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August 10, 2010 6:22:22 AM

Hey guys, I've put together what I think is a solid buy for a 800-100$ Gaming PC. I'm interested in purchasing as soon as possible and I think I've narrowed down what I want. There are a few questions however that I still have. I am hoping that I can receive responses that will help me build a quality for a good price. (Please post any Combo Deals, discounts, etc. you might discover).


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible.

BUDGET RANGE: $800 - $1000.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming , Internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: None.

OVERCLOCKING: If avaliable.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've put together what I think is a solid buy for a $800 - $1000 Gaming PC. I'm interested in purchasing as soon as possible and I think I've narrowed down what I want. There are a few questions however that I still have.

Motherboard

MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 870 ATX AMD Motherboard ($69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard ($139.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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 ($160.00)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Graphics Card

Palit NE5X460SF1102 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ($230.00)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ($230.00)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Power Supply

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready ($54.99 After Rebates)


RAM

OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ($89.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard Drive

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" ($54.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Computer Case & Disk Drive (Combo)

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-118LBK LabelFlash Support - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... ($107.94)


Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
August 10, 2010 6:34:22 AM

^ Some changes -
1. Mobo - If you wont be using more than 1 graphics card, then you wont need the 890GX...Stick withe the 870, but this board + CPU combo -
ASUS 870 + X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. PSU - Dont get the 700W, it doesnt perform well and also you wont need 700W...Get the 600W instead along with this combo -
Gigabyte GTX 460 + OCZ 600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

3. CASE + RAM -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

4. HDD - How about the 1TB for ~$59 ?
http://www.ewiz.com/query.php?categry=0&s=samsung+F3+1T...
$64.99 - 10% coupon code: PREPPY (Expires August 15) = $58.49 plus FREE shipping

5. DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 10, 2010 7:21:34 AM

So here's my updated build:

1. Case + W7 ($189.94) $10 Combo Discount
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. Mobo + CPU ($234.98) $25 Combo Discount
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

3. Graphics Card + PSU ($269.98) $50 Combo + Rebate Discount
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

4. RAM ($89.99) $30 Discount
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. Hard Drive ($54.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. Disk Drive ($23.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Grand Total (After Tax and Shipping): $954


Again, any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Thanks
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August 10, 2010 3:12:43 PM

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Would these be compatible and worth the price for my system? Also, what does the voltage mean in terms of compatibility? (RAM)

Thanks.
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August 11, 2010 3:59:51 AM

^ Get the Ripjaws...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB

And as for the Case + OS, I would suggest these -
Better features...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Good one for the price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
More spacious...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And yes those will be compatible...and also you wont have to worry about voltage as you are going with an AMD build...
Only for the Intel build, the RAM should operate at 1.65V or lower...
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