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$1200 gaming build

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June 2, 2010 11:51:49 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: ~1200 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: primarily gaming, general use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: slight preference towards newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: slight preference towards AMD + ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The parts I've selected thus far are based on SomeGuyNamedMatt's 'gaming build' presented at http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/285957-31-1000-perfor... (about half way down the page).

I've done little more than replace RAM and such prior to now, so this is a pretty big project for me. I guess I'm mostly looking to confirm that this build will work. Also, any suggestions regarding cooling would be appreciated.

Finally, it seems that a few of these parts are either on sale or have combo sales this week on newegg, so I'll be sure to match those up where possible.

Thanks!

[CASE] COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[MOBO] MSI 790X-G45 AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

[PSU] OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[GPU} GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Hard Drive] Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[RAM] A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[DVD drive] Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[OS] Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Monitor] SCEPTRE X226W-1920 Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR(10000:1) 1000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[Keyboard] DCT Factory KBJ-006UB Black 107 Normal Keys USB Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 2, 2010 11:55:55 PM

It looks to me like you've got a solid build. I'd either up the wattage to 750-800 or transfer to corsair or antec (just my personal preferences)
I'd switch to a full tower case for better cooling and more space (I like the HAF 932's a lot)
I'd switch your hdd to a samsung spinpoint for better performance
I'd go with a more well known brand of ram just to be safe (corsair, ocz, g. skill, etc.)
Everything else looks great
a b 4 Gaming
June 3, 2010 12:09:54 AM

As a gaming monitor, the Spectre is lacking a bit.

I wouldn't use an MSI board.

Those are my two primary objections.

The RAM is rather slow... better to get 1333 CL7 if it can be had at a reasonable price... here's some deals that my make more sense:

CPU+Gigabyte UD4+game
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Antec 600+TP-650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

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