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New phenom II gaming build - around $1100

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June 8, 2009 4:33:48 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week
BUDGET RANGE: 700-900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photoshop, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I want an AMD processor, and a 23-25" monitor

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want an AMD build and to have the pc (minus monitor etc) to be around 800.. I dont want to see tons of, "well if you spend 200 more you can do an i7 build.. " etc. I am open to all options but I want the best performance for my money. Thanks in advance!

What I have so far:

Case: Antec three hundred black steel midtower case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
+
PSU: Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Combo deal : $106.94

MOBO: ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
+
OS: Vista ultimate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Combo deal with vista ultimate/processor: $274.04

CPU Cooler:
I need suggestions for this. I want to OC as far as I can, so best cooler for the money.

Ram: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$54.99

GPU: here are what I am considering, please weigh in...
1: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$250 (229.99 after MIR)

2. HIS Hightech H487QT1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$184 (164 after MIR)
Id like opinions on other cards as well!

Monitor: looking for 24ish inch

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thanks!



June 8, 2009 5:01:59 PM

Xigmatek Dark Knight for CPU cooler.
Get a 4890 instead of a 4870.
Drop Vista and use Windows 7 RC.
You forgot the HDD: go with a WD640GB Black.

I'll put something together.
June 8, 2009 5:19:50 PM

Monitor - Daily Special: Acer H233Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
176$

CPU: PII 720 x3

MOBO: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
259$

Case: CM RC-690 -> free shipping unlike Antec 300

PSU: Corsair 650W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
160$

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
60$

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
75$

Heatsink: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
40$

Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
5$

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 1004.91$ (0.00$ shipping!)
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June 8, 2009 5:34:47 PM

for GPU:

is radeon hd 4890 1gb for $250 is better bang for buck than
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
radeon 4870 x2 2gb for $250?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also update:
I have added
Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835154003
5$

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319
75$

Heatsink: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029
40$


In regards to PSU/Case combo:
is the CM worth the extra 50 bucks (or perhaps 40 bucks aftershipping)?
June 8, 2009 5:40:54 PM

Hmm, I added the Antec 300 to my cart and it didn't charge me any shipping, so if that's the case, go with the 300.

Also, that's not a 4870x2, its a fancy 4870. 4890 has higher core and memory clocks.
June 8, 2009 5:47:45 PM

I see, good to know. I will put together an updated list.
June 8, 2009 6:04:23 PM

I'm a fan of the WD Black drives and wouldn't recommend anything else, but that's a matter of personal opinion. The 640GB drive will be the fastest non-raptor drive you can buy if you don't need the extra space.
June 8, 2009 6:22:06 PM

Case: Antec three hundred black steel midtower case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198951
+
PSU: Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198951
Combo deal : $106.94 (plus 19ish shipping)

MOBO: ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 813157141R
$79.99

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198011
$190

Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835154003
$5 (5ish shipping)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319
75$

Heatsink: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029
40$

Ram: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231166
$54.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102830
$229 (215 after mir)

Monitor: Acer H233Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$176

Sub Total: 957.86
shipping: 25.64
Total: $983.40
June 8, 2009 6:24:58 PM

Your mobo supports AMD2/2+ sockets, but not AMD3. You're cutting off your upgrade path by not getting an AMD 2+/3 mobo instead. Unless you do heavy photoshopping, I think the 720 has more value than the 940, but its your call.

Other than that it looks fine.
June 8, 2009 6:28:56 PM

Well I would like to stick with a 4 core for longevity. Do you have any suggestions for a mobo for 940?

thanks again
June 8, 2009 7:21:39 PM

I recently purchased that mobo with my 720 and have been very happy with it. Nice BIOS, easy to OC, good onboard sound and no onboard gfx to mess with.
June 8, 2009 8:15:05 PM

excellent, thanks.
June 8, 2009 9:21:03 PM

so if I went with a 720 would there be a noticeable difference when upgrading to ddr3 ram?
June 8, 2009 9:37:09 PM

Now, no. In the future, maybe. Given the price now, its probably worth it but you won't see any benefits right away.
June 8, 2009 10:17:50 PM

thanks, I ended up going with the 940. Ill post later once its all together!
June 9, 2009 10:37:31 AM

Definitely go for the hd4890 and newegg have the Gigabyte for $200 plus a $20 cash back. Also with the motherboard I would suggest going for a Gigabyte 790X-UD4P. I just think it has a lot better build quality than the Asrock. Either way it wll be a great system.
June 9, 2009 12:40:49 PM

thanks I switched to that video card, excellent deal. Ill post final build in a few.
June 10, 2009 12:13:30 PM

Final build:
Total Cost: almost exactly $1000 shipped

Case: Antec three hundred black steel midtower case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198951
+
PSU: Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198951
Combo deal : $106.94 (plus 19ish shipping)


MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128387
110


Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198011
$190


Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835154003
$5 (5ish shipping)


HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319
75$


Heatsink: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029
40$


Ram: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231166
$54.99


GPU: GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4890 1GB
$200 (+20 mir after mir)


Monitor: Acer H233Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824009162
$176
June 10, 2009 12:28:55 PM

Hi... very nice setup...
You can change the CPU cooler to the Classic Xig S1283 as its performance would be as good or slightly better than the Dark knight.
June 10, 2009 12:38:21 PM

the scythe mugen cooler is well thought of too for that socket, and ~35$US. it's rather large though.
July 1, 2009 10:43:40 AM

Okay here's what I did when I assembled my system.

ONE-FOXCONN DESTROYER MOTHER BOARD $165.00
This board is da bomb - read about it and you will see.
One - AMD Phenom 2 Deneb 940 3.0 ghz cpu $225.00 OC to 3.7ghz
One- ULTRA CHILLTEC CPU TEC COOLER $90.00
TWO-= NIVIDIA GEOFORCE 9600 GSO 748 DDR3 RAM in SLI $180.00 FOR BOTH MINUS $40.00 REBATE. The motherboard can run UP TO FOUR VIDEO CARDS IN SLI.
8 Gig OCX DDR2 800 type memory 4x2gig sticks $95.00
One - SATA Raptor 1 Terabyte HDD 7200rpm $129.00
One-SOPRANORS system case from bestbuy $99.00
One- 730w Power supply $140.00

Price $1083.00

If you have your own hard drive knock 129.00 off that and if only want 4 gig of ram knock another 45.00 off also.

I play Mass Effect, Bio Shock, Halo, and Crysis (HIGH setting due to using XP Pro SP3 - Vista sucks bad) all the others at max settings FPS is above 40-50 in crysis..
!