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May 5, 2010 3:02:07 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in about 3-4 months

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, websurfing, going to start learning random stuff from making a website with html, going to learn java.. and other stuff like that
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: don't need mouse or keyboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.comCOUNTRY OF ORIGIN:United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor

OVERCLOCKING: CROSSFIRE: Yes, although just want to start with one video card at the moment

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 17" screen

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Going to overclock, windows 7 64 bit

My thoughts:

I am looking to have windows 7 64 bit so I can make sufficient use of ram I believe. I want 2x2 gb of ram, unsure of what ram I should get because I don't know how it impacts my system. Eventually want to make use of crossfire to use two video cards however just looking for a good backbone gaming video card, ideas on the second video card would be useful. Also, unsure if my mobo supports two video cards so if somebody could confirm would appreciate. Also need to make sure to find two video cards that would work with the crossfirex dual video card system.

Yes I am looking at overclocking my rig, don't know much about it.. and won't go near it until my system is well underway of running, however I would like to have my cooling system able to comply with the overclock in the future. I also decided on gauche32's post to use the Antec 1200, seems like a good investment for future upgrades. Will be looking into the lowering of CAS for my ram choice.

As for my Hard drive choice, just looking for a kick ass hard drive that I can use for just gaming not holding music or any of the such, will remain very uncluttered and will have a secondary drive to use for other documents. Unsure of what the repercussions of speed this would have and how I would go about such a thing. Unsure of how rpms affect my overall performance so information would be nice, that and if you know of any good hard drives for my situation.

Any other information and criticism is ideal in my situation thanks.

Budget: lets say around 700$ in about 3 months, I understand that parts will go down.. just want to get the idea of the system down.

Possible Parts I am leaning towards:

Case: Cooler Master 922 haf
Site: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $110

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor
Site: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $188.99 + $0.99 Shipping*

MotherBoard: MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
Site: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $167.99 + $7.87 Shipping*
May 5, 2010 3:12:31 AM

If you do plan on overclocking then it'd be better to go with the AMD Phenom II x4 955 with C3 stepping as it can overclock quite well for less than the 965.

Although I love the Antec 1200, if you're looking to save some cash, best to go with a mid-tower like the HAF 922 or something like the Antec 900.

Another thing is that it may be best to come back maybe a month or a couple weeks before your planned purchase date as prices for things rise and fall. What might be 200 dollars today could be 100 dollars tomorrow.

It wouldn't hurt though to get a general idea of what parts to get. :p 

*just noticed you didn't specify a budget
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May 6, 2010 5:55:58 AM

Alright chose that 890fx mobo, still need help with my other questions though.
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May 7, 2010 12:23:08 PM

1. 17" LCD gaming a HD 5670 will be more than fine - why waste $$ on CF high end mobos? Unless u upgrade to a Full HD display but again there is the HD 5800 series hehe

2. CM 922 is nice..if u plan to smack in Hemlock 5970 so look at the Antec 300, NZXT Beta EVO and Rosewill Destroyer

3. PSU? Non CF something like a Corsair VX550 would serve u well

4. RAM? 2 X 2 1600 perhaps?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. +1 955BE with CM Hyper 212+ HSF down the road once u set for a wee bit of clokcing action ^^

6. Have a look at this board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7. Samsung F3 500GB for HDD ^^


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