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New gaming build for 900$ + tips im complete noob

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June 29, 2010 7:21:59 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 3 weeks.
BUDGET RANGE: $800-900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - surfing web - Adobe cs5 master collection - hosting server

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers and monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg only. (best service)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A

PARTS PREFERENCES: I really do not care but I would like to stay under amd mostly.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd love it if the computer was relatively quite and not like BRRRRRRRRRRRR...
a b 4 Gaming
June 29, 2010 7:30:36 PM

Do you need an OS with the $900? If not:

CPU: X3 445 (w/ MW2 for free) $85
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $84 after rebate and promo code
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
GPU: HD 5870 $351 w/ 10% off promo code
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $80
PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 750W $165 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $21

Total: $896

If you need the OS:

CPU: X3 445 $75
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $84 after rebate and promo code
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
GPU: HD 5850 (w/ free surge protector) $287
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 650W $140 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $21
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $872
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a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2010 9:57:52 AM

$885AR
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a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2010 12:38:33 PM

+1 for the Phenom II X4 955...
It is right that the X3 is a wonderful gaming CPU, but for Photoshop CS5 suite, IMO a Quad would better suit...

Why not try an Intel + Nvidia build...I know you had wanted to stick with AMD, but Intel + Nvidia would better perform in CS5(CUDA) and in games, the GTX 4xx are good too...As you will be sticking with a single card, so the heat and the power issues of the GTX 4xx wont be significant...

Here is a setup...
i5 750 + GTX 470 -> At stock speeds, the i5 is faster than the X4 965...So once when overclocked, it would perform even better...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CM 690 Black + CM Silent PRO 600W -> Good enough even for the GTX 480...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

Total - ~$916 | $896 After rebates...
Also Nvidia will be launching their newer more efficient GF104 based Fermi cards by Mid-July, so those can also be good choices...
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