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October 20, 2010 5:42:03 PM

I am looking at upgrading my current computer its a HP so basically have to get all new parts. I currently have a AMD 64x2 4800, ati 3870 2x1gb, ddr2 800 and a 17" monitor this is the rig i am looking at getting.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

I dont need a HD or OS (will be running 64 bit Windows 7), I know the ATI 6xxx series is coming out in a few days so vid card could change depending on price.

Price range: Would like to keep it under $1000

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I plan on doing mild OC as it is a BE should be pretty easy. And play mostly FPS (BC2, COD) and some RTS games.

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October 20, 2010 6:33:40 PM

Ok I think I can help you quite a bit here.

Razer Lycosa

That is a STEAL. It's $80 retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 RAM @ 1333 MHz

This is affordable, 1333 MHz (supported by your mobo), a trusted brand, has heat spreaders, looks nice and has a CAS Latency of 7 which is great

Acer G235HAbd 23'' LCD Monitor

Why spend that much on a 21.5 inch when you can spend less for a 23" inch that looks WAY nicer

NZXT Lexa S

Wasting money on an ugly cheap case. Get this for just 10 bucks more, looks WAY better, has AMAZING features like rubber grommets for cooling and cable management, magnetic bay cover, bottom PSU mount, 4 fans (1 x 140mm and 3 x 120mm (one w/blue LED) and much much more

Hope that helps you out bro, I also recommend: http://www.amazon.com/Razer-Deathadder-Precision-Infrar...

Can't go wrong with that...

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October 20, 2010 6:51:16 PM

Thanks for quick reply. I was actually looking at maybe logitech G15 keyboard.

Dont get be wrong but wouldnt it be better to get the A-Data ram that is faster for the exact same price.

Def gunna go with that case good recomendation.

As far as the monitor Acer just seems like a cheap brand to me(dont know much about them) also the ASUS is 2ms response time

And i already have a Logitech G5 BF2142 mouse that has been serving me well for a while now.
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October 20, 2010 7:15:09 PM

Jakeh1322 said:
Thanks for quick reply. I was actually looking at maybe logitech G15 keyboard.

I would highly suggest the Razer Lycosa over a G15 man.. 108 backlit fully programmable macro keys, USB, headphone and microphone jack IN the keyboard, grip surface on all keys, touchpad media controls, VERY fast response and much more. G15 has a mini monitor thing on it, in MY opinion it's retarded. If you wanna buy it feel free to, but I would highly suggest thinking that over.

Dont get be wrong but wouldnt it be better to get the A-Data ram that is faster for the exact same price.

It's faster, but it has a CAS Latency of 9. You can easily overclock the Ripjaws to 1600, or you could get a 1600 Ripjaws model too. The CAS Latency of 7 vs 9 is a nice thing to have. Plus I don't really know much bout A-Data, they look ok, but I haven't heard of them as a trusted brand. I'm not saying they're not, but the G.SKILL is trusted, has heatspreaders, CAS Latency of 7, looks nice, and yeah. You can always overclock the RAM.

Def gunna go with that case good recomendation.

No problem, glad you like it, it's a beautiful case and well made, not plasticy or cheap.

As far as the monitor Acer just seems like a cheap brand to me(dont know much about them) also the ASUS is 2ms response time

Acer is not a cheap brand, I used to think so but they have great deals on monitors. 5ms vs 2ms? Getting things to your screen 2 ms faster is more important than increasing your screen size and getting a better monitor?

And i already have a Logitech G5 BF2142 mouse that has been serving me well for a while now.

I'm not a fan of Logitech when it comes to mice or keyboards, Razer is where it's at, so if you're lookin for peripherals, check out Razer. Their mice and keyboards are just amazing.

I apologize if I sound rude or anything, I'm very picky and defensive about some stuff, I'm just tryin to help out as I hate seeing money go to waste. It's like spending 400 dollars extra to get a LITTLE bit of performance boost. It's just a waste. So I'm trying to prevent that for people.

Hope I helped you out, best answer is appreciated once I've answered all your questions :) 
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October 20, 2010 7:17:40 PM

Sorry after reading the "How to ask for advice thread figured i would put it in appropriate format:

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))


Budget Range: ~$1000 maybe a lil more for adding fans, keyboard, etc


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web surfing


Parts Not Required: HDD, Mouse, OS, speakers(if come on monitor)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: Pref AMD more bang for buck, and decent, psu, case brand thats not cheapo


Overclocking: Yes, mild nothing to crazy


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe i near future


Monitor Resolution: prob 1920x1080



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Logitech G15

NZXT Case

ASUS 890GX

MSI 5850

Corsair 750W PSU

Think this PSU is a lil overkill?

Phenom II x4 965

The 955BE is $20 cheaper for .2mhz diff if i plan on OC better idea to get 955?

2Gbx2 DDR3 1600 ram

21.5" ASUS monitor



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October 20, 2010 7:18:52 PM

Jakeh1322 said:
Sorry after reading the "How to ask for advice thread figured i would put it in appropriate format:

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))


Budget Range: ~$1000 maybe a lil more for adding fans, keyboard, etc


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web surfing


Parts Not Required: HDD, Mouse, OS, speakers(if come on monitor)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: Pref AMD more bang for buck, and decent, psu, case brand thats not cheapo


Overclocking: Yes, mild nothing to crazy


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe i near future


Monitor Resolution: prob 1920x1080



-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Logitech G15

NZXT Case

ASUS 890GX

MSI 5850

Corsair 750W PSU

Think this PSU is a lil overkill?

Phenom II x4 965

The 955BE is $20 cheaper for .2mhz diff if i plan on OC better idea to get 955?

2Gbx2 DDR3 1600 ram

21.5" ASUS monitor


Again, highly advise AGAINST that monitor. Built in speakers... no... I would not want that at all
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October 20, 2010 7:25:12 PM

Yea would def rather go with bigger monitor going from a 17" gunna be nuts. I almost always play with headphones anyway so not a big deal
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October 20, 2010 7:26:34 PM

Yeah, going to 23" from 17" is gonna make you poopy in your pants xD

It'll be great, and built in speakers are a joke. You're not making some Home Theater PC crap.
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October 22, 2010 5:43:03 PM

Best answer selected by Jakeh1322.
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