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September 2, 2010 5:00:06 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in 1 or 2 Months

BUDGET RANGE: 1000 or 1200 max after rebate

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming!! Movies, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: newegg.com, MicroCenter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: NoNe

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 for now...May get a bigger Monitor tho

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS : ill be playing MMOs most of the time like Lotro and maybe some call of duty .
For the case, one with a nice space to be able to add stuff in the future. and a nice window. and maybe a motherboard that will allowed me to put some nice led fans. and Please since this is my first build. Have some patience if i ask something =0
September 2, 2010 5:53:20 AM

Alright, here's what I'll start off with for a good build

CPU/Mobo Combo: i5-760/ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Great cpu, great mobo enough said about that

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram/PSU: 4 Gb (2x2Gb) G-Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1600/Corsair 850 W PSU. This is a freakin sweat deal, good reliable ram, great PSU. PSU is more than you need, but gives you plenty of room for your "maybe" OCing and "maybe" SLI or Crossfire.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU: XFX Radeon 5850, best card I could fit it w/o going but a few bucks over 1000$ flexibility here especially if you want to consider purchasing a new monitor with your 1000-1200 budget. ( I would recommend the new monitor, any 1000$ build is gonna be way more than your 1440x900 monitor can handle)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung spinpoint f3, best performance for the price by quite a bit. Comes with a 15$ off promo code...For anyone else reading this yo, f3's for 60$ on Newegg!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 900. You seem to really want a great sweet looking case, and well, this is one for sure! But again a lot of flexibility here for changes.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Dvd: LG OEM dvd burner

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total with promo code on newegg: 1021.73 including shipping

plus 40$ in mail in rebates if you're into that!

Leaves you with plenty left over until 1200$ to buy yourself a nice monitor (1920x1080ish)
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September 2, 2010 6:06:35 AM

If you're planning on buying after 2 months, I'd advise you to hold on to your cash just a little longer, 'coz prices will fall. AMD's gonna come out with their Bulldozer early next year & if it's any good, Intel will be forced to reduce their prices - Not to mention the current AM3 platform prices.
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September 2, 2010 6:52:03 AM

Well, Intel's new architecture Sandy Bridge is coming out early next year (probably before bulldozer), and that will shake everything up. Who knows where the chips will fall. :p 
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September 2, 2010 10:00:27 AM

And the 6000 series ATI cards, and the 25nm SSD refresh.

Things are looking good?
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September 2, 2010 11:20:41 AM

mgrzTX said:
GPU: XFX Radeon 5850, best card I could fit it w/o going but a few bucks over 1000$ flexibility here especially if you want to consider purchasing a new monitor with your 1000-1200 budget. ( I would recommend the new monitor, any 1000$ build is gonna be way more than your 1440x900 monitor can handle)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung spinpoint f3, best performance for the price by quite a bit. Comes with a 15$ off promo code...For anyone else reading this yo, f3's for 60$ on Newegg!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



U have the same link for both the GPu and HDD...

and lets say im not getting another monitor...will there be any change for the GPU?


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September 2, 2010 3:26:20 PM

turokk said:
U have the same link for both the GPu and HDD...

and lets say im not getting another monitor...will there be any change for the GPU?


I would say if you're not getting a new monitor then I would probably, see if you can use an old GPU if you have any left overs, or just buy a really cheap one, because I'm pretty sure you can get a GPU <100$ that will work just fine with that resolution. And begin saving for a Radeon 6000 series and new monitor as your next upgrade.

If you have a separate budget for a newer better monitor then sure you can get a better GPU. But like was said, if you're waiting for 1-2 months you'll be better off for at least waiting until the Radeon 6000 series comes out.
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September 2, 2010 9:43:08 PM

Soo from what i see , i should wait a little bit..... till the new stuff comes out....and then ask for help again?? well if its worth it ill be more then happy because i really want a system thats going to last me a while and that ill be able to do my gaming with nice graphics.
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September 2, 2010 9:50:45 PM

turokk said:
Soo from what i see , i should wait a little bit..... till the new stuff comes out....and then ask for help again?? well if its worth it ill be more then happy because i really want a system thats going to last me a while and that ill be able to do my gaming with nice graphics.


It all depends, there's of coarse always something new coming out, but the 6000 series is so close that at this point if you can wait to build your rig, it's worth it to wait. If you think your computer can get you say to the end of the year (won't be that long, but just give yourself some wiggle room) then I would just wait at this point.
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September 2, 2010 10:01:27 PM

when is the 6000 s coming out?.....cuz right now i using a xps1530....which its not bad at all...but its not mine....soo thats why i want my own computer
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September 2, 2010 10:08:57 PM

turokk said:
when is the 6000 s coming out?.....cuz right now i using a xps1530....which its not bad at all...but its not mine....soo thats why i want my own computer


I've got absolutely no clue, but there was a thread recently saying that they're rumored to come out in October, so if that's true, then next month.
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September 2, 2010 10:10:53 PM

ohh wow.....and whats the difference between the 6000 and the ones right now
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September 2, 2010 10:55:05 PM

Yeah, if you're buying in a month or two, spend these two months looking through other people's builds and learning what you can, then you'll be more educated about your own build.

That's what I wish I had done :-/
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September 2, 2010 11:45:54 PM

turokk said:
ohh wow.....and whats the difference between the 6000 and the ones right now


ATI has been very hush hush about the 6000 series. There hasn't been any official information released, but some benchmarks (of possibly questionable authenticity) have shown up online.

There will be a decent increase in overall performance so that the new top single GPU card (replacement for the HD 5870) bests the nVidia Geforce GTX 480.
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September 3, 2010 5:48:59 AM

wielander said:
ATI has been very hush hush about the 6000 series. There hasn't been any official information released, but some benchmarks (of possibly questionable authenticity) have shown up online.

There will be a decent increase in overall performance so that the new top single GPU card (replacement for the HD 5870) bests the nVidia Geforce GTX 480.
The top GPU from ATI is the 5970 & not the 5870. Prolly not the best value though, especially @ anything under 1920 X 1080.
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September 3, 2010 6:01:40 AM

calguyhunk said:
The top GPU from ATI is the 5970 & not the 5870. Prolly not the best value though, especially @ anything under 1920 X 1080.


The 5970 is the best card from ATI, but it's a dual GPU solution (it's two HD 5870s combined onto one card). That's why nVidia still brags about having the fastest GPU even though the 5970 is obviously the fastest card. ATI is aiming to produce a single GPU card that can top the performance of GTX 480 while still being much more efficient.
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September 3, 2010 10:18:16 PM

yeah i think im just going to wait since any of you have told me....ill just do that and not make a mistake .....well i guess ill make another post in like 2-3 months to see what happens thx all of you for helping =)
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September 15, 2010 4:30:30 AM

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