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March 31, 2010 4:47:21 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the Month BUDGET RANGE: (1600-1800) Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Pretty much my main source of entertainment at home. So predominantly gaming,digital media, data storage, surfing etc etc..
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (but i'm open to suggestion.) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Done some research but i need some recommendation on which company and better options.

# CPU :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
# MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
# RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
# HSF: (do i need one if i'm not planning to overclock now?)(open to suggestion)
# HDD: primary OS :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Storage :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
# PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
# GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
# Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
# Monitor : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is currently what i came up with by myself, i'm not in a big rush to put it together but would like to get it done within the month



OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just looking for practicality , reliability , best bang for my buck .. Would appreciate any help,suggestions, comments! thank you.

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March 31, 2010 5:11:11 AM

^ You have come up with a very good build...but it can surely be improved upon...

1. CPU + Mobo - ASRock X58 is a good board, but IMO the newer Gigabyte X58A-UD3R is better...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. RAM + Graphics card
Get the OCZ XMP - Easier to set the rates speed and timings...and also they seem to have less reliability issues compared to other OCZ RAMs...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

3. CASE + PSU - IMO you wont need 950W...
Change it to this PSU - Antec CP 850..these PSUs are of high quality and only fit 1200, P183, P193...And the combo price is unbeatable
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

4. SSD - IMO a bigger one would be good...not much more than the 30GB one...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. HSF - Yes it would be better if you get the aftermarket HSF now itself as you wont have to again meddle with the components to install them later when you get them...And also at stock speeds they will keep the CPU much cooler...
CM Hyper 212+ would be very good...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=s9_simh...
March 31, 2010 5:41:34 AM

Cool will definitely look into your suggestions! seems to be a tad bit cheaper and a bump up on the ram and mobo!

i've not built my own pc in the past 4 years so i'm abit out of date.

How much power do you think i need to add another 5870 maybe abit longer down the line and most probably one or two more hdd's?

will the cp850 handle that without much strain?

thanks alot for your feedback!
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March 31, 2010 5:55:54 AM

Hmmm cool.... one more question.. do you think now's the time to get the pc? or should i wait afew more months to see what changes occur in the next month?
March 31, 2010 6:03:51 AM

^ Well maybe there are chances that the GPU prices might go down as Nvidia cards will be available by April 12th...other than that, I dont know any other major news that could bring the prices down or any new components launching anytime soon...

ATI and Nvidia might launch newer GPUs by the year end, which is about 7-9 months from now...
March 31, 2010 6:07:47 AM

Cool thanks for the info!

will probably put it together around the same time.
March 31, 2010 8:29:27 AM

I am just gonna put some comments about "waiting" :
If you don't need a new rig urgently, then waiting is always the best option.
Buying somethin' is at best when you need it the most.
Waiting means also hoping for price cuts and possible new technology.

Your current rig is only 4 years old? if you manage to buy your new stuff by the end of this year, I think that you can still get good price for it on ebay and you can still use as HTPC. So, don't throw it away unless it is no longer in good condition.
BTW : What is you current rig specs?
April 1, 2010 2:12:40 AM

I just arrived in the states to study, so i don't have a computer right now, i'm not dying to buy it right now but i will need it even for general uses within the month after i've settled in.
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