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June 25, 2010 6:47:17 PM


BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1200 Before Rebates

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

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Moue, Monitor, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:,, or any brick/mortar store(ie Microcenter, Frys, etc)


PARTS PREFERENCES: Asus, Corsair, AMD, but im open to suggestion.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. Never have, but curious. Most likely not at first, but if it was easy enough and worth the effort, would be interested down the road.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Unsure, would like to stick with 1 GPU

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first build. As far as my gaming goes, im always a late adapter. I enjoy older games (fallout series, kotor, starcraft, c&c, and even older), but would like to be able to play some new games(fallout 3, new starcraft & diablo, bioshock, dead space) with decent settings. Eventually i would like to also use this system with a 42" or larger hdtv. This system would be used mostly on a day to day basis for music production and photoshop and normal internet/email. I've spent 3-4 months doing research on parts, cpu's, and everything else. im leaning towards and amd build for cost, but if someone can prove and intel build would better suite me, im open. Thanks in advance for any info and feedback. I've put this off for too long now and ready to get things rolling!

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827106335
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119216
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Item #: N82E16820231303
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $15.00
Item #: N82E168GC000001
Your Promotional Gift Card will be emailed 30 days after invoice.

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
Item #: N82E16817139005
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
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-$40.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

Item #: N82E16813131631
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Combo

Subtotal: $755.92

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ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

Subtotal: $1075.91

More about : 1000 1200 music casual gaming

June 26, 2010 4:06:30 AM

MadAdmiral said:
Here's a better performing build for only slightly more:

CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $243 after rebate (with a free game)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
GPU: HD 5870 $390
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $70
PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 750W $165 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100 (it's possible I missed a combo with the OS)

Total: $1,098

Thanks for the response. I don't know if I really need the power of a 5870. For a while I was even debating going with a 5830, but figured a 5850 would be better equipped for longevity. One of the reasons I leaned toward the Asus mobo & GPU is that as someone so eloquently put, if I have a problem with compatibility, you go to the same company. That, plus the built in overclocking ability(if I ever decided to). I'd rather spend the money on RAM or HDD to improve performance if it was there. You did suggest a 750w psu, so I'm wondering, is a 600w not enough to run the setup, or not a good choice for future proofing?

On the memory, would there be any real world noticeable difference between these two? Would the lower voltage ram have better options on speed & latency? Would it matter?

June 26, 2010 4:52:15 PM

There won't be any real world difference between those two sticks.

The 5870 is nice because it can currently get playable FPS on any game out there with max details at 1080p resolutions. The 5850 can't.

As for the Asus board and GPU, there won't be any compatibility issues with not using parts from the same company. Gigabyte and Asus are the top two board manufacturers. If a GPU company made a unit that wasn't compatible with their boards, they'd be in major trouble with low sales. If you're really concerned about it, Gigabyte makes GPUs too.

The automatic overclocking feature is a waste of money. You can get a better overclock by doing it yourself.

I'm not sure why you mentioned the RAM and HDD. The RAM I linked to above is already extremely high quality and has great specs with a good price. The HDD is one of the fastest and has an amazing price. You could spend more on both of those parts, but you wouldn't really get anything more for the extra cost.

I suggested a 750W PSU for the possibility of adding a second 5870 in Crossfire later. If you went with the 5850, a 650W may be sufficient if you don't apply a massive overclock and add a bunch of extra components. That said, that deal is a very good one, and I'd find it hard to pass up. Unless you don't like how the case looks.