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April 20, 2010 2:48:45 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within next week

BUDGET RANGE: Under 800 (rebates ok)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly gaming, some light computer work (excel, internet browsing, word)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or other reputable sites COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Going to be using 1080 TV

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Building this for a friend with budget of about 800. He wants something to play games with (specifically new starcraft and diablo, some FPS as well).

I was considering the following setup. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated (e.g., notable problems or better deals).

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Centurion 541 RC-541-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COMBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision Model HDZ555WFGMBOX

ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard


COMBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC


Total is $764 pre shipping (777 with)

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April 20, 2010 4:25:46 AM

rizob said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within next week

BUDGET RANGE: Under 800 (rebates ok)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly gaming, some light computer work (excel, internet browsing, word)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or other reputable sites COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Going to be using 1080 TV

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Building this for a friend with budget of about 800. He wants something to play games with (specifically new starcraft and diablo, some FPS as well).

I was considering the following setup. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated (e.g., notable problems or better deals).

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Centurion 541 RC-541-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COMBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision Model HDZ555WFGMBOX

ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard


COMBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC


Total is $764 pre shipping (777 with)


Good build no suggestions. Side note, no harm in trying to unlock the cores on that 555 BE. Free quad core upgrade!
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April 20, 2010 12:04:06 PM
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April 21, 2010 6:43:58 AM

Get an ATX mobo.
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April 21, 2010 6:45:29 AM

mosox said:
Get an ATX mobo.


Makes sense, since he upgraded the case to a mid tower.
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April 22, 2010 5:01:46 AM

Thanks, looks good.

Question about the ram:
The a-data is 1600 with 9-9-9-24.
The g-skill is 1333 with 8-8-8-21.

Saw some threads on it (perhaps I'm confused) but I take it that there is not much performance to be gained by going from 1333 to 1600?

Would the 1333 with better timings be better off in this case?

They cost exactly the same for me (though oddly, your pic is showing $2 less, you also get an extra 10$ off the gpu/psu combo).
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April 22, 2010 9:52:00 AM

Well one could go CL 7 1333 or CL 9 1600 - it's all good Yes that combo was $10 cheaper just a week bach hehe ^^
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