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Midbudget system build, ordering ASAP

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May 11, 2009 1:58:30 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (ASAP) BUDGET RANGE: US$500-750

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Running several apps at once w/ no lag, movies/music, some gaming (CS:S)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse/keyboard, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (I think this is correct, i have a Gateway LP2407)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need to output to 2 monitors, would like it to be quiet and simple looking (no leds or bling)

Here is my build so far, any comments/suggestions would be appreciated.

CPU/MOBO Combo:
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail

ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $334.98

CASE/PSU/HDD Combo:
Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $169.98

RAM:
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

VIDEO CARD:
SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99

CD/DVD:
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 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99

OS: Plan on using Windows 7 and purchasing next spring, or old copy of XP.

Thanks!

May 11, 2009 2:37:15 AM

You could save $65 with a different motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.190732
Phenom II X4 940 + GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X $270

The Sonata is not a great choice for overclocking and for Crossfire - the best aftermarket coolers won't fit in, it has poor cooling, and 500W is cutting it too close IMO for an OCd quad and two HD 4770 cards. You will need two of them for really good gaming at 1920x1200.

I'd suggest something like RC-690+650TX instead.

!