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First build Help, $500-$700, Movies/gaming

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December 19, 2010 3:22:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month or 2, no real rush


Budget Range: $500-$700, but i have the money for a $700 computer if need be


System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly watch movies and play some games on the side


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: AMD CPU


Overclocking: No / Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No / Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Basically looking to put together a budget computer to watch movies and play some games, nothing special

Here is what i had in mind, but if i could cut down on prices, or do combo deals that would be a great help.

Case:
Cooler Master HAF $59.99

CD/DVD:
ASUS Black 24X $16.99

HD:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500 GB $49.99
or
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB $54.99

PSU:
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W $69.99 & $10 shipping

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition $144.99 and $10 promotion
or
AMD Phenom II X4 965 $159.99

GPU: GTX 460
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB $179
or
MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB $209

MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 $94.99
or
MSI 870-G45 $54.99
or
ASRock M3A770DE $59.99 & 2.99 shipping

Memory:
Not sure, something that is the same as GIGABYTE or MSI to go w/ the MOBO?

OS:
Windows 7 $99.99

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December 19, 2010 4:07:43 PM
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$616AR and HD 6850 CF capable?

HD6K Barts: single/CF review
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-685...

December 19, 2010 4:28:37 PM

i think some of those combo deals are not available anymore, but that is a good example of the type of help i am looking for.
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December 19, 2010 5:18:51 PM

oh sweet, thanks

for some reason i couldn't find them
December 19, 2010 5:19:52 PM

Yep u are welcomed ^^
December 27, 2010 2:35:45 PM

so the computer is all built and running fine but i have a question about the back case fan.

I have it plugged into cha_fan2 which is the same as PWR_fan so i dont think that is a problem, but it runs at max speed all the time and is really noisy.

I guess its not that big of a deal and is better if everything doesnt overheat, but i was wondering if there was any way to make it run slower when the computer is not performing any tasks and producing much heat.

heres an example of what the speeds are at, does this look normal?

December 27, 2010 2:41:46 PM

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