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ok so after reading all of the input, it seems like is looking like my next draft lol.

case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112239

mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131631R

cpu - i meant to link the 955 whoops

cooler - http://www.directron.com/rrb10212pgp.html

power - actually still not sure

hdd - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-185-_-Product

video - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-515-_-Product

memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231303

how much worrying should i do about open box?
Edited by yilgrim - 4/13/11 at 5:54am
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It seems like you are going for a basic, servicible budget gaming rig. If so, I'd like to offer the following ideas for you to contemplate:

Motherboard - ASRock is a solid brand, and this motherboard is fairly feature packed. It has an AM3+ socket for upgrades down the road, and doesn't break the bank.

Processor - The 955 saves you a bit of cash, and is still a fantastic chip. It's a real bargain at $139. As others have said, it's a beastly overclocker, and can easily give you 10%-20% greater performance with minimal work.

CPU Cooler - This Xigamatek has a few nice things going for it...low price, good quality, and a PWM fan (which lets the motherboard control the speed at which it runs).

Memory - A basic set of G.Skill that is certified to work with the above motherboard.

Hard Drive - While this isn't the biggest or baddest hard drive on the block, the Western Digital 640GB Caviar Black is an excellent choice. Because it uses two very dense 320GB platters on the inside, it's extremely fast. It compares favorably to the Raptor hard drives, which spin nearly 33% faster.

Video Card - I'm going to stick with the Radeon 6850 you selected here. It's a solid card, and given the setup you have, you shouldn't need anything bigger then this for awhile.

Case - The CoolerMaster HAF 912 is a basic case with room to grow. You can easily add to it as your time, finances, and needs change. It's also a real steal at $59.

Power Supply - This is one area where I avoid skimping, as PSUs are extremely important. You need to make sure your power supply is solid, because your shinny new build won't do anything without good power. This Corsair AX750 is modular (makes setting up easier), quiet, and extremely efficient (which saves money on the electric bill).

All of the above comes to about $800, which is higher then some of the machines listed here, but gives you flexibility and room to add and change when you want to. I hope you find this information helpful.
    
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Looking good to me
Get the HDD here and you can save yourself another $5
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should i worry about open box? how extensive are the risks?
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post #35 of 50
I have the 640 gig wd AAKS and they're great drives (as fast or faster than the blacks)

BUT I can't recommend them when you can get newer, faster, larger drives


The 7k Hitachi 1 TB is the same price and much faster
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145304



Though the F3 for the same price is the HD i'd choose
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should i worry about open box? how extensive are the risks?
This board looks like its going to support the AMD Bulldozer chip too witha bios update, I have the non usb3 version, great board. Cant see why open box should be a problem its garaunteed isn't it?
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post #37 of 50
Only thing about open box is you may or may not get the peripherals (sata cables, i/o shield, etc...)

But some report getting everything with open box buys, some claim to just get the item with no extras
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yeah i wasn't sure if it could be missing crucial components or not.
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Only crucial if you don't have some lieing around, but there are easy ways to get sata cables. I have 100's I would send you a few for shipping cost.

Most who buy open box get everything though
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Power Supply - This is one area where I avoid skimping, as PSUs are extremely important. You need to make sure your power supply is solid, because your shinny new build won't do anything without good power. This Corsair AX750 is modular (makes setting up easier), quiet, and extremely efficient (which saves money on the electric bill).

Its one thing to avoid skimping and quite another to needlessly waste money on a psu that he does not need. A 750w psu is probably double what he actually needs. Quality 500-600w psu will be more than enough. I'd say antec truepower series. Saves almost $100 is rock solid high quality product and is ample for the ops needs.

Cant argue with the rest of the advice above. will be a nice little rig for your first good luck with the build
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