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May 30, 2010 6:08:00 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 4 months BUDGET RANGE: $900 Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Moderate gaming (not many new games) and of cousre watching movies and surfing the net.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse/keyboard/monitor/sound card

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com only

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD&ATI only Mobo brand open and for other parts open

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (later on) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (later on)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am anal about having fans and don't need a gpu with dx 11 atm and please no combos cause I won't be getting it today or this month (I know combo deals are a steal sometimes but yea).

Here is a build that I setup on newegg.com: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

I am trying to get advice and learn something about choices on parts, thanks.

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May 30, 2010 7:24:23 PM

ATI is the still the better value in video at the moment but is there any particular reason you want an AMD processor? At your budget the Intel offerings will probably provide you equal or better value. Usually AMD is recommended for builds less than 800 or so because it provides better value in that price range, but above their you may want to consider Intel as well.
May 31, 2010 2:05:09 AM

Ok, I looked into Intel and got this setup: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Please let me know what ya think and again I am really anal about fans and ventilation so the extra fans are a must for. Again, I don't need a gpu that has dx 11 and the gpu I chose for this build will play all my games at full settings.

This build is one that I could get in 2 months or less.
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May 31, 2010 3:56:48 AM

Any particular reason you're staying with the ancient LGA775 socket? It's generally not recommended for new builds. You could very easily build an i3 system and stay within budget. You could get the i3 540 if you really wanted to (about 150 at most sites) to match the clock speed of your currently selected E5200, but you could probably get away with an i3 530 for about 30 dollars less if you wanted.

Then, you would need to find a decent LGA1156 Motherboard to go along with it, something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which apparently got a 96% 5 egg reviews at newegg...which is a pretty hard thing for any motherboard to accomplish. Anyway, you could use the money you save on the processor to upgrade to this motherboard.

As for RAM, check out this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Yes it has a lower clock speed than the other ones you selected, but the gigabyte board would downclock it to 1333 anyway. In any case, you'll probably want to look at G.Skill memory for it's low CAS latencies. The RAM I linked above has a CAS latency of 8, instead of 9 like the RAM you selected. Obviously lower is better, but usually more expensive.

Not the best choice of hard drive either. For about 15 dollars more you can get a 500GB Samsung SpinPoint F3, which is not only about 3 times the size, but also currently one of the fastest hard drives you can get for the money.

And yeah you're going a bit overkill on the fans there bud but whatever, I guess you can never have too many LED fans lol.

May 31, 2010 6:29:45 AM

djg9205 said:
Any particular reason you're staying with the ancient LGA775 socket? It's generally not recommended for new builds. You could very easily build an i3 system and stay within budget. You could get the i3 540 if you really wanted to (about 150 at most sites) to match the clock speed of your currently selected E5200, but you could probably get away with an i3 530 for about 30 dollars less if you wanted.

Then, you would need to find a decent LGA1156 Motherboard to go along with it, something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which apparently got a 96% 5 egg reviews at newegg...which is a pretty hard thing for any motherboard to accomplish. Anyway, you could use the money you save on the processor to upgrade to this motherboard.

As for RAM, check out this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Yes it has a lower clock speed than the other ones you selected, but the gigabyte board would downclock it to 1333 anyway. In any case, you'll probably want to look at G.Skill memory for it's low CAS latencies. The RAM I linked above has a CAS latency of 8, instead of 9 like the RAM you selected. Obviously lower is better, but usually more expensive.

Not the best choice of hard drive either. For about 15 dollars more you can get a 500GB Samsung SpinPoint F3, which is not only about 3 times the size, but also currently one of the fastest hard drives you can get for the money.

And yeah you're going a bit overkill on the fans there bud but whatever, I guess you can never have too many LED fans lol.


Thanks and I'm just trying to setup a pc that is in my budget but any advice I do look into and here is another setup but maybe better, I'm not the pro so yea.

I also don't need a huge HD and if need be I will just get an external but I can always upgrade as well if I feel the need to.

Here is the build and yeah, I'm weird about LED fans and ventilation: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

I will get a better gpu and HD later on along with getting Win 7 Ultimate 64 and maybe a ssd and other parts but this setup will be good for a couple months for me.

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May 31, 2010 10:00:53 AM

Ouch $873 for HD 4770 + 160GB HDD, etc does not sound remotely bang for buck and for $745AR including ship:
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