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June 23, 2010 10:49:03 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month BUDGET RANGE: 750-950 Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Browsing, General usage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Pretty much from scratch Desktop I have a mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am flexible

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not Sure

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quick, reliable and easy to manage PC



Hey there, I am looking for suggestions on this build that I have recently made with someone.

It's a little over my budget but I feel that the little extra is worth it.

If you guys know of ANYTHING that could save me money for similar/better results, PLEASE let me know.

Here's what I've got so far

CD/DVD Drive: LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Monitor: ASUS VH202T-P Glossy black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ aspect control
Video Card: EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
Mother Board: BIOSTAR TH55B HD LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750


The total for this is 986 including shipping which really irks me so if you guys know of anything to bring the price down, please let me know. Also this is the first computer I have ever built. I am coming off of a HP Laptop and want to make sure I am doing every thing right. Thanks if you guys can help
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June 24, 2010 2:12:36 AM

Since you are leaving the option open to Crossfire, I would look at an ASUS, Gigabyte or MSI 890 (GX or FX) motherboard or look at the 790X motherboard, which are at a great price but don't have USB 3.0 or SATA 6.0Gb/s support (not necessary right now though)
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June 24, 2010 2:16:30 AM

Do you mean the same Mother Board that you recommended?

And what is the difference between the Athlon II X3 and Phenom II X4 performance wise?
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June 24, 2010 2:25:18 AM

I mean you want an AM3 motherboard with the 890 chipset be it either the 890GX or 890FX. I listed ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI as they are the "best three" for AMD. The combo deal I listed would work nicely for your but if you are wanting the X4 945, you can choose your own motherboard to fit your needs.

Here is a comparision between the two CPU's you've listed (use the X4 940 since they are similar in performance)... http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/119?vs=80
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June 24, 2010 2:48:46 AM

Yes... The CPU and Motherboard will work nicely with the Sapphire HD 5770!

Good choice on the motherboard :) 
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