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Old 06-08-2009, 06:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For a m8

cpu + mobo: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! $235 - $10 MIR = $225
Ram: Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $50 - $20 MIR = $30
GPU: Newegg.com - XFX GX285XZWFF GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $330
HDD: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives $80
PSU: Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Power Supplies $120 - $30 MIR = $90
Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $50 - $10 MIR = $40

Total: $865
MIR value: $70
Total after MIR: $795

My main question is, if he wanted to sli later, is that psu good enough to add a second card? I've kinda hit his budget though, so there's not much more I can do about it. Edit: nvm, he can't sli on that board lol. Maybe I should give him a weaker and less expensive psu. I guess I could swap out the gpu for a 4890 also since his monitor is only 1680x1050. He probably won't crossfire though, so idk.

Any other suggestions are welcome.
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Don't get an old phenom. Simple as that.

Get either one of these instead:

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Get this PSU to save a few bucks if you're getting a lower video card. He'd be fine with a 4870, but a 4890 will be decently cheaper than a 285.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh yeah, that wasn't a phenom II. Nice catch.

I'll go

cpu + mobo: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! $229 - $10 MIR = $219
Ram: Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $50 - $20 MIR = $30
GPU: Newegg.com - XFX GX285XZWFF GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $330
HDD: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives $80
PSU: Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Power Supplies $120 - $30 MIR = $90
Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $50 - $10 MIR = $40

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cpu + mobo: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! $280 - $10 = $270
Ram: Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $50 - $20 MIR = $30
GPU: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $230
HDD: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives $80
PSU: Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Power Supplies $120 - $30 MIR = $90
Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $50 - $10 MIR = $40

That psu is the same price as the other one after MIR.

Edit: Or with this psu: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies in combination with this HDD: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives I could be close enough to the budget that he might do it with phenom II 940. It's probably a better value just to go with a 4890 though.
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You can use the same PSU you have there, but I make it a rule to never count on MIRs, lol. :P It's up to you.

Everything else looks great. Though you don't need to get the Vapor-X card, you could get this HIS for a lot less.

Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H489F1GP Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Again, up to you. :P
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It's only 10 bucks less with the HIS. i'd say go with the saphire. Fairly nice OC and cooling.
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Yeah, I'll give him the choice.
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I would consider the gtx 260 myself since i prefer the nvidia drivers and if your friend want lower noise the 4870 can sometimes have a problem with temps where you need to turn the fan up. But this is any easy fix and most people dont care about a bit of noise.
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Well, I would be recommending the 4890 to him, not the 4870. Same problems?
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What's your price range for a graphics card?
Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1173-AR GeForce GTX 275 FTW Edition 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Thats a nice card. EVGA's a great brand too. And i think the FTW = For the Win..

If you're more of an ATI guy, go with this one:
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
It's cheaper and specs are slightly better.
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