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April 25, 2010 4:32:09 AM

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=1988...

Intel Core i5 750 / 2.66 GHz processor
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1857...

ASUS ENGTS250 DK/DI/1GD3 Video Card
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=2020...

Crucial memory - 2 GB - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 (two of these)
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1705...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 500GB Hard Drive
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1674...

Samsung Super-WriteMaster SH-S222A - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - IDE
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1797...

Antec EarthWatts 650 - power supply - 650 Watt
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1466...

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=N82E168...

Or maybe the same case with an included 600W power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Build 2:

SUPERMICRO C2SBX+ - motherboard - ATX - iX48
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?edc=1711...:( supermicro+c2sbx)

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 / 3.16 GHz processor
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1386...

ASUS ENGTS250 DK/DI/1GD3 Video Card
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=2020...

Crucial memory - 2 GB - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 (two of these)
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1705...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 500GB Hard Drive
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1674...

LG GH22LS50 Super Multi - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - Serial ATA
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?edc=17956...

Antec EarthWatts 650 - power supply - 650 Watt
http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1466...

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=N82E168...

Or maybe the same case with an included 600W power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd really appreciate any insight you guys might care to offer.

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April 25, 2010 4:38:27 AM

For 1920 x 1200 gaming your config is terribly light in the GPU dept. ^^ Look to hit HD 5830 country performance or better
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April 25, 2010 8:16:00 AM

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.
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April 25, 2010 3:06:34 PM

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=18711...

What do you guys think?
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April 25, 2010 7:40:29 PM
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April 26, 2010 5:10:21 PM



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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

If I choose to spend the extra cash, would power be a problem with either of those?
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April 26, 2010 9:27:17 PM

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=18711...

What do you guys think?


Trust me dude. DO NOT BUY any Diamond GPU
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April 30, 2010 9:43:27 PM

Best answer selected by luinefirithion.
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April 30, 2010 9:44:14 PM

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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