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July 6, 2010 5:19:07 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (August 2010) BUDGET RANGE: (~$1,200)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming: Star Wars Old Republic, MW2, etc...)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Tigerdirect, Amazon, Newegg)

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:

Comments: I've been doing research and think that i have what i need to build a good gaming computer. I just figured that i would post here and make sure that i have everything i need and see if i need to change anything... and if everything is compatible.

Here is what i have:

Asus M4A78T-E Motherboard with AMD Phenom II X4 955 Quad Core Processor w/Fan Bundle Link

Radeon HD 5770 Video Card Link

Corsair XMS3 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM Link

Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB Link

M59 Gaming Mid Tower Case Link

Lite-On Blu Ray ROM Link

Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply Link

Samsung P2250 22" Class Widescreen HD LCD Monitor Link
and Windows 7 home premium 64 bit

with everything its in the area of $1200 which is pretty much max that i plan to spend...
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

thanks

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July 6, 2010 8:10:03 AM

There are some good combo deal that you could use on Newegg, if you're interested.

Make sure you get a good psu. On a budget OCZ is pretty good. Corsair and Antec make good psus.
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July 6, 2010 10:32:26 AM

Newegg will get combos to save money.
A 23 inch Acer monitor is $169.99 atm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 5850 and AMD 955 - $424.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

G Skill 1600mhz CL7 and XFX 650W PSU - $179.98 (159.98 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb - $54.99 ($74.99 if you really need the 1TB version)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF 922 - $89.99 ($9.99 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-On Blu Ray ROM - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1109.99
(You say you have the OS, but if you didn't you would add $99.99 for Windows 7 Home Premium OEM)

The monitor is bigger but then the one you have is Samsung and yours has 2ms response time, so you may prefer yours if it stays within your budget (only $10 difference so choice is yours)

The G Skill RAM is lower latency than the Corsair and is some of the best RAM out there, the XFX PSU is also very good quality and as part of a combo with the G Skill is a real winner.

I went with the 5850 card because the 5770 just is not good enough to be on HD monitors, it is fine for some games but it will show its budget soon

I only went with 500gb HDD as if gaming is mainly what you do I would be surprised if you filled even that, but if you can afford it by all means get the 1TB if you like

I went with the HAF 922 case because it is a great case, if you need to save money you can go with something else.

I went with a motherboard that supports USB 3.0 and SATA 6gb/s in case you want to make use of that in future. If not then you can stick with your mobo to save money.

Assuming you already have the OS, all this should be under your budget, so if you wanted you could get a custom CPU cooler, but if you are not OCing it is not really worth it.

You could try and slip in the 5870 if there is a good combo with it, possibly even saving money by reverting back to the motherboard you stated in post to ensure you stay under the $1200 mark
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July 6, 2010 11:03:53 AM

asteldian said:
Newegg will get combos to save money.
A 23 inch Acer monitor is $169.99 atm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 5850 and AMD 955 - $424.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

G Skill 1600mhz CL7 and XFX 650W PSU - $179.98 (159.98 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb - $54.99 ($74.99 if you really need the 1TB version)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF 922 - $89.99 ($9.99 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-On Blu Ray ROM - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1109.99
(You say you have the OS, but if you didn't you would add $99.99 for Windows 7 Home Premium OEM)

The monitor is bigger but then the one you have is Samsung and yours has 2ms response time, so you may prefer yours if it stays within your budget (only $10 difference so choice is yours)

The G Skill RAM is lower latency than the Corsair and is some of the best RAM out there, the XFX PSU is also very good quality and as part of a combo with the G Skill is a real winner.

I went with the 5850 card because the 5770 just is not good enough to be on HD monitors, it is fine for some games but it will show its budget soon

I only went with 500gb HDD as if gaming is mainly what you do I would be surprised if you filled even that, but if you can afford it by all means get the 1TB if you like

I went with the HAF 922 case because it is a great case, if you need to save money you can go with something else.

I went with a motherboard that supports USB 3.0 and SATA 6gb/s in case you want to make use of that in future. If not then you can stick with your mobo to save money.

Assuming you already have the OS, all this should be under your budget, so if you wanted you could get a custom CPU cooler, but if you are not OCing it is not really worth it.

You could try and slip in the 5870 if there is a good combo with it, possibly even saving money by reverting back to the motherboard you stated in post to ensure you stay under the $1200 mark


Liking the above build, everything looks great!
Imo, stick with the samsung monitor, apart from the 2ms response time, the overall colour quality of the panel will be better
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July 6, 2010 11:16:59 AM

Yes, I have a 24 inch Acer monitor and it is real nice (also 2ms) I certainly have no issues with the quality, but having said that, the price between the 22 Samsung and 23 Acer is so small and the inch does not make that much difference, so I wouldl ikely go with the Samsung for better quality
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July 6, 2010 9:51:16 PM

Thanks for the input, right now everything that asteldian listed looks perfect for me, aside from the monitor.
I just have to wait til i get back to my house before i can pull the trigger on it...

Thanks, everyone.
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July 17, 2010 6:05:14 AM

Best answer selected by sideral sunrise.
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