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Help me, Obi Wan(s) ($800-$1000 gaming desktop)

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January 7, 2011 2:19:57 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or so

Budget Range: $800-$1000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (but not super-demanding...I tend to play either MMOs or Valve stuff), video, random intarwebs

Parts Not Required:
Monitor (Hanns.G HG281DPB - so very nice)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TJV9KW/ref=oss_pro...
Possibly GPU (XFX Radeon 5770 1GB) if adding another to CF?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030L1BPO/ref=oss_pro...
Keyboard, mouse, speakers, headset.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon (Prime)

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I want an SSD as the boot drive and to install the "main" game I'm playing at the moment, whatever that is. Win 7 Pro, for the XP VM.

Overclocking: Maybe (if it's trivial and stable)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I haven't self-built a PC for over a decade, I always end up pussing out. Help me get confident about this again!

Edit: Added links for significant existing parts

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January 7, 2011 2:54:11 PM

GPU - If you already have a 5770, then stick with that for now and add a second later if needed (or buy a HD 6850). Your only concern here is with the MB needing two 8x PCIe slots.

MB - $90 - ASROCK Extreme3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - $145 - Phenom II X4 955 BE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEM - $55 - G.SKILL DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - $130 - OCZ Agility 2 60GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - $70 - 1TB Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - $90 - Corsair 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - $55 - Antec 300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - $38 - Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is under $700, leaving upgrade options or enough budget to opt up to an Intel build, upgrade this build, or pick up a second 5770...
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January 7, 2011 4:22:38 PM

Yep! Red flag on PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 (x16/x4). If you do multiple GPUs later, that 4x speed on the second card will sllllooooow things down. Look for one with 8x/8x...
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January 7, 2011 5:36:44 PM

sadams04 said:
Yep! Red flag on PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 (x16/x4). If you do multiple GPUs later, that 4x speed on the second card will sllllooooow things down. Look for one with 8x/8x...


Ahh, right. How about this one:

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-128-...

It's more without actually being better that I can see, but I ask because if I switched to that and swap the memory to this:

Extreme Performance Sector 5 G Series 4GB DDR3-1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

...then everything is stock at Microcenter, plus a few rebates, and I can pick it up on the way home and not wait for shipping.

-Dave
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January 7, 2011 7:22:50 PM

Well... if you are going to MicroCenter check out their bundles. ...thought you were limited to NewEgg and Amazon. The M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 is a good board.
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

While you are there ask what deals they have running for 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 CL9 memory. They almost always have sales that are not on their web site.
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January 7, 2011 8:25:21 PM

sadams04 said:
Well... if you are going to MicroCenter check out their bundles. ...thought you were limited to NewEgg and Amazon. The M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 is a good board.
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

While you are there ask what deals they have running for 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 CL9 memory. They almost always have sales that are not on their web site.


Yeah, sorry about that - it only occurred to me that Microcenter might have most of this after I started looking at your links - normally I don't think much of them.

But that bundle definitely looks great. The 1600 memory would be ok with that mobo even though the memory spec is 2000(O.C.)/1333/1066?

-Dave
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January 8, 2011 3:50:40 PM

The $50 tax brick-and-mortar premium was just too much for me, so screw microcenter. Pulled the trigger at newegg:


Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer - $55 (the antec jumped price to $70)
MB: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $90
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - $90
GPU: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - $160 (will be CF'd with my current one)
HD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX80G 2.5" 80GB - $170
HD(storage): SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - $70
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $49.99
Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 - $30 (+$7.33 shipping)

Newegg Promotional Gift Card(The total amount of Gift Cards: $10.00)
DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #547587
-$15.00
Subtotal $769.92
Tax $0.00
UPS 3 Days $7.33
Order Total $777.25

Argh, forgot optical drive:
OD: Sony Optiarc 24X SATA - $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

New Total $797.24

Last time I did this, the CPU and the cooler both came with little packets of contact goop - is that still the case or do I need to pick some up?
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January 17, 2011 1:50:52 PM

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