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February 2, 2009 7:41:37 PM

MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
HIS Hightech H487F512P Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX6400CZBOX
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
-$646

Not to much experience with computer,had ordered one from CP and came defective. i am getting a refund and want to use the money i spent on buying parts from newegg and setting up myself.
any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated
Thxs

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a b À AMD
February 3, 2009 1:56:33 AM

Its' an excellent gaming rig, especially if you add a second card and the PSU is strong enough for it (650W or more). It would also need a WD6401AALS and Vista HP 64-bit and a DVD burner.

What's "CP"?
February 3, 2009 2:41:34 AM

aevm said:
Its' an excellent gaming rig, especially if you add a second card and the PSU is strong enough for it (650W or more). It would also need a WD6401AALS and Vista HP 64-bit and a DVD burner.

What's "CP"?



I know i need a Burner, HDD and PSU. i was gonna get those after the fact at a local comp store. CP stands for Cyberpower PC
they are a third-party distributor who builds custom PC at a low price but there parts quality and service is definitely not worth the month&half delivery and their 15% restocking fee if you are not happy with your purchase or if it is defective not even worth going through tech support. i am returning my $800 PC from them and purchasing all my needs at newegg. saving some good.
also what is WD6401AALS, and which OS do you prefer Vista or XP? like i said not to much comp experience and haven't had too much time on either platform to know the pros and cons.
any advice would be much appreciated.
Thxs
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February 3, 2009 3:16:52 AM

What he meant by WD6401AALS, is a Western Digital HDD.

$80
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I currently have that hard drive, and I must say, it's the fastest 7200 on the market. Western Digital is also top of the line if you ask me. Best bang for your buck.

Get Vista. It allows you to use that 4gb of RAM to it's max potential. :]
a b À AMD
February 3, 2009 12:21:13 PM

There are a bunch of Vista flavors at newegg. The one I'd recommend is Home Premium 64-bit OEM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

With XP 32-bit you would not see all the RAM and you also wouldn't get DirectX 10. That's not very important, but some games do look better in DirectX 10 mode.
February 3, 2009 3:15:03 PM

Thank you, my only worry with vista is i currently have Vista home premium 64-bit on my CP and while playing crysis and sometimes just on boot up
there are little red/blue/purple squares that cover the screen and while playing crysis the screen turns completely green sometimes. first couple days i was running crysis on max setting at 35Fps now wont get past 10Fps. Now im not to sure what the problem is BUT i believe it may be my Powercolor HD4850 512MB, while reading some reviems about my graphics card at newegg a good # of people have had the exact same issue whith the card.
so im not to sure if it was ONLY the card or if there is some issues with vista. if you can shine any light on the subjest much appreciated.
Thxz
a b À AMD
February 3, 2009 3:42:22 PM

Get the latest ATI drivers and see if the problems go away. If not, RMA the card.

I doubt that Vista itself is the problem here, since there are lots and lots of people who use HD 4850 cards on Vista without seeing artifacts.
February 3, 2009 4:12:19 PM

buying a second card for crossfire, with that proc your gonna run into a serious limitation, wth would you buy like at least a 2-3 year old proc?
February 3, 2009 5:37:29 PM

i was thinking on a budget. but this setup seem allot more reliable and from reviews and benchmarks seems like BEST bang for your buck

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5

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

COOLER MASTER RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

$785

any reccomendations or limitations with this setup?
greatly appreciated
thxs
a b À AMD
February 3, 2009 6:22:06 PM

That's a very good setup IMO.

There's a combo for that CPU/MB pair, saves you $35.
http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/AddToCart.aspx?Submit=ADD&ItemList=Combo.155232

I don't think the aftermarket cooler is necessary. That is, the stock cooler is already pretty good and I doubt that that CoolerMaster would make a big difference in your overclocking results. If you don't overclock then definitely don't waste money on an aftermarket cooler.

If possible, use the savings from the combo and the cooler to upgrade to HD 4870.


a b À AMD
February 3, 2009 7:41:02 PM

That second build with the Gigabyte board looks good.
For PSU, choose Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, OCZ, Seasonic, or maybe Enermax. I've used enough of them with zero issues that I find myself slowly turning into an Antec fanboy.
For burners, I've had good results from Lite-On. They can be a little noisy, but the Asus I installed in a system this weekend seems notably slower.
a b À AMD
February 4, 2009 3:12:42 PM

Since it's an ATI card on a Crossfire MB, I'd recommend a PSu able to support two cards, for future-proofing. The Corsair 750TX ($100 at newegg) and the PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W ($90) would be great here. There's also the Antec Signature series, very good stuff, but I think that's overkill here.


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