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Does my build look ok? AMD PII X3 720

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April 7, 2009 5:14:04 PM

Please take a look at my build so far...would like to buy tonight. Budget is around $1200. Multiple use PC...mainly gaming and Excel/Internet work. Will be using Vista 64. Thanks in advance. If you think I should replace anything, let me know.

Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-116DBK - OEM
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail
mushkin XP 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel
GIGABYTE GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

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April 7, 2009 5:56:28 PM

Everything looks good.
Your full tower case is a lot bigger than you really need.
Using a good mid-sized case like the Cooler Master RC-590 would drop your cost $85
You have AC MX-2 Thermal Compound but no aftermarket CPU cooler. Thinking about overclocking?
April 7, 2009 8:25:54 PM

Yeah I know its a big case...I have a couple of hard drives to put in there. Forgot to add the CPU fan....what fits the AM3 socket? I do plan to moderately overclock.
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April 7, 2009 8:31:09 PM

I would ditch the IDE DVD burner and pick up a 22x SATA drive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

I really like the LG and Samsung drives. I have one of each in my computer and they're both great. I started off with NEC/Sony drives and one died and I got rid of the other since it was really loud.
April 7, 2009 8:34:27 PM

Good catch shortstuff_mt....I did not even realize that was an IDE version
April 7, 2009 8:36:59 PM

Look at the AMD cooler recommendations over @ FrostyTech

The CM HAF 932 has 5 3 1/2" HDDs bays and the CM Centurion 590 has 4 3 1/2" HDDs bays.
Both have an extra 3 1/2" external bay (converted from one 5.25" drive bay)
RC-590 vs RC-690 vs HAF 932 side by side

edit; added the RC-690 for it's 5 3 1/2" HDDs bays
April 7, 2009 10:00:18 PM

I love that HAF case though...will keep my options open though. Any suggestions on the GPU? I have heard good things about the Sapphire...and I will probably crossfire it.
April 7, 2009 10:04:51 PM

mcopare said:
I love that HAF case though...
I thought that might be the REAL reason you wanted that case.
Paying $85 more to mount an extra HDD wasn't nearly as a good reason as saying that you wanted the HAF.
April 7, 2009 11:33:08 PM

Xigmatek S1283 would be a nice cooler for a moderate OC, as would the scythe mugen 2. If you want something for a higher OC then The Noctua NH-U12P is a great one. The CoolerMaster V8 has matching LED's for your case, and is also an excellent cooler.
April 8, 2009 12:11:17 AM

xthekidx said:
Xigmatek S1283 would be a nice cooler for a moderate OC, as would the scythe mugen 2. If you want something for a higher OC then The Noctua NH-U12P is a great one. The CoolerMaster V8 has matching LED's for your case, and is also an excellent cooler.


Do you know if they fit the AM3? Also, do you think I would benefit from the below...

Crossfire two 4870 512's or just get one 1GB 4870 for now...then get a second later?
April 8, 2009 12:13:39 AM

All of those Coolers will work with AM3 I am pretty sure. I think all AM2/AM2+ coolers work with AM3, the socket is the same size pretty much and the mounting area is the same I think.

The size of your monitor will determine whether or not you need to xfire or what GPU you should use.
April 8, 2009 12:17:53 AM

Well I have two choices....I have a 1080p 32 inch that would be great....but I will probably use a 1080p 22 inch.
April 8, 2009 12:23:48 AM

For 1080P I think I would get 2 4850's xfired, or a 4890.
April 8, 2009 12:24:24 AM

Roger
April 8, 2009 12:51:07 AM

xthekidx said:
For 1080P I think I would get 2 4850's xfired, or a 4890.


I think I decided on the Sapphire 4890. Do you think I should switch the RAM to Muskin? Not too familiar with Patriot and not sure how reliable it is.
April 8, 2009 12:52:46 AM

Mushkin, G skill or OCZ is what I would go with.
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