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Need a quite PC for under $1000

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March 31, 2010 11:53:09 PM

Hello computer experts, I need some advice.
I am currently using a 5 year old pc and I think it's due for an upgrade.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Not set in stone. If price drop is imminent I am willing to wait

BUDGET RANGE: I would like to keep it under $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: multitasking (ex. streaming HD video to ps3 while playing a game), light gaming (cs 1.6, tf2), video encoding, photoshop, word processing, excel, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD for cpu.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I guess this would depend on the monitor. Thinking about 22-24 inch monitor.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: It needs to be quite. I am planning on using this setup for a long time.

Here is what I'm looking at.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail $159.99

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail $79.99
(need quite cooling)

GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $176.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail $99.99

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail $169.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99 x2 (raid 0) = $109.98
(or two 250GB drives will do)

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $59.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $23.99

Subtotal: $880.91

I didn't know how to link my saved list from newegg onto here :>

If someone could recommend me a GPU that is not super expensive (250>) that would be great (considering SLI or crossfire in future, but not yet).
The reason for choosing this motherboard was the SATA 6gb/s and USB 3.0 support as well as having the two pci-e x16 slots.
Is the motherboard an overkill? I want to have plenty of slots for future upgrades and I think this one suits me well.
And I think I'm going to go with two 250GB hard drives instead of the 500GB ones.

Thanks everyone.

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April 1, 2010 12:03:38 AM

Not a very good build at all, here's a much better build.

The hyper 212 is better then the hydro series for half the price.

6GB ram is completely useless, and you chose a amd Phenom 955 (Good choice) but AMD's setup goes like this (2GB, 4GB, 8GB) So it would be dual channel.

Case is a personal preference, this PSU had a combo with a nice looking case I thought you might like.

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April 1, 2010 12:06:31 AM

thank you for the quick reply. is hyper 212 pretty quite? and what about that psu?
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April 1, 2010 12:09:13 AM

Not sure, but you probably won't hear it over the video cards fan. And it's probably no louder then the HSF you selected.
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