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August 8, 2010 7:00:02 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A few days.

BUDGET RANGE: 600 after rebates perferrably.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (sc2 and oblivion), internet, schoolwork

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD and ATI but open to suggestions

OVERCLOCKING: maybe in future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe in future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hi guys i was wondering if these parts will all work together no problem, mainly can the MOBO handle the 1600 memory (it says it supports 1600 OC)? and also if i use the USB 3.0 or sata3 in the future with and SDD for instance, wil that make the dual PCI express unusable? And if theres a better build/parts for this price range that will be helpful too. Thanks a lot.


DVD Burner - $24
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Writer - Bulk - LightScribe Support - OEM


Motherboard - $90
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard


RAM - 105
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM


HDD and PSU combo - $125 after rebates
Combo - Spinpoint f3 1TB HDD and Corsair 650W PSU



GPU and CPU combo - $290 after rebates and $10 promotional gift card
Combo - GPU Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) and CPU AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE


Total: $623



August 8, 2010 8:26:23 PM

Hi,

Your board only supports 1333 oc'ed to 1600/1800 RAM. So it'll basically just downgrade it to 1333 Mhz. I would recommend a lower speed RAM or a different motherboard.

The HD5770 is a good card, and scales well in CF.

Your PSU is one of the best in the market and is good enough for SLI/CF it will definitely keep for a future build/upgrade.

I'm not entirely sure about what you were asking about the SSD drive making your dual PCI express unusable.

Hope this helped!
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August 8, 2010 8:39:07 PM

I'd stay away from ASrock, foxconn, any of those cheaper motherboards. You're safer getting Asus/MSI/gigabyte.

I'd reccomend Asus, and you should be able to combo your mobo with RAM to save another 20/30 dollars
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August 9, 2010 3:48:07 AM

You might consider downgrading your CPU to the Phenom II X2 or X3 and try unlocking a core or two. This will save some money as you can find the X2 for under $100 and might be all you need for gaming and light internet work.

AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 9, 2010 4:01:16 AM

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