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~1300 gaming, first build - please advise

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November 23, 2010 7:14:51 PM

Hello everyone,

Just making sure this will all work together, and looking for any ways to improve price/performance.

Approximate Purchase Date: soon!

Budget Range: 1300 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, general usage. I tend to run many applications at once.

Parts Not Required: KB, mouse, monitor, speakers, storage HD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: always gone with newegg, but I can go elsewhere

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

- Ease of installation and reliability are my biggest concerns.
- I'd like to put OS and some applications on an SSD
- I went with the Cosmos case because I figure it'll help to have the extra room, and the wife would grumble at an LED-encrusted Antec. I'm open to a comparably subtle case though.

I also have some questions about shipping:

- Will UPS cut it? I've read some people don't trust them to ship HDDs - I don't know if that applies to any of these parts.
- I live way north, and can't get my packages until after work. Is it any problem that this stuff could be sitting out in the freezing cold for a few hours?

COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

ICY DOCK MB990SP-B Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SSD & IDE/SATA HDD Bracket

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Rosewill RNX-N180UBE USB 2.0 External 5dBi Antenna Wireless Adapter

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Total comes to $1309 before shipping.

Any help is appreciated!

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November 23, 2010 7:30:04 PM

Drop to the 955 BE, it has an unlocked multiplier so all you have to do is up the multi 1 and your at stock 965 without paying extra.

750W psu is more then plenty for CF 6870's. modular, silver certified. 10 on performance on (only 4 psu's have done this). - $110 after MIR $130 before.

I personally wouldn't get that SSD, it has high reads but slow writes. $115 after MIR.

According to Tom's review on RAM today, the lowest amount of RAM recommend now is 8GB.,... G.Skill Ripjaw 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 C9 - $135.
Since you don't plan on OCing you can save some by getting DDR3 1333 instead.