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February 3, 2009 9:51:53 PM

SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail


OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply


A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1B16K

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX

It's a combo
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Alright any feedback appreciated. any criticism also appreciated. I could have gone for i7 but its too expensive right now and seeing that int eh future the i5 will come out etc i might just stand back and wait for a while. IS this a good rig? Thank you and it comes out to be 619$ with shipping included.



Thanks.

P.S can anyone recoomend a Harddrive please. thank you.

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February 3, 2009 10:42:32 PM

ok, thanks anyone else may want to add anything?
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February 3, 2009 11:28:55 PM

For the hard drive, Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB.

Change your PSU to PC Power & Cooling Silencer 500W, better quality and more than enough power.
February 3, 2009 11:59:32 PM

The PC Power and cooling 500w is a better quality PSU, but I think a decent 600w might have the upper hand since the 4870 is pretty demanding power wise. Its a hard decision, get whichever is cheapest.
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February 4, 2009 12:53:38 AM

i agree ^

perez i have a pc power and cooling 610W silencer and this thing has been flawless so far. highly recommended!
February 4, 2009 7:12:41 AM

A 500w PC P&C is ok though, and theres been one for $50 or so on newegg the past few days (after M.I.R.)
February 4, 2009 7:52:59 AM

Raven: why would you go with 1066 over 800?
February 4, 2009 9:37:24 AM

Phenoms see s slight performance boost with higher clocked RAM, such as the 1066. Since the 1066 RAM is so cheap compared to 800 Mhz RAM, there really is no reason not to go for that slight performance boost.
February 4, 2009 11:09:24 AM

alright. Would you suppose this phenom rig is a better bang than a q9550 or is better to spend the extra money?
February 4, 2009 11:34:18 AM

@perez

I just got the same cpu and mobo as the one you mentioned. I run mine at 3.5ghz on stock cooler, default voltage stable... and the heatsink/cooler is not even warm. At first I thought I didn't attach it properly... but if that was the case there is no way it would run 3.5ghz stable while gaming.

Fyi, I use a 1066 RAM, as Raven already said... the price different isnt much...you should go for it.
February 4, 2009 11:36:26 AM

Since you gonna get the same mobo, fyi... I had it run @ 3.6ghz stable on stock cooler and default setting with older bios (F1 - but it doesn't recognise the cpu).
February 4, 2009 11:45:02 AM

OK, thanks...i guess this changes things..should i change it? and if i do, what should i get.
February 4, 2009 12:01:53 PM

hmm? It does recognise PII with new bios. Was just telling you I had it overclocked higher on older bios (but this bios does not recognise the cpu).
February 4, 2009 10:25:37 PM

Or...toss both those PSU ideas and get the 750W Corsair. Yes his system dosent need 750W, but for $120 its almost impossible to ignore it.
February 4, 2009 10:40:40 PM

So should i but it since it's AM3 ready?
February 4, 2009 11:06:08 PM

Just because the board states it's "AM3 Ready" does not make it a true AM3 Board. The New AM3 CPUs will work on all AM2+ boards, the catch is that they will only be able to run DDR2. A true AM3 board will run DDR3. That being said, there are no true AM3 boards out yet. The first line of true AM3 CPUs from AMD are set to be released on the 17th of February, as are a few AM3 boards from ASUS (perhaps even from a few other companies).

Perez, I was very close to pulling the trigger on a new system with the 940 CPU, however after learning about the upcoming AM3 launch I have decided to wait. Even if I decide not to by the AM3 system, I figure the prices on the 940 will drop a little (and maybe even the AM2+ MB I was looking at).
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