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October 30, 2010 4:50:37 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Christmas time

Budget Range: 600-800 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet surfing, word stuff

Parts Not Required: Case(Antec 300), monitor, mouse, and keyboard (maybe OS read below)

Preferred Website(s) newegg.com or tigerdirect.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I have been more partial to Amd but I am open to anything really

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (probably down the road)

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: A quiet pc would be good, I already have a 160GB WD HDD with windows 7 installed but I would like more space, I'm guessing I can just install another right? (this rig is my only build, so I'm pretty new to all this stuff, sorry in advance for any newbie questions :p )

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October 30, 2010 6:34:38 PM

Right, asuming that you already have Case(Antec 300), monitor, mouse, and keyboard (OS), this build is the one for you:

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99
( you can crossfire in a future if you need to with this mobo.)

HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...$239.99 ( new very good performance and very low power combustion.)

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...: $169.99 Now: $99.99 ( i choosed this PSU because it's a HX not a TX and it's really cheap but very good PSU.)


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
and
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $184.97 ( plenty enough for gaming, easy for overclocking)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231303 $89.99 ( this is a good quality ram due to it's Cas Latency 7 and it's price.)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 (highly recommended)

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136177 $17

Total: $769.92

This build will give you some very decent fraps on any high settings on every game.
But after a cople weeks if i would be you i would buy a bigger resolution monitor somethink like 1920x1080. The 1280x1024 resolution is not such good.
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October 30, 2010 7:13:35 PM

Thanks dave, this seems like a really good build but I had one quick question: would it be worth the $$ to buy the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T for more future proofing?
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October 30, 2010 7:23:44 PM

Well the thing is that the AMD 965 is in a combo with the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro thats why it's for $185, the AMD 965 by it self is for $160. So i would personaly go for the AMD 965 with the after market cooler and overclock it. It's totaly enough for gaming, after a cople of years you can buy better cpu at any time and the x6 cores are going to be cheaper is well.

Now the 965 and 1055T gives same performace in gaming but in a few years time when the games take advantage of x6 cores and/or more it will beat the x4 CPUs (965).

PS: it's up to you. :D 

EDIT: wait i just found a better cooler with the same CPU for even cheaper prize then the last combo:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
and
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $164.98

PS: Dont worry the AMD 955 is totaly same as the AMD 965, it's just the clock speed is different 3.20 GHz - 3.40 GHz no big deal, you can always overclock the 955 and it will be even faster than the 965.

About the cooler, i just read cople of reviews about the CM Hyper 212+ VS Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 and the CM hyper 212+ wins : http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/259468-11-hyper-arc...
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October 30, 2010 7:33:58 PM

alright, thanks for the help :)  I'll probably go with the combo you suggested.
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October 30, 2010 7:34:12 PM

Best answer selected by mirchandise.
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October 30, 2010 8:00:51 PM

ok thanks, hope you enjoy it.
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October 30, 2010 8:22:28 PM

Ummm... I have one more question: Will my computer just start up normally (straight to Windows 7) if I install all this new hardware and keep my old hdd?
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October 30, 2010 8:38:26 PM

I'm not sure about that, sorry but i think you will have to ask someone els, my only strenght is building the PCs but thats probably it.

But i think it's not going to work. (I might be wrong.)

Well logycaly the computer should load up whats on the hdd so it should load up the windows 7 thats on there. If it's not goin to then get the builders windows 7 for people building computers. It's about $80.
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