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1st Timer Building Budget Gaming/SC2/Life PC - $1,000 max

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September 1, 2010 7:31:59 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Trying to take advantage of the upcoming 3-day weekend, so purchase tonight but can definitely wait to make right decision

BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 (could go up to 1,200 since I need EVERYTHING)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, minimal office-type work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need EVERYTHING (Windows 7 Pro, monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, soundcard???, USB hookups, etc). Old computer is pretty much an antique.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com works fine

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States of America

PARTS PREFERENCES: no real preferences but AMD looks like cheaper to meet the 1,000 threshold, monitor 21-23", also seen quite a bit about the GTX 460 so think that will be the preferred graphics card

OVERCLOCKING: probably not important, just a Blizzard weekend gamer w/ 2 kids

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: probably not important, just a Blizzard weekend gamer w/ 2 kids

MONITOR RESOLUTION: thinking 1920x1080, is what looks like the affordable but higher quality option

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet would be nice, don't need any fancy case lighting, or anything real sexy....just a hard-working, easy to use computer
September 1, 2010 9:11:51 AM

I will give you a start :
X3 440
GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3
GTX460
G.Skill 4GB RAM DDR3 Cl7 Ripjaws
Antec 300
550W Corsair
Win 7 x64 home premium (no reason to go pro)
500GB HDD Samsung F3 7200rpm
DVD-Burner
For keyboard, just choose any you like.
Speakers : I think this will fit to your budget, Creative INSPIRE T6160
Monitor : ViewSonic VA2231WM



September 1, 2010 2:40:58 PM

Okay, thank you for the help. The ViewSonic has built in speakers so that actually works better since mostly be using headphones

I've copied my build below and it ends up at $1,040 so pretty right on.
Based on what is copied below do you see any ways to effectively save money? Got tentative with the combo deals because the combo product didn't quite measure up. It I can get a good rig and go even cheaper, that would be great.
Also, do I need any special tools or glue to put this together?
The PSU states something about the Intel i7, will it work for the computer I've put together?
Did I choose a good video card? Went with one that had quiet reviews and was 1GB.
I tried to keep it pretty minimalist for my needs and followed the recommendations.

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827106335
$23.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129042
-$10.00 Instant
$69.99
$59.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
$54.99

ViewSonic VA2231WM Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers
Item #: N82E16824116446
-$20.00 Instant
$179.99
$159.99

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128443
$108.99

MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814127510
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$234.99
$224.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139004
-$15.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$104.99
$89.99

LITE-ON SK-1688U/B Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823107128
$6.99

Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Gaming Mouse
Item #: N82E16826104178
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate
$44.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
Item #: N82E16820231275
$89.99

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX
Item #: N82E16819103843
$74.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
$99.99
Subtotal: $1,039.88

Any further help and recommendations are always appreciated.
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September 1, 2010 2:58:26 PM

Also, probably really missing something here but the soundcard is included in something else, right? Just want to verify.

Any money-saving combo buys would be appreciated.

Thanks
September 1, 2010 3:17:56 PM

About the combos, I can not help you with that. I am living in europe, and I gather the items just based on raw calculation with the prices here.
September 1, 2010 4:13:40 PM

Duh...I knew that.
Also, do I need any special tools or glue to put this together?
The PSU states something about the Intel i7, will it work for the computer I've put together?
Did I choose a good video card? Went with one that had quiet reviews and was 1GB but don't know about the company.

Also, you recommended G.Skill 4GB RAM DDR3 Cl7 Ripjaws and I chose G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM. Are these the same?
September 1, 2010 7:18:44 PM

Hmm...sorry about the RAM...I forgot to write the freq...it should be the 1600 not the 1333...but since you are already a bit overbudget...just go with your pick..the performance doesn't differ much anyway.

No need of any glue.

no problems with the i7 stuff on the PSU.

MSI is on my shopping list...no problem.

With your current configuration, everything is fine.
September 1, 2010 7:20:21 PM

Almost forgotten...are you a university student?
Have you asked if you can get a copy of Win 7 for free?
I am a master student here in Germany and I received a free copy of win 7 home premium from the university.
September 2, 2010 5:19:51 PM

perfect, thank you. I've ordered and will let you know the outcome. Unfortunately I am not a student but gainfully employed so no freebies for me.
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