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

BUDGET RANGE: US$600-$850

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

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

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

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128378

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227297

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136153


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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
  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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.190735
    Mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 $57
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146785
  6. Check this out too: $15 more upgrades your HD 4870 to HD 4890.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102830

    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...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=noctua
  8. The Scythe Mugen 2 is a few bucks less than the Xigmatek, and quieter. But again, that's pretty hard to install AFAIK.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093
  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:
    http://www.arcticsilver.com/ins_route_step2amdas5.html
  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 :)

    Cheers
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