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$1100 Gaming Desktop

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August 27, 2010 7:23:21 AM

Hello TH! First time ever building a desktop.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Two days!

BUDGET RANGE: $1100 MAX after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming i.e. Starcraft II, Crysis. Photoshop CS5. Movies!

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: None :( 

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, heard good things about it

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: Nope

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Thanks a bunch in advance. I don't especially need anything portable, so if there's a desktop build that can blow away the MSi e7405 laptop I'll go for it :D 

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August 27, 2010 8:40:47 AM

Hello. Here is what I recommend for the core computer parts. You'll need to add the KB/Mouse, Monitor, Case & DVD Drive. The reason why I left those out is because those parts tend to require personal assessment.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2 GHz Black Edition - $152.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI 870A Fuzion - $139.99, $7.87 shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Ripjaws Series 2x2 GB F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - $97.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N460GTX GTX 460 1 GB Cyclone - $229.99, $7.56 shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB - $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total (so far) = $911.36

You still need a monitor and a case, so if this seems too pricy I'd probably just drop the graphics card to an HD 5770.
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August 29, 2010 2:00:55 AM

Both builds look nice - but to be honest, I'm aiming for the 5870 vs the nVidia. Also:
How much difference is there between a mobile and a desktop 5870? I mean, will there actually be a large FPS difference?
Also, on Newegg reading feedback for teh GSKILL Ripjaws suggests that AMD processors can't use the full bandwidth of the 1600 RAM?
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August 29, 2010 2:05:54 AM

1. Mobility versions of GPUs are downclocked/watered down for the most part
2. Yes they can - just set RAM manually @ BIOS ^^
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