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March 26, 2010 12:23:02 AM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 24 hrs BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming..... eventually may hook up to tv (1080p) to watch movies.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, would consider other sites for a great deal.
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: I am leaning toward the AMD as it seems best value for money in my price range at this time.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe when needed SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, when needed.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am still happy with the E8400, 4850 system I built 2 years ago. I usually build a new system every 4 to 5 years, but, the wifes' dinosaur computer quit and she wants my current system after looking at what she could get from Walmart :-). I am an avid gamer, but, don't have a strong preference for max graphics settings. So, I would like to build a computer with more emphasis on a better cpu/motherboard and update my GPU as needed when mid to low graphics settings start to lag. I realize that many recommend getting the best GPU that fits the budget and working back to the mb/cpu.

My main concerns are:
1. I am not sure of my mb/cpu combo, I could get almost as much cpu and mb for about $100 less... am I getting added value?
2. Is there a better ram in the price range?
3. A Intel build considered with good supporting reasons? please provide specific mb, cpu, ram recommendation
3. Any other advice appreciated, building a few computers over the last 15 years just gives me enuff knowlege to be dangerous :-).

Thanks ahead of time for any advice, you are all great. You are the reason my last build, is my only build, that turned out awesome.

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Here is a list of my parts I have selected:

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136177 $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395 -$5.00 Instant $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-577A-ZNEC Radeon HD 5770 XTreme Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150463 $184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227297 Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy -$5.00 Instant 20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card 20-227-297 $130.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065 $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371015 combo with case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129066 -$20.00 Instant -$20.00 Combo $129.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128415 combo with cpu and game
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103727
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Gift - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Coupon - Retail (only because it is free)
Item #: N82E16800995090 -$5.00 Instant -$49.99 Combo $363.98


March 26, 2010 12:31:04 AM

Sorry, forgot to add total.


$1,030 + $10 shipping = $1,040
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March 26, 2010 12:36:20 AM

My Recommendatons:
  • CPU/MOBO Combo: Drop your CPU down to the Phenom II X4 955 and use this combo, since there is little difference between the two... http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail or G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail - both are cheaper and similar timings.

    The rest looks good to me!!
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    March 26, 2010 12:59:29 PM

    Thanks Techmo......
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    March 26, 2010 12:59:37 PM

    Best answer selected by Dabard.
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