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Canadian System, Final Build (Good to go?)

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May 14, 2009 4:09:57 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, torrenting, internet surfing, word stuff.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.infonec.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes. No SLI or Crossfire yet
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Any

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Prefer to have a cool running system, don't care about noise. I heard the RC 690 is a good cooler case.

1 443136 HDZ720WFGIBOX AMD Black Edition - Processor - 1 x AMD Phenom II X3 720 / 2.8 GHz - Socket AM3 - L3 6 MB - Box $169.99 $169.99
1 444193 GI-GAMA79X-UD4P GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3 4DDR2 2PCI/3PCI-E X1/2PCI-EX16 SATA,RAID,1394,GBLAN ATX $133.00 $133.00
1 351496 RC-690 Cooler Master CM 690 Tower $96.99 $96.99
1 443637 100265HDMI Sapphire ATI HD 4830 512M DDR3 LITE HDMI DVI-I VGA PCI-E Retail $103.00 $103.00
1 352966 F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ G.SKILL DDR2 PC2 6400 4GBPQ $55.00 $55.00
1 438242 WD6401AALS WESTERN DIGITAL 640GB Black Edition SATA 3GB S DESKTOP STORAGE 7200RPM 32MB CACHE $89.99 $89.99
Total: $647.97

1. Is this a good system? Any issues you see?
2. Also, I will be using Windows 7 RC as my primary operating system. Is this a good idea?
3. And how's this looking for a potential overclocker?
4. One 640GB hard drive, or two smaller hard drives in Raid 0? Can I always add a second 640 GB later on and configure it to Raid 1 without re-doing everything?

Thanks in advance and for all your help guys

177ine
May 14, 2009 4:52:57 AM

Looking good.
May 14, 2009 5:45:33 AM

Sorry for the confusion. Proximon, I have a 600 watt OCZ GameXStream that has two PCI-E 6 pin connections if needed for crossfire, plus 4 12V lines. Thanks for all the advice guys!
May 14, 2009 4:11:58 PM

how about a 4770? its a nicer card. same price, more or... more, probably. but close!
May 14, 2009 4:23:52 PM

I currently have the opportunity to pick a MSI 4830 1GB for $99.99 Canadian. Surely the better deal no?
May 14, 2009 6:59:10 PM

Your setup looks good.

Yes the HD 4830 at $100 is a better deal than the HD 4770 at $135 (which is not even in stock yet at that Infonec site). They are pretty much the same card, except that the HD 4770 uses 40nm technology and that makes it a bit cooler and saves a few watts.

You could save $30 with an Antec 300 case.
http://www.infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=353163

Edit: and I wouldn't bother with RAID, either 0 or 1, for the uses you listed there. One 640GB drive is just fine. Make a 100GB partition for Win 7 to keep it clean and separate, maybe.
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