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First Build - Need Advice on Parts

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June 20, 2010 4:27:40 AM

Hi, I posted several months ago, but got the recommendation to wait a few months for better deals on price, but I'd like some advice to make sure this build is compatible and also a good deal. Thanks in advance!


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: $500-$550 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet, Music, Video

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, ATI Graphics

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe plus potential unlocking of two extra cores on the 555 CPU

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900, but might upgrade to 1680 x 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: If anyone could give any advice on how to get Windows 7 64-bit cheaply for a high school student, let me know.

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GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard and AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision Model HDZ555WFGMBOX Combo Deal - $161.99 after MIR

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W and Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM Combo Deal - $34.98 after MIR

A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333G (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - $104.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $55.99

ZALMAN Z7 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $69.99

EBAY XFX ATI Radeon HD 4850 1GB HD 485X ZDFR DVI PCIe - $101.98

Shipping - $9.03
Total - $538.95

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June 20, 2010 4:40:50 AM

The F3 is cheaper and faster than the caviar blue
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This Gskill kit is $2 more expensive than the A-DATA after shipping, but the A-DATA kit requires higher than stock voltages and it provides a range, the gskill Eco kit is low voltage and will run perfectly fine at stock settings.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You dont know how many owners the ebay 4850 has been through so you dont know if you will get the second lifetime warranty on it, i have that exact card and it is quite nice, but with the 57xx cards out i would go for them instead, less power and you know you get the full warranty.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 20, 2010 7:32:57 PM

Sorry about the double post, but I've been making some adjustments to the build to better suit my budgets and needs (sacrificing mobo features for reliable RAM).

Now, my build consists of these parts:

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

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

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

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Which is $530 after MIR and shipping

Also, I can get Windows 7 32-Bit from my school for free, or pay $100 for a 64-bit copy. How much will I be losing if I get the 32-bit edition? Thanks once again!
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