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Old 07-18-2009, 09:00 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Phenom II 940 + a good 780G board: $215
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

4GB DDR2-1066: $51
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Desktop Memory

512MB 4870: $134
Newegg.com - XFX HD-487A-YHFC Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

400W Corsair PSU (+12V @ 30A): $40
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

1TB Seagate 7200.12 drive: $90
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Total cost: $530
And this system would be pretty fast. You don't need to spend $1000.
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Taking other possibilities into consideration, I keep coming back to the i7 build...just feel more comfortable with it.

I'll be ordering it today if all looks good: Newegg.com Shopping Cart (I'll get the Core i7 920 separately).

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Case: Newegg.com - RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case - Computer Cases
HDD: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - Internal Hard Drives (I have a $10. off code)
HDD Backups: Newegg.com - Seagate BlackArmor WS 110 ST310005BWA1E2-RK 1TB 7200 RPM USB 2.0 / eSATA External Storage & Backup System - External Hard Drives
Cooler: Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - CPU Fans & Heatsinks (and Bracket)
GPU/Mem: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Mobo/PSU: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

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In terms of price/performance, I'd say a Phenom II is significantly better
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