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Gaming system for $1000/600 Euro

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June 2, 2009 7:59:30 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this month BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1000/550-650 Euro


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (examples:,, -- this is to help others see available options and prices)




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Since I'm not one of the lucky ones who can buy parts cheaply in US, you should have in mind that things are more expensive here in Europe and we don't have such vast selection. I will be posting prices from, but what I need the most is evaluation of the system and what could go wrong with it.

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail

ASRock A770DE

Any decent 4 GB DDR2-PC800 RAM, because I'm not quite sure which is the best

Same goes for HDD, should be at least 500GB

2x ASUS EAH4770/HTDI/512MD5 Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Any 600W PSU

Sorry about the lack of info for some items but I'm mainly asking if this setup looks good enough. Wouldn't 1 x16 and 1 x4 PCIe slots create a bottleneck for the 2nd video card running CrossFire?
For those who can underestand German, I was talking about this setup + another HD 4770:äte_PC_Systeme?hash=item23017f65d1&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A30

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June 2, 2009 8:03:56 PM

Yeah, I realized that the setup I posted can't handle 2 4770's properly, so currently looking at other builds on eBay (UK one)....
June 2, 2009 8:06:49 PM

wouldn't it make a lot more sense to look at a localised site and get a better idea of prices?
June 3, 2009 6:54:15 AM

Here in Lithuania prices for this stuff is about 50% higher and shops don't even have HD 4770 yet. Since shipping across EU isn't that expensive, UK prices are probably the best.
June 3, 2009 8:03:57 AM

oh and you'll have to wait for the 4770. they're all sold out :) 
June 3, 2009 2:42:05 PM

Thanks for the links.
I found this on which looks really sweet although without 2x HD 4770 but I can live with that. Now just need to convince them to send this baby over here to Lithuania...

matt2k said:
in that case, here are some links for uk shopping sites, you'll have to check for international shipping though ;)

and not to forget , have found some really great deals there, they're a bugger to find though

June 3, 2009 3:04:32 PM

This is what I built on

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition, Deneb, S AM2+, 3.0GHz, 8MB Total Cache, HT 2000MHz, 125W, Retail

Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4, AMD 790X, AM2+, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR2 1066/1200/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066), 240Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15, EPP

500 GB Seagate ST3500418AS Barracuda 7200.12, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 9.5 ms, NCQ

2x 512MB Asus HD 4770, PCI-E 2.0(x16), 3200MHz GDDR5, GPU 750MHz, 640 Cores, 2x DVI/ HDTV

Xclio Windtunnel Extreme V2 Cooling Black Tower case with 2 x 25cm VR Side Fans - w/o PSU

650W EZCool Silent SLi pPFC Power Supply PCI-E + SATA AMD & P4 Ready 12cm Silent Fan ATX12v Ready

Not sure if I'll need cooler for the CPU and if cables come with the parts. Also will that mommy fit in the Case and what about if I used this case:
Antec 300 Three Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black (No PSU)

Also is there a difference between HD 4770 made by Asus and one made by Sapphire? If yes, which one is better then?
June 3, 2009 7:52:09 PM

There ya go :) 
June 4, 2009 7:01:03 AM

Ok, so my final build is like this:

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail

Note: not sure if it'll be Black Edition or not, this is just for referance.

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

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C7 - Retail

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

2x Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4770 512MB PCI-Express - Retail

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Any last thoughts or ideas?