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ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Mobo
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX - 165 - CPU
MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - GPU
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - Memory
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - HDD
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - Drive
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - PSU
SIIG IC-710012-S2 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface SoundWave - Sound Card
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan - Case

I am trying to build a good gaming PC for my wife. Its been awhile since I have built a PC so I figured I would ask here. I put these together. I would have liked to stay around 650, but I am guessing I would probably have to cut back on the memory and perhaps something else. As far as CPU cooler I wasn't too sure about that. I know I will probably need one. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you for your time.
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post #2 of 12
If its for gaming, 4 gigs of memory should be plenty, also don't forget to pick a nice case for her. Rosewill cases aren't that popular here, most people will advice you to get a case from Antec, Cooler Master or Lian Li because of the better air flow. Also do you need a sound card? What speakers will you be using and will on-board be sufficient?
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post #3 of 12
Some Rosewill cases aren't bad, but I really recommend finding a case that has space to hide the cables behind the motherboard tray.

For gaming, 4 gbs of RAM will be fine.

Don't bother getting the Phenom II 965. Go with the 955 and just overclock that sucker. A Cooler Master Hyper 212+ should be enough to overclock a 955 with decent temps.

Edit: Oh that Rosewill case DOES have space behind the mobo. It's pretty nice lookin' too.
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post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
starwa1ker - Thanks for replying. I didn't think about the on-board sound. I use mostly headset so I suppose I can take that out. As far as the case goes, I really do like Lian-Li because I have one right now. I am just trying to lower the cost a bit so I picked the Rosewill case.

hyujmn - Thanks for replying. I will go with 4 gb ram than. As far as overclocking goes, I have never tried it. I did try it long time ago and the results weren't that good, haha.

Any other suggestions will be helpful. Thank you in advance.
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Seagate Barracuda 7200 250gb LG Dvd drive Windows Vista 64 Ultimate Logitech 
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post #5 of 12
Go with a the 955 cpu, 4gb of ram and no sound card as stated. I have used the challenger in a build and its fine but for just little bit more, you can get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 It doesn't have a side window but the build quality is very high. Other options are this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119077 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133099 The Thermaltake is on sale so thats good. Everything else should be good and run games nicely. Whatever you think your wife will like the most.
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how about this setup :
CPU + mobo 248.99$ (-15$ MIR)
PSU 89.99$ (-30$ MIR)
Video Card 129.99$ (-30$ MIR)
Memory 49.99$ (-10$ MIR)
Case 39.99$ (-15$ MIR)
HDD 49.99$
DVD\RW 16.99$

total 525$ after mail in rebates , allows you to buy another 5770 for crossfire or u can spend more money and get a good case cuz case and psu stay with you the longest , here couple good cases :
Case1 99.99$
Case2 99.99$
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Thats good but get this psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026 It is a better quality and on sale. Or this one if you want a 650watt: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015
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post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input RabbitGT and flaviz. I like the 2nd PSU you suggested flaviz, but it is out of stock frown.gif

how about these combo deals? http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.581453
Or this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.581368

As far as the case goes I was looking at this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-129-021&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

Thanks for the replies smile.gif
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Originally Posted by sicdeath;12112592 
Thanks for the input RabbitGT and flaviz. I like the 2nd PSU you suggested flaviz, but it is out of stock frown.gif

how about these combo deals? http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.581453
Or this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.581368

As far as the case goes I was looking at this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-129-021&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

Thanks for the replies smile.gif

The psu that rabbit suggested is a very good quality seasonic unit and as a bonus is modular. Dont worry about the fan color, as long as you get a case with a bottom mounted psu (fan faces down).

The antec 900 is a good case, but has horrible cable management. Here is a good one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112238 or with a black interior and a few more fans included: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239

The gigabyte mobos are very good, but so are the asus. Whichever way you go, make sure it has 8+1 or 8+2 power phase.

The ram that Rabbit suggested is the best bang for the buck going - reported can run 7-7-7 1600 or 9-9-9-2000. Great overclocking ram.

The 5770 is a good choice. You can save some $$ with this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338 $99 shipped after $30 mir.
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Lian Li A05FNB (flipped to A05NB) Razer Deathadder Black edt. OCZ behemoth Audio Technica ATH-AD500 
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post #10 of 12
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I am not worried about the color. Its modular so its good. I will probably get the 2nd case that you suggested. I have never OC'ed ram so perhaps its not good to go with those?? As far as the power phase goes, I don't quite understand that. Which combo would you pick??

About the GPU, is there a difference between the one you suggested and the one I picked besides the price difference??

Appreciate all the help. Thank You.
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Seagate Barracuda 7200 250gb LG Dvd drive Windows Vista 64 Ultimate Logitech 
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