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$900-1100 Build on CDW (mostly)

So for starters, I have a $900 credit to CDW's online store, and I figured I'd use it to build my first computer. I'm looking to build a respectable desktop with parts mostly from CDW (though I am willing to spend another $100-200 elsewhere on top of that).

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: May 15

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 900-1100) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.cdw.com and newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Honestly, no preferences

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 or better

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't need any bling.

I've been trying to do the legwork myself on this, and I have two builds that I think might work. What do you guys think?

Build 1:

ASUS P7P55 LX - motherboard - ATX - iP55
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1988377&ContractID=0

Intel Core i5 750 / 2.66 GHz processor
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1857056&ContractID=0

ASUS ENGTS250 DK/DI/1GD3 Video Card
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=2020840&ContractID=0

Crucial memory - 2 GB - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 (two of these)
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1705807&ContractID=0

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 500GB Hard Drive
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1674829&ContractID=0

Samsung Super-WriteMaster SH-S222A - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - IDE
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1797623&ContractID=0

Antec EarthWatts 650 - power supply - 650 Watt
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1466783&ContractID=0

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197&cm_re=cooler_master_haf_922-_-11-119-197-_-Product

Or maybe the same case with an included 600W power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119222&cm_re=cooler_master_haf_922-_-11-119-222-_-Product

Build 2:

SUPERMICRO C2SBX+ - motherboard - ATX - iX48
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?edc=1711538&enkwrd=ALLPROD:(supermicro+c2sbx)

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 / 3.16 GHz processor
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1386559

ASUS ENGTS250 DK/DI/1GD3 Video Card
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=2020840&ContractID=0

Crucial memory - 2 GB - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 (two of these)
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1705807&ContractID=0

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 500GB Hard Drive
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1674829&ContractID=0

LG GH22LS50 Super Multi - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - Serial ATA
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?edc=1795666&contractid=0

Antec EarthWatts 650 - power supply - 650 Watt
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1466783&ContractID=0

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197&cm_re=cooler_master_haf_922-_-11-119-197-_-Product

Or maybe the same case with an included 600W power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119222&cm_re=cooler_master_haf_922-_-11-119-222-_-Product

I'd really appreciate any insight you guys might care to offer.
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  1. For 1920 x 1200 gaming your config is terribly light in the GPU dept. ^^ Look to hit HD 5830 country performance or better
  2. Why are you using that site? It is overpriced, and understocked. Newegg has much better deals. If we could use that site I could build you a rig that was wicked.
  3. Hey Eg, the longer explanation for why I'm going mostly through CDW is that I currently have a three year old laptop that I bought through the IT department at my school for my grad program. There have been a lot of complaints about the model selected, and we've been offered the option of returning the machine for a $900 credit to CDW. I am certainly willing to spend some money on Newegg out of my own pocket, but the bulk of the system is obviously going to come from CDW.

    I figured I wasn't going to get away with that video card. What I'm leaning towards now is the first build but with this video card:

    Diamond Viper ATI Radeon HD 5870 Video Card
    http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1871143

    What do you guys think?
  4. Best answer
  5. Jinnistacia said:


    That's a pretty cool build. I spent some time hunting around Newegg and am finding myself tempted by this:


    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103692

    or maybe

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

    If I choose to spend the extra cash, would power be a problem with either of those?
  6. luinefirithion said:
    Hey Eg, the longer explanation for why I'm going mostly through CDW is that I currently have a three year old laptop that I bought through the IT department at my school for my grad program. There have been a lot of complaints about the model selected, and we've been offered the option of returning the machine for a $900 credit to CDW. I am certainly willing to spend some money on Newegg out of my own pocket, but the bulk of the system is obviously going to come from CDW.

    I figured I wasn't going to get away with that video card. What I'm leaning towards now is the first build but with this video card:

    Diamond Viper ATI Radeon HD 5870 Video Card
    http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1871143

    What do you guys think?


    Trust me dude. DO NOT BUY any Diamond GPU
  7. Not a problem. If you want more cpu for non-gaming and general usage: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz $159 (newer -MBOX version)

    --Jin
  8. Best answer selected by luinefirithion.
  9. Hey guys,

    Sorry to bump an old thread. I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for helping me out. I would've been lost without you.
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