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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week or next.

BUDGET RANGE: My budget is about $1200 but I am willing to spend whatever to get the best price for performance, with an edge towards performance.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, media, web use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: PSU, input devices, speakers.


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com


PARTS PREFERENCES: Just a preference of quality


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe


MONITOR RESOLUTION: Whatever, haven't considered it yet.

I want a build that will last a while and be able to be upgraded (or is that a bad idea?). I know it is low but I have not decided on a monitor yet, if anyone could recommend one that would be great. I saw dell has a lot of great deals and if I wait out slickdeals.net long enough I can find one. Right now this is what I am looking at.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $54.95
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 $74.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387 $109.99
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail [/b]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161276 $199.99 after $25.00 Mail-In
Rebate

IS Hightech H489F1GP Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231207 $46.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471 $189.99
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009 Already own
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail

The total is about $700 which is low but from what I can tell is going to perform on games almost as well as system that do cost more, is it worth the money to spend maybe $300 more or so on the CPU/mb and video card?



Also getting 2 120mm fans and some arctic silver five. I am debating on if I should go with an intel cpu instead, possibly even the i7 which seems like it would be a better socket that will last longer although I doubt I will need that kind of processing power for games so the money seems wasted. Also the graphics card is a little expensive but I can afford it, it there any real performance increase over a 4870 or a 260? Both of which are cheaper.

I am purchasing all these parts from and to the US, do not intend on overclocking but it is something I am interested in and might consider it if it is really worth it. I have a baraccuda AC-1 sound card, should I continue to use that, go with onboard or get a new card?
 

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It might be overkill, but if you want to spend more of your budget, I'd put it there or into a 4850X2. A Core i7 would be even more expensive and more overkill.
 

Fizban140

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I am trying to find some charts with that CPU on it but am not having any luck. Also that CPU looks to be about the same price as an i7.
 


With an i7 build you can go with either Crossfire or SLI. This build is set up for dual vid cards so that you have the choice to add another one later on down the road if you so choose. This case has plenty of room for two large cards unlike that Antec 300.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137 $74.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10005611 $99.99 | $69.99 after MIR Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling S75QB Silencer 750W Quad Power Supply (Black) Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U3R $179.99 | $164.99 after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $264.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $41.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161276 $224.99 ($199.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
HIS Hightech H489F1GP Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.193835 Combo Discount: -$5.00 Combo Price: $164.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $23.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $1,080.90 | $1,000.90 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <---Save yourself some money on an o/s and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-motherboard,7463.html <--- Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009145 $149.99 Free Shipping*
Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 - Retail
 

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The Core i7 is a benchmark killer, and absolutely destroys high-cpu applications like media encoding. The Phenom II 955 is cheaper, runs on a cheaper platform, and performs as well as it matters in games. Both OC like you would not believe. I would recommend against Core i7 unless you are a benchmark whore or do lots of media convesion and shaving seconds off counts for you.
 
That is an interesting article . The 955 does well . Those results are a bit embarrassing for the intel marketing team trying to sell ci7 to gamers

Beware the hard drive results though . The AMD systems use 3 platter 750 gb drives that will be slower than the 3 platter 1 terabyte drives in the intel systems .
The burst speeds are not a fair comparison.
This shouldnt affect gaming performance and or most applications greatly though .
 

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the e8500 is fine for current games excluding GTAIV, FSX and a few others but in about 6 months time most games will be coded to use 4 threads so a Quad core would be the better option.