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April 24, 2010 12:15:57 AM

Hello everyone,

I really need to replace my existing PC, I will be 'handing it down' to my wife, so any parts I take I would just have to replace anyway...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP - Although I will wait a week or two to find a deal

BUDGET RANGE: 800-1200 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have two monitors, they are older and I wouldn't mind replacing them with a larger upgrade if possible.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg would be great

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I really would like to use a 5850 for the GPU, it seems like the best bang for the buck right now. If I get a new system I want to turn everything up to full on newer games! The 5850 seems like the right fit for this. However, I'm always open to advice.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes - I want it available to upgrade in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1280

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Like I've stated, I'm open to ideas and willing to wait out for a nice bargain. So, if you see something that is a good deal please post it.

Here is what I have come up with so far, the Newegg combo seems to have what I need with discounts:
I have 8 gigs of memory in there, is this a good idea or not worth the extra 90 bucks?

Case/PSU/CPU/MB/MEM Combo
Includes:
Thermaltake VL10001W2Z :$144.99
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO :$99.99
OCZ Technology OCZ700MXSP :$89.99
AMD HDX945WFGMBOX :$150.99
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL :$109.99
Seagate ST31000528AS :$84.99
Combined Total:$680.94
Combo Discounts:-$73.44
Combo Price:$607.50
Also has 45.00 rebates

GPU/Addt MEM Combo
1. GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD: $309.99
2. G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL: $109.99
Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $399.98

Total $1,007.48 w/ out shipping...

Thank you for your time and help!

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April 24, 2010 1:09:19 AM

My Recommendation:
  • CPU/MOBO Combo: Athlon II X3 440 & ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX
  • HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500GB
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
  • GPU: HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB
  • HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
  • PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
  • DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 922

    Total Cost: $951.90

    I went with the X3 440 since 3 cores is still plenty powerful for gaming and saves additional money. Overall, the build provides better components and gives you Phenom II X6 support when released, along with overall better components!!
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    April 24, 2010 1:39:31 AM

    Thanks tecmo34,

    Regarding the 890GX Mobo, is it worth the extra money over a 790X? I won't need the GPU on it, right?

    I forgot to mention, I have a V8 HSF already. Says it's compatible with like all current sockets so I should be good to go there.

    On the PSU, I really like that the OCZ I listed has a modular design for cables. I hate dealing with all kinds of cables I don't use and really want to get a modular PSU if possible.

    The case I listed also has a fan control, would that be worth it, or should I just get seperate controller?

    Thanks again for all of your advice!
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    April 24, 2010 1:55:20 AM

    The benefit with the 890GX it is the newer board/chipset and has support for the Phenom II X6 without BIOS updates. There are no issues with saving money and going withe 790X. You won't need the GPU on the 890GX, if that was your question.

    Didn't realize you had the V8, which will work on either of those MOBO's.

    Here is another alternative to your case and my PSU recommendation. Antec 1200 and Antec CP-850. This gives you a better Case and PSU than what you have listed. The Thermaltake case doesn't really have fan control, as it has a fan speed control with a nob for the case fan. This is the same thing you have with the Antec 1200. If you are wanting true fan control, you will need to buy a spererate controller to control base on temps.
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    April 24, 2010 2:27:55 AM

    Okay, I guess I don't need the fan control. If I decide I want it I can add it later on. I'm not really interested in a full tower case, it would be pretty large on my desk.

    What if we go back to your original case suggestion, with the Antec CP-850 PSU (or another modular one that is good quality)? You sold me on the 890GX with the ability to upgrade to the X6 easily; if they are a decent price on release, any est. dates on those?

    BTW I'm playing Bad Company 2 mostly right now, and I hear that the 4th core could be utilized well in this game. Is this correct? Would it be worth it to get the X4?

    Thanks!
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    April 24, 2010 3:02:21 AM

    Case Option 3... Antec 902 and Antec EarthWatts EA750 = smaller case with similar performance.

    The Antec CP-850 will only fit in specific Antec cases. It is my under standing the Phenom II X6's will come in around $300 or so, which is an outstanding price for a hex-core CPU. They should be out within the next month.

    Bad Company 2 will utilze the four core, so going with an X4 isn't a bad option if you don't have to downgrade anywhere. I would recommend the Phenon II X4 955 as the X4 you purchase over the X4 945.
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    April 24, 2010 4:20:07 PM

    Okay, this is what I have so far.....

    HIS Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) H585FN1GD Video Card w/ Eyefinity

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor & ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 ATX AMD Motherboard

    Antec EA750 750W Continuous Power "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply & Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window

    $964.93

    This setup looks nice and should do what I need, however I have one thing holding me back. With the X6 coming out soon and the 5850's being over MSRP currently, would it be beneficial to hold off purchasing this setup for 1 month and let prices drop? Or, will these prices most likely drop very little in the coming months?

    I just don't want to purchase this entire system and see the price for the parts drop 10-15% in 1 months time.

    Suggestions?
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    April 24, 2010 4:46:29 PM

    Prices won't drop much or at all, outside of finding different combo's. The only benefit really in waiting is the Phenom II X6 release. Is a hex-core worth the extra $200 for your build? It is you call... Just remember there is always something new on the horizon to be waiting for...

    Your build looks good, as in my opinion. :) 
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    April 25, 2010 1:46:00 AM

    I doubt I would need that many cores, at least not for a while. I think I will pull the trigger on this system.

    I do have some older monitors though, any suggestions there?

    I'm using two 20" at max 1680x1050. I hear that this lowers the performance of my current gpu (8800 GTS) because I play a game on one and browse on the other. If this is right, then I'm guessing I should get a larger single display. Anything to make my gaming experience better would be cool.
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    April 25, 2010 5:30:23 AM

    Yes.... It will be fine :) 
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    April 25, 2010 5:58:54 AM

    Tecmo, how about the monitor situation? Any thoughts there? I'd really like to upgrade my current setup. Also, if I choose best answer does it close the thread? lol

    No thanks brennon7.
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    April 25, 2010 6:19:11 AM

    Best answer selected by saltytaco.
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    April 25, 2010 6:25:57 AM

    ok see....thats my issue. why am i being quoted $1270....yet this is perfectly good for $975? could you please do the same for me but on www.itsdirect.com.au ?
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    April 25, 2010 9:18:28 AM

    saltytaco said:
    Well, I went ahead and pulled the trigger and added this monitor.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Hopefully that will last me for the 3 computers like this one has :) 

    Thanks for all of you help, post if that monitor totally sucks and I will cancel the order.

    Cya!

    You made a good call on the monitor!!! :) 

    Twinky27 said:
    ok see....thats my issue. why am i being quoted $1270....yet this is perfectly good for $975? could you please do the same for me but on www.itsdirect.com.au ?

    Do you have your own thread started?? If so, PM me the link and I'll be glad to review and provide my feedback. If you don't have one, please create one using the template in this sticky and PM me the link.
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