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March 21, 2011 2:41:34 PM

I am a gamer.... but always been lazy and simply purchased my desktops and laptops from Dell. This time I'd like to built my own desktop so I have some experience in it. I really didn't want to shoot over $600.00 for everything.

Total currently is $671.00 + $13.00 shipping, so a little more than I expected, but also consider the software is $139 by itself!

Can you guys please take a look and proof, offering suggestions and criticisms. I really can't go much higher than what's here. I'm using this desktop to Stream Video/Music/Gaming (Rift/Wow/other MMOS).

Thanks!

Here's the bundle I am looking at:

GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128445

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
Item #: N82E16819103808

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #: N82E16820231277

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148433
$314.00


Then I need to add on:


LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04
Item #:N82E16827106289
$17.99

Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817153114
$59.99

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811133094
$44.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Item #:N82E16832116758
$139.99

XFX Radeon HD 5670 HD-567X-ZNF3 Video Card
Item #:N82E16814150467
$94.99

Grand Total: $671.95

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March 21, 2011 2:49:49 PM

Is there any specific reason you need Win 7 Pro over the Home version? I'd look to save the $40 there and upgrade your GPU to something like a 6850.

The only other thing that looks a little suspect is the motherboard. I'd think about getting a better reviewed one (like this one, which is also cheaper.)
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March 21, 2011 2:56:42 PM

Well I really was told to get professional because it has a built in XP emulator and windows 95/98 emulator that will allow it to run older applications that home premium cannot run.
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March 21, 2011 3:10:00 PM

i probably go phenom ii 555 be as a dual core instead, this saves money(40$) also has possible potential to unlock
and get cm hyper 212+ aftermarket cooler for 30$ to overclock to 3.9-4.0ghz at around 35 degrees idle

as for psu + case, go search for combos for better deal
your psu is overkill for your videocard + processor which means you can go lower unless you get a better videocard or plan on getting a better one

gaming is mainly about video card and if you're tight on budget right now, should save up and you'll do fine with onboard video right now if you dont play much games and just watch videos only
im sure you can find 5670 for 70$ instead of 90+
*edit* your 5670 will hold you back on gaming

this seems a better route - this is the recommended build by usage
obviously sub in components you can find at better prices/deals
then you'll save some money too


Budget: $662.91 Updated CPU & MOBO

* CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
* MOBO: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
* RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
* HSF: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail
* HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
* PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
* GPU: XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
* DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
* Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
* Thermal Compound: Comes with heatsink.

This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1080 or less
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March 21, 2011 3:21:09 PM

Ya, I knew the Video Card was a little on the weak side... I am a pretty big gamer, actually that's what I do 99% of the time on the system currently.

Well will this PSU push this video card if I upgrade the Video Card to the 6850

Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817153114
$59.99

XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #:HD-685X-ZDFC
$189.99 ($20.00 mail in rebate) would reduce to $169.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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