PROOF-READ my new built please!

My new built:

AMD 940 BE
Gigabyte GA-MA790X
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz
4850 512mb (Crossfire later) OR 4870 1GB ( Stick with this for a while)
Antec 900
Corsair 650TX
Western Digital 160GB
LG GH22NS30 22x DVD-RW
Windows 7

So i have a couple questions about this built

1) Can I get a cheeper MOBO that would not significently decrease my gaming performance

2) Should I get the 2 4850's 512mb OR 1 4870 1GB and stick with that for a while and maybe crossfire it.

3) Im also open to any new suggestions ( But keep in mind my budget is limited) ( I will also be playing on a 22" monitor)
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  1. I dont see any spelling errors, gratz.
  2. Whats the resolution of the 22" monitor? As that is what determines what video card you need.
  3. hunter315 said:
    Whats the resolution of the 22" monitor? As that is what determines what video card you need.



    1)Um... I havent purchued my monitor yet, and Im still not sure which one to get. Can you recommend me a good 22" monitor please and I live in UK if that makes any differance

    2) and for what resolution are the video cards I listed most comatible with
  4. Good build. You really can't get a much cheaper motherboard unless you're willing to give up the crossfire option. Go with the single HD4870.
  5. dirtmountain said:
    Good build. You really can't get a much cheaper motherboard unless you're willing to give up the crossfire option. Go with the single HD4870.



    Even If I go with the 1GB 4870, Ill crossfire that in couple months time, so I need that MOBO anyway right? or would you say corssfiring the 1GB 4870 dosent make much sense and instead I just should get a better video card in future
  6. At 1680X1250 (LG 22") crossfiring a 4870 probably isn't going to be worth it and you should get great performance with just 1. Keeping a crossfire mobo keeps your options open into the future. New 40nm GPUs that will be out before too long (HD4780) for example. Use less power then the 4870, but "should" deliver about the same performance. Crossfire just expands your future upgrade options and is usually worth it in my opinion.
  7. dirtmountain said:
    At 1680X1250 (LG 22") crossfiring a 4870 probably isn't going to be worth it and you should get great performance with just 1. Keeping a crossfire mobo keeps your options open into the future. New 40nm GPUs that will be out before too long (HD4780) for example. Use less power then the 4870, but "should" deliver about the same performance. Crossfire just expands your future upgrade options and is usually worth it in my opinion.


    Yea, Ill stick with crossfire MOBO and get the 1GB 4870 and see what the future holds for me? Just one quick questions what manufacturer do you recommend for the 1gb 4870

    Edit: I was thinking about getting the LG W2261V 22 Wide TFT Monitor Full HD 1920 x 1080
  8. My first choice would be XFX for their double lifetime warranty (must be registered) That way if/when you sell an older card the person that buys it is still covered with a lifetime warranty.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150395

    Some XFX are out of stock. Of the others i'd look at warranty/price/cooling solutions/extras like games etc.
  9. dirtmountain said:
    My first choice would be XFX for their double lifetime warranty (must be registered) That way if/when you sell an older card the person that buys it is still covered with a lifetime warranty.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150395

    Some XFX are out of stock. Of the others i'd look at warranty/price/cooling solutions/extras like games etc.


    Couple more questions

    1) Would overlocking my CPU or GPU give me a significant performance boost in gaming?

    2) And Im not sure which one to get the PC P&C 610W OR Corsair 650TX
  10. Yes, Overclocking will give you significant improvement, how much depends on how high the overclock. I rarely go to extremes on my overclocks and am satisfied with a smaller boost in performance with less heat and more stability. I'd either get the EA(earthwatts)750w Antec that is in this combo deal for the Antec 900 case. It's $5.00 more then the Corsair 650w, but you don't have to screw with a rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.197358

    or get a PC Power and Cooling 750w which is the same price as the Corsair 650w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009

    With 2 HD4870s in crossfire, along with an overclocked system a 750w power supply is a good idea.
  11. dirtmountain said:
    Yes, Overclocking will give you significant improvement, how much depends on how high the overclock. I rarely go to extremes on my overclocks and am satisfied with a smaller boost in performance with less heat and more stability. I'd either get the EA(earthwatts)750w Antec that is in this combo deal for the Antec 900 case. It's $5.00 more then the Corsair 650w, but you don't have to screw with a rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.197358

    or get a PC Power and Cooling 750w which is the same price as the Corsair 650w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009

    With 2 HD4870s in crossfire, along with an overclocked system a 750w power supply is a good idea.


    1) Im not really good with overclocking so which componets should i overclock

    2) Do I need a 750W PS for overclocking or crossfire( Im not sure if ill crossfire the 4870 or get better card)
  12. If you're going to crossfire a 4870 especially with an overclocked CPU/GPU you should have a 750w PSU. Since there's very little price difference ($10) a larger power supply will run cooler, quieter and in the most efficient part of it's power delivery (40-60%)
    If you're not crossfiring the 4870 then either of the PSUs you mentioned earlier would be fine.
  13. go with the 750W, as it gives u headroom for the new XF in future (if u want it, or even think about it)
  14. dirtmountain said:
    If you're going to crossfire a 4870 especially with an overclocked CPU/GPU you should have a 750w PSU. Since there's very little price difference ($10) a larger power supply will run cooler, quieter and in the most efficient part of it's power delivery (40-60%)
    If you're not crossfiring the 4870 then either of the PSUs you mentioned earlier would be fine.


    1) Im probobly gonna get the 750W PSU just in case and Ill see my games run on a single 4870 and than see if I should get another one.

    2) IM a noob at overlocking so which components should I overclock and to what Extent????
  15. ...bumb answer please
  16. You'll be overclocking your CPU and if you want your GPU. Overclocking the X3 720 to 3.2 GHz on the stock cooling is pretty easy. Here's a basic link about it. Just remember to monitor your hardware. Know what your temps are and what that means. Keep doing research until you're familiar with what you need to do. The BIOS that Gigabyte uses is different then what Asus uses, so focus on Gigabyte. Some of the overclocking programs don't work with Windows7 yet, they should pretty soon though.

    http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=63690
  17. dirtmountain said:
    You'll be overclocking your CPU and if you want your GPU. Overclocking the X3 720 to 3.2 GHz on the stock cooling is pretty easy. Here's a basic link about it. Just remember to monitor your hardware. Know what your temps are and what that means. Keep doing research until you're familiar with what you need to do. The BIOS that Gigabyte uses is different then what Asus uses, so focus on Gigabyte. Some of the overclocking programs don't work with Windows7 yet, they should pretty soon though.

    http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=63690


    Thanks, Ill take a look at that.
    umm.. Ill be using a AMD 940 though not the 720 and I dont think I have anything from ASUS.


    edit: If I overclock will I need to buy a fan or something or will my case do the job


    edit: I was thinking and instead of the antec 900 Ill go with antec 300, I dont think it will cause any problems? and quick questions does the antec 300 include the blue LED's around the fans?
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