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Elite is a newer design, though both are worthwhile cases. The Gamma ($39 shipped) I've heard uses nearly the same frame as rhe Rosewill Challenger, which comes with three fans for $50.
The Elite offers better cable management but only one fan ($32 shipped thru 11/13).
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Elite is a newer design, though both are worthwhile cases. The Gamma ($39 shipped) I've heard uses nearly the same frame as rhe Rosewill Challenger, which comes with three fans for $50.
The Elite offers better cable management but only one fan ($32 shipped thru 11/13).

Thanks for that! Although the functionality of the gamma seems great, I have to consider that this rig is for a female and she would probably think the case looks repulsive.
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I would rather get a retail cpu with free heatsink because there will be absolutely no overclocking ever. Im also planning to use the integrated GPU if you guys think that's okay.
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Thanks for that! Although the functionality of the gamma seems great, I have to consider that this rig is for a female and she would probably think the case looks repulsive.
Here's another list. CPU is retail, hence comes with heatsink. I've reused the case and DVD drive you picked. And since you said its for a female, who I'm gonna assume do not game, I've picked a better CPU and dropped the GPU for an integrated one (motherboard has DVI and VGA port). Should you need a GPU later on, you can just pick up a value AMD 5xxx series or NVIDIA GT 4xx/GT 5xx series for $50 or so.

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I know the total comes to $403.94 but there is a $10 mail in rebate on the PSU and $15 discount on CPU using promo code EMCJJKB28 (expires on 14th Nov), which brings the total down to $378.94 + shipping. Again, as to the HDD, I have no idea what to pick, they're so expensive! What's the minimum size you're looking for?

You could bring down the $378.94 a bit more by picking 8GB 1333MHz, 4GB 1600MHz or 4GB 1333MHz RAM instead of the 8GB 1600MHz. You could also downgrade the PSU if you're definitely going down the integrated GPU path.


EDIT: This article shows the integrated GPU in Sandbridge (Intel HD 2000) isn't far behind the likes of HD5450/5570, i.e. its perfectly fine for general, day-to-day use. smile.gif
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Here's another list. CPU is retail, hence comes with heatsink. I've reused the case and DVD drive you picked. And since you said its for a female, who I'm gonna assume do not game, I've picked a better CPU and dropped the GPU for an integrated one (motherboard has DVI and VGA port). Should you need a GPU later on, you can just pick up a value AMD 5xxx series or NVIDIA GT 4xx/GT 5xx series for $50 or so.
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I know the total comes to $403.94 but there is a $10 mail in rebate on the PSU and $15 discount on CPU using promo code EMCJJKB28 (expires on 14th Nov), which brings the total down to $378.94 + shipping. Again, as to the HDD, I have no idea what to pick, they're so expensive! What's the minimum size you're looking for?
You could bring down the $378.94 a bit more by picking 8GB 1333MHz, 4GB 1600MHz or 4GB 1333MHz RAM instead of the 8GB 1600MHz. You could also downgrade the PSU if you're definitely going down the integrated GPU path.
EDIT: This article shows the integrated GPU in Sandbridge (Intel HD 2000) isn't far behind the likes of HD5450/5570, i.e. its perfectly fine for general, day-to-day use. smile.gif

Thanks for that! You now got me interested in the intel path. I wonder if the added cost is worth it thinking.gif
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Is this combo worth it over the AMD combo I speced out earlier?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.763270
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Is this combo worth it over the AMD combo I speced out earlier?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.763270
Yep. It's definitely better than that AMD combo. The only feature I can see is missing from this one is native USB3.0 on the motherboard.
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Ok guys so I decided on this! Please let me know what to change if anything before I order later today.

Total is $373 after discounts, tax and shipping.

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The 965 is overpriced.  There's no sense in paying extra money over lower-end CPUs such as the Phenom II x4 925/830 and 955 (which cost less) because the 965 is not really binned much better, if any better at all, for overclocking.

The AMD FX-4100 processor is also a great option.  It costs less price than the 965 and 955, and performs similarly to or better than both, when both the FX processors and the Phenom II processors are overclocked to their max levels.  But the FX-4100 also has an advantage of much lower power consumption clock-for-clock.


If you have any intention of overclocking, you should ensure that the VRMs (MOSFETs) are cooled with heatsinks (or getting a motherboard with proper VRM cooling).

 

I don't see anything else possibly could be improved here.  Remember to use the promo code that brings the NZXT Source 210 (which I have recommended a lot, by the way) to $32 shipped!  And promo code EMCJJJJ22 gives you free shipping on that DVD drive.

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The 965 is overpriced.  There's no sense in paying extra money over lower-end CPUs such as the Phenom II x4 925/830 and 955 (which cost less) because the 965 is not really binned much better, if any better at all, for overclocking.
The AMD FX-4100
processor is also a great option.  It costs less price than the 965 and 955, and performs similarly to or better than both, when both the FX processors and the Phenom II processors are overclocked to their max levels.  But the FX-4100 also has an advantage of much lower power consumption clock-for-clock.


If you have any intention of overclocking, you should ensure that the VRMs (MOSFETs) are cooled with heatsinks (or getting a motherboard with proper VRM cooling).

I don't see anything else possibly could be improved here.  Remember to use the promo code that brings the NZXT Source 210 (which I have recommended a lot, by the way) to $32 shipped!  And promo code EMCJJJJ22 gives you free shipping on that DVD drive.

Thanks for the reply! The only reason why I chose the 965 is because there is a promo code for $15 off.
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Thru 11/14 the Phenom II X4 965 has a - $15 discount code (EMCJJKB26) for $115 shipped, the Phenom II X4 955 is $124 shipped, I do not see that as cheaper.
At the moment on newegg other Phenom IIX4 are oem, no savings with heatsink purchase needed. Amazon has the 955 at $112 though.
The Athlon II X3 450 is $68 ($78-10 code EMCJJB27) which might put a video card in reach 5670/6670.
Edited by brasslad - 11/13/11 at 12:28pm
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