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October 18, 2010 12:37:52 AM

Hello everyone. I've been researching for 3 weeks now...I have a screaming headache.

This will be my first build, so any and all helpful suggestions are welcomed.

Thank you for your time.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1200 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, streaming videos, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any...willing to shop around to get the best deal

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: no preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: still not sure...just the one that will fit the overall build

Additional Comments: I'm looking for a well-balanced system that will play Civ-5, and "someday" Diablo 3.
I don't need the Highest settings, just stable - playable. Watch movies, surf, run multiple apps, webcam,
and Photoshop, ( which i hope to purchase in a few months). I would like 1 decent widescreen monitor now,
and have the ability to get a second one in a few months. I need Windows 7 Pro, to be able to run all my XP stuff,
(or so i have read in a few reviews). I also need a multi-card reader, DVD burner, 3.5 floppy, and at least 4 usb ports.
I hope i haven't put anyone to sleep...

Thanks in advance...Max
October 18, 2010 2:09:57 AM


Here is my amateur attempt at putting together this build...am I on the right track?


COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$159.98 -$20.00 Instant $139.98


GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$139.99 -$5.00 Instant $134.99


Koutech IO-FPM220 3.5" Floppy Drive & Multi Card Reader Front Panel $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R577UD-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$149.99 -$10.00 Instant $139.99


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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$159.99 -$30.00 Instant $129.99


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$139.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$83.99


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=N82E168...

$74.99


ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$189.99 -$15.00 Instant $174.99


LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Subtotal: $1,208.88
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October 18, 2010 3:00:33 AM

I like the build above with these changes

5770 is underpowered for the neative rez of that screen

switch to this case save 39 bucks

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

This PSU save another 29 bucks although like the other one better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this may be more suited to meet the requirements an still have lots of power for this build

and repalce the vid card with this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 232.99 -15 MIR

otherwise good build I was just trying to have enough GPU HP

oh by the way this is 8 dollars worth of changes with a 15 mir should be 7 dollars cheaper



LOL or wait till then end of next week for GPU graphics

order now and use intergrated craphics for a week or 2 till the ati 6xxx series comes out and is awesome or the price drops on the GTx 460 I suggested
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October 18, 2010 1:27:10 PM

I like that case...and now i'm off to look up native res. for monitors and the min. gpu
to run it. I'll use the gtx 460 to compare stats. And see if I have another week or so worth of patience left in me. LOL

Thank you for the suggestions.

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October 25, 2010 1:11:41 PM

Best answer selected by MaxIsMad.
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October 25, 2010 1:14:11 PM

if u want the 460 just get a 6850 its cheaper and performs better

or if you dont mind the 460 price point grab a 6870 its same price and WAY better
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