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October 24, 2010 5:32:12 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as Possible

Budget Range: Around $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies

Parts Not Required: OS, mouse, keyboard, hopefully monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Not really just would like Intel over AMD

Overclocking: Most Likely

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Not sure yet

Additional Comments: Thanks for all the help :) 

CPU - Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics - SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Drive - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Possible Monitor - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for any advice!
October 24, 2010 7:40:18 PM

You build looks pretty good. This PSU is a bit cheaper and will cover you if you want to crossfire with a second 6870: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W

I just inherited an Antec 900 case, and have to say am not impressed with it. Compare the back wall in this COOLER MASTER HAF 922. The Cooler Master has strategically placed holes for better cable management and easier installation of the cooler. Costs $10 less, too.
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October 24, 2010 7:52:19 PM

Thanks. I like the look of that case a lot more as well.
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October 24, 2010 7:57:18 PM

+1 to what eloric said
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October 24, 2010 9:21:09 PM

usairways8 said:


CPU - Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get the 750 instead of the 760 if you wanna save 15 bucks, then simply OC the 750 and it'll be basically the same for less

Motherboard - BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't know if you trust Biostar, personally I'd prefer the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 but that's up to you, around the same price if not cheaper

Graphics - SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looks good although you can get a cheaper 6870 I THINK from another manufacturer, not sure, but Sapphire is great

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair has great PSUs, good choice

Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good RAM choice

Hard drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB bro, double the storage for just a tidbit more, and the Spinpoint is MUCH more reliable compared to the Caviar

CPU Cooler - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Drive - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can consider the NZXT Lexa S, $63 with the shipping and comes with TONSA features, check out the review by 3DGAMEMAN on YouTube if you're interested, beautiful and affordable

Possible Monitor - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I do not understand why people get these ugly ass monitors from ASUS with built in speakers, its a joke, dont waste your money on these

Here's a nice one :)  - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for any advice!
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October 24, 2010 9:33:17 PM

yah the only thing with your build is your biostar mobo just makes me meh

id recommend gigabite or asus tbh much more reliable brands
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October 24, 2010 10:02:07 PM

+1 on jasonp12

Hopefully my reply helped you out, best answer is appreciated
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October 24, 2010 10:12:18 PM

Reaper youre the man! Thank you so much! Do you have any suggestions on speakers then?
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October 24, 2010 10:14:22 PM

Best answer selected by USAirways8.
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October 24, 2010 10:19:19 PM

No prob US :D  Glad I could help

I'm not really too informed on speakers, I just know about Surround Sound 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1

I'd probably make a thread and just as a heads up, you'll need a decent amount of money

Id get at least a 2.1 surround sound system
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October 24, 2010 10:48:56 PM

$500+ is a bit much for the surround sound right now...ill probably have to get that addition a bit later in the year...

What do you think about this motherboard?
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also i was looking around and read that the Radeon 6870 actually only replaces the 5700 series. So would it be worth it to get the 5850 instead?

Thanks again!
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October 24, 2010 10:54:56 PM

That's a great mobo and the 6870 is actually NOT better than the 5870 but yeah Id get the 5850, the 6xxx series arent anything amazing

and 500+? You can easily get 2.1 speakers for ~$40..?
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October 24, 2010 10:57:33 PM

Mind linking a nice 2.1 system for me then please?
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October 24, 2010 11:13:44 PM

it replaces it in terms of naming scheme of things.....in terms of actual performance the 6870 outperforms the 5850....and isnt far behind the 5870 in performance.

its just a naming scheme not performance scheme.

its cuz the 5800 series was the TOP end of the 5k series (with the exception of the 5970 which was just basically a 5870x2 running @ 5850 speeds)

now AMD reverted back to a naming scheme similar to the 4k series..

so the 6900 series will be the top of the line and we expect the BEST card to be a 6970x2...

they will then probably release a budget line called the 6700 series.

but do not get a 5850 as its more expensive then a 6870 and performs worse.

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October 24, 2010 11:15:18 PM

ooh okay thank you for the clarification
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October 24, 2010 11:30:40 PM

usairways8 said:
Mind linking a nice 2.1 system for me then please?


At your service :) 

Kept price, nice build quality, looks and trusted brands in mind :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|36-121-034^36-121-034-TS,36-121-033^36-121-033-TS,36-121-036^36-121-036-TS

http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_p_36_5?bbn=17...:!493964,n:541966,n:172471,k:2.1+Surround+Sound+System&rnid=386442011&low-price=45&high-price=100&x=0&y=0

I would suggest for at least $45 to get a decent pair, anything less than that and I doubt you'll get a good product, you get what you pay for :) 
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October 24, 2010 11:38:04 PM

Oh perfect those Z323's look perfect... I also am really unsure about whether the 550W PSU will be sufficient for this...Should i jump up to like a 600 or 650?
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October 24, 2010 11:40:54 PM

usairways8 said:
Oh perfect those Z323's look perfect... I also am really unsure about whether the 550W PSU will be sufficient for this...Should i jump up to like a 600 or 650?


Glad you found something you liked :)  Figured I'd recommend the Logitech Z series since they look nice, I believe that things should be able to look and perform nice

Um, I'm pretty sure a 550W would do although you could get a 600W if you like for probably not much more, Corsair, Antec and XFX are great brands

I doubt 550W will cause a problem although since you're getting a nice graphics card, I'd definitely recommend a 600W or 650W probably just to be safe, PSUs are cheap anyway and Im pretty sure I saved ya enough money just by recommending the 750 instead of 760 so you shouldnt be going outta your budget range :) 

Oh and make sure you get em from Amazon! Cheaper here and free shipping! :D  - http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D17247...
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October 25, 2010 12:06:09 AM


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Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
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Item #:N82E16827118039
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
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ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
Model #:Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2
Item #:N82E16835186134
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
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$39.98 $39.98


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CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
Model #:CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
Item #:N82E16820145260
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock
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$86.99 $86.99


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CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
Model #:CMPSU-650TX
Item #:N82E16817139005
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$119.99 -$30.00 Instant $89.99


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SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Model #:100314SR
Item #:N82E16814102909
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
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$239.99 $239.99


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Logitech Z323 30 Watts (RMS) 2.1 Speaker System
Model #:980-000354
Item #:N82E16836121033
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
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$62.99 -$3.00 Instant $59.99


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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
Model #:BX80605I5750
Item #:N82E16819115215
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
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$199.99 -$5.00 Instant $194.99


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NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:LEXS - 001BK
Item #:N82E16811146060
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
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$89.99 -$30.00 Instant $59.99


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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:HD502HJ
Item #:N82E16822152181
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$54.99 $54.99


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GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:GA-P55A-UD3
Item #:N82E16813128412
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
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$139.99 -$10.00 Instant $129.99
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October 25, 2010 12:08:45 AM

Very nicely done my friend :)  If you prefer 1 TB, you could get the 1 TB version of the Spinpoint, its like 70 bucks atm so cant be too much more than 500 GB, but thats up to you and how much stuff you have, I store lotsa movies so yeh :p 

Oh and get the Z323 from Amazon, only $49.99 new there and free shipping
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October 25, 2010 12:11:37 AM

oh oops i thought i had put the 1tb on there
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October 25, 2010 12:12:17 AM

Yeah, and how bout the Z323, you gettin it from Amazon? 10 bucks cheaper there bro
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October 25, 2010 12:15:07 AM

yeah i just wanted it all on one nice list
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October 25, 2010 12:16:31 AM

Oh ok, that's fine, just make sure you change the price in your list and all to get an accurate total, Im glad youre choosing the 1TB, you can always PM me or email me at reaper2794@gmail.com

Id love to see how your rig turns out :) 
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October 25, 2010 12:21:12 AM

Ill definitely update you! Also is there any benefit from 6 GB of RAM vs. 4 GB? (RAM confuses me to no end...)
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October 25, 2010 12:23:35 AM

usairways8 said:
Ill definitely update you! Also is there any benefit from 6 GB of RAM vs. 4 GB? (RAM confuses me to no end...)


Well there are usually 4 slots on mobos, I think maybe some have 6..? Not sure

There's dual channel and triple channel, 6 GB is triple channel I believe while 4 GB is dual channel, don't take my word I think Im messing up somewhere in there

But basically for your needs, 4 GB is more than sufficient, 6 GB is usually for more hardcore PC users, 4 GB will be perfect for you :) 
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October 25, 2010 12:30:05 AM

yah your a dual channel setup (which has no disadvantages compared to triple channel)

4gb is plenty for you....the next step up for you is 8gb but its not worth it...games use no more then 3gb
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October 25, 2010 12:40:13 AM

Perfect! Thank yall so much!
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October 25, 2010 12:41:38 AM

Sure thing bro, make sure you update us I definitely wanna see this
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