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October 25, 2010 10:11:25 PM

Hello community. New member and first time poster. I've been "in the business" for about 15 years, and like many others in my position, I've found myself with a 6 year old machine on its last legs, and myself totally out of the loop with new system builds. I put together my last machine before SATA hit the scene mainstream. That said I look to you, trusted community, to help steer me in the right direction.

I am looking to build a budget PC (Under $800 shipped) that will be mostly used to house my large MP3 and Top Gear collection, while still allowing me the occasional WOW raid night and maybe even play the newer games at 100% maximum detail on my simpleton 1280x1024 monitor.

Approx Purchase Date:
Late Nov. early Dec.

Budget:
Hard capped at $800 shipped.

Usage:
MP3 listening, Media watching, MMORPG, Fallout

Preferred website:
newegg.com

Country or origin:
USA

Monitor max resolution:
1280x1024 (will someday purchase a new monitor, not likely 1080p)

No over clocking considerations. Just not my scene anymore.

To be noted:
OS, KB, Mouse and shipping need to be included in the $800 cap.

What I have compiled for your consideration:
Case/HDD (OS/App):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$84.98

Motherboard/Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$159.98

CPU/Video:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$202.98

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$67.99

Storage HDD (the above included drive will be used as OS/App Drive):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99

Optical Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$19.99

Keyboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$6.99

Mouse:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$34.99

OS:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99

Shipping to 87505:
$23.29

TOTAL shipped: $771.75

I intend to replace the 500GB boot drive with a SSD at some point in the near future (big reason to keep data and boot drives separate to make ghosting easier when the time comes).

My current build is in the original Cooler Master WAVE case. I actually LOVE this case and would prefer to keep it. I don't much like the black cases and this one is gorgeous. Will the build listed above fit, with no issues, in my old case if I so choose?
http://www.modster-pc.co.nz/shop/images/Sil_Wav.jpg


As I said before the bulk of this machines life will be Media Monkey, VLC player, A little WoW, Fallout 3 (and beyond) and when released SWTOR.

I look forward to hearing what you think of my build and whether or not I can save a few bucks or get more for my money.

Added question. Again since I've been out of the game a while. Are all of the above listed parts deemed "reliable"? I don't want to sacrifice uptime for cost.

Edited to include the great combo deals listed below, thanks Dougie Fresh.

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October 25, 2010 10:29:36 PM

It looks like any ATX motherboard will fit in that case.

You can save money with some combinations at Newegg.com

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$159.98 before $20.00 MIR

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
$214.98 before $15 MIR

I'd pick this memory instead:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

You might also want to take a look at the new HD 6850 video cards that just came out.
October 26, 2010 12:20:57 AM

That's a nice PSU, but you could easily go with a 500W or below if you don't want to OC. Nice call on the Seasonic/Corsair though.
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October 26, 2010 12:53:59 AM

batuchka said:
Tower $624AR
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-2455.jpg

OS $100

$724AR in total

Edit: Gigabyte HD 6870 back in stock ^^
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I really like this build, it packs in a ton of punch for the money, but it leaves out a few big things I require. The second 1TB HDD and of course KB/Mouse. A much lesser issue is the case you chose. It comes highly recommended but I hate it. I don't want windows or anything else which will draw attention to the case.

When it comes to case I actually prefer the Antec 300 (but hate the internal 3.5 arrangement towards the MB instead of the side) and the CM 690 but chose my third choice of the Rosewill based on the fact that I save a decent chunk with that case while retaining the "must have" features I'm looking for.
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