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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?ItemList=Combo.430431

Case + PSU
Antec Nine Hundred + XFX 750W - $190 after $20 Mail-in Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.458426

GPU + OS
XFX Radeon HD 5850 + Windows 7 64-bit 1-pack - $385
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437534.14-150-477

RAM
G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB DDR3 - $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321&cm_re=g.skill_eco-_-20-231-321-_-Product

DVD/CD
Samsung 24X DVD Burner - $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151216

HDD
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

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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  1. Best answer
    ^ 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?ItemList=Combo.454719
    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?ItemList=Combo.458432

    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=N82E16836121122

    Monitor -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

    LED Backlit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001380
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005149
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236083

    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...
  2. 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=N82E16824236052

    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=N82E16824236049&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=
  3. ^ If you check out ATI website for the power requirements, they give 600W PSU for HD 5870 Crossfire...
    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5870/Pages/ati-radeon-hd-5870-system-requirements.aspx

    This XFX is a very good one and also HD 5850 pulls comparatively less power than the HD 5870...
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5850-review-crossfire/9
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5850,2433-13.html
  4. As for the monitor, get the 23.5" that I had linked as it is also a 2ms response time monitor...though wont matter much, but better to get a lower response time one...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059
  5. Awesome,

    Thanks gkay09, you've been a huge help!
  6. Best answer selected by BrokenBells123.
  7. Glad I could help...
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