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May 17, 2010 7:02:40 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing internet, gaming, home video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, other sites fine too.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: prefer full tower case, prefer gigabyte motherboards

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 may upgrade next year

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want a system than can stay usable for several years with light upgrades. I usually play games that are a little old (my newest games are Call of Duty 4 and Empire Total War). I need to do some editing of home videos (1394 stream from camera, light editing, burn dvds)

I looked at Newegg site and came up with a proposed build. I appreciate your suggestions.


LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$21.99

Antec Twelve Hundred 750 Blue Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case 750W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$239.95 -20 mail rebate

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...
$89.99

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$129.99 -25 mail rebate

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$159.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$34.99 like to get the coolermaster 212 combo instead if it comes back in stock

GIGABYTE GV-R577UD-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$269.98 - 25 mail rebates

Newegg total 1086.87 - 70 mail rebates.
May 17, 2010 8:10:08 AM

You have made good choices for components. I think, it is good to go.
My only comment is that the 750W PSU is too much for single GPU but I assume you got it on a bundle with the Antec 1200, so it is OK.
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May 17, 2010 8:17:41 AM

That will work ... I can give you a much better build, for less money.

An nVidia 250GTS that supports OpenGL 3.2 might be a better choice (might).

The proc is good ... Ripjaws 1600c7 is better and cheaper RAM kit.

I'd opt for the Hyper 212+ cooler, for ~$30

Mobo is good but an 890GX or 890FX would be even better ... even cheaper?

SAMSUNG DVDR or ASUS ... or Sony Optiarc ... all better than that Lite-On.

WAY better cases for WAY WAY less money ... HAF-922 is best example ... more?

PSU ??? PSU ??? Corsair ~500W Crossfire Ready.

= Alvin =
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May 17, 2010 8:18:44 AM

Look into Sony VEGAS 9 Platinum (Pro-Pack) at $95 ... excellent !

We SHOULD assume that you WILL be editing HD video at 24Mb/sec, in future.

The Spinpoint F3 is "golden"

= Al =
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May 17, 2010 8:24:43 AM

Did not see that bundle with the PSU ... nevertheless ... A HAFF-922 or an ANTEC 300 ILLUSION with a Corsair ~650Watt would xFire 2x5850s without breakin a sweat and would cost (combo) less than $200 (even without any special deals).
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May 17, 2010 10:32:10 AM

Another heatsink that I think would be a good alternative to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, if it doesn't come back into stock is the Kingwin XT-1264 $35.
I think the rebate on that Corsair set is hard to beat, hopefully you are planning on using it, otherwise Alvin is right in that there are cheaper sets.
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May 17, 2010 3:03:47 PM

I appreciate the suggestions.

I couldn't find an 890fx motherboard for close to the same cost so I'm going to stick with the 790xta.

The corsair memory advertised slightly better timings, and with the rebate is $5 cheaper, but if the ripjaws is better memory I will get that.

What are the advantages of the 250 gts? I see it is a little cheaper. How does it compare in performance?

I just want a quality case that gives me plenty of room. I selected the antec 1200 because of the powersupply combo and good reviews on newegg. If the 650w psu has plenty of headroom, I will look at it paired with the cases you suggested. It would save me a little money.

Does it matter much which model of samsung, asus, or sony dvd drive I select or just the cheapest?
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May 17, 2010 6:23:33 PM

Combo Deal Details

1. ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
$139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo Discount: -$15.00
Combo Price: $184.98


After the HAF-922 ... The Antec 33 Illusion is the most recommended case on this forum and one of the most popular at newegg ... I have one, in my cart ... they are better than "just good".

This mobo is SO much more jammin than that older one ... I don't even know where to start !



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May 17, 2010 6:38:45 PM


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM ***
Cas Latency 7
Timing 7-8-7-24-2N
Voltage 1.65V

$109.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R
2x Winner of Customer Choice Award - CD / DVD Burners
$19.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Voted Best Power Supply Manufacturer by Custom PC 2009
You Save: $30.00
$89.99
($69.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card )
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HANG IN THERE ... MORE TO COME !!!

= Alvin =
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May 17, 2010 7:00:25 PM

XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Double Lifetime Manufacture Warranty
You Save: $10.00
$199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-card-radeo...

Radeon HD 4890
Excellent 1920x1200 performance in most games


The Radeon HD 4890 has reappeared on our radar in limited quantities, and remains a fantastic buy at the $200 price point. If the Radeon HD 4890 looks good to you, you may want to act quickly, as stock can't possibly last for much longer.

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May 17, 2010 7:25:56 PM

So ... My build is better ... the GPU is actually faster than the 5770 ...

MOBO HAS: ... Much better IGP and other features, like future ports.

Grand total is $885 (*BEFORE* mail in rebates)

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May 18, 2010 3:34:50 AM

Best answer selected by glcasmith.
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