New system second draft



BUDGET RANGE:700-800, including shipping and before any rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (mostly very modern MMOs, some RPGs), video viewing/storage, web usage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Monitor. DVD burner, keyboard and mouse CAN be cannibalised, but would rather keep old PC for Linux or to give as hand-me-down

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: pricewatch, newegg, wherever is least expensive after shipping


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD for value, but reliable & Inexpensive is the goal

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, but only slightly (upping a 955 to match a 965, for instance)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, with rare exceptions, single card solution is usually better at a given price point


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: system should run very cool, current system is a space heater. New system should have improvements over my 2008 C2D, DDR2, HD4850 system.

I've posted a couple times before, but I think I've got this finalized, Build is in ~2 months because that is when I expect a windfall to show up. It has to buy this system and a replacement washer & dryer, thus the prices chosen. The system should be able to run most thing at high quality into 2012 or 2013. Basically what I'll do with i t from here is tweaks from price changes, unless someone has strong suggestions.

Motherboard: AS Rock AMD770 chipset $59.99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 955BE: $72.90

I'll be overclocking it slightly from 3.2 to 3.4 GHz to match the 965, and will research higher levels

GPU + PSU Combo: Geforce GTX 460 1GB and 600W Power supply: $ 269.98 (249 after rebate)

RAM: 4 GB G.Skill DDR3 1333. $88.99

Case Plus OS: Rosewill Challenger, Win 7 Home Premium: $129.98

Add 2 more Blue LED 120mm case fans: $13.00

HDD: Seagate 1 TB: $59.99

Optional Parts:

Cheap DVD Burner:: $17.99

Cheap, but comfy, Keyboard: $13.97 (incl shipping)

cheap, functional mouse: $4.99

Optional Mem upgrade: +2 GB RAM (2x 1GB), .Same make/speed as above: $51.99

I know systems use 3-4 gb in most games, But I have a habit of having huge numbers of open windows. More can only help

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