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First Time Build - budget $1000ish

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August 7, 2010 6:43:04 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Over the next 3 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1100 or less

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet poker, Streaming tv / netflix, HDtv, general use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, mouse
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build. I would like to be able to smoothly run 3 poker clients with 1-2 complimentary poker software programs while also watching streaming tv or hdtv through a tv tuner.

I wish to run a second monitor at 1920x1080 as well, maybe even a third in the future. I am clueless at to how much gpu power I would need for either a 2 monitor or 3 monitor setup.

I have been searching though the very helpful site and forums to try and figure out what parts to order. I think I have decided on a blend of a budget/gamer system from the recommended builds post.

MOBO: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

2nd Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers

DVD: LITE-ON 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 Writer LightScribe Support

OS: Windows 7 64bit

This totals right under $800 from Newegg without the gpu or tv tuner. My main concerns are - Is this overkill for my purposes? How much GPU power? Do I need a CPU cooler?

Appreciate any help and suggestions. Thanks.


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August 7, 2010 4:47:10 PM

If you don't over clock then you can use the stock heat sink other wise you should invest in a better one.
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August 8, 2010 5:11:23 PM

Thanks for your response. Regarding a GPU, should I try the integrated graphics of the 890gx before investing in a discrete card? Can I run 2 monitors at 1920x1080 without one?
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August 8, 2010 5:27:54 PM

Yes u can but there no need for a 890GX 8/8 CF mobo even try the more economical 880G ^^
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August 8, 2010 5:36:58 PM

nice setup choice for ur purpose, pull the trigger on it.
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August 13, 2010 4:30:39 PM

Best answer selected by craigs.
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