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Hows this 1200 dollar system look?

Last response: in Systems
August 23, 2010 5:42:26 PM

I'm looking for a great gaming PC that works fast and solid. I'm a little confused on how monitors work, I would like HD from my games, so if I'm not HD let me know. I don't feel comfortable buying parts and building it myself or having my computer building friends build it either, since I'd like some customer service.

AMD Phenom II AM3 DDR3 Configurator BUYPOWER Specialized Advanced Packaging System - Protect your investment during transportation! )
Case ( NZXT Apollo Gaming Case - Black )
Case Lighting ( Liquid Neon Thunder Pattern Light - Blue )
Processor ( [== Quad Core ==] AMD Phenom™ II X4 945 Quad-Core CPU )
Processor Cooling ( Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (AMD) - Standard 120mm Fan )
Memory ( 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - ** FREE Upgrade from DDR3-1333 ** Corsair or Major Brand )
Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - 1GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 763MHz - Single Card )
Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by ATI or NVIDIA )
Free Stuff ( [Free Game/Application Download] - Street Fighter IV & PowerDirector 8 HE - Free with Purchase of NVIDIA Video Card )
Free Stuff ( [Free Game Download] - S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat - Free with Purchase of AMD Systems )
Motherboard ( Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 -- AMD 870 w/ 2x PCI-E 2.0 x16 )
Motherboard USB / SATA Interface ( Motherboard default USB / SATA Interface )
Power Supply ( 650 Watt -- Corsair CMPSU-650TX Power Supply - SLI Ready )
Primary Hard Drive ( 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s - Single Drive )
Optical Drive ( [8X Blu-Ray] LG BLU-RAY Reader, DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive - Black )
2nd Optical Drive ( None )
Flash Media Reader/Writer ( 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black )
Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit )
Keyboard ( iBUYPOWER USB Keyboard - Black )
Mouse ( iBUYPOWER Internet Mouse - Black )
Speaker System ( iBUYPOWER 2.1 Channel Stereo Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System )
Advanced Build Options ( Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower - Achieve exceptional airflow in your chassis )
Advanced Build Options ( Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower - Basic Pro Wiring )

I feel confident in my CPU and GPU, but other changes, feel free to make. I won't be overclocking by the way
August 23, 2010 5:57:30 PM

Personally, I would choose a board with the 890 chipset over the 870 chipset.
But if you don't plan CFX (which it doesn't look like you are), the 870 chipset is good.

Also, Hard Drives matter. I would make sure I get a good hard drive. I would get a smaller HDD for a boot rather than that 1TB.
August 23, 2010 6:04:36 PM

What makes a good hard drive? What do you recommend, I will upgrade it from 3.0 gp/s to 6.0 gp/s forgot to do that when I built it