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February 5, 2011 9:17:25 PM

Hello all,
Below is a list of parts that I've picked for a $1500 budget. The system will be used for all the basics, in addition I will be using it for certification emulators\simulators and gaming. I would appreciate a comments and suggestions before I hit the buy button.....Thanks in Advance!

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM $15.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor

ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply

Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard

Logitech M570 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Trackball

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $9.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $104.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE90G 2.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

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February 5, 2011 9:37:58 PM

what kind of games you play
February 5, 2011 9:43:25 PM

I haven't gamed on a PC for years, counterstrike was my game back in the day. I hope this system will play anything I come up with these days, a few years down the road, and of course play them smoothly and looking good.....
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February 5, 2011 9:46:59 PM

i got about the same system it plays all i want it to.
February 5, 2011 9:52:35 PM

Right on . what do you play? How long do you plan your system will support your needs?Do you have this ASUS MB and\or GPU? How OC friendly are they?Thanks!
February 5, 2011 9:55:57 PM

At $1500, I'd be doing a Intel build...in April, when Sandy bridge defect is corrected.

Total $1,499 (PSU and case sized for 2nd GFX card come XMas)

Case - $100 - Coolermaster HAF-922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - Later - Antec Blue 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $100 - XFX Black Edition750 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
CPU - incl. - Intel Core i5-2500K w/ above
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
TIM - $6 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
RAM - $110 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
GFX - $250 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1 TB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
SSD - $105 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 60GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $23 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
OS - $140 Win 7 Professional http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - $180 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 5, 2011 10:02:15 PM

I play Crysis, Battlefield Bad Company2, Call of Duty Blacks Ops, just cause2, mafia II.

I have ASrock Motherboard m3A770DE
and a Galaxy Geforce GTX 460

Not Sure how long it will Lasts. I hope 3 years or so
February 5, 2011 10:02:21 PM

No point getting the 965 over the 955, they are exactly the same chip, but the 965 has it's multiplier set one step up, which you could do yourself if you want and the price difference doesn't really justify the difference in frequency either.

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is a better buy than the WD 1TB FAEX, as it is cheaper, faster, quieter and cooler.

You don't really need a 730W PSU for that build, you wouldn't need that much even for a build with two GTX 460s. But then again, it's not really a 730W PSU, as it only has two 24amp 12V rails, which is 288W per rail. Also it's quality and efficiency is unknown because it hasn't been tested by a professional review site (or any that I can find). I would much prefer to go for something that has been tested.
Personally I'd go for one of these:
Antec Neo Eco 620C 80Plus Bronze $70 ($20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic S12II Bronze 520 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 5, 2011 10:03:22 PM

I got my cpu running at about 3.8 Ghz

my gpu running at 858/1716
February 5, 2011 10:12:34 PM

Silvune said:
No point getting the 965 over the 955, they are exactly the same chip, but the 965 has it's multiplier set one step up, which you could do yourself if you want and the price difference doesn't really justify the difference in frequency either.

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is a better buy than the WD 1TB FAEX, as it is cheaper, faster, quieter and cooler.

You don't really need a 730W PSU for that build, you wouldn't need that much even for a build with two GTX 460s. But then again, it's not really a 730W PSU, as it only has two 24amp 12V rails, which is 288W per rail. Also it's quality and efficiency is unknown because it hasn't been tested by a professional review site (or any that I can find). I would much prefer to go for something that has been tested.
Personally I'd go for one of these:
Antec Neo Eco 620C 80Plus Bronze $70 ($20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic S12II Bronze 520 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I was hesitant to sacrifice a battle tested PSU, for one with with a higher W rating....Where would Corsair fit with these suggestions?thanks
February 5, 2011 10:14:06 PM

brpeden82 said:
I got my cpu running at about 3.8 Ghz

my gpu running at 858/1716



Sounds good thanks for the feedback
February 5, 2011 10:22:05 PM

i have the seasonic 520w in my system
February 5, 2011 10:27:40 PM

I don't see any Corsair units of a similar price that are worth having.
February 5, 2011 10:39:30 PM

Silvune said:
I don't see any Corsair units of a similar price that are worth having.

The Antec seems to be a good buy for $45....Plus it should play well with the Antec300 case....thanks
February 5, 2011 10:45:42 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.98 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-X58-Extreme-CrossFireX-Mot... $142.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 / Intel X58/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $334.95 - $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $314.95
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V REV.W with ACK-I5361 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler I7 i5 775 1155 ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $67.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998946

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99 FREE SHIPPING
LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $269.99
GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N560SO-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $159.98 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 - $179.99 after mail-in rebate card
ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (ASCR)

Total: $1,393.86 *not including shipping, rebates, etc..
February 5, 2011 11:30:10 PM

Why_Me said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.98 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-X58-Extreme-CrossFireX-Mot... $142.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 / Intel X58/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $334.95 - $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $314.95
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V REV.W with ACK-I5361 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler I7 i5 775 1155 ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $67.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998946

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99 FREE SHIPPING
LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $269.99
GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N560SO-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $159.98 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 - $179.99 after mail-in rebate card
ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (ASCR)

Total: $1,393.86 *not including shipping, rebates, etc..


Is there any material difference between the two ASUS monitors, the one I chose for 159.00, and the one you listed for 179.00,besides price and .6 size difference?Thanks

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor
Model #:VH236H
Item #:N82E16824236059 $159 After rebates

ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor 179.00 after rebates

February 5, 2011 11:42:01 PM

Aztrocreep said:
Is there any material difference between the two ASUS monitors, the one I chose for 159.00, and the one you listed for 179.00,besides price and .6 size difference?Thanks

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor
Model #:VH236H
Item #:N82E16824236059 $159 After rebates

ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor 179.00 after rebates

The only difference is the LED backlighting. Brightens it up for a better picture.
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