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fellcrow

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Case
*EDIT*
http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.349082
someone suggested this case. Looks good. I like it. 550w power supply with it. Only hesitation is if the 550 watt power supply is big enough.
PSU
W/ case

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...1-631-_-Product
I heard that AMD is better for gaming then Intel. Just gaming though. Intel may be faster but AMD has the better bang for your buck in the gaming area. So that motherboard would probably be better I'm assuming.

CPU
The phenom maybe. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103727
Looks like it is reasonably priced. What you guys think. I like the power but I don't wanna go overboard.

RAM
6 Gigs. Thanks for the clarification on the MOBO. I'll keep in mind while I purchase this. Is it more efficient or cost effective to buy it in like 2g strips or exactly what is the best way to go about it you think?

Hard Drive
Whats this Solid state drive and HDD (im assuming high definition drive) strip you speak of.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136073
Optical Drive
Don't tend to burn disks or anything. Just need something to read my games.
How's this look?
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827106289
Video Card
Saphire HD Radeon 4870 1GB.
I hear ya, but I'm cheap. haha. When I see the final price of my computer. This is the first thing to get upgraded. I would even go back down to 4gigs ram if it meant that for me to get a nice video card.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102825

Networking/Sound?
Integrated in motherboard I'm assuming. Except sound I may get a card. Depends on total price of system.


OS
Windows 7, 64 bit


Side notes.
I here you need stuff like RAID cards or something. Maybe it was a RAID or disk controller or something. Goes into your motherboard to help everything communicate?
Just want to get all my ducks in a row here and see the price and products I'm looking at, ya know :) haha
Thanks everyone for your input.

*edit* I'll keep editing this post to keep it up to date with information people give me and my decisions to remove from all the clutter.

Edited by fellcrow, 16 March 2010 - 04:09 PM.

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justinstryker

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As for the case and PSU I would suggest this:
http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.349082

The case and PSU are really nice, they both have Red LEDs so they match and it only $115 for both.
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Motherboard
O.K. I need help here.
*edit* Probably would help if I was more descriptive. I plan to game with this. I don't want a $200 extreme motherboard, but something that is good for gaming, even if a year or two and will run stuff like crysis 2 and starcraft II would be nice. Dual PCI express ports would be nice as well. But not a necessity. If it costs a lot more to get dual PCI express than it's no big deal.

$200 isn't even a ton for a motherboard (also called, in short hand, a MOBO). I've seen some that go for close to $400.
AMD AM3 board, if you decide to go for an AMD Phenom II. http://www.newegg.co...1-631-_-Product
If you decide to go Intel, I'd suggest something that's socket 1156, and here's a board for that: http://www.newegg.co...1-594-_-Product

CPU
Need help as well. Motherboard/case/cpu compatablity. And I'm a retard. Good mix.
*edit* Clarification. Gaming again. I heard about the phenom, with a 3.2 quad core. Sounds overkill to me, but like I said would like some input on something efficient and cost effective even into the future. Again I want to be able to run Starcraft II especially with a decent resolution.

You'd be surprised. Some of the most powerful processors are actually limiting to the really powerful Graphics processors (I'm talking $300 Intel i7's with Radeon HD5970s here). An AMD Phenom II X4 955 would probably do just about anything you want. Intel's are a bit better, but are quite a bit more expensive. An Intel i5 750 is about $200, and it's approximately equivalent to the X4 955, which is $160.

RAM
4 Gigs, (Do I need 6)
Truth is, need some explanation here. Does ram need to be compatabile with its motherboard. And whats with the price jumping from a DDR2/DDR3 and manufacturer.
Like $50 difference for same amount of RAM. I don't get it. haha

DDR2 and DDR3 are different kinds of RAM. Yes, they do need to be compatible. They're physically different. If a motherboard says it takes DDR3, it will ONLY take DDR3. Also, match the frequencies - if a board can take DDR3 1333 as its maximum, don't get DDR3 1600.
You don't NEED six GB but it will run faster with six than it will with four. I've 2GB on my computer right now, and it's just barely adequate for what I use it for.

Hard Drive
Something along the lines of 160 GB, I don't tend to need a lot of space. Some games and a few movies will do. Not to much music.
But truth is HDs are so cheap now from what I here and just dropping $50 gets you a 500 GB drive...haha. Hows this look?
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136073

I'd look into getting a Solid State drive too. A 64GB SSD is about $150, and add a 320GB magnetic HDD on to that and you'll have plenty of space.
Optical Drive
Don't tend to burn disks or anything. Just need something to read my games.
How's this look?
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827106289
It looks fine.

It should be fine.
Video Card
Saphire HD Radeon 4870 1GB, Best bang for your buck?
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102825

For Crysis 2, I'd seriously suggest getting something that's a bit more powerful. Not that the 4870 is bad, it's actually quite good; just be aware it may be a better idea to get a GTX 275 or something similar.
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HDD is Hard Disk Drive. It usually refers to traditional magnetic hard drives.
A Solid State Drive is basically a giant flash drive (as far as I know). The data access is really fast in comparison to magnetic drives. However, for anything above about 60GB expect to pay an arm and a leg.
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