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March 29, 2010 4:02:55 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 2-3 paychecks (month to month and half)

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates- spending to fit what it needs to do.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
Movies and surfing. Games will be mostly played on my i7-930 im building also...

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Asus M3N78-VM Socket AM2+/ GeForce 8200/ DDR2-1066/ Hybrid SLI/ HDMI/ A&V&GbE/ MATX Motherboard

AMD Athlon™ 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 6000+ 3.00GHZ

4gig Ram DDR2 800

64bit Windows 7 Professional

Hard drive Western Digital 300gig hard drive WDC WD3200AAKS-75VYA0 ATA Device

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick) Newegg, compusa(store available), pricegrabber, open to any.

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
Would like it to be quite yet still have ability to handle any video or blueray i throw at it.

This is what I am thinking so far:

GRAPHICS CARD

HIS H567Q512 Radeon HD 5670 $84
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDTV CASE
Antec Fusion Remote Black microATX $130+9.99ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD WRITER(to make Bluerays)
???

TV TUNER
-would like to be able to watch premium cable channels and use windows media center.

CPU COOLER
????

POWER SUPPLY
Corsair VX450W CMPSU-450VX 450W, $59.99
or
Enermax ECO80+ 400W EES400AWT, $80
or
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D 60

BLUE RAY
$65 Lite-on Blue Ray
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks in advance for any comments!!

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March 29, 2010 5:19:09 PM

TV Tuner: You can't watch premium channels with the tuners that are available on the market right now.

HDD: I would get a new drive, such as the Seagate 7200.12 500 GB or 1 TB. These are a lot faster and quieter than older drives. They also generate less heat.

HSF: Unnecessary. I'd stick with stock cooling.

PSU: SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze $56. It's a little pricey, but it's really efficient (lower noise, lower hear) and extremely high quality.
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March 29, 2010 6:15:13 PM

Except you're losing a lot of speed. Trust me. Stick with the 500 GB Seagate. It uses the largest platters on the market, making it one of the fastest standard drives out there (the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is the other).
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March 29, 2010 7:19:47 PM

I thought all the 12 series were 500gig platters?
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March 29, 2010 7:23:18 PM

How could a 750 GB drive have 500 GB platters? Does it have 1 500 GB platter and an extra 1/2 platter? The 500 GB platter drives are: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB and 1 TB, Seagate 7200.12 500 GB and 1 TB, Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB (the 6 GBps model) and 2 TB.

As for that "TV tuner", that's not a TV tuner. That's essentially a DVR without a HDD. I presume it works, but have no real idea. The best bet would be to contact your service provider and ask about tuner cards. Or search for how to transfer files from a DVR to a PC.
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March 29, 2010 8:05:40 PM

Ah! well thanks for the advice! figure i will think of more to ask later....gotta research tv tuners more...
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March 29, 2010 8:25:02 PM

lostpike said:
Ah! well thanks for the advice! figure i will think of more to ask later....gotta research tv tuners more...


There is supposed to be a product coming out in the near future that will work with premium channels, but I haven't bothered to track it down myself, as I'm not in the market for a tv tuner. You should be able to find some info by googling, however.
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