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June 3, 2010 7:56:24 PM

I am going to build a new system sometime soon. Hopefully, it will be in a week or two. This is going to be my computer for college, so I would like it to be a decent gaming computer, but as I will hopefully be doing more in college than playing computer games, I am willing to sacrifice some speed for better price/performance. There's really nothing else taxing I would use the computer for, possibly media transcoding. My current computer is an e5200 at 3.5 GHz, 9800gt, and 6 gigs of DDR2 on a P35-DS3L. I want the computer to be justifiably faster than this.

I won't be reusing anything besides a few fans. I also already have a case and OS. I would like to do a Phenom 955 build, and not spend more than $800. As I said I would like to do this sooner, but if there's any new parts coming out soon I don't mind waiting. The only things I could find that might be worth the wait are the new 95w 955 and the GTX 460 (at least it might lower Radeon prices). I'm also open to a completely different build, but it seems the 955 is the best bet for my price range, and I would prefer a quad core. I will defiantly overclock. I am from the US, and prefer Newegg. I don't have a monitor yet, but I can't imagine getting anything more than 1680x1050. So far I have the following:

MoBo:
Not sure yet, I would like a MicroATX board, because then I could use my smaller case, but if there's much better ATX for around $100, it can work. - $100

RAM:
Whatever the best 4 gig set I can get for around $100 at the time of build, right now looks like some 1600 G.Skill Ripjaws - $100

PSU:
Either an Antec or Corsair 550-650, depending on how much everything else costs. - $65-80

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE - $160

Graphics:
Radeon 5830 (unless something else comes to the $200 price range) - $220

HDD:
Probably a Caviar Black 750-1TB, whatever is best around $80
DVD Drive - $20

I'll also add an aftermarket HSF, looking right now at the 212+ or the Sunbeam CR-CCTF. Would like to spend around $30

Total comes to about $800.

So basically, I'm looking for any advice on this I should change, stuff I should wait for, etc. My main concern is a faster computer than my old one, so even completely different builds are welcome. I've also been toying with the idea of an Athlon x3 440 with an AM2+ board, using my old RAM but getting a card like the 5850.

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June 3, 2010 8:09:29 PM

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Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

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XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

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CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

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Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-G1

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The 5830 sucks go with the 5770 or 5850.




heres the 5770 build:


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

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AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX

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Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-G1

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MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model ADX635WFGIBOX

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Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-G1

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June 3, 2010 8:19:28 PM

Just so you knew my post has 3 builds in it.
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