Mar 27, 2009
Here is what I have so far.


HP 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model 1170i - Retail


Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

124.99 after rebate

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail


XFX GS250XYDFC GeForce GTS 250 512MB Core Edition 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

44.00 (after rebate)

BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail

167.99 Combo (after rebate)

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail

CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1600C9DHX - Retail

Total: $609.94 (after rebates)

I still need a case and cooling. I have no idea if I need anything else. I would like to pay no more than $550 - $600 total for the whole system. So I need to make some cuts or get better deals. If anyone has any suggestions please comment. I would like to also buy a monitor for another $150-$200. I would like a 20in + if possible, but 19in is fine.
So getting to the point. I need some suggestions about how to cut the price and if this set up would work. Any suggestions of a better set up would also be appreciated. Please suggest a case and cooling unit. I don't need the Raptor Hard Drive so I could use some suggestions on a cheaper HD. I just need to cut costs so all suggestions are helpful.

Thank you.

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Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $134.99
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail / Free Call of Duty: World at War w/ purchase, limited offer $24.99 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 <---quality cases


Mar 7, 2009

I don't think it's necessary as sound on motherboards are equal most of the times now days.

It's not like 2004 where sound was bad on your motherboard. I used to buy sound cards and for my new build decided to stick with the motherboards on board and it sounds great.

If you don't like the sound on your motherboard you can always buy a sound card. Give it a listen and see how it is :)

$601.95 including shipping and less rebates, suggested resolution for gaming:
1650 x 1050 on a 22" $99.99 Price After Rebate(s): $79.99 Shipping: FREE
Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply