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AMD Gaming Build $1500 *Buying Soon*

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May 20, 2009 7:50:30 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 Weeks

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, net surfing, running multiple programs, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I recently switched this build from i7 DDR3 to AMD Phenom X4 955 and DDR2 because of all the comments on how i7 is primarily wasted power for gaming, and because the motherboard I chose doesn't support DDR3. Needless to say, I saved a ton of money on the CPU and memory and consolidated those funds into getting a juiced GPU combo (2x 4890 HD 1g). Is this a smart move? I'll be running most newer games and I want to get the most for my dollar.



CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

MONITOR/LCD: LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail


GPU: SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

OPTICAL: SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

PSU: EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail

CPU COOLER (is this compatible?): XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail

MOBO: ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail


I know many might say the GPU combo is overkill, but it fills my budget. I could scrimp and go with the single GPU option but I don't know where I'd spend the rest of the money. I suppose I could get a slightly larger monitor, but that LG is best deal out there right now IMO.

I'd appreciate any feedback, especially from intel/nvidia users who might have suggestions for something better for gaming.

Thanks. :sol: 
May 20, 2009 8:02:35 PM

switch motherboard to the ASUS M4A79T and the memory to DDR3
not much of a price difference, and helps if AMD decides to do another backwords compatibility socket
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