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September 5, 2010 12:45:30 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE: 900-1000 After rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, OS

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

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA, CA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Open to all suggestions

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
SC2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

In need of motherboard and ram.

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September 5, 2010 12:53:23 AM

Save some money and get a 955, its the same thing just clocked a bit lower, it can be taken up really easy though.

Get this hard drive, its WAY FASTER and about the same price, also more storage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 5, 2010 1:01:19 AM

eh, that works too.. didn't see the promo.
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September 5, 2010 1:04:15 AM

just like Mr Pizza said (mm i'm hungry :p ) i would definitely go for a 955. you can easily over clock them to 3.4~3.6 and be completely fine. and in terms of hard drives i'd really recommend going for a 500gb for ~$5 more. and also, if you're really trying to save money and you are from california (which i'm assuming since you're getting taxed) I would look to buy some of the stuff from other websites such as amazon or tigerdirect. they both offer free shipping and tax free sales (since both are out of state [this is only if you're from california]) which leads to probably a good ~$100 savings in the end.

and in terms of the graphics card and motherboard.. if you are 100% dead set on going crossfire down the road, then sure, go ahead with the 5850. but if you aren't going to be gaming in huge, huge, huge resolutions then I honestly would just cut your losses as a budget build right now and just opt for a cheaper gtx 460 or even just a single hd5830 (if you NEED crossire) as that will save you ~$40-70 depending on which route you go. and really, for the price of going for the 5850 for the potential crossfire setup, you'll still probably be way better off just doing a core upgrade (a la cpu/mobo) 2-3 years later and a gpu upgrade shortly following that rather than dropping $150-200 on another 5850 in the next couple years.

just my .02
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September 5, 2010 1:04:44 AM

Thank you for the speedy replies. Anything else? Ram, mobo, monitor?
Case/PSU are ok?
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September 5, 2010 1:20:29 AM

everything should be goooood to go. case/psu/ram are all good to go (but do make sure your specified ram kit is under the QVL list for your asus mobo [you can check by going on the asus website and searching for your specific mobo])
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September 5, 2010 1:46:26 AM

should i opt for the eco ripjaws instead?
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September 5, 2010 1:50:17 AM

like i said, you can download the .pdf qvl list from the actual asus website for your specified mobo. i'm not gonna do that work for you but the .pdf will tell you exactly which model number g.skill ripjaw modules will work.
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September 5, 2010 6:54:58 PM

the QVL list isnt always accurate and my question was assuming both were available.

anyways, here is my revision however i'm still looking for a mobo and ram to complete it.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
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LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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SC2 - planned to buy this anyways
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
^unless anyone wants to steer me clear of giga GPUs.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
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Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
^Upgraded to illusion for $10 more, however the illusion can also be combined with some ripjaws (1600, cas 9 though) if my PSU is a weakpoint

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236051

For mobos, I was looking at these two:

MSI NF750-G55 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks again. I appreciate all help as the final hours to my actual purchase end.
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September 5, 2010 7:20:02 PM

That is actually 30$ more I believe.
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September 5, 2010 7:29:38 PM

razzmatax said:
That is actually 30$ more I believe.


Add 15% off the PSU for the code XFX power.
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September 5, 2010 7:38:12 PM

Ah ok, then it seems worth it. Really would love some mobo help though.
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September 5, 2010 8:36:24 PM

They're both relatively good deals, my next suggestion would come in around 110$.
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September 6, 2010 5:28:08 AM

Revised my original post. Thanks for the help everyone so far. What motherboard are you suggesting for 110? I've also heard good things about ASRock.

Perhaps I can opt to get a combo deal on the CPU/RAM or mobo/ram if there are any good ones to wiggle some money for a better mobo.

Also, when newegg lists something as crossfire ready does that mean SLI too? Some list both, some list one or the other. It's just a little confusing as a first build.
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September 6, 2010 5:43:33 AM

get the asus vh246h... for $15 u get 2 inch....

try to change gtx 460 for 5850 for future crossfire, mobo get any 890 chipset or 870 u want i prefer to stay betwenn asus and gigabyte.

ram g.skill 4gb ddr3 cl7 1600mhz its very good priced

and thats all..
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September 6, 2010 6:30:00 AM

bump looking to buy tonight
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September 6, 2010 7:56:40 AM

sorry for the monitor.. i wanted to say vh242h

ram those are the almost the same.. if i had to choose i will chose ripjaws cuase i like them more.. but it wont change too much

and thats a very good mobo...

i wont get nvidia cause u cant sli with amd... and with ati u can cross fire. with just a few more money u get a better gpu
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September 12, 2010 2:00:25 AM

Best answer selected by razzmatax.
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