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May 5, 2009 11:32:57 PM

This is a remake of a previous thread, special thanks to nerrawg for helping me get to this point.
Heres the current setup :

EDIT-May be replacing the current xigmatek cooler with a xigmatek dark knight cooler, only a 10 dollar increase.Ideas?

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

Motherboard/Processor Combo - AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$259.98

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

Video Card - *2x* HIS Hightech H477F512P Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$200

RAM - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$57

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$48

Cooling – XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooling fan(Same one that comes with Antec 900)
Arctic Silver Thermal Compound
$30/$13/$9 respectively

CD/DVD Drive - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25

This totals to about $810 after shipping and rebates. Looking for some more advice as well as overclockability of the current setup. Thanks!
May 6, 2009 12:05:56 AM

Looks very good, although I would get the WD6401AALS drive instead, and MX-2 thermal compound and DDR2 1066 ram. You don't really need that PSU, you could go with the 550VX and still have plenty of power. You should expect to be able to OC to at least 3.6ghz, quite possibly to 3.8 or so.

Another option would be to go with the X3 720, which frees up some funds for better GPU's, like dual 4850's or even 4870's. What resolution will you be playing at?
May 6, 2009 12:15:29 AM

I only have one thing to suggest , Since your getting 2 video cards an a quad core , you should probably get a tower that has more cooling , and is probably bigger.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thats the one I use I've had it for 3 weeks and still havnt put the back 120mm fan in it , it cools all of my parts even sometimes brings my cores down to 21C and once to 19C in my 70F room.
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May 6, 2009 12:16:52 AM

1280x1024

I was thinking of the X3, but they both have combo deals, and there's really not much of a price gap between the two. Maybe $40 at most, but definitely not enough to improve significantly on the video card.
May 6, 2009 12:30:20 AM

The ninehundred has fine cooling.

At that resolution, one 4770 would be enough. If you think you will get a bigger monitor though then you should think about upgrade options.
May 6, 2009 12:43:04 AM

Alright, thanks for the advice! Anything else?
May 6, 2009 12:51:29 AM

Not really. Make sure you run a 64bit OS so you get all your ram. Since you really don't need a second GPU and you are under budget as is, you might consider getting other improvements for your system like a second HDD for raid 0 or something like that. Or maybe keep the basic setup you have but get this CPU/MB instead (won't hurt gaming performance): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... and then get a nice 22" monitor, like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (once you try a larger monitor you will never want to go back, sell that other monitor you have on craigslist or something). 2x 4770's would look very nice on that monitor :) 
May 6, 2009 12:58:51 AM

xthekidx said:
The ninehundred has fine cooling.

At that resolution, one 4770 would be enough. If you think you will get a bigger monitor though then you should think about upgrade options.


Well then the advice I have for this guy.... Dont cut your hands while putting the board in. Mid towers hurt.
May 6, 2009 1:00:12 AM

Lol I'll keep that in mind =D. Keep the comments coming!
May 6, 2009 1:01:38 AM

He is right about the Hard drive for SURE , get a Seagate , or something else , Seagate has a lifetime warranty though. ;) 
May 6, 2009 3:17:15 AM

bump
May 6, 2009 3:46:50 AM

Gin Fushicho said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For 10 bucks more cuz of the promo code you can get 1TB drive. ith lifetime warrenty and samsung approved parts of course. ;) 

lol Look at the reviews of that product you just recommended. They are cheap for a reason. Compare that to the reviews for WD6401AALS or WD1001FALS. Seagate drives are terrible and should be avoided at all costs until they work out their firmware issues...assuming informed people like myself don't bankrupt them first. Even the .12 drives have their problems. If you are interested in a review of them, you can read this: http://techreport.com/articles.x/16472/12
May 6, 2009 4:07:05 AM

Sorry for bumping but hey xthekidx could you read your private messages. pls and ty
May 6, 2009 4:07:28 AM

xthekidx said:
lol Look at the reviews of that product you just recommended. They are cheap for a reason. Compare that to the reviews for WD6401AALS or WD1001FALS. Seagate drives are terrible and should be avoided at all costs until they work out their firmware issues...assuming informed people like myself don't bankrupt them first. Even the .12 drives have their problems. If you are interested in a review of them, you can read this: http://techreport.com/articles.x/16472/12


Okay, I do gotta agree with you on that one in particular, but all of the seagates I have run really fast... and have a lifetime warrenty. *shrugs* I guess as long as what he's getting is 7200rpm it shouldnt matter. I'm not a HDD freak I jsut like it to work with at least 7200rpm and have a nice warrenty.
May 6, 2009 4:10:35 AM

Gin Fushicho said:
Well then the advice I have for this guy.... Dont cut your hands while putting the board in. Mid towers hurt.



My NZXT Apollo makes me look like I just had a knife fight, so I would have to agree with you there.
May 6, 2009 4:13:22 AM

Eric513 said:
1280x1024

I was thinking of the X3, but they both have combo deals, and there's really not much of a price gap between the two. Maybe $40 at most, but definitely not enough to improve significantly on the video card.


That resolution is a waste to do crossfire with. Either just buy one 4770 or spend a little more on a 4850.


May 6, 2009 4:15:37 AM

macabre215 said:
My NZXT Apollo makes me look like I just had a knife fight, so I would have to agree with you there.

I have never cut myself working on a PC...on all sizes of towers. I don't understand how you do it.
May 6, 2009 4:27:13 AM

xthekidx said:
I have never cut myself working on a PC...on all sizes of towers. I don't understand how you do it.


Its the magic of my family's clumsiness , and the fact that I like to tocuh all the edgs of the MOBO , and my scerwdriver is too big. =(
May 8, 2009 4:40:48 AM

at least you can tell how many pc youve built by counting your scars. :p 
May 8, 2009 1:38:01 PM

*facepalm* Unfortunately.
May 13, 2009 2:56:49 AM

Yeah, the setup up top is what I bought (and built yesterday :D ). I decided against linux for now, my friend just burned me a windows 7 RC disc so thats what I'll be running until the trial runs out. Today I started on overclocking, got the processor to 3.5GHz so far..
May 13, 2009 3:00:27 AM

Eric513 said:
Yeah, the setup up top is what I bought (and built yesterday :D ). I decided against linux for now, my friend just burned me a windows 7 RC disc so thats what I'll be running until the trial runs out. Today I started on overclocking, got the processor to 3.5GHz so far..


*facepalm* You... dont even wait to "burn in" your parts?
May 13, 2009 3:01:14 AM

Awesome dude - cool to hear! Keep us informed on how windows 7 turns out
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