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October 9, 2010 6:44:30 PM

My first thread here, and it's also my first time building my own gaming PC. I'm not too confident in my choices so far and I'd appreciate some advice from you knowledgeable people on what I should choose from my lists, or what I should look for outside my lists.

So far I have lists for:

CUPs: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.asp...

Motherboards: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.asp...

RAM: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.asp...

Graphics cards: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.asp...

Hard Drives: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.asp...

and part of a potential rig: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.asp...

I haven't looked at PSUs, cases, operating systems, or anything else I might need, so advice on these parts would be helpful. I do however have a monitor, mouse and keyboard, though I'm open to a new monitor, gaming mouse and keyboard for the right price.

I'm hoping to stay within a 700$ budget, though I'm willing to go up to 800.

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 10, 2010 6:06:18 AM

Your lists are rather confusing, I would do you up a build though I am unsure on your uses. There is a "generic" way to post for a new system, this can be found on the sticky and I suggest you post in that format. Here it is:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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October 10, 2010 8:27:36 AM

Wolygon said:
Your lists are rather confusing, I would do you up a build though I am unsure on your uses. There is a "generic" way to post for a new system, this can be found on the sticky and I suggest you post in that format. Here it is:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...


Well, I'd like something for gaming, and also for image software like photoshop and 3D modeling.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 10, 2010 12:38:17 PM

CPU + OS:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 + Windows 7 64bit $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Board:
ASUS M4A88T-M $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
Mushkin 1333MHz 9-9-9-24 4GB $72
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case + PSU:
Antec Illusion + Antec EA 650W $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU:
GTX 460 1GB $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $812

Theres something to look at. If you can't afford the price then you can drop the GPU down to a GTX 460 768MB for about $60 less.
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October 10, 2010 5:25:41 PM

Oh thanks so much. This'll help me wind down some choices.

Edit: On second thought that video card is a bit too pricey for me. is there a cheaper option?
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October 13, 2010 12:34:03 AM

If you wouldn't mind.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2010 3:17:09 AM

Well you have two options.

You can drop down to a GTX 460 with 768MB of RAM as I said here is one for $170:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or you could drop down again to a HD 5770. This won't lose you much in performance yert it will save you a lot of money. If your not worried to much about performance I think this is the best buy at $120 with the rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope that helps.
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October 13, 2010 5:46:05 PM

A few things: I'm not very interested in Blu-ray at the moment.

Not sure if I need/want an SSD right now.

Will that case be compatible with my chosen motherboard?

Do I really want to pay more for a PSU with lower wattage (the Corsair)?

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October 13, 2010 6:16:24 PM

No the motherboard I picked is ATX
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2010 6:28:45 PM

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H + Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
AMD Athlon II X4 640 + ASUS EAH5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + Antec Three Hundred Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W + SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
LITE-ON Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$781.91
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October 13, 2010 6:37:06 PM

Will that video card work on the selected motherboard?

I'm not sure how PCI Express 2.1 differs from 2.0
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October 13, 2010 6:50:57 PM

ah forget it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2010 7:06:04 PM

Yes, 2.0 and 2.1 are the same. I can't see anything in the links.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 13, 2010 9:59:57 PM

Hey I'm not sure what everyones sooking about, blu-ray, SSDs. Your build is nice apart from the PSU, but mosox has bundled everything saving some money and allowing you to afford the HD 5850.

I'd go for his it looks nice. :) 
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October 14, 2010 1:00:04 AM

Ordered my parts. Thanks for your help and wish me luck.
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October 24, 2010 12:31:48 AM

Best answer selected by TLoVG.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 24, 2010 1:24:08 AM

Good luck! You'll have fun.
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