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March 25, 2010 10:40:00 PM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Purchased/Estimated Delivery 03-29-10

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming/Media sharing (Music & Video Shared to PS3)/Output Video & Sound to 1080P LCD TV Which Outputs to 6 Channel Surround)/Surfing Internet/Recreational

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Monitor/Input Devices/Sound Devices

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com/amazon.com/xoxide.com (Specialty Equipment)

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Mid-Tower/Modular PSU/AMD CPU (Experience With AMD)

OVERCLOCKING:
Maybe (Learning Process)

SLI/CROSSFIRE: Didn't Seem Necessary?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 x 1024 VGA LCD (Looking to Upgrade Soon)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Medieval II Total War was placed on the order for convenience and doesn't warrant any critique for this build. What I am hoping to learn from this build is how in the future I can maximizing performance by filtering out parts that aren't all that cracked up to be. PSU was Wattage was chosen based on the Newegg Power Calculator. Some examples I ran through in my head were ddr3 v. ddr2, to much or to little GPU horsepower, quad-core v. dual-core, and 16MB HD Cache v. $20 more 32MB Cache (WD Blue & WD Black editions). The build was intended to be a gaming PC keeping it as low as possible in cost without sacrificing quality. More Specifically with the usage, my game intentions to push the PC's limits with are RTS games. Dawn of War II series, Supreme Commander, Napoleon Total war, for some examples. I prefer higher resolutions for RTS so I can manage the game more effectively if that helps in the GPU area. The FPS games that I play are older like the Counter strike series so I didn't take that into consideration. I multi-task alot on a PC but I didn't know if a quad-core or a dual-core would provide best performance regarding the gaming/mutli-tasking PC lifestyle I have. I had a choice of a 3.2 AM3 dual-core w/ L3 Caches pricing very similar to the quad-core listed below. One of my main concerns was dealing with the ddr3 memory and adjusting with the ram timings, which I have proactively read Tom's Forums to make that, hopefully, pain free. I also read Tom's Forums for the GPU I used for this build. Prices aren't a big deal here because discounts change often with newegg, but I did try to maintain that $800 "gaming rig" budget. If I could get some tips on how this system build could be tweaked for the better I would greatly appreciate the help for all future builds and upgrades to come :) 

Thanks in Advance & If You Have Any Questions Feel Free to Email

1 COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel +
Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119197
Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.98

1 Nippon Labs 19.7" SATA III Flat Cable with Latch Model
SATA3-0.5M - Retail
Item #: N82E16812816115
Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$6.99

1 Open Box: ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD
Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131603R
Open Box Refund Only Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$57.99

1 SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit
GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support
Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102824
VGA Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$94.99

1 OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready
CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817341022
Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99

1 AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W
Quad-Core Processor Model ADX630WFGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103704
Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

1 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231277
Memory Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$105.99

1 Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM
SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136074
Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99

1 LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98
LightScribe Support - Retail
Item #: N82E16827106335
Standard Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$31.99

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

1 Medieval II: Total War Gold Edition PC Game SEGA - Retail
Item #: N82E16832203019
Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$19.99

1 DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #358705 -$15.00 (Power Supply & CD/DVD Burner}

Subtotal $727.88
Tax $0.00
UPS 3 Days $7.56
Promo Code -$10.00
Order Total $725.44

*Price After Mail-In Rebates: $690.44
*Prices shown as of 03-23-10
March 26, 2010 2:47:31 AM

Looks good overall. I would ditch the 6 dollar sata cable and replace the mobo with this one ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO. In case you didn't know sata cables usually come with the motherboards.
March 26, 2010 5:50:23 PM

I ordered the cable because I wasn't sure if an open box mobo will include one. I also am looking at buying a new monitor for this build in about a week. On newegg this is what I filtered my choices down too.

Wide screen : Yes
Useful Links : Free Shipping
Recommended Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Price : $100 - $200
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