Help witha gaming build?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid to lade July 2010

BUDGET RANGE: around $1000-1500ish sounds good, I'm not eager to shell out large amounts of premium for small increases in performance however, so save me money if it doesn't compromise reliability and dependability.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, HD video, internet browsing, ideally the ability to multitask things like this with no noticeable drop in performance.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: This will be a humble seventeen year old's first attempt at his own computer, so everything please. (not looking for opinions on mice and keyboard unless your really excited to tell me about one.)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm looking for great customer service, so newegg will probably do great from what I've read about it.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Again, performance and reliability is key, and I'm fresh on the market.

OVERCLOCKING: maybe, I would like to if I can figure it out! SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don't really know much about these, but if the increase in performance isn't absolutely amazing I'd prefer not to buy 2 cards. =)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I don't honestly see much difference among these, I'd like a good HD resolution, but I'm not an enthusiast, I just want the game to look pretty and work well.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I was looking at the Xeno Killer Pro network card (I think that's its name) and I'm wondering if it will make a big difference (I live in the mountains, so my internet isn't exactly optimal!

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  1. yes.
  2. So I take it you need a monitor?
  3. Incoming 1300 dollar build
  4. If you like this build I can provide you links to it all.

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    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151192
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    1 year: $6.99
    2 year: $11.99
    $21.99
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    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    1 year: $10.99
    2 year: $18.99
    $54.99
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    Hanns·G HH-231HPB Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD LCD Monitor
    Item #: N82E16824254045
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    1 year: $19.99
    2 year: $36.99
    -$30.00 Instant
    $199.99
    $169.99
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    GIGABYTE GA-890XA-UD3 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813128438
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $139.99
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    HIS iCooler V H585FNT1GDG Radeon HD 5850 Turbo 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
    Item #: N82E16814161332
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy $344.99
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    Replaced Antec Earthwatts with a Corsair 650W PSU (Modular)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012&cm_re=Corsair_650W_PSU-_-17-139-012-_-Product

    Cyber Acoustics CA-3090 26 Watts 2.1 Speaker
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    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231277
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $109.99
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy $99.99
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    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103808
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    1 year: $19.99
    2 year: $36.99

    Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811129058
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$40.00 Instant
    -$15.00 Combo
    $298.99
    $243.99
    Subtotal: $1,285.90 + Shipping: $20.48 + 40 for price difference of new PSU
  5. I am assuming I would need to purchase some thermal compound as well?

    (by the way, isn't there a deal going on for a free copy of CODMW2 with the purchase of an ATI GPU and an AMD phenom processor?)
  6. Feel free to fish around for deals, I usually dont include ones with games because the discount is the game. And games are personal preference.

    But yeah the "discount" is 49.99 basically the price of the game. So in an actual "build" budget, that isnt a discount at all.

    I also changed PSUs with a better one and formatted the post so it's easier to read.

    If you need links let me know.
  7. Also you wont need thermal compound for a stock HSF because it comes with good paste on it.
  8. It's okay, I'll bookmark this thread.

    About the case, is a case really worth $100? Aesthetics is something I don't care about as far as the case goes.

    Also, is this build wireless? My room is somewhere where a wired connection is out of the question.
  9. Another thing: what about cooling? Will the system work golden without need for upgrading fans and such?
  10. I personally clocked my 955 BE to 3.5 GHz @ 1.4 vCore on stock cooling in Arizona. I can assure you that for a non-OC CPU you will be fine with stock cooling. If in the future you want to OC, then look at coolers.
  11. And no it's not wireless we'd have to add a wireless adapter. THey have simple USB 2.0 adapters. I can look in a bit for you. Right now I'm helping someone troubleshoot a no-post issue.

    Also the Antec 902 isnt about asthetics, although it is quite nice. It's one of the best cooling cases at it's price point and has excellent wire management, and I personally enjoy the modular HDD cage set up.
  12. ok thanks. As far as wireless adapters go, is that Xeno good for lag reduction? Like I said, my internet connection isn't the fastest it could be...
  13. I personally don't buy the hype. The Xeno has like 512MB of its own memory that acts as a buffer or some crap.

    I kinda understand it, but also if you have slow internet there isnt a TON you can do on your end as a user to make it any faster. Not really.

    I think the Xeno thing costs like 100 bucks too? Without having owned one, I can only SPECULATE that the performance doesnt justify the price tag.
  14. Ok so, what should I go with in that department?
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