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August 2, 2010 4:40:53 AM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 48 hours

BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, music, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: efficient and quiet with room to upgrade in future
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I've already put together a proposal of sorts and would like some feedback on how good it is, bang for buck....

CPU + MoBo
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition + Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H - $275
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case + PSU
Antec Nine Hundred + XFX 750W - $190 after $20 Mail-in Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU + OS
XFX Radeon HD 5850 + Windows 7 64-bit 1-pack - $385
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM
G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB DDR3 - $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/CD
Samsung 24X DVD Burner - $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MONITOR + SPEAKERS = ????


TOTAL = $1,075

How good of a value am I getting with these deals? Are there better ones out there?

Also with regards to the monitor and speakers, id like to spend no more than $300 on the monitor and $200 on the speakers, a good 2.1 or 2.0 system will do, but the less money i have to spend the better lol

One last question, are the 1 and 2 year extra warranties on everything worth the money?


Thanks in advance for all your help and advice :) 



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August 2, 2010 4:58:00 AM

^ Nice build...
And right now these are I would say the best combos available @ newegg

Only other alternative suggestion would be this
Antec 900 + XFX 650W - The HD 5850s are very efficient and for HD 5850 Crossfire, 650W would suffice and also this PSU is of high quality too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Or this if you want a 750W
Antec TP 750 New + Antec 900 - Saves a few bucks here...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Speaker - If you want a very good 2.1, then this would be my pick
Logitech Z-2300 200 watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

The extra 1 or 2 year warranty for the monitors are worth it...but for other parts maybe as they would help in getting a good resale value later on...
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August 2, 2010 5:22:32 AM

So even with crossfire, a 750W isn't necessary and all I would need is a 650W?

If so, I could save a lot from that....

Also for monitors, is the second one worth it for an extra $30?

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 2, 2010 5:50:47 AM

Awesome,

Thanks gkay09, you've been a huge help!
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August 2, 2010 5:51:06 AM

Best answer selected by BrokenBells123.
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August 2, 2010 5:53:50 AM

Glad I could help...
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