no. Period. You're sacrificing a lot of gaming performance for that SSD, and losing a lot with sub-par parts. Here's a much better build:

CPU: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $375. Better CPU and a higher quality, more future proof board.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115. Faster RAM. Also, OCZ sticks have compatibility issues with a lot of boards.
GPU: HD 5870 $420
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55. Faster HDD. By a lot. Not to mention higher quality.
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $90 after rebate. That Xclio PSU is a POS.
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate. Same for the Xclio case. This is easily the best case out there.
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24
HSF (if OCing): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35

Total: $1,204. Add in the montior.