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$700 Gaming Build, final system check

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May 8, 2009 4:35:21 AM

Hi everybody,

I'm looking to place my order within the next couple of days.

I intend to run the latest games on a 1920x1080 monitor at good detail/framerate. As the years go by, I may crossfire with another 4870. I'd like this comp to last 3+ yrs

Questions:
1) Will the PII 720 bottleneck the 4870 single, 4870s in crossfire?
2) Can the PSU handle 4870s in crossfire?
3) Does the RAM match the MOBO?
4) Any problems/imbalances with this build in general?

Thanks in advance.


CPU MOBO combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
AMD PII 720 BE
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB)

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HIS Hightech H487FN1GP Radeon HD 4870

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W

HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB

Disc
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
May 8, 2009 5:03:35 AM

smoooved said:
Hi everybody,

I'm looking to place my order within the next couple of days.

I intend to run the latest games on a 1920x1080 monitor at good detail/framerate. As the years go by, I may crossfire with another 4870. I'd like this comp to last 3+ yrs

Questions:
1) Will the PII 720 bottleneck the 4870 single, 4870s in crossfire?
2) Can the PSU handle 4870s in crossfire?
3) Does the RAM match the MOBO?
4) Any problems/imbalances with this build in general?

Thanks in advance.


CPU MOBO combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
AMD PII 720 BE
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB)

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HIS Hightech H487FN1GP Radeon HD 4870

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W

HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB

Disc
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R

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

You'll be fine, I still run an Intel Core 2 E7200, and a 1 gig 8800gt and I play most games at 2048*1152 mostly maxed. As for the PSU you should be fine I run three drives three PCI cards and all the other junk on a 500w coolermaster.
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May 8, 2009 6:32:40 AM

Great find with the PSU.

Thanks!
May 8, 2009 6:56:34 AM

Seagate 7200.11 series hard drives shipped with faulty firmware that causes problems like the hdd turning in to a brick , or if you are lucky random freezes .

The link doesnt say which model of seagate that is .
if its a 7200.10 its too slow
if its a 7200.11 its rubbish
if its a 7200.12 their dishonesty in denying the 7200.11 problem for weeks and then botching the "fix" means I wont be buying any of their hard drives again .

Have a look at a WD 640 black or a samsung hard drive instead

I like your cpu/ram/mb choice .

consider a buying 2 x 4770's . These are quiet , cool , and around $90 each with rebates
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-4770-crossfi...
and you probably wont need the second 4870
May 8, 2009 7:17:36 AM

The faulty firmware problem has been fixed for months. I bought a 1.5tb Seagate .11 drive a couple months ago and it shipped with the newest firmware. It works great.
May 8, 2009 9:33:13 AM

orangegator said:
The faulty firmware problem has been fixed for months. I bought a 1.5tb Seagate .11 drive a couple months ago and it shipped with the newest firmware. It works great.


and still the link doesnt say what model they are selling and i think thats a reflection of seagates lack of credibility

May 8, 2009 10:00:02 AM

+1 for the WD Black and 4770s crossfire...

The 4770 crossfire will easily outperform the 4870...
And the PSU that you have chosen would easily power the 4770 crossfire...

As for the graphic card upgrade later, this setup should easily be suffice for atleast 1+ years and when you want to upgrade, there will be newer cards which would offer great value then...So you can upgrade to that card...
May 8, 2009 8:50:07 PM

WD 640 black all day, i would also stick with your original choice of the 4870, or even perhaps a 4890, but good god man, make sure it's the 1GB version for that resolution, it'll help... add another later on down the road, so you'll need a decent Power Supply to push the XFire setup...
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