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September 29, 2010 4:25:06 AM

Hey everyone, I"m looking at building a comp for the first time. Mainly looking to build a comp that will handle games. I'm not looking for a killer build, just something that will get me started for my first build. As such I've set a budget for right around 1k. I've selected some components from NewEgg and would appreciate some more experienced opinions.

MB: ASUS M4A89GTD, went for the 890 series, but don't think I'll be crossfiring so don't think it would be necessary to spend the money on FX ASUS M4A89GTD $144.99

GPU: XFX HD5850 XFX-5850 279.99

PSU: Corsair 750W Corsair 750w 109.99

Memory: Crucial Crucial 1600 117.99

CPU: Phenom IIx2 555BE, I've read it's fairly reliable at being unlocked so I'm taking my chances. If not 2 cores @ 3.2GHz should still be good for it's price eh? 555BE 87.99

Case: M59, I'm fairly set on this case. But i guess i'm still open. M59 49.99

CPU Fan: Nothing fancy, just would like something above the stock. Not planning on OC'ing. CPU Fan 16.99

Optical: BlueR/Combo BlueRay 79.99



That's about it plus Thermal Compound and some case fans brings the total to right around $940.
Thanks for looking!

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September 29, 2010 8:05:07 AM

^ Some suggestions -
Have you checked for combos?
X2 555 + M59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gigabyte 870A + HD 5870 - If you will not be going Crossfire, then you wont need even the 890GX...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GSKillz 4GB DDR3 + Antec EA 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB -
$16 off w/ promo code EMCYXNW34, ends 10/4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - Definitely a better one...
CM Hyper 212+
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

BD - Same

Total - ~$842 | ~$822 Including rebates...
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September 29, 2010 6:47:19 PM

Hey, thanks for the reply. I did have the first combo you listed, however it looks like I have some more looking to do. I liked the XFX card because it comes with a limited lifetime warranty, just added a little level of security for the most expensive part.

The new MB looks good too, saves me like 50 bucks. Liked the GX for the onboard graphics backup in cause something goes wrong with the main, dunno tho...

Also HDD aren't needed because I have 2x500GB in my old PC already. Extra cash to spend :) 

I'll take a look at these and see what combos I can come up with!
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September 29, 2010 8:23:18 PM

Okay, so did a little more looking. Took suggestions into consideration and found a build exclusively based off of combos:

BD: same

CPU Cooler:CPU Fan

MB(GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H) Still went with the backup/onboard Vid+MemoryCORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB: MB+Mem

GPU(XFX5870)+PSU(CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX): GPU/PSU

Case/CPU: Case/CPU


Total 893, $843 with rebates. Of course price plus fans and thermal paste. Still totally within my price range AND a 5870 GFX, I was only expecting a 5850 on this budget, which would have been okay of course.



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September 30, 2010 4:31:03 AM
September 30, 2010 5:06:20 AM

I shall check that out but for some reason I want to go an all AMD build with their new 5xxx series. I didn't know the 6xxx series was on the way, but it seems the 5870 should be more than able for my needs.
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September 30, 2010 3:12:14 PM

Looking at some better RAM now and I've seen timings like 6-8-6-24. Is something like that going to be better than 7-7-7-20? I've read that the most important timing is the first number and performance gains aren't REALLY going to be dramatic. But I'm seeing some better RAM with rebates so why not.
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September 30, 2010 8:14:56 PM

coogah88 said:
Looking at some better RAM now and I've seen timings like 6-8-6-24. Is something like that going to be better than 7-7-7-20? I've read that the most important timing is the first number and performance gains aren't REALLY going to be dramatic. But I'm seeing some better RAM with rebates so why not.


Zero noticeable difference.
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September 30, 2010 8:22:41 PM

I would highly suggest this combo. XFX 650 + PC-K62 from Lancool for 140 AR. This is an amazing case and a solid PSU. I would rate this bundle as a step up from what you currently have, but at the same price. Since you're not overclocking, I think 650w will be fine for you. Remember that 650 is the continuous load measure, and that high quality psu's can handle load situations well above their given number.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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October 15, 2010 3:04:58 PM

Best answer selected by coogah88.
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