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July 31, 2010 3:46:35 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: 800-1000, more if it will increase future compatibility for upgrades

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing SC2, Surfing the web, schoolwork, basic photo editing, possibly other more GPU intensive games in the future

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS. A recommendation for a good 1080p monitor would be nice.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: A Lancool PC-K62 is my only real requirement, a modular PSU would be nice.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: As a future option

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking to purchase this computer now and continue to upgrade it for the next 5-6 years.

This is what I was currently looking at:

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
10% off w/ promo code VGA58584, ends 7/31

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
and
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
and
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $910.34 (With $20 rebate)

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July 31, 2010 4:18:17 AM

It looks good to me but dont forget to add in a cpu cooler for overclocking, the ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa is a fairly good cooler.
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July 31, 2010 4:23:47 AM

I was thinking about the SCMG-2100 for a CPU cooler, it comes with a free tube of MX-2 right now at newegg.
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July 31, 2010 7:24:25 AM

I haven't tried that cooler yet but i speak from experience, the performa is a great cooler. If you dont want to spend to much I believe Amazon have the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ for $30 which is a great cooler for the price. The thermal paste company's send out with their coolers are alright but your better of spending the bit extra and getting a 3rd party thermal paste.
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July 31, 2010 11:02:10 AM

you should read this if AA is important to you http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/news/games-news/lack-ant...

also this http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

the gtx 460 will outpreform the 5850 in starcraft 2 (at your resoloution) and it will be able to run AA

here is a build with an x4 955 and a gtx 460 1gb for $887.91 before rebates and it's sli ready.

case+psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

cpu+mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

gpu+free game: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (it also comes with a sc2 free trial)

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

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (comes with free thermal paste get it before the combo ends)

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

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

the gtx 460 is a great gpu especially when oced it can score close to a 5870.
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July 31, 2010 5:36:03 PM

It looks good, my only concern is the future compatibility with bulldozer CPUs and the lack of SATA 6/ USB 3.
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July 31, 2010 6:15:02 PM

the palit has a 2 free games and a 10 percent off with promocode EMCYVNV39, ends 8/2

and yes those ram kits are a waste of money for a couple of led's and worse timings
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July 31, 2010 6:26:25 PM

That's what I was thinking about the ram. I was watching some videos and I am sure that I would get annoyed by the LED's flashing whenever I try to do anything on this computer.

About the palit, it gets worse reviews that the gigabyte about noise/cooling and a lot of complaints about the heatsink.
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July 31, 2010 7:27:31 PM

It's actually $50 off not 50% off, so the PC-K62 and the XFX 750w is actually cheaper.
Good combo if you like the look of the 1200 though I personally don't as much as the k62.
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July 31, 2010 8:45:49 PM

These are the 2 builds that I am deciding between:

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
10% off w/ promo code VGA58584, ends 7/31

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
and
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
and
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $956.53 (With $20 rebate)

Same as above, but with
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
and
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $890.03 (With 20$ rebate)

Is the Sata 6 and USB3 and the 5850 worth it for $70?
I can't decide.
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July 31, 2010 9:10:00 PM

lol sorry
and no it's not worth it plus you don't need a 750w psu to sli gtx 460 or cf 5850's
the xfx 650 can handle 2 gtx 460's oced and an i7 980x at 4ghz no problem.

also get the combo's from the build i suggested.
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July 31, 2010 9:21:51 PM

I know that a 650w is enough for sli 460 gtx, just looking ahead to more hardware in the future. Also, the 750w got a better review on JonnyGuru than the 650w.
What combos are you talking about? I only see the 650w and k62 and the 955 and 980a.

EDIT: Also, I don't think the MSI has sata 6 and usb3 either.
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July 31, 2010 10:07:20 PM

omg you are right i am so sorry i'm just so sleepy at the moment.

and no the 70 dollars arent worth the 5850 and the unb3/sata3
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July 31, 2010 10:21:04 PM

Its okay haha yeah that's what I was thinking as well since I am probably going to get a Bulldozer/Sandy Bridge motherboard and CPU at some point so the usb3 and sata6 would be on that mobo regardless.
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