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<$800 Gaming + Digital art machine. Any suggestions or improvements?

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today or tomorrow, if I'm lucky. (8/30 or 8/31)

BUDGET RANGE: Less than $800 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, digital art (photoshop, illustrator), programming for school

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I already have a monitor, keyboard, DVD ROM, graphics tablet, mouse, and windows 7 pro

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: prefer newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference.

OVERCLOCKING: No. No time to spend tweaking machine, just want it to work.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: ~1600x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Do I need a $40 CPU cooler? Can I just use the stock one or are they really worth it?

Here's what I was thinking about, based on browsing through these forums:


ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX + SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

okay, those links are getting too long. See pic above for details :)
PSU, HD

Case, RAM


Thanks in advance. :)
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  1. Best answer
    $730AR less that SATA DVDRW

    CM Hyper 212+ $30
    http://www.directron.com/rrb10212pgp.html
  2. Best answer selected by mauszozo.
  3. :D Thanks man, I just ordered that exact setup you listed from Newegg! Nice getting the GeForce GTX 460 squeezed in there.

    Also I ordered the CM Hyper 212+ from Amazon for $29.00, free shipping and no tax with Amazon Prime.

    batuchka, I've read your recommendations for people before and have always been impressed with your ability to ninja the perfect deal/quality combo. Honestly, I was secretly hoping you would reply to my request, so thanks again. :D
  4. You are welcomed ^^
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