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May 16, 2010 2:40:31 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 Weeks (or July, debating on whether to wait for the upcoming holiday sales)

BUDGET RANGE
: $850ish After Rebates (this amount is flexible if the cost-to-performance ratio calls for it)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (Starcraft 2, primarily), etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED
: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (will purchase these as the deals come in, but will gladly accept any recommendations)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
newegg, amazon, tigerdirect, etc.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
USA

PARTS PREFERENCES
: No preference (although would like to shoot for at least a quad core, and will most likely only need a Radeon 5770 for my needs). Wireless card required, as well.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (mild)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
Yes (distant future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Been reading about parts and tutorials here for the last few months, and would like to thank the community for all the information that I have gleaned from my readings. As mentioned above, I originally was planning on buying my parts in July; but Frys is having a sale that includes a Phenom II x4 965 + GA-790xta-ud4 for $185 (after rebate) that I may just bite on. Any help that could be provided would be much appreciated. Thanks again!

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Below I have a potential build, that would like some feedback on (compatibility between parts/ the quality of components).
Also I'd like the $850ish cost to include the Phenom II x4 965 + GA-790xta-ud4 for $185 (after rebate) deal.

Combo: CPU/Mobo - $185

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo: Case/ HDD - $115 (after rebate)
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Combo: GPU/PSU - $240 (after rebate)
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram - $110
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM (CL7! ;)  )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive - $27 (may wait for a $20ish deal to pop up)

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF + Artic Silver 5 - $27 + $10
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless Adapter - $27
ASUS PCE-N13 PCI Express Wireless Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Frys Deal, CPU/Mobo: $202.48 (after tax and rebate)
Newegg Deals: $616.14 (after tax, shipping and rebate)
Total: $818.63

Anyone know if the RAM I chose will be compatible with my motherboard? From my research, it seems like it should work well together after a few adjustment to the timings.
Any feedback will be much appreciated. Thanks again! :D 


May 16, 2010 2:54:18 AM

I think your PSU may be a bit of an overkill.
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May 16, 2010 2:57:59 AM

Plan to crossfire two 5770s in the future, and have been reading varying articles... Maybe I should drop it to 650w?

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 16, 2010 3:00:15 AM

kyokun said:
Plan to crossfire two 5770s in the future, and have been reading varying articles... Maybe I should drop it to 650w?

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Maybe. Do you have a link to that Fry's deal? I may hop on that deal as well.
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May 16, 2010 3:04:50 AM

Well, all looks good, although I'd split the case/HDD combo and just get a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB/1TB, and also your PSU is as others have said, overkill, a TX650W should be more than adequate.
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May 16, 2010 3:42:20 AM

Drailing said:
Maybe. Do you have a link to that Fry's deal? I may hop on that deal as well.


Available starting tomorrow, http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=2...
(In-store deal only, though)

Also, thanks Lmeow and Drailing; I will drop the PSU. I know the typical recommendation is to get the Samsung Spinpoint F3, and was planning on getting it; but saw the combo deal for the Samsung 7200.12 (and I've heard that it is also a pretty good drive, as well). Probably will switch to the Samsung F3. I'll look to see if I can find any more combo deals. :) 
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May 16, 2010 4:00:35 AM

Combo: Case/PSU - $150 (after rebate)
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

(I know that the EarthWatts PSU is not nearly rated as high as the Corsair, but I should be able to get away with this PSU, right?)

GPU - $170
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - $90
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

New total: $877.03 (after tax, shipping, rebates)
This price is do-able.

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Question, if I am planning on overclocking the CPU slightly, and the RAM to reach 1600; do I really need an aftermarket HSF? Also any comments on the RAM's compatibility with my Mobo? Been reading differing opinions on this matter as well. Also, what are your guys feelings on this combo deal (Case/PSU) instead?

Combo: Case/PSU - $120
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


I like the Antec Three Hundred Illusion, but am worried that the tight space inside will cause me conflict (since this will be my first build). Thanks, for all the help guys! :) 
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May 16, 2010 7:07:06 PM

Best answer selected by kyokun.
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