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February 16, 2011 3:53:31 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP


Budget Range: 700-850 after rebates, etc.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: moderate gaming, HD movies


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (have Win7 64x)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: have been looking at newegg, tigerdirect, amazon


Country of Origin:USA


Parts Preferences: AMD CPU unless you can convince me otherwise


Overclocking: No / Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


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I have been doing some research over the past few weeks and have put together a list of what I think I want. Everything on the list is from Newegg for simplicity reasons. I think I should be good but I am very new to this and would like some more experienced opinions. Thanks.

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827106335 - $24.99

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153 – ($59.99 -$5.00 Instant) $54.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185 – ($69.99-$5.00 Instant) $64.99

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157198 – ($109.99-$20.00 Instant) $89.99

Rosewill RNX-G300EX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP ...
Item #: N82E16833166020 – ($19.99-$3.00 Instant) $16.99

OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ600SXS2 600W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817341039 – ($85.99 - $12.00 Instant) $73.99
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007 – ($9.99 - $3.00 Instant) $6.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231311 $84.99

Corsair Nova CSSD-V32GB2-BRKT 2.5" 32GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820233122 – ($89.99 - $11.00 Instant) $78.99

SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814102909
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808 – ($379.98 -$10.00 Instant - $20.00 Combo) $349.99
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


Subtotal: $846.89 Shipping: $15.10
Total Mail-In Rebate: $40.00

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February 16, 2011 4:05:04 PM

Hello synkid88;
Your research is showing. Good job.

I do have a question about that SSD. What research did you find that led you to that make/model?

Looking at that PSU. Are you planning for a 2nd GPU in CFX?

Without an aftermarket CPU cooler I think you don't need the AS 5. The pre-applied thermal compound on the stock AMD heatsink isn't terrible stuff.


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February 16, 2011 4:52:24 PM

I wasn't sure about the 4gb vs 8gb of DDR3 but I guess 4gb will be fine. I do like the Sandforce SSD 60gb and will update my list with that. I wasn't sure that the AS 5 was really needed but you have confirmed that it probably is not. Being my first build, I am not looking to get too complicated with multiple GPUs or things of that nature. In regards to the PSU, I was looking at the Antec NEO ECO 520W but the one I listed was the same price after rebate. I was looking at CPU fans (as posted above), but was not sure if this set up required one.
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February 16, 2011 5:08:23 PM

If you just want to nudge your CPU a bit higher (like 3.4Ghz ~3.5Ghz region) the stock AMD cooler is fine. Anything more and you'll probably want a stronger after market CPU cooler. AS5 thermal compound will improve performance a bit but isn't necessary if you're not going for the top end in overclocking.

Antec NEO ECO 520W is an excellent choice of PSU for any single GPU you're considering. The ECO part of the title means it comes without a mains cord. You might have one laying around you can recycle into the new build.

Is your monitor resolution going to stay on 1280x1024?

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February 16, 2011 5:11:31 PM

I'm new to this whole scene and am honestly not sure about monitor resolution. I am using a Vizio 26" LCD TV as a monitor with a DVI -> HDMI cable right now, and plan to use that for the new build.
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February 16, 2011 5:28:13 PM

Got the model of your Vizio 26" TV? It could be 720P or 1080i and it makes a difference in what is a suitable video card for pushing the number of pixels the monitor/TV has.
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February 16, 2011 9:08:51 PM

VIZIO VW26L HDTV10F
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February 17, 2011 1:23:48 AM

It looks like this should be the final revision of my list. I think these parts should work well.

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827106335 - $24.99

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153 – ($59.99 -$5.00 Instant) $54.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185 – ($69.99-$5.00 Instant) $64.99

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157198 – ($109.99-$20.00 Instant) $89.99

Rosewill RNX-G300EX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP ...
Item #: N82E16833166020 – ($19.99-$3.00 Instant) $16.99

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $89.99 after rebate

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $59.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - $49.99

SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814102909
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808 – ($379.98 -$10.00 Instant - $20.00 Combo) $349.99
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
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February 17, 2011 1:32:00 AM

I think you're right. And just a hair over $800 before rebates, tax/shipping.

Good job.
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February 17, 2011 3:05:29 AM

Thank you for all of your help
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February 17, 2011 3:05:42 AM

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February 17, 2011 8:29:21 AM

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