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March 3, 2011 3:06:03 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: n/a

Budget Range: 700-900 before rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: video editing, gaming, surfing the web

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, & speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: frys.com, microcenter.com, or newegg.com

Country of Origin: U.S.A ?

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an AMD CPU, most preferably the Phenom II X6 but i would go for an x4 if need be, and a mid-tower case.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1200 - 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm not too keen on ordering things online. Call me old fashioned, but I've had bad experiences when it comes to online shopping. Though, if the price is cheaper, I wouldn't mind going to newegg or amazon.

Specs:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1075 T
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 890 GX ATX
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: Corsair Memory XMS 8GB DDR3-1333
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(PC3-10666)-_-20-145-279-_-Product

Video Card: ASUS ENGTX460
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7,200 rpm 1.5 TB SATA 3.0GB/S
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 700W ATX Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: I'm not sure yet, looking for around $30 worth though.
Case: Not sure yet, but I'm looking at the CM Scout

Thanks guys!

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March 3, 2011 8:50:14 PM

Oh, okay. Thank you so much for the link. I'll see what I can do. Uhm, by the way, would you recommend newegg? I've had bad experiences buying stuff off of amazon, and I wouldn't want to be in the same situation again. I was thinking of buying it at the local frys or microcenter, instead..

Anyways, I re-edited my initial post according to what I saw from the other thread.

Thanks for your help, btw!
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March 3, 2011 10:08:07 PM

What state are you in? Newegg is the top place to buy PC parts from and if you're not in CA or NJ, no sales tax either.

Do you need an OS?
What is the actual res of your monitor? You mention you have 1 already, but gave us 2 resolutions.

edit: Also, you can do SLI on an AMD chipset. Choices are either switch GPU to AMD or CPU to Intel, or forget sli and grab a single higher end GPU.

I assume that you want Nvidia for CUDA, so you;d probably wanna go with one of the latter 2 options.
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March 4, 2011 12:16:57 AM

banthracis said:
What state are you in? Newegg is the top place to buy PC parts from and if you're not in CA or NJ, no sales tax either.

Do you need an OS?
What is the actual res of your monitor? You mention you have 1 already, but gave us 2 resolutions.

edit: Also, you can do SLI on an AMD chipset. Choices are either switch GPU to AMD or CPU to Intel, or forget sli and grab a single higher end GPU.

I assume that you want Nvidia for CUDA, so you;d probably wanna go with one of the latter 2 options.


I'm in TX. Would that mean I wouldn't get sales tax?

Yeah, I found this: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Plus, I've got an extra back-up cd for a W7 home premium 32-bit.

Actually, I just realized that my dad gave away both those monitors. I'm stuck with a 1600x900 max resolution.. :( 

Well, compared to that GPU, would you recommend the AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE?

What do you suggest for the graphics card? I'm not too sure about how CUDA works, actually. I was looking at either this specific one or the 5770..
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March 4, 2011 1:21:54 AM

We'll I'd honestly wait a month or so and see if bulldozer is out by then. Both Intel and AMD main sockets are due to be replaced. Technically, Intel's was replaced, but thanks to recall, not really.

CUDA is a programming shell that allows GPU to handle normally processor tasks. In calculations that can be threaded, this allows utilization of a GPU's hundreds of cores to dramatically increase speeds. In case of rendering and encoding/transcoding this can provide anywhere from a 10x to 100x boost in speed.

Not much use to a normal gamer or everyday user, but to those in the graphic design or videoediting, engineering or sciences, very very useful. What software do you use for video editing?

If you need the PC now, here's 1 possible build, includes OS.

OPtical
$19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

HD
Spinpoint F3 1tb $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSu
XFX 650 $95 w/ $30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G SKill 8gb ddr3 1333 cas 9 $75 w/ promo code

Mobo/GPU
GA 870 UD3 and GTX 460 1gb $270 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OS/CPU
Win 7 premium 64 bit and x6 1055t $255
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total including shipping: $826
After Rebates $776


No tax in TX for newegg.

If you're ok with spending a little more, I say go with 2 kits of this ddr3 1600 cas 7. Not too big a diff though. $120 total.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 4, 2011 6:45:53 AM

Hey guys, I just talked to my parents about buying the parts from newegg, and they told me to look for the items in microcenter, because we can always return it to the store, rather than sending it back and forth - if ever we needed to get an RMA for anything. So, i guess, i won't be able to use newegg until I need to upgrade anything..

Yeah, I'm in desperate need of a powerful computer. The current netbook I have was a gift from the gf, and it runs on an atom cpu, along with xp. I'm grateful for it, but I can't use sony vegas and adobe premier pro cs5.

Also, what do you guys think of this build? Strictly microcenter, since the voice of reason doesn't echo in our household that well..

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March 4, 2011 12:32:19 PM

Grab a mobo from the microcenter deal batuchka linked above for mobo/cpu.

I'd go with a 8XX series chipset mobo since you won't be able to run the others w/o a BIOS update, and you'd need another cpu installed to do that.

The MSI 870 is fine, asus 880g also. I'd avoid the matx gigabyte though. matx(basically everything smushed into a smaller space) is a pain to work with, especially for a first build.

I'd also change the PSU. Look for an antec or Corsair PSU 550-650 watts that's 80+ certified. Preferably 80+ bronze or higher.

Rest is fine.
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