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July 13, 2010 11:35:23 PM

I originally started with a budget of 400.00 , so I stayed close to the mark. Just ordered this morning from the Egg and its already shipped.

here is the clickies for you the viewer.

# 1 x HEC 6K28BBX585 Black 0.8mm SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 585W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... @ $49.99 w/ free shipping

# 1 x TP-LINK TL-WN722N USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... @ $19.99 w/ free shipping

# 1 x ASUS CuCore Series EAH4850 CUCORE TOP/2DI/1GD3 Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... @ $104.99 w/ free shipping

# 1 x ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... @ $18.99 w/ free shipping

Next is a combo, however I will slide individual links for you.
# 1 x Western Digital Caviar Green WD8000AARS 800GB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

# 1 x G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

# 1 x AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor HDX550WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

# 1 x ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The combo was
# Original Price: $272.96
# Discount: -$40.97
# Combo Price: $231.99 and of course FREE SHIPPING!

So basically I spent, with rush processing, a whopping 428.94 (free shipping) for a decent mid range (from my research) gaming system.

I still had my evga 8800 gt which I wasn't sure still worked. My system had died a year or more ago and I have no idea if it was the power supply, video card or the Mobo. So I decided to go fresh.

I still have 4 gigs of the same speed ram as what is coming with the combo , if it works then I should have 6 gigs of ram which I guess is adequate for most games.



The parts I chose took a few days of scouring the reviews on the Egg and lurking here. The wifi adapter got amazing reviews so I grabbed it. The Mobo has the best success rate of possibly turning my dual into a quad (however the processor in question seems to be fine as a dual.) The videocard got some of the best reviews and seemed adequate for my gaming needs.

Games most likely played will be Batman:AA, GTA4, Sniper ( the new one), both Mass Effects, singularity, the Sims 3 (quit chuckling @ me) and what ever pops out and gets my attention.

1. Where will I have a bottleneck, or what will I need to upgrade first with this build.
2. Will I be fine with setup, and do any of you experts see any conflicts arriving from my parts in the setup?

Thanks for the time guys and gals.
July 14, 2010 1:27:04 AM

Impressive CPU compute core, for the money ... beats the snot out of ATOM (dare say).

GPU wollops and PSU pumps ... case cool ? ... cpu (oc) & after-cooling ?

= pretty cool =
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July 14, 2010 3:20:37 AM

Never thought about cooling, maybe I should scavenge some fans from the old case. Don't know If I will delve into OC right away. Anything will be an upgrade to the 3 year old laptop I am using now.

Thanks for reading
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July 14, 2010 5:23:33 AM

Talk about fast shipping, ordered today and scheduled for day after tomorrow delivery! So, no one sees any problems with the parts working together?
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July 14, 2010 5:48:59 AM

That is a very slow HDD
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July 14, 2010 5:57:35 AM

Agreed on the drive, however it was part of the combo. Should make a decent storage drive.
Plan on sliding in my old ide 7200 rpm drive for the os drive, and I have a terabyte sata drive that will be storage also.

shouldnt run out of space for ohh say a week. :) 
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July 14, 2010 11:56:33 PM

What he's gettin' is gonna be better than what he's got and ...


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Woops ... this was an errant post ... 2nd one tonite ... too many threads ... I'll just go watch some youTube 'till I recover.

Maybe I had a mini-stroke ... sorry.

= Al =
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July 15, 2010 3:12:59 AM

thanks for the input Alvin. Barring no hardware issues it should be cake. Defnitly starting from scratch, been a while since I had a running tower, so formatting it all.

should be here this afternoon, I will get it running and possibly bench it, just to see if its working the way I expect.
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July 15, 2010 6:16:50 AM

wooops ... I am going totally senile ... and, sorry ...

... My last post was meant for a thread where a guy is building a Frankenstein rig with LOTS of older parts ... some are ancient ... But I think he figgered out how to make it all work ...

.... I WOULD agree that drive is gonna drive you crazy, as it is very sluggish and the greens are built cheap, so I have seen 3 bad ones which caused nightmare probs because the errors were intermittent corruption and it was hell to nail down the cause.

If ANYthing ain't right ... DO suspect (ask yourself about) the green drive ... if there is any possibility the drive might cause the prob ... it prolly is. ... just keep that in mind.

I would consider one as a backup drive, so long as it spent 99% of it's time in some dark drawer, somewhere. ... really my last choice, of the current crop. ... There is "cheap" (like a nice 250GB F3), and then there is "way too cheap" ... the greens.

Just my opinion ... don't want to be a kill-joy.

= Al =
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