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~$1000 Value Build

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November 13, 2010 3:47:34 AM

Hello, forum gurus.

I've built a system from parts before, but not for several years. So, before I toss a thousand dollars into a purchase order, I was hoping for a little advice on three fronts:

1) Whether this system makes sense as a primarily budget-gaming system. Are there any significant bottlenecks? Are there any product incompatibility issues?

2) Any suggestions or improvements to the build, keeping in mind the 'bang for buck' mentality.

3) What does it take to appropriately power/cool this system? I know these are two separate questions but I didn't want to use the phrase "four fronts".

While the thousand dollar price-tag is fairly flexible, it's not, say, Russian gymnast flexible. Note though that I'm not looking for a highest resolution/settings kind of machine. I'm looking to be able to run games from the last five years well, and games coming in the next two-three years at least acceptably (e.g. playable).
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Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks

Budget Range: ~$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Case

Preferred Website for Parts: tigerdirect.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Slight AMD preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments:

I currently possess only a mediocre keyboard and mouse, but prefer to buy these items in a hands-on environment. Suggestions on what to look for are still appreciated.

I have a full-tower case that can handle this build, although I'll be damned if I can a receipt or a model number to link it.
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ASUS M4A78T-E Motherboard
$79.97 (After $15 rebate)

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Quad Core Processor
$89.97

Radeon HD 5770 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5
$139.97 (After $15 rebate)

8GB Corsair Dual Channel DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz (4x 2048MB)
$179.94 (After 2x $10 rebates)

Seagate Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 rpm
$59.97

OCZ Fatal1ty Series Power Supply - 550-Watt
$66.99 (After $15 rebate)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
$99.97

Philips 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor
$154.99 (After $20 rebate)

Subtotal after rebates: $871.77
Shipping: $23.99
Taxes: $127.52
Total: $1023.28

Please let me know what you think. Productive advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance,

-Glambing

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November 13, 2010 3:50:16 AM

8GB DDR3 for
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System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Browsing


not required ^^ Premiere Pro/Rendering, etc different story hehe
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November 14, 2010 9:19:06 AM

Cpu:AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
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Motherboard:ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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Memory:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model 996829
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Gpu:XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity
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HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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Psu:XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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