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May 4, 2010 1:57:02 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, web, streaming live video
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Video Card ( I was hoping to reuse and old Sapphire ATI Radeon x1900gt), Monitors
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES:AMD,
OVERCLOCKING:No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 Dual Dell 19" Ultra Sharps
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:Will I get better overall video performance using the old 1900xgt or should I go will a board that has on-board video even though one would be d-sub and one dvi. The 1900xgt has dual dvi. I currently have one dell on dvi and one on D-sub and there is a slight difference in the appearance side by side.

I'm thinking I should go for 2 hard drives to separate OS and Apps from data. That's what I did on my work build 6 months ago and it is super fast compared to saving to the externals. I use a couple of external usb drives that sync via windows live sync to 2 other computers at work for my images.

Trying to keep it under $800

This is what I've got in my cart so far:

GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
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...

Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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May 4, 2010 2:15:28 AM

Check out this RAM for a little more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This PSU is a bit cheaper and still adequate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then there's this HDD (which is out of stock right now, but hopefully will come back soon)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the 7200.12

If you want to just get one, there are 1TB versions of both as well.

Finally, the Illusion, with more fans is just a bit more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 4, 2010 2:34:20 AM

I like the idea of getting two 500gb spinpoints, save a couple of bucks on the MB and psu.

Since I'm not gaming or oc'ing I don't think cooling should be an issue in the Antec 300, and I've done a couple of builds with them and they've worked out well, and it saves me another $5.

Thanks for the input.
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May 4, 2010 2:43:33 AM

Just wondering about the compatibility of the memory you mentioned. Doesn't appear on Gigabytes list.
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May 4, 2010 2:54:46 AM

jbakerlent said:
Oh, and my recommendation would be to go for a 785G with onboard for your dual monitor setup
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't have any firsthand experience regarding the quality difference side by side though...


Just wondering about the compatibility of the memory you mentioned. Doesn't appear on Gigabytes list.
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May 4, 2010 3:02:39 AM

The RAM is compatible with both motherboards.

Edit: the reason it's not on Gigabyte's list is most likely simply that they have not/are not going to update their list. There are many, many sticks of RAM that will work with each motherboard and it would be hard to keep an up to date, comprehensive list.
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May 4, 2010 3:36:32 AM

Any specific reason you want Windows 7 Pro? Home Premium is generally sufficient, and saves you about 40 bucks.
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May 5, 2010 4:30:04 AM

goatsword said:
Any specific reason you want Windows 7 Pro? Home Premium is generally sufficient, and saves you about 40 bucks.


Yeah I had brain freeze on that one. I've been building a bunch of rigs for work and just wasn't thinking.
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May 5, 2010 4:31:49 AM

jbakerlent said:
Check out this RAM for a little more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This PSU is a bit cheaper and still adequate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then there's this HDD (which is out of stock right now, but hopefully will come back soon)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the 7200.12

If you want to just get one, there are 1TB versions of both as well.

Finally, the Illusion, with more fans is just a bit more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Just got the alert from Newegg that the spinpoints are back in stock. Perfect timing. Thanks for the heads up.
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