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$1000-$1500 black friday build help please

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November 18, 2010 6:53:04 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next two weeks. (Hoping for great black Friday deals)


Budget Range: $1000-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home video editing(full adobe CS5 as well as Adobe Premiere Elements and PowerDirector 9 Ultra64), Moderate Gaming (COD black ops, WOW, ect...), surfing the web.


Parts Not Required: I need everything my uncle and I made my the computer I have now about seven years ago so I am way overdue for a new build lol. (I will buy a keyboard and mouse later but would like to know what ones are good)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or anywhere with a good deal


Parts Preferences: No real preference but would like to have "future proof" parts. If upgrading in a few years would be best that will be fine as well I have not built a computer by myself so I am open to suggestions :) 


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1080 X 1920


Additional Comments: I have never built a computer myself so this is my first time so any suggestions or advice would be very apprectiated. I would like to keep it under $1000 if at all possible but will go to $1500 since I need at least one new monitor (would like two) and windows 7 so I understand I have to spend money on that.

This is kind of what I have for my build nothing is set in stone so any advice would be great!


COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 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...

Combo Deal
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

(2 of these) Acer P235Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50000:1(ACM) Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1,639.42 for everything so any help on spending less would be great! Also hoping for great black friday deals to bring the price down as well.

Thank you in advance for your input!
November 19, 2010 2:11:20 AM

For gaming, you want RAM with a CAS Latency (CL) of 7 rather than 9, the HZ don't make much of a difference as you can OC your RAM anyway

G.Skill Ripjaws (2 x 2GB) DDR3 @ 1333 MHz CL7 - http://goo.gl/hLMJT

I'd suggest monitors WITHOUT speakers built in...

Acer G235HAbd 23'' 1080p LCD - http://goo.gl/RwdJB

For a PSU, if you want just a regular:

Corsair 750TX - http://goo.gl/6HRPO

If you want modular:

Corsair 750HX - http://goo.gl/uchiI

For a drive, do NOT get the WD, The F3 beats any drive for SURE!

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - http://goo.gl/VCpcK

Here's a much cheaper and very beautiful case, full tower:

NZXT Phantom - http://goo.gl/f1HFe

If I helped, best answer is appreciated, questions are also welcome :) 
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November 19, 2010 7:22:53 AM

Thanks a lot for the information vindictive, and a big thank you to Reaper.

I appreciate the input and have a few questions (Sorry I am such a noob).

Why would you suggest a monitor without speakers?

Is a modular psu worth the extra expense?

I am still not sure about which mobo would be best (hence why I have two) so any input on a good mobo would be great!


Lastly is there any good gpu's for around $150? I don't know how I missed that on my build...(thanks for pointing that out vindictive).


I looked at the phantom at Fry's and I just did not like it...I am thinking of going with the Haf 932 or 922 and use the money I save to help with a gpu. I am open to suggestions on cases around the $130 and below range though so thank you for the suggestions I think the case is going to be the hardest part for me to decide on there are so many awesome cases lol.

I appreciate all the help.

And thank you in advance!
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November 19, 2010 10:35:09 AM

yes, get that modular PSU if its anywhere near that price when you buy.. holy damn thats a sale..

heres a monitor with speakers if you want.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

lets just assume your making a 1k build (the$500 can be used for monitors) you should be able to get a much better gpu than one thats $150. I'd try to fit in a gtx 460 and add a 2nd one later if you want.
they are about $190-$230 on newegg (1gb version). Gigabyte has their super overclocked 1gb version for $200.

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November 19, 2010 3:45:11 PM

Subzeroocool said:
Thanks a lot for the information vindictive, and a big thank you to Reaper.

I appreciate the input and have a few questions (Sorry I am such a noob).

Why would you suggest a monitor without speakers?

Because they tend to cost more and because the sound quality isn't gonna be super great, plus they make the monitor look real boxy and ugly, you should just get a nice set of speakers if you'd like to, speakers are cheap today, you can easily get a 2.1 or 5.1 surround sound system for $50-70

Is a modular psu worth the extra expense?

Well, it all depends. They're a tad more expensive, but since there are less cables it's a lot easier to work on your case in the future and provides better airflow as there aren't many cables blocking airflow, but if you wanna save money, just get a regular, cases come with cable management features usually so it won't be a HUGE deal, you can put the saved money towards somethin else

I am still not sure about which mobo would be best (hence why I have two) so any input on a good mobo would be great!

I'll leave this up to someone else


Lastly is there any good gpu's for around $150? I don't know how I missed that on my build...(thanks for pointing that out vindictive).

Same here

I looked at the phantom at Fry's and I just did not like it...I am thinking of going with the Haf 932 or 922 and use the money I save to help with a gpu. I am open to suggestions on cases around the $130 and below range though so thank you for the suggestions I think the case is going to be the hardest part for me to decide on there are so many awesome cases lol.

Well the Phantom is beautiful so HMPH XD The HAF 922 would be a good choice for you, I just hate boxy plain cases but the HAFs aren't too terrible compared to most

I appreciate all the help.

And thank you in advance!

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November 19, 2010 6:12:05 PM

If your goal is a sub-$1500 system that includes an OS and 2 monitors, is futureproof/upgradeable, and good for video editing and gaming, this is what I'd recommend:

CPU/GPU Combo: Phenom II x6 1075T 3.0GHz and XFX 5870 $495, $465 after rebate
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 CL 9 $140 -- this leaves your room to upgrade easily to 16GB in the future
Case/DVD Combo: HAF 922 and LITE-ON 22x DVD-RW $104
HD: Spinpoint F3 1TB $70
Monitors: 2x ASUS VH236H 23" LCD $380, $340 after rebates
OS: Windows 7 64-bit $100

Here you can make a decision -- if you don't plan on Crossfiring in the future, there's a great PSU/Mobo combo: Corsair 750TX and ASUS M4A87TD (SATA 6.0, USB 3.0) $200, $190 after rebate

If you do plan on Crossfire, I'd get the same PSU ($100 after rebate) and the ASRock 890FX Deluxe4, $160

Total Cost (AR): $1409 or $1479 depending on which configuration you choose (and I almost forgot, the x6 1075T comes with a $20 Newegg Gift Card!)

If you want a cheaper graphics card, I'd recommend a well-reviewed GTX 460 or Radeon 6850. That Phenom II X6 + XFX 5870 combo is effing sweet though.

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