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

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_product
Possibly GPU (XFX Radeon 5770 1GB) if adding another to CF?
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030L1BPO/ref=oss_product
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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  2. No sweat on the OS, I have a friend with an .edu so I can get the student discount on Pro.

    sadams04 said:


    This one's a little more up-front but has a rebate, and has 3 yr vs 1 yr warranty - any red flags?

    MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130275&cm_re=MSI-870a-g54-_-13-130-275-_-Product

    -Dave
  3. 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...
  4. 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=13-128-435&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

    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=N82E16820220435&Tpk=PGV34G1333ELK

    ...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
  5. 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/AMDbundlePROMO.html

    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.
  6. 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/AMDbundlePROMO.html

    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
  7. mosox said:


    Is there a clear difference between the Vertex 2 and Agility 2? From what I could see the specs were almost identical.

    -Dave
  8. 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=N82E16827118040

    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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