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Old 11-30-2010, 09:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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All items below are my final decisions as of right now... some subject to change upon advisement.

(Already Bought) Monitor: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...aCjCVqHCjCdwwp

(Already Bought) Mouse: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Logitech...19&st=logitech m1518&cp=4&lp=5

Keyboard: Looking for a black keyboard with no arm-rest (space bar on edge or close), blue led back-lit and cannot see light behind keys (only through keys)
Keyboard Possiblity 1: http://store.razerzone.com/store/raz...oryId.35156900
(Just a tad too expensive... around twice what I was expecting to pay... anyone find a cheaper keyboard? LOL)

(Already Bought) Case: Apevia Black/Black X-Plorer ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Fan Controller, Front USB and Firewire Port at TigerDirect.com

(Already Bought) Power Supply: Apevia ATX-WA1100W Warlock 1100-Watt ATX Power Supply - SLI and Crossfire Ready, 135mm Fan, Clear Sides at TigerDirect.com

DVD Drives (Getting 2): Lite-On IHAS22406 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, SATA, Lightscribe (OEM) at TigerDirect.com

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...kim2305X575088

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231278

Fan Controller: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...6021&CatId=501

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131634

Central Processing Unit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-215-_-Product
Central Processing Unit 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-19-115-213-_-
(getting 2nd one if I can afford it when the time comes, otherwise getting 1st one)

Video Card: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...755&CatId=3669
Or my current video card: PNY Verto Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT 1024 MB DDR2 X16 PCI Express
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Compatabilities:

Computer Case = Mid-Tower (may change... like the case and don't want to change, but if a 2 GB graphics card wont fit i'll have to.)
DVD = Sata
HD = Sata
RAM = DDR3 (may change, but prefer not to)
CPU = Quad Core // Socket 775 or AM3 (may change, depending on motherboard)

Power Supply =

1 - 20+4 pin
1 - 8-pin
0 - P4 MB
6 - SATA
8 - Peripheral
2 - FDD
4 - PCI-E

(power supply is final choice and will not change)

I'm looking for a motherboard that will handle these requirements and a cpu that will fit it.

Looking for a tower case that WILL be able to have a 2 GB video card in it.
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My two cents... I would buy a PSU from a more reputable brand like corsair. The PSU is one of the most important components of a build, if the PSU fails it can "burn" all the components.
I wouldn't invest on a 775 socket build, it's old so you will be limited on future upgrades, for that price I would get a i5 760.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i agree with farinha, there's really no reason to consider a new lga775 build at this point. an i5 750/760 will outperform either of the cpus you have listed.
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
and you'd need an appropriate board for it
Newegg.com - ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb&#47;s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

you should also change that ram. get a 2x2gb set instead of just one 4gig stick.
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 &#40;PC3 12800&#41; Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM
this way your ram will run in dual channel, and this set is also rated to run at higher speeds with tighter latency and is $35 cheaper.

i have to agree with changing that hdd too. this one would be good.
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb&#47;s 3.5&#34; Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

and you need to change that psu. you definitely don't need 1100w and from a crappy brand too, i doubt it could supply that much power anyway. antec, seasonic, corsair, ocz, pc power & cooling, silverstone, xfx are some good brands.

lastly, what gfx card are you planning to get? you keep mentioning a "2gb" card. the amount of vram that a card has doesn't determine the size of the card. and unless you're on a huge 30'' monitor (2500x1700 or whatever that resolution is) you're not going to notice the little difference the extra memory is going to make. you're going to notice the difference in your wallet though .
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What's your total budget so we can try to make you a build?
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Don't really know my budget... just don't want to go overboard... around 700 to 800 is plenty for me haha.
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nice input Muffin Man... I added the processor, motherboard, and ram u suggested to the list. That power supply is getting bought in like 2 minutes here... and it's a final item... i luv the look of it and 1100 watts is a nice wattage amount to have.

I also added my video card I'm looking at... if anyone notices any incompatabilities with anything... please let me know

zero p4 mb connectors on the power supply wouldn't be an issue with motherboard would it?
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if it says it has no dedicated p4 connection, it's usually part of the 8 pin. where the 8 pin comes split already (4+4 pin) so you can use the same cable in either 4 or 8 pin connections.

and if you look up that psu on the manufacturer's page, you'll see that that is indeed the case, it has a 4+4 pin so it'll work.
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if you're just using 1 monitor, you don't need the eyefinity edition card.

i'm still gonna suggest you change the card.
XFX HD587XZNFC Radeon HD 5870 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI at TigerDirect.com
will save you $140.

in the end it's up to you to buy whatever you want.
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if you're just using 1 monitor, you don't need the eyefinity edition card.

i'm still gonna suggest you change the card.
XFX HD587XZNFC Radeon HD 5870 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI at TigerDirect.com
will save you $140.

in the end it's up to you to buy whatever you want.
My current graphics card is:

PNY Verto Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT 1024 MB DDR2 X16 PCI Express

I play Starcraft II on ultra settings and would like to be updated in video graphics for any future games I get in the years to come.

It's either stick with the card I currently have or get a 2 GB card. Any suggestions on that?
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it looks like you've made up your mind then.

i see you've edited your first post with another cpu choice. if you decide to get the i7 then you're gonna need a different motherboard as it uses the lga1366 socket. the i5 uses the lga1156 socket.
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