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Building my first system

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March 30, 2010 4:52:49 PM

I want to have a decent gaming system -- here are my thoughts to date -- any suggestions or other ideas would be appreciated.

Cosair 6 gb pc6400 ddr2 - $150
Radeon HD5850 - $300
Corsair TX750Watt - $100
CPU Cooler - Ultra ChillTEC - $120
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 - 2.66Ghz Socket 775 1333Mhz - $190
Asus P5Q Turbo Intel P45 - Sockett 775 - $110
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Case - any suggestions on a case?

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March 30, 2010 5:03:20 PM

Go for a am3 build. Socket 775 will die in ~1 year, and am3 is still the latest amd board.
Get some triple-core amd cpu and 4gb ddr3 ram.
tri-core AMD's give much more cpu power for the cash.
You wont need that 4th core however.
4Gb ram is also enough. Just get 4gb ddr3-1600.
Dont spend that much on a cpu cooler, seriously!
Get a Corsair HX50 for ~$50. Dont spend more on a cpu cooler!
That gpu and psu are really smart choises, gj :D 
Don't get that 6gb/s hdd right now. They are waay overrated. Just get a F3 samsung spinpoint, they are way more cost efficient.
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March 30, 2010 5:22:14 PM

I am just not familiar with AMD stuff -- I wouldn't have a clue about the best motherboards, processors and video cards. Can you make suggestions?
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March 30, 2010 5:31:20 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: building within the next month

BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or TigerDirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am familiar with Intel but am open to AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like it somewhat quiet, I don't have a clue on cases or AMD, would appreciate recommendations on cases and if you are referring to AMD, can you give me an idea of it compares to Intel so I have a basis of understanding.

Thanks!
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