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~$900 Gaming PC

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May 10, 2009 1:53:31 AM

I intend to use this PC just for gaming (WoW, and other games). I'm a FPS before quality, gameplay before graphics type guy.

Been working on this for awhile now.. had a former build in earlier in this forum, figured its done a 180, may as well create a new thread for final scrutiny.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE: ~$900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, optical drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (I intend to Crossfire 2 HD 4870 in 6-12 months when i upgrade my current monitor... for now, 1 is enough)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 (I'll be upgrading to a 22" monitor in 6-12 months, for now 1024X768 will suffice for me)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The parts i've chosen so far are not set in stone; but they are based upon advice from the community.

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor

Mobo
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

GPU
VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card (X1 for now - 2nd not included in cost)

RAM
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

HARD DRIVE
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

CASE
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case



Totals to about $920 after tax and shipping.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much for your time, patience, and expertise, guys!

-Kore

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May 10, 2009 2:24:31 AM

Ya, you're right, I'm going to splurge and add that cpu cooler.
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May 10, 2009 3:47:37 AM

Bump -- Anyone else have a comment? I'll be buying this in the next few hours. Your expertise is greatly appreciated! =)
a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2009 4:10:33 AM

For a 22" a single HD4870/GTX 260 is more than fine if its the 1650 x 1050 native resolution sort :p  So CF/SLI for 1920 x 1080 is justifiable for me :p  Hmm ok how about stcking to single GPU mobo and plunge to AM3/DDR3 right away?

About $777 less LCD and including shipping/MIR
May 10, 2009 4:24:35 AM

not a bad idea; anyone agree/disagree?
May 10, 2009 5:10:35 AM

According to a recent article done by toms, ram speed does little. So is "taking the plunge" into ddr3 really worth it?
a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2009 5:28:59 AM

Look at my config, price and frames in games - if the price difference is huge then i would say not worth it hehe
May 10, 2009 10:10:02 AM

Keep your current build and switch out the 4870 for this one. Use the $10 savings and get the 640gb hard drive.
May 10, 2009 2:18:44 PM

i'd say your build is OK,just spend like 20$ more for the 1gb counterpart of 4870
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