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August 3, 2010 4:47:23 PM

I'm looking in to building a computer my wife :non:  has set a goal of $1200 or lower.

this is Kind of what i'm looking at but i would not mind building it my-self.
tho i don't know how to i'm sure it's do-able if i save alot of money.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (after the 22nd will be away and hoping to get good deals closer to the start of school)

BUDGET RANGE: $1200-1300 Before / hopefully lower After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Programing, gaming,watching movies,surfing the internet,)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: NEW every thing.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type i7 and NVIDIA

OVERCLOCKING:Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: i would like it to be HD want to be ready for FF14 or whatever else may come out

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i like green and a window would be kool.

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Mid-Tower Case [-60]
Neon Light Upgrade: 12in Meter Light - 8 speed [+15] (Green Color)
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-930 2.80 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366 [-296]
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)
Motherboard: * (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Ultra Durable™3 Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 Dolby Audio, eSATA, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2 x SATA-III RAID, IEEE1394a, 4 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI
Memory: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1333MHz Triple Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [-90] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
Power Supply Upgrade: 800 Watts - XtremeGear Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+17] (Single Hard Drive)
USB Flash Drive: None
Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: None
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
LCD Monitor: None
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
Extra Thermal Display: NZXT Sentry LX Aluminum High Performance Fan Control, Clock, & Temperature Display [+69]
Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)
USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
Floppy: NoneOperating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)


I'll be on for sometime looking at newegg and getting a cart with the same stuff. to see how much i can save in making it myself.
Also i found it funny that cyberPower makes me PAY for better wiring they should just wire better for free
Ultra Care Option: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19] :cry: 

More about : post budget 1200 1300

August 3, 2010 7:26:42 PM

I looked on line and see i live an hour away form Micro center world? Do you guys thing i should just buy and build from there?

also is it best to have 6 things of ram or 3? ie 3X4gb of ram or 6X2 gb of ram
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August 3, 2010 7:43:57 PM
August 3, 2010 8:52:45 PM

Don't buy from Cyberpower. Their Better business bureau and resellerratings.com ratings are pretty bad. Most cheap Custom builders like to give you cheap non name parts. IE non name PSU, they don't even tell you what RAm or HD you're getting.

The good custom builders are Avadirect (where you can customize everything down to the model number), Puget systems, Maingear and Digital Storm.

Hoshos you forgot OS.

OPtical $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
F3 500gb $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
23" Asus 1920x1080 $170 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
Ga 790 UD4 $140 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU/RAM
Corsair XMS3 1600 cas 7 and Corsair 750TX $197 w/ $30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU/GPU
Phenom II x4 955 and xfx 5870 $520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OS/Case
Cm 690 and win 7 OEM 64 bit $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $1250 before shipping and $60 Rebates






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August 3, 2010 11:07:45 PM
August 4, 2010 3:42:50 AM
August 4, 2010 3:51:21 AM

chage that psu and that hdd... get a samsung spinpoint f3 and a xfx or corsair psu... and get the card reader just if u will need it
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August 4, 2010 4:19:01 AM

thats ok.. but if u find a samsung combo get it..
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August 4, 2010 4:22:20 AM

I looked and didnt see a good one and that one costed me like 10+ more $.

I was looking will that PSU support two gtx 460?

Form what i read yea but want to make sure.
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August 4, 2010 10:13:07 AM

to be honest the build has alot of bad stuff
1st the haf 922 can do the job of the 932
2nd rosewill are *** quality they are like one the worst quality ever they are like generic psu's
3rd that hdd isn't as fast as a spinpoint f3
4th ocz sticks have huge compatability issues espeially with intel builds

did u even look at the intel build i posted it has the same performance higher quality and for less. i5=i7 in gaming.
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August 4, 2010 11:16:04 AM

Yea i did that why i was trying to get abetter build what is the i7 good for then?

also i will keep looking thanks for everyone help.
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August 4, 2010 11:33:27 AM

i7 is 1-5 fps better at gaming
i7 is a little bit better at day to day uses
but that isn't worth the $200 premium.
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August 4, 2010 2:27:01 PM

Best solution

August 4, 2010 3:36:13 PM
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August 4, 2010 3:51:17 PM

He said he has a Microcenter about an hour away. Therefore, he can get an i7-930 for $200, saving $90 on the CPU (better than a combo).

The i5-760 is $190, so only $10 less than the i7. The store may have some i5-750s left, priced at $160.

To the OP - check out the Microcenter August Deals: Flyer
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August 4, 2010 4:03:20 PM

oh sorry about that didn't see that sentence.
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August 4, 2010 6:28:34 PM

AMD PHENOM II X4 965

XFX ATI RAEDEON HD5970

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3

XFX BLACK EDITION 850W

G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1600MHZ PC-12800 CL7 DUAL CHANNEL 7-7-7-24

SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F3 1TB

try this..
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August 4, 2010 6:44:18 PM

nice try juanchioo i already tried to convince him to go x4 955/i5

also the x4 965 isn't worth the $20 difference
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August 4, 2010 6:52:57 PM

sleepking said:
I looked on line and see i live an hour away form Micro center world? Do you guys thing i should just buy and build from there?

also is it best to have 6 things of ram or 3? ie 3X4gb of ram or 6X2 gb of ram


Just to answer you Microcenter question. I would recommend getting some parts from Microcenter, and some parts from Newegg, thereby maximizing savings. You could also just check all the prices for the parts you settle on at the Microcenter, and see what it comes out to. Remember you may need to pay shipping from newegg, so the cost difference may not be as severe as it may at first seem.

However, I will be building soon, and I will likely pick up the case, monitor, and CPU in store, and get the rest from newegg.
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August 4, 2010 8:00:09 PM

Best answer selected by SleepKing.
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August 4, 2010 8:22:08 PM
August 4, 2010 8:29:59 PM

You sure you want only 3gb? This 6gb kit is only $45 more, has good ratings, and keeps you under your budget, even before MIR. And has same CAS.

Link to Ram
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August 4, 2010 8:33:14 PM

O wow i Missed looks lik i will be getting more and adding more ram :D 
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August 4, 2010 8:57:30 PM

Here's a ram set with CL7, same price, same manufacturer, same rating: Link to RAM
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August 4, 2010 10:06:53 PM

WOW and it's free to ship so it SAVED me money THANKS a ton.
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August 9, 2010 3:42:16 PM

So as i keep waiting for my buy date i look for deals and i saw that the Mobo i was planing on using would not work with my cpu.

So i wanted to update the list didn't think it a good idea to repost about the build on a new tread.

case and OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-119-197
mobo and ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.467789
psu and hdd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.454705
op
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136180
GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333
cpu
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0331303

total 1148.60 before MIR 1108.60 after
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