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April 20, 2010 11:17:06 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Around the middle of May

BUDGET RANGE: $1200 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet surfing, watching videos, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, OS, Mouse, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/Hardrive Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU/Mobo Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This is my first time with this, so don't be surprised if there is some glaring error I have missed.

Is there anything wrong with my build? Is there something that I could get the would yield better price/performance?
April 21, 2010 1:45:26 AM

I'd get the case and this 1 TB hard drive:

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

After rebate, it'll be about 180 (case and drive) and the spinpoint is a faster drive.

This motherboard is more future-proof with SATA 6 and USB 3.0 and will be compatible with the upcoming 6 core AMD processor in case you would want to upgrade your processor in a year or two.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 21, 2010 2:42:42 AM

Full Build

Optical
Sony $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
922 $90 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU/CPU
5850 and Phenom II x4955 $444
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM
G SKill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU/HD
Modxstream Pro 700 W and Spinpoint F3 500gb $125 w/ $25 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MOBO
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 $140 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
Asus $180 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
same one you linked

Total: $1116 before shipping and $70 MIR


If you're willing to go a few $ over you can get a 5870.



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April 21, 2010 2:45:40 AM

Full Build w/ 5870

Optical
Sony $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
922 $90 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU/RAM
5870 and Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 $490
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU/HD
Modxstream Pro 700 W and Spinpoint F3 500gb $125 w/ $25 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MOBO/CPU/Free Game
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4/Phenom II x4 955 $299 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Monitor
Asus $180 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
same one you linked

Total: $1206 before shipping and $70 MIR


Personally, I don't like the 5870's price/performance ratio. It's 10%-15% more FPS than a 5850, but 30% more expensive. Still, fit's into your budget and it's the largest performance boost for $100.
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April 21, 2010 2:45:51 AM

Best answer selected by moosology.
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April 21, 2010 2:46:09 AM

Thanks for the advice!
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