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July 16, 2010 7:16:42 PM

Looking for some advice. I'm a first time builder and have a budget around $1600. Hows it looking? I know 16gigs of RAM is overkill, but I'm looking for something I won't have to replace in 2 years, or at least can avoid replacing for a while.

I didn't include any software because I can buy the OS through my college for like $50, but I would like to know if it is necessary that I buy a special version of it other than just the normal Win 7-64 bit.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP. Next couple of weeks for sure.

BUDGET RANGE: 1500 AFTER REBATES

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly Gaming (SC2, Diablo III, MW2, etc) , some other media (movies, music while playing games)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (Hannspree 25'' LCD atm), Speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PART: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've been looking mostly at AMD CPU & ATI Video Cards (I'm open to other options though). Definitely a mid-tower.

OVERCLOCKING: Not enough to hurt anything.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe a couple of years in. I don't think I'm ready yet.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1200 if I can help it.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Windows are nice, but the more natural airflow the better. I don't want to have to spend $75 on aftermarket case fans.


AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$305.99

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$349.99

TWO OF THESE: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$429.98 (16 GB of RAM Total)

Thermaltake Element G VL18501W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Gaming Case w/ 850W Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99

SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk SATA Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$80ish

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July 16, 2010 10:10:26 PM

I think your Build is good but i think a GTX 470 or GTX 460 SLI would be better than a 5850 but i guess im a Nvidia fanboy. But i dont think your Mother board supports SLI. And not see the point of having 16GB even if your going to keep it for 2 year+ i think 8GB is good enough. and spend more money on your motherboard rather than RAM
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July 16, 2010 11:55:20 PM

Thanks for the feedback. What about something like:

MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory with Airflow Fan Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Instead of the MOBO/ Memory that I have up there. I wasn't all that attached to the 16gigs of ram. just thought it was a bargain and it would be shiny
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July 17, 2010 1:01:48 AM

The 9/9/9 1866 mhz RAM is overkill. Try overclocking your NB as far as you can with AMD as it takes 3200 mhz of NB to get 1600 mhz DDR3's full bandwidth.
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July 17, 2010 1:04:48 AM

1333 mhz @ 5/5/5 and NB overclocked to 2600mhz or more is best on AMD CPU's.
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