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Old 12-16-2009, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been out of the loop for awhile, but my friend is looking for a new computer, so I agreed to build it. I just need some help on the parts. The list I got is just a quick pick 'n grab, so please suggest any improvements. He needs everything except an OS (I have a copy of Windows 7 I was saving for my upgrade, but that's not anytime soon. . .) - monitor, speakers, M/K. Thanks in advance.

All prices before rebates:

Case: Cooler Master 690 - $70
Mobo: Gigabyte EX58-UD3R - $189
GPU: Sapphire 5850 - $310
PSU: Corsair 750TX - $110
CPU: Intel i7 920 - $289
RAM: OCZ Gold 6 GB (2GB x 3 set) 1600 - $150
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500gb - $50
M/L: Some standard Logitech keyboard, MX518 mouse - $55
Optical: Sony DVD Burner - $27
Monitor: Acer 21.5" H213H (5ms Response) - $160
Speakers: Logitech 5.1 X-540 - $89

Total: $1,498ish

Not gonna do any overclocking for a bit, so don't worry about an aftermarket cooler.
Ideal improvements if possible:
More HDD space
Fit in a PCI wireless adapter BEFORE rebates. As of now it can probably fit in after rebates and whatever holiday/newsletter specials come along.
Better monitor brand?
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you live near a Microcenter they might have a i7 920 in stock that you can pick up for 200.

This one is also pretty good
Newegg.com - Hanns∑G HH-221HPB Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(1000:1) Built in Speakers - LCD Monitors
http: //www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059 really good deal
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You don't have a Video Card listed.
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I would take one of these monitors over that Acer:

Newegg.com - Hanns∑G HH-221HPB Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(1000:1) Built in Speakers - LCD Monitors - Hanns G, good brand

Newegg.com - BenQ G2220HD Glossy Black 21.5" 5ms, 2 ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 10000:1(1000:1) - LCD Monitors - BenQ, also good but lesser known. Have some of the best budget monitors around.

Newegg.com - Hanns∑G HH-231HPB Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 15000:1 (1000:1) Built in Speakers - LCD Monitors - Bigger Hanns G, deal ends on 21st though.
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You don't have a Video Card listed.

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GPU: Sapphire 5850 - $310


If you buy the 920 it means that you want to overclock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You can still overclock with your stock HSF and keep voltages at stock. I'm SURE you'll come around :-P
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've been out of the loop for awhile, but my friend is looking for a new computer, so I agreed to build it. I just need some help on the parts. The list I got is just a quick pick 'n grab, so please suggest any improvements. He needs everything except an OS (I have a copy of Windows 7 I was saving for my upgrade, but that's not anytime soon. . .) - monitor, speakers, M/K. Thanks in advance.

All prices before rebates:

Case: Cooler Master 690 - $70
Mobo: Gigabyte EX58-UD3R - $189
GPU: Sapphire 5850 - $310
PSU: Corsair 750TX - $110
CPU: Intel i7 920 - $289
RAM: OCZ Gold 6 GB (2GB x 3 set) 1600 - $150
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500gb - $50
M/L: Some standard Logitech keyboard, MX518 mouse - $55
Optical: Sony DVD Burner - $27
Monitor: Acer 21.5" H213H (5ms Response) - $160
Speakers: Logitech 5.1 X-540 - $89

Total: $1,498ish

Not gonna do any overclocking for a bit, so don't worry about an aftermarket cooler.
Ideal improvements if possible:
More HDD space
Fit in a PCI wireless adapter BEFORE rebates. As of now it can probably fit in after rebates and whatever holiday/newsletter specials come along.
Better monitor brand?
Do not discount aftermarket coolers. For around $25.00 to $50.00 you will see your CPU temp dramatically drop thus increasining lifespan of the CPU. This is at normal operating internet, music and light gaming use. If your friend is a heavy gamer, it is a must have addition. My personal experience is that going from a stock Intel CPU cooler to a Coolermaster V8, My CPU temps dropped almost 20C during heavy COD MW 2 use. I would hope your friend already has a mouse and keyboard, thus offsetting the cost. Maybe some other members here can recommend cheaper ones but this cooler looks so cool(no pun intended) mounted in the case.

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

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