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November 27, 2010 11:03:28 PM

Made this from a prebuild with some changes threw cyberpowerpc.com. i changed the case, added more fans, took off liquid cooling system. I dont plan on overclocking. Changed the psu but unsure on how well it performs. i would like to avoid a expensive name brand psu like corsair. i changed the psu to an ati. i want this build to be expandable. i am on a budget so nothing to pricey. only game i intend to play with this build is civ5 and will expand as time goes on. i also have question about crossfire. I would like to use it to increase performance without buying a expensive new card but i want to know if it can be turned of or something so i may use dual screen. (cyberpower mention you cant with crossfire). i thank any who can help someone making a jump to a half decent computer in advance.


BASE_PRICE: [+605]
BLUETOOTH: None
BUNDLE: None
CAS: Xion AXP 600 Mid-Tower Gaming Case [+3]
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
CPU: Intel® Core™ i3-540 3.06 GHz 4M Intel Smart Cache LGA1156
CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]
FA_HDD: None
FAN: Intel LGA1156 Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink [-20]
FLASHMEDIA: None
FLOPPY: None
FREEBIE_CU1: Civilization V Full Version Game
FREEBIE_CU2: Star Trek Online Digital Deluxe Game
GLASSES: None
HDD: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-18] (Single Hard Drive)
HDD2: None
HDDPRO: None
IEEE_CARD: None
KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
LANSURGE: None
MB_ADDON: 2X USB 3.0 and 2X SATA III 6.0GB/S PCI-E Expansion Card
MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (A-Data Gaming Series with Heat Spreader [+28])
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] Asus P7H55/USB3 Intel H55 Express Chipset DDR3 LGA1156 ATX w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-II, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI
MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
POWERSUPPLY: 500 Watts - Sigma SP-500AB ESP 80 Plus Power Supply [+26]
PRINTER: None
PRINTER_CABLE: None
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOFT1: Free Microsoft® Office® 2010 STARTER EDITION (Reduced-Functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising)
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
TEMP: None
TVRC: None
USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VC_PHYSX: None
VIDEO: ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR2 16X PCIe Video Card [-20] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: None
_PRICE: (+613)
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November 28, 2010 2:17:30 AM

never skimp on PSU its what powers your entire system if you buy a cheap one youre entire system can be ruined because you wanted to spin $30 on a cheap 600watt PSU
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November 28, 2010 3:57:54 AM

Check out this site good prices and good parts.
If money is tight then look at this They have a Coolmax CU-700B 700W Partial Modular Power Supply on sale for $55.99 with free shipping alot better then your 500Watt here is the address.
http://www.superbiiz.com/category.php?categry=713&name=...

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November 28, 2010 4:14:34 AM

in additon to others psu comments, that 5450 is a really lousy video card.

for the $605 price, you can build much better from Newegg:

Here's a quad-core Athlon II build .

Athlon II X4 640 (3.0 GHz) and MSI 870 w/ USB 3 and SATA 3: $182.98 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mushkin Enhanced 4 GB DDR3-1333 kit: $49.99 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sea Sonic 520W 80+ Bronze PSU: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG 22x DVD burner + NZXT mid-tower case: $57.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200.12 HDD: $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Zotac GTX 460 1 GB video card: $179.99 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $580.92 with $40 in rebates, so $540.92 after the rebates
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November 28, 2010 2:54:46 PM

i think i might just build my own pc after looking at newegg prices it could save me like $200
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November 28, 2010 3:22:38 PM

i am unsure of which proceessor to go with intel or amd. depending upon which i choose will affect the motherboard i get.
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November 28, 2010 4:10:21 PM

its more less a how much do you want to spend thing for the processor AMD processors are great and save you cash compared to intel while intel processors are Usually better but cost more.
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November 28, 2010 4:29:22 PM

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ZOTAC ZT-40402-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ...
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
XION AXP Classic Series AXP600-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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November 28, 2010 4:41:20 PM

looks great there
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November 28, 2010 4:46:48 PM

+1
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