Thoughts on this system?

Hey folks,

I've been doing lots of research in trying to customize my own PC. It's been like 5 years since I last upgraded my PC. I'm currently running an AMD Mobile 3400+, Abit NF7-S, 2 GB DDR PC3200 Corsair XMS, 250 GB Samsung, Antec Sonata, Antec TruePower 450 W. Yea, I know its like ancient and outdated. I was waiting for the release of the Phenom II AM3 socket before I decided to go for the much needed upgrade. Since i'm gonna be giving away my old PC to a family friend, i decided to get a new PC that would last me for quite some time. Since I'm graduating from college and I have some money saved up for quite a while (over 5 years since my last PC build lol), I decided to go for a great system. What do you guys think of my current PC setup? i'm going for the 1 TB storage because i record some videos for family functions, do some photoshop editing on the side. I was looking on Newegg to try to get as many good deals/discounts as possible when putting together this PC.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week

BUDGET RANGE: $950-$1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, multi-tasking

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mice (gonna reuse my Logitech Desktop Keyboard+mouse), Speakers, Monitor (got a recent SAMSUNG Toc T220HD Rose Black 22 off Newegg), DVD Drive (Got an old Samsung DVD-RW drive lying around), OS (thinking of going Windows 7 64 bit beta here)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (generally get stuff from there)

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD Phenom II AM3 socket, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, Antec for cases/PSU, Corsair generally for RAM

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a good sturdy system that will last me for quite a while (lookin to keep the PC for roughly 4-5 years and would like it to be stable, don't mind the noise as long as it isn't SUPER loud that I could hear in my sleep (i don't plan on leaving the PC on 24/7 like my other PC))

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List of Parts I'm considering:

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

RAM:
CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1600C9DHX - Retail

Original Price: $342.00
Discount: -$50.00, $10 mail-in rebate
Combo Price + rebate: $282.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.192694


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

Original Price: $139.99
Rebate: $15 mail-in
Final Price: $129.99

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


Heatsink for CPU:
Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail


Original Price: $39.99
Rebate: $25 mail-in
Final Price: $14.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004


Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD102UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Price: $79.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152101

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Power Supply:
Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail

Original price: $239.94
Discount: -$40.00
Combo Price: $199.94

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.193715


Video Card:
HIS Hightech H487QT1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ 4+ Turbo Video Card - Retail


Original price: $259.99
Rebate: $20 mail in
Final price: $239.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161265

Internal Floppy/Memory Card Reader:
SABRENT CRW-FLP2 All-in-one USB 2.0 Floppy Drive and 68in1 Internal Memory Card Reader & Writer - SDHC/VISTA - Retail

Original price: $22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820300009


Initial Total Cost: $1,034.89
Tax $95.73
UPS 3 DAYS $30.65
Order Total $1,161.27

After rebates: ($70 worth)
$1091.27

About the OS, I was wondering if I could just use Windows 7 beta release 64 bit?

-Thanks guys!!!
DragonBeat
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  1. Looks good to me .

    If theres anything I'd improve it would be to either use a single 4890 video card or a pair of 4770's in crossfire . Either is over kill right now , but in the next few years will probably pay off at your resolution .
    IMO its not a good plan to think you will crossfire the 4870 in a few years since their will be no 4870's by then .....
  2. I'd also get the Phenom II x4 940 over the 955 - it'll clock just as high, and costs a good deal less.
  3. On second thought, the 955/memory is a great combo deal. I'd only change your motherboard to a 790FX and the video card to a cheaper 4870.
  4. Cpt Deadboots said:
    I'd also get the Phenom II x4 940 over the 955 - it'll clock just as high, and costs a good deal less.


    the 940 is an AM2+ processor and needs an AM2+ mb . It is not compatible with am3 systems with DDR3

    BUT

    the 945BE is a 3.0 GHz AM3 cpu and better value than the 955 for the reasons you mention
  5. Thanks for the responses guys! Does the 945 come in a BE? I got the 955 cuz the combo w/ the Corsair memory was $50 off and the corsair memory has a $10 rebate for a total of $60 off. I thought the savings on the combo alone justified getting a 955BE over the 945 (its only a $20 difference).

    what would be a suitable replacement video card? (im not that familar w/ video cards)

    Thanks!
  6. For the price your paying on the 4870 (about $50 too much) you could get a pair of these 4850s for cheaper that will destroy it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824
  7. yoyojam55 said:
    For the price your paying on the 4870 (about $50 too much) you could get a pair of these 4850s for cheaper that will destroy it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824



    good point

    4890's are cheaper than that too , and the performance is also higher

    or 2 x 4770's in crossfire [ rather than the 4850's ]
  8. would it be better to crossfire 2 low end cards or to just get 1 great video card.

    2 x 4770/4850s vs. 1 4890

    and if i do crossfire 2 cards do they have to be the exact type of card or does it jsut have to have the same chipset?
  9. They both have their advantages. Crossfiring 4850s will be faster than 1 4890, but if you just get one card then you can add another one later for even more performance. It's up to you.
  10. Theres an article in the section of this site about gfx cards . They crossfire two 4770's andcompare to a 4890 .
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-4770-crossfire,2288.html

    The 4770 is preferred to the 4850 IMO . The chip is burned in a finer process and it uses less power and performs just as well
  11. Thanks for the help guys!

    I was looking for some 4770s but they're out of stock (i guess they must be very popular lol).

    would this video card suffice for crossfire?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822

    thanks alot guys!
  12. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/4830-radeon-crossfire,2098.html

    The 4770 is similar in specs to the 4830 , but the 4770 is a definite improvement .
  13. I decided to revamp the system... This is my updated list:

    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131363
    ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Original Price: $199.99
    You Save: $10.00
    $189.99


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

    RAM:
    CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1600C9DHX - Retail

    Original Price: $342.00
    Discount: -$50.00, $10 mail-in rebate
    Combo Price + rebate: $282.00

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.192694

    Heatsink for CPU:
    Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail


    Original Price: $39.99
    Rebate: $25 mail-in
    Final Price: $14.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835207004


    Hard Drive:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD102UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

    Price: $79.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152101

    Internal Floppy/Memory Card Reader:
    SABRENT CRW-FLP2 All-in-one USB 2.0 Floppy Drive and 68in1 Internal Memory Card Reader & Writer - SDHC/VISTA - Retail

    Original price: $22.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820300009

    Video Card:
    SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822


    Original Price: $99.99
    You Save: $10.00
    $89.99
    ($79.99 after $10.00 Mail-In
    Rebate)

    i'll prob get 2 and crossfire them)

    Case + PSU:

    Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129025

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817371022

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.193757

    1. Antec P182: $144.99

    2. Antec TP-750 Blue: $139.95

    Combo Discount: -$40.00
    Combo Price: $244.94


    I just changed the case, mobo, and video cards.

    total costs now:
    $1,064.99 (newegg)
    + $106.98 (tigerdirect)
    $1171.97

    after savings/rebates

    $1111.97
  14. i was thinking of getting 2 separate sapphire graphics cards (1 from newegg and 1 from tigerdirect) of the ati radeon hd 4830s...

    Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0 x16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4259630&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&cm_mmc_o=VRqCjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE

    only difference is that one has 2 DVI ports and the other has 1 DVI and 1 VGA. THese should work fine as a crossfire right?
  15. Two 4830s in Crossfire perform similar to 1 4870 512MB. It's just not worth it. Either bump up to Crossfired 4850 (or 4770s, if for some reason you want less performance for more money) or get a 4870 1GB. If you just get 1 4870 you can add another one in the future if you want, but CF'd 4850s will outperform it.
  16. yea i see where you're coming from. i decided to go w/ crossfired 4850s on newegg (it was only $15 more). Plus, it came w/ 2 hdmI cables which come in pretty handy.

    i wish that there wasn't any CA taxes on Newegg... im paying my local state government over $100 in taxes -_-'.
  17. Thanks guys! I put together my order and sent it in on newegg.



    $1127.67 total cost

    but after $50 rebates it'll be $1077.67.

    its a bummer w/ CA taxes -_-'.
  18. Nice build, really. So sweet!
  19. Did you buy it yet?
  20. yea. im waiting for it to ship. i can't wait to put this rig together. i'm gonna recycle some old hard drives (250 GB, 2x200 GB, 1x 120 GB) and my Samsung IDE 12xDvD-RW.

    it should go nicely w/ the samsung td220HD. i love the 2 free HDMI cables that came w/ the order (will be nice to have cuz i plan on getting a ps3 down the line). im looking forward to the transition from 32bit to 64bit.
  21. good news guys! i just finished putting together this entire PC. im installing windows 7 right now! even tho its been 5 years since i last built a PC, the instructions were pretty straightforward :). I'm loving the antec 900 case . the sunbeam core contact freezer is HUGE... i mean.. holy smokes that heat sink is taking a good chunk of my board space. its a bit tricky w/ the cable arrangement but im workin on tidying things up. will have pics soon :)
  22. Here are the images as promised:

    Comp setup pics...




    Side Views:




    Diag tests:



    Final specs for PC:

    -AMD Phenom II 955 BE
    -MSI 790FX-GD70
    -8GB RAM (4 GB Patriot DDR 9-9-9-24 and 4 GB Corsair DDR 9-9-9-24)
    - i originally got the corsair ram but the heatspread got in the way of mounting the 120mm fan for the sunbeam core contact cooler so i got the patriot ram which allowed room for the sunbeam heatsink
    -Sapphire 4850 x 2 (xfire setup)
    -500GB WD SATA, 250 GB Samsung SATA, 200 GB WD PATA100
    -2 DVD+RW drives (i had em lying around)
    -Antec 900 Case
    -Antec 750 W blue LED PSU
    -Windows 7 64bit OS

    its been a solid PC so far. im loving it. havent had time yet but will test it w/ crysis soon :)
  23. here are some more pics of the inside of the build.









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