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Final call for first build. Items are in cart.

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September 6, 2010 12:37:19 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP. Items are in the cart.

BUDGET RANGE: Around $1000 for everything (before/after rebates).

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (SCII, Just Cause 2, GTA IV, NFS: Shift), watching movies, multitasking.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need everything including monitor, keyboard, mouse, and OS. No speakers needed.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and Microcenter (Kinda far for me though). I never shopped on ZipZoomFly or NCIX but if you can find good prices for parts I need, please use them.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer AMD. Socket 1156 is dead anyway.

OVERCLOCKING: No.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Thank you everyone for helping me with this build.

CPU and DVD burner: AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDX945WFGMBOX
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.494592
Combo Price: $149.98

GPU and PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.493758
Combo Price: $269.98

OS and case: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Antec Six Hundred Black Black Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-129-079
Combo Price: $169.94

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276
Price: $99.99

Motherboard: ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131654
Price: $104.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
Price: $74.99 ($15 off with promo)

Monitor: Acer H243Hbmid 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1 Max (ACM) Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009167
Price: $219.99

Keyboard: Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823175001
Price: $52.99

Mouse: GIGABYTE GM-M6800 Noble Black 5+1 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Dual Lens Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826146009
Price: $16.99


In one of the reviews for the Antec 600, it said that the standoffs are bad quality. Did anyone else have this same problem? How do you avoid stripping standoffs?

Excerpt from review on Newegg: "Cons: The standoffs included are CR@P! (really, newegg? that's a curse word?) And they don't give any extra! I build computers at a shop for a living and Antec is the absolute WORST about this! Seriously, you will strip half of the standoffs included, and if you don't plan for this, you will probably have to wait till the next business day to head down to your local PC shop. Infuriating!"

Also, because the Antec 600 has 4 big fans, will the PSU still be enough for the entire system, including the LED backlit keyboard? This is my first build @_@

Finally, should I stick with the memory I listed above or should I get the G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO? What's the difference between 7-7-7-7-21 and 7-7-7-21-2N?

Again, thank you all for your help in advance. I am truly grateful to the Tomshardware community.
September 6, 2010 12:54:55 AM

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

A bit nicer in terms of features, combo'd with Win 7 for changes below.

You should get this ram which outperforms either of those: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Modxstream PSUs are crap.

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

For 190$

And this PSU+Case combo for 160$ Nets you the 900 at the same price as the 600, and a much nicer PSU for 20$ more. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The parts this replaces total 525, while these total 550. You get a much nicer PSU, nicer case, and a bit nicer mobo for that 25$.
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September 6, 2010 2:16:44 AM

Thank you very much. (b^_^)b This community is awesome
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September 6, 2010 2:33:25 AM

Just make sure you use the item code XFXpower for the PSU.
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