New Rig

Hi guys,

I posted in the general homebuilt forums about a possible upgrade/new build, and based on the replies, lurking, and expanding my budget a bit, I figured I would just go with a mostly brand new system. I found a couple of builds on here that I thought would be a good starting point. I would like to get impressions/suggestions on it with consideration to my 'needs' listed below. Thanks!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The sooner the better


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photo editing, surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, but open to others


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe -- down the road

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe-- down the road

MONITOR RESOLUTION: syncmaster 205bw w/ 1680x1050 native--- should I upgrade?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: plan on using windows 7 OS

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

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

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 with LightScribe - OEM

All comes out to about $830 without the MIR's.

Anything I can improve upon?

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  1. I think you are set buddy...

    Windows 7 is waiting for you ^_^
  2. Oh wait...what kind of CPU cooler where u planning on using? I would recommend Noctua...
  3. Got a link, Kill?

    oh, also, u guys think 1680x1050 is good for this?
  4. Xigmatek makes some nice coolers. Here's a good one
  5. If you want to replace the 20" monitor, it would have to be a 24" or 25.5" (1920x1200) to be worth it IMO, and those are still expensive.

    You are proposing to spend $330 for CPU/MB/RAM together. Can you afford an extra $52 for this combination instead?

    $325 Phenom II 955 + GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X
    Mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 $57
  6. Check this out too: $15 more upgrades your HD 4870 to HD 4890.

    You can save that much (or more) by getting an Antec 300 instead of the RC-690. I say "or more" because the Antec 300 has free shipping and the RC-690 doesn't.
  7. Xigmatek is way cheaper...but putting that fan on is another story. Still its a good CPU cooler...

    But just incase you want to check out Noctua's...
  8. The Scythe Mugen 2 is a few bucks less than the Xigmatek, and quieter. But again, that's pretty hard to install AFAIK.
  9. Thanks for all the replies, guys. The order has been submitted and, hopefully, all parts should arrive in a few days.

    Been a while since I've done this.. arctic silver still used, I assume?
  10. I use it, haven't had a problem.
  11. Yeah, still very popular. Some instructions, if you want:
  12. Update.

    I wanted to give it a couple of weeks before I came back to give a report.

    My new rig, with specs listed above, has been up and running since a day or two after previous post. I have to say this was probably the easiest build I have ever done. I suppose in the 5 or 6 years since my last build that technology, and instructions, have gotten a lot better... it surely wasn't due to my expertise!

    The build took a couple hours in an afternoon and it started right up first power push. ZERO issues! Loaded up a vista version i had laying around just to get it to boot, but decided to keep it after all.

    I am loving this new puter. Sooooo much better than my nforce rig that it replaced! It more than meets my needs for what I want to do and has actually gotten me away from my XPS gaming laptop.

    This thing rocks! Thanks to everyone here :)

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