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June 26, 2010 1:31:07 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: with in the next month maybe two months

BUDGET RANGE: $500-700 Before / After Rebates (cheaper the better)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (WoW, SC2, SW:TOR, Eve Online), Music (iTunes)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com preferred, but anything will work if I can buy from the same place.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: HD- Western Digital; preference to ATI Video and AMD CPU, but open to others.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (But not really needed)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 SAMSUNG 2333HD High Glossy Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD LCD Monitor; Dual Monitor, if doable, 1280x1024 19" Dell LCD

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Current PC is a Dell XPS Gen5 from 2005, and I have reached my limit for upgrading it. After upgrading my monitor I have started to notice that performance in game drop greatly, currently using a ATI 2600 HD Pro GPU.
The reason for a hard drive preference is that the last two Seagate HDs I have had died after a year to eighteen months after getting them.

Also, I currently have a external HD, a Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 that I am currently using as a backup HD for files.

As for parts selection, I would need to add a OS to the list, for the rest of the part they could be something I can upgrade down the road also, say 6 months or so.

I searched the forums looking for something similar to what I am looking for and found some but nothing that would involve the use a a Raid set up for two HDs. I was told which Raid setup would be best for being in a game and having iTunes running with music in the background, with out a huge loss in performance; but forgot if I could be reminded that would be wonderful. If this is doable with my budget I would like to explore the possibility's, if not I can drop the option.

Lastly, if there is a Prebuilt option with room for the ability to upgrade I am open to it also.

Any help offered for this community is greatly appreciated, so thank you to everyone that takes the time to respond to this.
June 26, 2010 2:05:57 PM

- AMD Phenom II 955 ($160)
- ATI 5770 ($160)
- 4GB of DDR3 RAM (1333MHz is fine): $110
- Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 1TB HDD (sorry, WD drives are slower and more expensive than their competitors at the moment): $80
- Antec 300 case (or similar)
- 500-600W PSU (Corsair or Antec are best, OCZ is fine too)
- A motherboard. If you intend to crossfire, get a 890/790 chipset. If not, a 770/870 will do nicely. A 785/880 makes for a decent middle of the road option. Asus, Gigabyte and MSI offer the best quality.
- If you intend to overclock, add an aftermarket cooler. A few suggestions:
* Budget (mild overclocking): Cooler Master TX3 or Hyper 212
* Heavy overclocking: Prolimatech Megashadows (but that's pointless, the money saved would be better spent on more powerful graphics).
* Moderate cooling and extreme silence: Scythe Mugen 2 or Yasya.

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June 26, 2010 3:21:30 PM

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU
AMD Phenom II X2 555 99.00 (Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or If you Want Quad Core
AMD Athlon II X4 635 99.99 (Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Motherboard
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO (NO CROSSFIRE) 79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS M4A78T-E (CROSSFIRE) 114.99 (104.99 After MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 94.99 (Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video Card
GIGABYTE GV-R577UD-1GD Radeon HD 5770 159.99 (149.99 After 10.00 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W 79.99 (49.99 after 10 Dollar Promo Code and 20.00 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case
NZXT GAMMA Classic Series Black Steel Case 29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


713.93 (682.93 After 30.00 worth of MIRs) (With Motherboard that does not support Crossfire)

748.93 (708.93 After 40.00 Morth of MIRs) (With Motherboard that does Support Crossfire)
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June 26, 2010 3:57:48 PM

$414AR, ADD $100 for OS
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June 26, 2010 4:11:42 PM

Thank you all for your reply's, One question for batuchka; How long does the combo deals normally last at Newegg.com? Only reason I ask is if it's for say about 2 to 3 weeks, that's great cause what you have shown seems to still have room for upgrades down the road.
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June 26, 2010 4:13:45 PM

Till the end of the month then they reset hehe
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July 1, 2010 12:37:38 PM

Best answer selected by zinzeiz.
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July 1, 2010 2:19:58 PM

I would go with I3 530 for CPU, for the extra OC-ability, strong game performance while using less power and producing less heat =D. ( at stock)
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July 1, 2010 9:52:39 PM

I have marked the best answer to batuchka, mainly for find the right items to help with what I am looking for.

I am hoping to find a little bit more help with this subject. Only reason is that the combos selected by batuchka ended with the month of June. Using what was shown by him as a base line I tried to complete a new selection of items with the combos available for July.
What I am hoping to find is some way to get the total down maybe about $100 cheaper if possible. As always any help on this subject is greatly appreciated, so I thank you upfront for any help given.

This is what I have so far ~


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