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Gaming Build v2

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January 10, 2011 10:40:47 PM

Some changes that took the price down a bit.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this month
Budget Range: Under 1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming while recording with Fraps, Watching/rendering HD videos, surfing
Parts Not Required: Mouse and Keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None, but I had success with Nvidia GPUs
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX - $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2nd HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD Drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=27-135-...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Asus VE205T Black 20" 5ms 1600 x 900 WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 50000 :1 (ASCR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1058 without rebates, $1013 with rebates :sol: 

Is everything compatible? This might be my final list before I buy it. Unless I can find some combo deals.

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Is 750W too much or too little? If it's too much, I can go to 700W or less and save another $20 ($40 with rebates).

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January 10, 2011 10:50:54 PM

Swap the GX 750 for the Corsair 750TX, its $10 more, but the GX 750 failed reviews at both Jonnyguru and HardwareSecrets
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-GX...

Your motherboard wont allow for two nVidia cards in SLI so a 6850 would probably be a better choice, it will perform similarly and give you an upgrade option in the future
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can pick up a single 1TB Samsung F3 for less than those two WD Caviar blues combined, or you can pay $5 more per drive and pick up the 500GB F3s which will be quite a bit faster than the caviar blues as they arent meant to be high performance drives like the caviar blacks, which the F3 is faster than.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 10, 2011 11:08:07 PM

Oh cool, thanks.

Swapped the 2 HDDs and the PSU, was unaware of the GX failing reviews.

Also I have 2 HDDs because I'll record clips straight to the 2nd one.
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