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March 27, 2011 7:04:04 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Some time between tomorrow and Thursday

Budget Range:
500-850 (I'm from TN so I have to pay a 9.75% tax on everything)


System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming (Hoping to run all modern games decently even if on lower graphic settings), Watching videos, Web surfing

Parts Not Required: Mouse and keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences:
No specific preference as long as parts are of a good quality


Overclocking:
Prefer not to at this point

SLI or Crossfire:
Prefer not to


Monitor Resolution:
1440 x 900 ( May go bigger later on, but current screen fits the budget well)


Additional Comments:
I modified the 500$ system builder marathon rig to get this one. Just wanting to confirm that everything is compatible, and see if there is any way to cut back a bit money wise without sacrificing any major performance. (Guessing I could save some money with the case, but I'm not familiar with the brands and many of the reviews seemed vague)

Monitor: Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor $100 (Free Shipping) (Has built in speakers will work for now)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DvD Drive
: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98B $23 (Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:
ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard $60 (plus $5 Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cpu:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX $330(In combo with video card) (plus $8 Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Video card:SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity Price included with cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Hd:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $80(In combo with Psu and a discount code for $7.50) (Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram:
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS $40 (Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Psu:
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 (CMPSU-500CX) 500W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply Price included with Hd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Os: Windows 7 Home Premium $100 (Free Shipping)

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60 (Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Subtotal:
799.90 (Just had to post this since it was so crazy close to the 800 mark I was aiming for at first)
Total: 877.31 (With taxes and shipping figured in)

I'm open to all criticism on this build Thanks in advance.

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March 27, 2011 7:25:15 AM

Looks like a great build. That video cards will be overkill for most current PC games. Crysis 2 isn't more demanding than crysis 1. One recommendation I could give would is for a larger PSU. I would say a 600w just in case of OC and capacitor aging. Also if you have other PCs with DVD drives and game using steam or Dl services then it would be a good idea to get rid of the DVD drive altogether. It saves energy and space. Plus if you ever need to get information off a disk just use the other PC and transfer the information to a flash drive.
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March 27, 2011 4:58:44 PM

Thanks I'll look into improving the PSU a bit. As for the graphics card I'm not sure if cutting back on it would be good. (I'm planning on playing portal 2, mass effect 3, elder scrolls skyrim, and a few other games that haven't even been released yet)

The dvd drive is just for installing windows pretty much. I probably won't keep it plugged in after that. (except maybe rarely plugging it back in if I have to install from a disk or decide to format the hd)
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March 27, 2011 5:37:32 PM

Thats a great line up of games. Sounds like a fun year. You should try to make a USB windows install drive. It installs much faster then off disk and it's more convenient.
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March 27, 2011 5:58:46 PM

Best answer selected by conquestaxe.
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