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June 26, 2010 10:30:09 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: 1000$ Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Browsing, Watching movies, Multitasking
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, and OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I just want the best bang for my buck. I would rather stick with AMD cpu and ati video card.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'm buying a monitor as well and its resolution is 1600x900. I think this resolution is great and so is the monitor.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my second time building a gaming pc. I think the build I came up with is great and meet my needs. I want this build to last 5-10 years maybe? Thanks for helping me!

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Here is the list of parts I came up with. I just want to make sure everything is compatible and works well for a long time. If you have any kind of suggestions please comment.

Hanns·G HZ201HPB Black 20" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 15000:1(1000:1) Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-790XT-USB3 AM3 AMD 790X USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case & Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


There are only a few stuff that I'm concerned with. One is that on newegg I found the exact same cpu for the exact same price. I'm not sure which one is better because to me they are exactly the same.
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=n82e168...

The above one people are telling me that it doesn't have c3 stepping. What is this? Do I need it? So which one is better? the above linked or the one in my build?

In the future I might want to overclock but I just don't know how to do this yet. The AMD quad core seems fast but I'm not sure if the stock cooler will cool it enough. Should I invest in a cpu cooler?

My friend has a windows 7 pro 32bit disc I can use. Since I'm planning to get 4gb of RAM. Should I consider using 32bit or 64bit?

This will be my 2nd time building a pc so I think it's going to go smoothly. But will everything fit nicely together in the antec 900? Thanks for helping me out again!








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June 26, 2010 11:06:29 PM

System looks pretty good. Not the most powerful graphics card, but it should suffice; good card for the money.

As far as I know the C3 Stepping is just a revision. Generally new steppings just reduce power usage, and often increase performance. I'd go for the newer one personally.

If you're getting 4GB of RAM, 64-bit would be preferable. 32-bit can only see 3GB, so you'd be wasting an entire GB of RAM.

The Antec 900 is a nice case, and has plenty of room. You shouldn't have any problems whatsoever.

Good luck.
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June 26, 2010 11:14:51 PM

I calculated the build cost to be around 950$ leaving me enough money to maybe get a cpu cooler. Should I get a cpu cooler if I'm planning to overclock maybe in a few years?

And as for the C3 stepping which one of the cpu has it? they look pretty much identical to me.

Also is the PSU enough for the 5770? Thanks for answering my questions.
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June 27, 2010 11:23:40 AM

Get a bigger monitor for that video card.
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June 27, 2010 11:39:55 AM

I would go with 64bit, 32 bit does not support all that ram, the antec 900 is a nice case i have it lots of rooms can get quite dusty but that no hassle
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June 27, 2010 11:50:08 AM
June 28, 2010 3:17:05 PM

mosox said:
Get a bigger monitor for that video card.


I think your right looking for a bigger monitor but 23" monitors are overkill.

@mac4me123

thanks for the input luckily my friend has a 64bit version too :D  .

I had found my own answer for the cpu differences: (quoting Sam from newegg reviews)

"There is some confusion about the processor series, since there are 2 chips that come up when you search for the amd 955. When looking at the big long part number, the one that ends with "MBOX" is the one you want. It supports the newer c3 stepping. The one that ends in "IBOX" is the older version of the 955BE. "


And can anyone else suggest any more improvements as I want to buy this ASAP during this week.
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June 28, 2010 4:17:47 PM

So here's my new build I've found a great mobo combo with the cpu. Then got a new set of gskill ram since the corsair sale is over. Also found a much better lcd monitor with a great resolution.

so how's my build now:

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June 28, 2010 4:38:16 PM

Here's a better overall build. Has a 1920x1080 monitor and 5850.

Case
Antec 300 Illusion $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Spinpoint F3 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G SKill Eco $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
21.5" Acer 1920x1080 $159
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
XFX 5850 $287
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


GPU/Optical
OCZ 700w and Lite on $89 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MOBO/CPU/Free Game
GA 790 UD4 and Phenom II x4 955 $250 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Use Promo codes: MBTEN,EMCYTNN22

Total: $990 before Rebates and shipping


If you're willing to spend $30 more, you can get a better PSU.

Corsair 750TX $99 w/ Promo Code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 28, 2010 5:00:32 PM

banthracis said:
Here's a better overall build. Has a 1920x1080 monitor and 5850.

Case
Antec 300 Illusion $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Spinpoint F3 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G SKill Eco $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
21.5" Acer 1920x1080 $159
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
XFX 5850 $287
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


GPU/Optical
OCZ 700w and Lite on $89 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MOBO/CPU/Free Game
GA 790 UD4 and Phenom II x4 955 $250 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Use Promo codes: MBTEN,EMCYTNN22

Total: $990 before Rebates and shipping


If you're willing to spend $30 more, you can get a better PSU.

Corsair 750TX $99 w/ Promo Code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I think the 5850 is just overkill for my build. I don't want to max out the settings but just be able to play modern games. And the antec 900 I believe looks great and I'm sticking with it. However I did find a better monitor with a 2ms response time.

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

Thanks for the replies everyone :bounce: 
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June 28, 2010 5:10:41 PM

Wait, I'm confused. You'd rather spend the same money and get a worse computer?

If all you want is a 5770, then it's entirely doable for $900.

Also 5ms vs 2ms response time makes no difference.
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June 28, 2010 9:18:45 PM

What kind of monitor you looking to get? And indeed a 577o is all you need to so dont go wasting any of your hard earned cash
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June 29, 2010 9:57:13 PM

banthracis said:
Wait, I'm confused. You'd rather spend the same money and get a worse computer?

If all you want is a 5770, then it's entirely doable for $900.

Also 5ms vs 2ms response time makes no difference.


Yes. I think the 5770 is great because all I'm going to play is crysis,cod mw2, wow, and dota. But as a veteran what do you think I should do? Will a 5850 in the long run be good? Which monitor would you get? They look identical to me.

@ nuke123

I just want a monitor that has the resolution 1920x1080 and has a hdmi port. I'm planning to get this monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but I just haven't decided yet.
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June 29, 2010 9:59:09 PM

you want to play crysis, mw2, and the others @ 1920x1080, on just a 5770???
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June 29, 2010 11:15:00 PM

ares1214 said:
you want to play crysis, mw2, and the others @ 1920x1080, on just a 5770???


I've read around and many people who just got a 5770 crossfire it for a performance boost. but two 5770's wasn't good as a 5850. I'm going to include the 5850 in my build so I have to edit it now :( 
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June 29, 2010 11:18:34 PM

My advice is that if you plan on spending $1,000 get a 5850. If you plan on spending $800-900 then get a 5770.

Just be aware not everything will run well at 1920x1080 on a 5770.
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June 30, 2010 12:14:16 AM

I tried my best on editing my build but it came out as 1000$+. I like the antec 900 and not any other case. The monitor is great with that resolution. I just can't seem to skimp the cost down below 1000$:



Not included in the pic is the HDD which is the spinpoint f3 and this dvd burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

all of this totals to 1078$ and I have yet to include the hdmi cable :ouch: 
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June 30, 2010 12:44:11 AM

Ok I'll be honest, I don't think it's all doable for $1000 before rebates. Also, you should totally get the antec 902, it's a definie improvement over the 900 and thanks to combo w/ 7200.12 same price as 900 AFTER rebate.

Using only quality parts, this is the closest I think you can get.

Optical
$21
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
Acer 1920x1080 21.5" $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Corsair 650TX $90 w/ $20 MIR $10 off promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAm
G SKill Eco 1600 Cas 7 $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/HD
Antec 902 and 7200.12 500gb $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU
5850 $287
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU/MOBO
Phenom II x4 955 and GA 790 Ud4 $250 w/ $15 MIR and $11 off with promo code.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Use codes MBTEN,EMCYTNR46

Total $1021 before shipping and $35 MIR. $1001 after both.


Another $20 for your wireless card though.

If you need to get it under $1000 you'll need to use a second tier PSU.

This OCZ 600w 80+ and optical combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Brings total to $992 before shipping MIR. $972 after both.
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July 3, 2010 11:15:43 PM

I came up with an entirely new build and hope it is great and last a long time. Most of the combos from above expired I wasn't quick enough :(  (was too busy) . SO here's my new build:




And here is my cpu + PSU combo:

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

It all come up as $1,012.86 AFTER rebate.

I decided to get a better gpu one tier above the 5770 but one tier less than the 5850. So I got the 5830 instead and I think it's perfect for my resolution. About the motherboard I like it a lot since it has the newest tech in it, but I just don't know if the 6gb/s sata will be compatible with my HDD?

Everything looks great, if you think anything can be improved please reply. I hope everything fits in my case though :D  .
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July 3, 2010 11:30:35 PM
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