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November 29, 2010 7:33:56 AM

Its my first build and was keeping in mind the fact that i want to play Starcraft2 and have a computer that would last me 2-3 years before upgrading again. I've looked into a little about the processor i want and some other important components, but still am having trouble with getting the necessary pieces to work with the processor i have in mind. My budget is around 700-800 if possible, and i have an old case that i would like to use if possible. I am open to all suggestions and am willing to go higher or lower in any department to save money or to get better performance.

This is what im thinking about: (Not sure on what motherboard to get so i listed a few)

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103727

GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814125318

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131402

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131366

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128444

Thanks for taking the time to help me out.

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November 29, 2010 7:50:02 AM

^ Are you planning to go Crossfire later on ? Or would most probably stick with a single card solution ?
And which case do you have?
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November 29, 2010 5:33:07 PM

I'm not to familiar with crossfire, but it seems like it would be okay. If crossfire needs a high end motherboard then maybe not, but if it isnt that much of a big leap from the motherboards i chose on the fly then thats fine. As for the case, I'm not sure what it is, I got it a while back its 19" x 17.5", it has a few usb ports of its own, case fan and 4 cd drive spaces (sorry for my lack of knowledge). Overall I just like that it has latches instead of screws for easy access to the inside. I dont mind purchasing a more up to date case if i have to, but if i can save a few bucks that would be great.
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November 30, 2010 2:28:19 AM

^ So let me put this simple - You want a fast PC(Not necessarily a Crossfire capable if a single card does the job), and would be even better if it is not expensive. Right ?

As for the case, the reason I asked about the case is because the current powerful graphic cards are long and might have clearance issues within the case, if possible give some more details like the model number of the case or any photo of it...

Here is a Crossfire build
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X4 925 + ASUS 790X
(This is a very good combo, but the CPU runs slower than the 965 and you wont have USB3.0/ SATA 6GB/s)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
This combo would give you SATA 6GB/s and USB3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Corsari 650TX + Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD 6870
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=XFX-687_1G&c=fr&p...

With a single HD 6870, am sure you will be able to max out SC2 even at 1080p resolution, also you have the Crossfire option, just incase you want to add 1 more card in Crossfire...
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November 30, 2010 3:01:52 AM

This is cheaper than what i expected, maybe getting a new case wouldn't be that bad after all. I was also wondering about the heatsink and fan, if you had any suggestions on any good ones. Another thing, is it good to get extended warranties on all the components i'm purchasing, or is it necessary only on specific things like the processor. thanks for the quick responses gkay
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November 30, 2010 3:55:15 AM

^ If you wont be overclocking, then the stock HSF would suffice IMO, but if you want one, then Cooler Master Hyper 212+ would be a very good option...
Extended warranties ? AFAIK most of the parts come with either 3Years(For most of the parts and 5years(PSU) and RAM and that GPU comes with Liftetime Limited, so I doubt you would need more warranty if you would probably upgrade say ~3+ years time...
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December 7, 2010 2:22:31 AM

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