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Need Advice Gaming/School Build

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August 27, 2010 3:09:05 AM


BUDGET RANGE: 1100-1300 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Longevity, gaming, photoshop, adobe flash, word processing


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any. Newegg is nice, but I have to pay taxes on Newegg. If I can still come out cheaper with taxes I will use Newegg


PARTS PREFERENCES: leaning toward AMD 955BE for budget price


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire maybe in the future if needed


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need monitor advice and overall build advice. Anywhere I can shave $. This is my first build. Thanks so much for any help.

What I have picked out. Basically the Rec Builds By Usage thread for Gamer with a few changes

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

PSU (Is this enough?)
SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Saitek PZ30AUR USB Wired Standard Eclipse Red Backlit Keyboard

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Additional fan for side of case
COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
August 27, 2010 4:35:06 AM

^ Good selection of parts...Some alternatives to save money without loosing on performance/ quality...

Have you checked for combos?

X4 955 + HD 5850

Lian-Li K62 + XFX 650W - The case is as good and the PSU also would suffice for 2x HD 5850s...

Mobo - 890FX ? If overclocking to say upto 3.6-3.8GHz levels, then even the 890GX boards would suffice...
CPU Cooler - CM Hyper @$29 is a better buy but not at $49...Get this instead -
August 27, 2010 1:42:26 PM

Thanks. I made the changes you suggested except the case. I'm just loving the looks of the HAF 922. Your suggestions saved about $90. I did an Intel build using mostly the same parts except these you suggested on another post. The price difference is around $15 more for the Intel. Thoughts?

i5 760 + GTX 460

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro + GSKillz 4GB DDR3

Also still needing input on the output. I've read the guides, but I'm still not sure about the monitor. Thanks guys.
August 27, 2010 1:53:23 PM

^ Well even I like that HAF 922 a its fine...

Save some money with this combo -
Or use this promo code with this PSU - 15% off w/ promo code XFXPOWER

As for the Intel build, that is also a good option, and IMO the GTX 460 SLI would scale better and would offer similar or slightly better performance than the HD 5850 Crossfire...

As for the monitor, the one you have selected is a good one, I dont see any issues with that...