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March 27, 2010 11:52:55 PM

My friend is getting a computer as a grad gift from his parents and I agreed to build it for him. He said that his parents said to go all out but to be within reason. He is an occasional gamer but he is encouraged to game more in the future especially cause of this upcoming. He also said that he wants the build to be future-proof. I just want to get outside opinions before I give the thumbs up.

AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

2x G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory (Is this best choice or RAM?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB (Is there anything better and cheaper than this thats reliable?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

ASUS CD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Sunbeam PSU-COM680-BK-US 680W ATX12V Modular (It this enough? I dont see crossfire in the future. Is there anything better for value? If possible, keep it modular but im open for suggestions)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Antec Twelve Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor (anything better for the value?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Peripherals:
RAZER Lachesis Banshee (He really likes this one)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Logitech G15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

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March 28, 2010 1:44:51 AM

Nice CPU.

That motherboard is good for future-proofing if you want to be able to run 4 cards. Not so good as it does not feature SATA 6GB/s ports. It's also quite expensive. So if 3 or more video cards isn't desired then I'd suggest this: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO $139 ($7.87 shipping) They also have a version with USB3.

I would not say that is a good choice of RAM. Firstly as 4 x1GB cuts off an upgrade option, then that RAM is slower than you can easily get, and two sets totals ~$135, whereas you can get something like this: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH (7-7-7-21) 1.5V for $110.

Good choice of card, I wouldn't change unless you're willing to spend a lot more.

Is there some reason why you need a retail harddrive? The sata cables you'll need will come with the motherboard. This is one of the fastest 500GB harddrives, has more storage and is cheaper: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB $55

Please do not cheap out on the PSU. A bad one can blow up and damage other components on it's way down. So unless you know that it is a good one, I'd suggest getting another one. I don't know if you are taking the rebate on that PSU into account. The way I figure it it costs $250 without rebate, $225 for that case and PSU together, taking shipping into account. So either way this is cheaper: Antec Twelve Hundred & Antec Earthwatts 650W PSU Combo $215 And I certainly know that the PSU involved is a good one. And powerful enough for multiple 5770s.
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March 28, 2010 2:00:29 AM

^+10...

Saves me from posting pretty much what I was getting ready to type in and recommend (I would've went with the TP-650 combo for $10).
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March 28, 2010 2:20:02 AM

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