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August 17, 2010 10:08:00 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tonight

BUDGET RANGE: 1200 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Multitasking, School, Video/Photo work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: NEED EVERYTHING

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD/Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: In the future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Had a post on here and it dissapeared? Well my build date is moved up because I am eager to get it built. Games range from WoW to BFBC2 or FFXIV. Any compatibility concerns or combos that I didn't see?

AMD 955/Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case/Optical drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Samsung F3 1TB Spinpoint
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Ram (Good Deal and like Corsair stuff)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA Superclocked 1GB GTX460
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic 520 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 64 Bit OEM

Cheap Headset with good reviews for now
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech MX518 (Good Deal)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech G110 Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus 23.6 1080P monitor with speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Toolkit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Cost after rebates and shipping is ~$1265

Anywhere that I can drop a little bit for a 470 or is it not worth it? I will be overclocking later and I will make sure that I get a CPU cooler and some more fans. I will run it stock for a few months. Any suggestions before I buy? Forget anything? Please help and thanks.
August 17, 2010 11:34:48 PM

The reason for the wireless card is that our modem is upstairs and I am on the ground floor so it would need to be a 50ft cord run down the stairs and into my room. Unless I can move the modem then I will need to be wireless. For the games I am playing the Nvidia 460 outshines the 5850 so why should I downgrade to the 5830?
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August 17, 2010 11:39:30 PM

because its in budget??????? And your motherboard has no SLI support..
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August 17, 2010 11:45:03 PM

Budget is somewhat flexible and without the kit I have some spare change now. Also the mobo I have chosen will cripple a card at 4x in Crossfire correct?
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August 18, 2010 4:24:20 AM

Shameless self bump, would like to buy tonight or tommorow.
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August 18, 2010 11:04:28 AM

Any other help or ideas? Thinking about changing to a Crossfire board and getting a 5850?
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August 18, 2010 12:58:20 PM

I would get a PSU with more power. At least 750w for head room.
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August 18, 2010 8:25:51 PM

Here is a completely different build. Maybe you guys will like this one more? Its an intel/Nvidia build SLI ready. The same keyboard/mouse/network card/monitor from above will be in with this build. I also dropped the headset because I will buy one in the next week or two.

CPU/Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case/Ram ( How is this case? Will it fit 2 460s and the mobo with sufficient room to air cool?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Optical/PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Plus all of the extras from above and shipping the total is $1303. Is this one better for the $50?
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August 18, 2010 9:42:50 PM

Looking at your original build, I think it's pretty good. If you get the MIR on the Corsair XMS3 RAM, it's a really good deal. If you don't send in the MIR, this Mushkin RAM or this G.Skill RAM would be a better deal.

The original motherboard you picked is a fine choice, although it won't allow you to SLI/CrossFire later. I don't think that's a huge deal for most people, though.

The 2nd build is better in that it will allow you to SLI later, and it has some more room for growth. The downside would be that if you decide in a year or two that you want to upgrade your CPU, you won't have any real options. Generally, however, most people don't run into that, so I wouldn't consider it a big concern. I'm not sold on the PSU in the 2nd build. 650W-700W should be enough for either 5850 CrossFire or 460 SLI. If you don't require a modular PSU, this Seasonic 650W would be good, and losing the combo will only cost you $10, as there are generally $20 SATA DVD drives available.
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August 28, 2010 12:32:32 PM

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