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Sub 1000 AMD/ATI Gaming Machine -Help me tweak it.

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January 2, 2008 8:10:05 PM

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ASUS M2R32-MVP AM2 AMD 580X CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard
VisionTek 900202 Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
Antec earthwatts EA500 ATX12V v2.0 500W Power Supply
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor Model
G.SKILL 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive x2
ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E616A3T OEM
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

I'm looking to build a new machine in the next month and my goal is to build an AMD/ATI machine for less than 1000 dollars. I can currently price the above parts for a grand total of 995.00.

I'll be carrying over my current mouse, keyboard, speakers and monitor. Do you all have any suggestions?
January 3, 2008 12:16:12 AM

If you want to go with something better, 2 gb of ram will suffice. I'm running an AMD Athlon 5200 x2 windsor btw, with 2 gb of ram. Runs beautifully. I'd reccomend maybe going with 2 gb of ram, and a faster processor. Or if you OC, the black edition you picked is good. But you could save yourself probably 50 on the ram, and more on the aftermarket cooler, go with a faster stock chip and still overclock that if you like.

Also, if you were looking for an sli board, you can do this one....

This is what I'm running in my rig at the moment, will do SLI, so you'd have to look at nvidia cards if you want to do dual gfx cards. A single 3870 would probably be great though.

But here's my mobo....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N...

Main complaint is that it's not long enough to reach the standoff holes on the far side of the case by the hard drives and optical drives, but will still hover over the holes a little. Easily fixed by taking the plastic standoffs that come with most cases, cut the tops off of them, and put them in those holes, that way the mobo does not short against the case. But very nice board. Quite impressed.
January 3, 2008 11:01:31 AM

^^^ True dat. Same for my mobo that have non-standard mounting holes on the front side. Only 6 screws.

OOOwatah, take a look at this if you plan to CF:

http://ati.amd.com/technology/crossfire/buildyourown2.h...

One important factor about overclocking AM2 is the memory. The ram pretty much makes or breaks an overclock. You want the micron d9 chips if you want high/extreme o/c's. G.Skill HK at the minimum, or better yet, HZ.

The rest looks good.
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January 3, 2008 2:16:03 PM

Thanks guys for the input.
January 3, 2008 9:30:56 PM

Oh just so you know, if you are planning to use a 32 bit OS, your OS may not recognize more than 3 of your 4 gb of memory if you decide to go with 4.
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