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April 20, 2010 5:04:05 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: no more than 800 After Rebates

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

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg, tigerdirect COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)

PARTS PREFERENCES: ASUS mobo, AMD processor
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC and does not need a recent upgrade

Here is what i currently have together. I believe these components will work well. But i am open to opinions. I am having a hard time deciding on a PSU. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
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 F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 20, 2010 5:33:58 AM

Nice build, what are you going to do for a case?
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April 20, 2010 5:36:12 AM

Check out this build...

X4 955 + ASUS 890GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Though you could save money going witht he above mobo you have listed, but IMO, this is a better option as it is newer and has SATA 6GB/s and USB3.0

RAM
ADATA 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD, DVD - Same

PSU + Graphics card -
XFX HD 5830 + XFX 650W - A very good PSU with a powerful card...Also you can run 2x HD 5830s with that PSU...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total - ~$810 and all the components have Free Shipping...
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April 20, 2010 5:34:20 PM

^ +1.

pretty good choices.

What case though? and what about gfx?
(im not so fond of the 5830 tbh, id sooner go with a 5770 or 5850).

perhaps other board listed first, and use that money to jump up to the 5850? I see that more beneficial than USB 3.0 or new SATA.

depends on if you can afford it though..
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April 20, 2010 5:55:42 PM

CPU: X3 425 $70. The CPU doesn't realy affect gaming, and the lower cost CPU allows the 5850 to be in budget.
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate. A high quality USB 3/SATA III board for not much cost.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5850 $300
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $75
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35 (the card reader is free, but you might have to pay a little shipping if you want it)

Total: $797
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April 20, 2010 6:25:09 PM

how come everyone uses AMD not Intel?
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April 20, 2010 6:26:35 PM

how come everyone uses AMD not Intel?
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April 20, 2010 6:43:57 PM

bintopaulshin said:
how come everyone uses AMD not Intel?


Because of much better value for money, better upgradeability, overall cheaper motherboards... list goes on.. exactly what people are looking for in a budget system.

intel only has one advantage: performance... but with a hefty price tag attached to it.
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April 20, 2010 6:45:27 PM

MadAdmiral said:
CPU: X3 425 $70. The CPU doesn't realy affect gaming, and the lower cost CPU allows the 5850 to be in budget.
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate. A high quality USB 3/SATA III board for not much cost.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5850 $300
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $75
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35 (the card reader is free, but you might have to pay a little shipping if you want it)

Total: $797


Looks VERY good. I would build that.

I agree with triple core... perfect for gaming, should not bottleneck that GPU.

I say +1000 for that config!
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April 30, 2010 4:01:49 PM

Best answer selected by lilphill23.
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February 26, 2012 2:35:52 PM

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