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[New Build] $500-$600 Gaming and Media build

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July 31, 2010 8:47:48 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 8/1-8/7

BUDGET RANGE: $500-$600. I'd pay a little more for a big jump in performance

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, media Sever (trans-coding?), Movies, Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, HDD, DVD Burner, soundcard, PSU?

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
newegg.com, tigerdirect.com (local store - tax free next weekend)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: NC, USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD for budget reasons. Triple or Quad core.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not initially but would be nice to have the option for future upgrade if not more than $20 extra.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: ACER 21 inch LCD 1600x1200.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I found this build (thanks to teamYNS) as a starting point:

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX
GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.436592

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146058

SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102873

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231275

I will need PSU. What would be a good recommendation for this configuration? In the earlier build 450watt was ok.

Will I need extra case fans or an additional CPU cooler for OC? Are there any good case/PSU combos?

I would like to have a media card reader in the case. Should I add one like this to the case or get a different case with one built in?
nMEDIAPC ZE-C68 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader w/ USB Port
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

August 1, 2010 2:43:57 AM

$565AR upgrade?
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August 1, 2010 3:00:01 AM

looks good. id get a 550w psu, xfx is good.
as for hfs, the cooler master hyper 212 pro is great, cheap too.
get whichever case you like more, as this is what you'll have to stare at every day. if the case comes with a card reader, cool. if not, go get one for cheap. the ones you picked should cool well.
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