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June 30, 2010 11:36:40 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon. Within the next month or so.

BUDGET RANGE: 600-650. Somewhere around that range. Not picky.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Some gaming, some general computing, Photoshop.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor. Let's not worry about speakers or keyboard/mouse right now.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, others fine too.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U-S-A, U-S-A...

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe. Most likely, not right now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900. Possibility to upgrade to better resolution in the future would be nice, though.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Pretty easy going about this. As long as it can competently play newer games I'd be more than happy. I don't need any snazzy looking case or anything like that.

I was originally looking at the Athlon II x3 to start building around, but I'd be open to another if it might help me get more out of my investment.
Thanks fellas (and possibly ladies!)!

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July 1, 2010 12:34:24 AM

Here you go, i presumed you didnt need an OS

CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz - $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO - ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 - $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 - $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $93.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Antec BP550 Plus 550W - $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - NZXT GAMMA Classic - $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OPTICAL - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW - $21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER - Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler - $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You could drop this and spend the money elseware, but its great for keeping the temps down, and will set you up for OC in the future

Grand total = $635
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July 1, 2010 3:00:27 AM

The photoshop has me thinking an i5-750 with hyperthreading might be a better build. I'm not sure if it can fit under the budget.

Lemmie see what I can put together.
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July 1, 2010 3:09:37 AM

Lowest I could get is 800 dollars on this i5 build.



So it's really up to the OP. The AMD build will fare just as well in gaming as this, but this should excel in Photoshop. At a cost of 150 more.
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July 1, 2010 9:02:52 AM

CPU - Intel i5-750 - $194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 - $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 - $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $93.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Antec BP550 Plus 550W - $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - NZXT GAMMA Classic - $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW - $21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand total = $746

If you want to go i5, and dont mind having some PCIe lane bandwidth slowdown if you use 2 GPUS AND usb3 at the same time, then you can save the money and get the cheaper gigabyte board.

This is now only $96 over buget, but again, its up to you to pick
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July 1, 2010 1:47:13 PM

Very awesome. I still have some decisions to make! Thank you both!
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