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Old 01-10-2010, 06:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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total newb, this is what I got so far, i'd like to keep it <1000USD, any recommendations would be highly appreciated. Not a huge gamer, but I'd like to run Flight Sim X at relatively decent frame rates. Don't plan on overclock.

VID CARD
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=P450-4893

PSU
Thermaltake Purepower W0121RU ATX 600-Watt Power Supply at TigerDirect.com

CASE
Ultra E-Torque ATX Mid-Tower Case - Clear Side, Front USB, FireWire and Audio Ports at TigerDirect.com

HARD DRIVE
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Hard Drive - 750GB, 7200RPM, 16MB, Serial ATA-300, OEM at TigerDirect.com

CPU/MOBO
ASUS P7H55-M Pro Motherboard & Intel Core i3 530 Processor Bundle at TigerDirect.com
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same mobo w/i5 650

CPU COOLER
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=C283-1202

RAM
OCZ Fatal1ty Dual Channel 4096MB PC10666 DDR3 1333MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB) at TigerDirect.com


Thanks,
John
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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my only negative is the video card. here is a more realistic price for that card.
VISIONTEK Radeon HD 2400 Pro 256MB pci-e vga / dvi-i / tv out video card (retail) from mwave.com
that card has been discontinued a couple of years ago. for the price you choose consider a 4850.
wait for others to give their suggestions
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Any reason you're buying from TigerDirect and not Newegg? I hear prices and service are generally better at Newegg.
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As I understand it, flight sim is particularly CPU heavy. It might be worth investing more in the CPU even if it means less in the GPU.
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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looks like i'm blowing my budget.......I basically just picked best reviewed stuff. Less hassle the better. Need a decent HD >500GB, <1TB...

CPU/COOLER:
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

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Newegg.com - ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

MEM
Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory

PSU
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

VID
Newegg.com - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

CASE
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

waiting for tax return, have the cake in about a month, so hopefully this list will still be good. I know this is the billionth 'build me a pc' thread, any and all help is greatly appreciated



>>>>Thanks Muffin for the build, I like. I've got XP pro, using ubuntu 9.10 right now (32bit) its ok. Is Win7 worth it?
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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edit: i just saw right now that you had already posted, didnt see before. if you can afford that build, that would be much better.

and yes, win7 is worth it.
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second choice looks alot better. do you need a cd drive? you have gone this far, might as well install win7.
you should signup for the email specials fron Newegg, Microcenter, Frys, and TigerDirect.
also check the free shipping section at Newegg.
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Decided to go with a real budget AMD build. For games, I only run FS9 (FS2004). I'm a pilot working towards instrument certification, so I use it for instrument navigation training. Don't need a rig that runs FSX. My current laptop (inspiron 710m) gets 25-30 FPS with eye candy off, so i'm just looking for something a little smoother.

Will all this play nice together? Maybe OC in the future, when I get a better cooler.

What do you think?

mem - Newegg.com - Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 &#40;PC3 8500&#41; Desktop Memory Model CT25664BA1067 - Desktop Memory
MB - Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
CPU - Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
VID - Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
HD - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb&#47;s 3.5&#34; Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
CASE/PS - Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

Thanks for the help

have cd drive, XP pro
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this mobo would also be good. its regular atx so you have more room to work with and have more available expansion slots.
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

for ddr3 ram, get atleast 1333 or 1600mhz ram and preferably in sets of two so that itll run in dual channel
Newegg.com - Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3K2/2GR - Desktop Memory

due to free shipping, this hdd is only like $2 more than the one you picked and you get twice the space
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

and i would get this 5750 instead
Newegg.com - XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
that "OCed" sapphire only has a 10mhz increase in its core and memory clocks, which you can easily do in your sleep but since this ones from xfx, it comes with a double lifetime warranty.

cpu and case/psu combo you picked are fine.
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