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If I were going to build a system today, I would use:
images/bd10265.gif Joe Whinery's List of Excel Spread Sheet - PC Build Specs: (Compare Prior Build Specs).

Component changes as Noted.

Please Note: Due to the current short life cycles of Chip Sets and GPUs (from 3 to 6 months), Motherboards and Graphics cards are going obsolete quicker than I can evaluate the new crop. The same thing is happening to DVD-RW drives. Therefore, don't be surprised if your supplier suggests a different part number for some recommended device. Check the specs and it they are the same or very similar, run with it.

Item prices are for reference only and were in effect on the day of publication.

      By Joe Whinery 8/04/2011 Directron NewEgg
    If I were going to build a system today, I would use:        
  Change Item Brand Model   Approx    
1 x Case Rosewill Ranger   $69.99 Amazon NewEgg
2 x Case P/S CoolMax CU 700B   $60.00 Directron NewEgg
3 x BD Writer LG WH12LS30   $90.00 Directron NewEgg
4   DVD+-RW ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLS/B/AS   $20.99 Directron NewEgg
5 x CPU Phenom II X6 1090 HDT90ZFBGRBOX   $183.00 Directron NewEgg
6   Fan Included with Retail Box Phenom    
7 x Hard Drive Seagate ST3500413AS 6GbS   $42.00 Directron NewEgg
8 x Hard Drive Seagate ST3500413AS 6GbS   $42.00 Directron NewEgg
9   Keyboard Logitech EX-100 920-000879   $24.99 Directron NewEgg
10 Memory 4GB Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 $30.00 Directron NewEgg
11 x Memory 8GB Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9   $47.00 Directron NewEgg
+   Memory 16GB Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 $104.00   Amazon NewEgg
    Memory 32GB Corsair CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10 $249.99   Amazon NewEgg
    Memory 32GB Corsair CMT32GX3M4X1866C9 $999.99   ? ?
12   Monitor Monitor Personal preference, Check stores locally. Directron NewEgg
13 x MotherBoard ASUS M5A97 EVO   $116.00 Directron Amazon
14   Mouse Logitech Included in Wireless Desktop    
15   Operating Sys Windows 7 x64 Professional OEM   $138.99 Directron NewEgg
16       Home Premium OEM $90.00   Directron NewEgg
17   Speakers Cyber Acoustics CA-3001RB   $17.99 Directron NewEgg
18 x Graphics ASUS ENGTX550-Ti DC/DI/1GD5 $130.00 Directron NewEgg
  x Total       $1026.95    
19 HD_ Mobile Rack Kingwin HD-KF-813-BK   $23.99 Directron Amazon
20 x Backup Software Easeus TODO Backup Free V2.5.1   Free    
      Acronis True Image Home Code: UGNL1211 UGR Special
21   MotherBoard Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3     Amazon NewEgg
22 x Front USB 3.0 Biostar USB 3.0 Cable Bracket $19.99   Amazon NewEgg
23 x Cable Extender NZXT CB-8P $4.99   Directron Amazon
    Better Keyboard      for keyboard    

Additional PC Build Considerations & Information:
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  2. images/bullet2.gifWindows 7 Comparison Chart
  3. images/bullet2.gifInstalling 3TB HDs
  4. images/bullet2.gifSupporting 3TB HDs - Limits & Requirements
  5. images/bullet2.gifVideo Resolutions

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