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May 18, 2010 3:37:12 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Web, SC2, Diablo 3, home office, music editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard mouse monitor speakers OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg and amazon

PARTS PREFERENCES: newegg.com http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub...

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$49.99

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
$21.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$69.99

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$124.99

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$169.99

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
$79.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
$109.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
$159.99

TOTAL: $796.91

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, don't intend to crossfire and don't want loud CPU. Not sure what cpu cooler to buy

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024+

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Silence is golden, don't want a loud fan

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May 18, 2010 3:52:08 PM

It looks good to me. However the only changes I'd make is changing that HDD to either the Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12. They perform about the same, if not better, for less.

Also, you could bump up that RAM to something with better timings for the same price.

G. Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB CL 7

Also, if you're looking to OC, you could go with the CM Hyper 212+. However, I think they're out of stock atm.
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May 18, 2010 3:53:19 PM

Ditch the WD HDD for a Seagate 7200.12 500 GB or a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB. They're cheaper and faster.

If you don' want to Crossfire, this is a board that will save you some money: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 (combo with a 5770). That'll shave $60 off the costs.

Here's a better PSU for a non-Crossfire build: Antec Earthwatts 430W for $50.

Some faster sticks of RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7.

A great HSF is the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (it's sold out right now). It's usually available in a combo with the X4 955.
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May 18, 2010 4:06:21 PM

Thanks guys!

Ok here is the new list of components. I found a GIGABYTE 5770 combo deal with the motherboard... DO you reccomend this over the XFX 5770? It is ~ a $30 dollar difference. $716.92 vs $746.92 when its all said and done. I want the most reliable and best performer.


http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub...

Also, since this is less than i planned what would you recommend for a 128mb SSD?
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May 18, 2010 4:22:19 PM

erichier said:
Thanks guys!

Ok here is the new list of components. I found a GIGABYTE 5770 combo deal with the motherboard... DO you reccomend this over the XFX 5770? It is ~ a $30 dollar difference. $716.92 vs $746.92 when its all said and done. I want the most reliable and best performer.


http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub...

Also, since this is less than i planned what would you recommend for a 128mb SSD?


With your budget, an SSD is a bit much.

Also with the GPUs, I'd probably go with the XFX 5770. But that's personal preference xP

Another thing, that link goes to the shopping cart. It doesn't show what you have.

You could just copy the links to the items and paste them here.
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May 18, 2010 4:35:02 PM

Oh snap! I didn't realize that. Here it is:

Sony Optiarc 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 CD/DVD Burner - OEM
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...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-577A-ZNDC Radeon HD 5770 XXX Edition 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am up for the possibility of this combo deal to save $30 but i don't know if GIGAbyte make a good 5770 card or not.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

TOTAL $746

Thanks for the help. If you see anything you would do different please post!
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May 18, 2010 5:29:48 PM

Brand for GPUs don't matter right now. There is no difference between cards at this point.

The special versions (Vapor-x, XXX, etc.) of the 5xxx series aren't worth the extra money. The main difference is that the XXX version has a factory overclock, which you can do for free with three clicks of the mouse. The Vapor-X version of cards may be worth it if it's relatively equal price because the cooler is slightly better. I generally suggest saving the money.

I'll point out again that a 650W PSU is extreme overkill for a single 5770. You can eaisly drop that to 400-450W. There's a nice Antec 400W unit in a combo with the 300 for $85 total. That'd save you a ton of money.
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May 18, 2010 9:00:56 PM

Alright after going over your suggestions and some advice from a buddy of mine here is what i went with and the total cost for anyone else looking to make a sick computer for $800.

From Newegg.com
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808
$159.99

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030
$26.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
$89.99

XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150462
$159.99

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817371015
$79.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Item #: N82E16820231303
$109.99

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128419
$89.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129042
$49.95

-$10.00 promotional gift card they have out right now
-$20.00 promo code for the hard drive good till late this month(available on the newegg site under the product title)

From Amazon.com

Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler"
$28.99 ($35.16) with shipping

TOTAL: 802.04

This is a pretty sick deal. I hope this helps save some time for anyone looking for a similar setup. This computer will trump anything you will pickup at a local store. If you see any compatibility issues or something please post. Thanks guys.
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May 18, 2010 9:06:49 PM

For the third time, I'll point out that the Antec 650W PSU is overkill for a single 5770, regardless of overclocking, extra devices, whatever. You will never need that much power unless you added a second 5770, which you can't do. I'd save the extra money and drop down to a 400-500W unit.
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May 18, 2010 9:43:51 PM

The 650W PSU is so I can upgrade to a greater GPU at a later time... like when the prices fall dramatically in a few years.
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May 18, 2010 9:58:49 PM

A 550W PSU can handle nearly every GPU that's currently out, and GPUs have been moving towards being more efficient, thus using less power. The only exception to this is probably the 5970, but I think you can still use that on a 550W unit...
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May 18, 2010 10:08:51 PM

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...

Ati cards currently use up to 650W(HD 5970) for a single card configuration. I'm banking on the cards becoming more efficient like you said. However, this gives me enough wiggle room to allow for a single card upgrade in the future if I need to. Thanks again man.
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