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July 12, 2010 11:45:20 AM

Helping my nephew build a gaming rig... it's been a couple years since I looked at parts:

We're hoping to order parts in the next two weeks.
Budget - about $1500.00 or less, really can't go over $1600
System usage - 80% gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: none (he needs everything)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com,
PARTS PREFERENCES: Antec Power supply: no other preferences
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, modest overclocking desired but not required
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGIBOX
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
HD2: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
VIDCARD 1: EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
VIDCARD 2: EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
CASE: Thermaltake ArmorPlus(Armor+) VH6000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Keyboard
Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
Acer P235Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50000:1(ACM) Built-in Speakers
Optical drive

Note we might start with one Hard Drive and Vid Card and add the second ones later.

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July 12, 2010 12:24:47 PM

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- AMD boards dont support SLI...
- 9800GTX+ are old gen cards
- WIN 7 HP would do for his usage...
- 890FX boards are only required if aiming for very high overclocks and 2+ graphic cards...

For that budget, here is a build...
X4 955 + ASUS 890GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

A high quality case with a very good quality PSU
Lian-Li K62 + XFX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX HD 5850 - It is as powerful as the GTX 285 and is DirectX 11
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

Another very good monitor
ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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