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September 24, 2010 6:52:05 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of September 2010.

BUDGET RANGE: $900-1,100

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (WoW, SC2, and all that jazz), watching movies, and surfing the web.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com (preferred but willing to branch out).

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:

AMD CPU with a mid to full tower case. Undecided on using an ATI or NVIDIA GPU.
Gigabyte, Asus, or MSI preferred for the mobo.
Looking at XFX/Gigabyte/Asus for GPU.

OVERCLOCKING: CPU is getting the treatment...first time builder so starting at CPU then GPU.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, quite possible over time.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 current.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Do not need a window with lots of bling or racing
stripes on the side of the case, been through that phase years ago. Simple is good but can be extravagant
(I do like the Raven 02 case but does that count
as "extravagant"?)

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The current build:

Case: $89.99 CM 690 II Advanced
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU & HDD CoMbO: $144.98 Corsair CMPSU-650T + SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Mobo & Optical CoMbO: $151.98 ASUS 890gx & ASUS DRW-24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


CPU & GPU CoMbO: $271.98 AMD Phenom II x4 955 & GIGABYTE HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Memory: $94.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU Cooler: $39.99 Scythe SCMG-2100 (Scythe Mugen)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OS: $40 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. (student discount bundle)
Purchase at campus.


Totals*: ~$803.90
Shipping + $10.00 UPS ground ~ $100.00 FedEx
Rebates: ~$50.00

- Why chosen parts:

Chose the HD 5770 since I will primarily be playing WoW and the fact that its a decent deal especially with the HD 6xxx line coming out soon. Buying a beefier card would be overkill for my current monitor.

Main questions: Advice on the Mobo and the Memory. They were the hardest for me to choose.

Sorry for the short novel of txt

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September 24, 2010 9:03:22 PM

Yeah, was thinking about going with the 212+

I saw a previous post stating for the money the Scythe does perform better than the 212+ and I saw some benchmarks for the Scythe previously on Tom's

Any advice on the Mobo or RAM?
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September 24, 2010 10:18:58 PM

Another case to consider. Cheaper and has 2 front, 1 rear, 1 top fan.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ripjaws might cause problems with CPU cooler mounting. Also 1.65V is up in the area your motherboard is going to give you ugly red warnings. I prefer 1.6V or below, low profile RAM to avoid these issues.

Nothing wrong with the Mugen 2. I think its the ugliest of the inexpensive coolers.
The Kingwin 1264 is actually a pretty good cooler and only $25 if you need to save money. For $5 more than the Mugen 2 you can get the Xigmatek Balder, which I think is the best looking of the good below $50 coolers.

5770 does not need that much power, this combo would save you some money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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September 25, 2010 1:02:12 PM

dndhatcher said:
Another case to consider. Cheaper and has 2 front, 1 rear, 1 top fan.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ripjaws might cause problems with CPU cooler mounting. Also 1.65V is up in the area your motherboard is going to give you ugly red warnings. I prefer 1.6V or below, low profile RAM to avoid these issues.

Nothing wrong with the Mugen 2. I think its the ugliest of the inexpensive coolers.
The Kingwin 1264 is actually a pretty good cooler and only $25 if you need to save money. For $5 more than the Mugen 2 you can get the Xigmatek Balder, which I think is the best looking of the good below $50 coolers.

5770 does not need that much power, this combo would save you some money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Switched up the cooler after looking it over.

Got a combo with the Antec and 1.5v RAM and saved even more.

Thanks for the advice!
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September 25, 2010 1:02:49 PM

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