I will be ordering my all of my parts tommorow so I need some close to instant feedback here on my FIRST ever build. Budget is ~900 and I think Ive got the best products for my budget but I'd like to feedback/opinions of what everyone thinks. Also if you think I've forgotten something Im going to need feel free to inform me. Thanks.

OS: Windows XP

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Graphics Card: EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

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

RAM: G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail

Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail


As ive stated this is my first ever build, this DVD burner isnt just a burner, persay correct? It will read game discs for instillation too?
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  1. Yeah that burner will read and burn just about everything that isnt a bluray.

    Corsair ram is pretty good, just be aware their MIR's take a while to come in but they do arrive. Its significantly cheaper and a bit faster than the stuff you had chosen previously. The one bad review was written by a moron.
  2. you seem to like gaming. If so, buy a crossfire capable MOBO and 2x 4770. It'll be arround 100$ more since you need a more expensive mobo to have 2x PCI express 2.0 o 16x, but I believe you can do it with a 900$ budget
  3. I would pick a slightly different setup, but that's a great case. I'm currently using it and I would recommend you get a couple extra 120mm fans to put in it. Not cause it needs it, but it has lots of room for them. I have 2 in the top, 1 in the bottom, 2 on the front, and 1 on the back.
  4. Considering that you have a crossfire board you may as well go with an ATI card so I would say go with the 4870 1GB. It's generally a little faster than a 260 sp 192 and you can add another 4870 latter to increase your performance. As for the motherboard, since you're going to use a dedicated GPU you can save a few bucks and go with

    GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P $109.99

    Which is pretty much the same but has more USB ports and a Firewire port in place of the onboard video you wouldn't use anyway.
  5. I agree with everyone else, you should go for an ATI card if you ever want to buy another and crossfire them.

    Might I suggest getting this motherboard instead of the one you currently have picked out:
    ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131366 $129.99

    There currently is a $54.00 combo with this motherboard and the CPU you have picked out so this motherboard will only end up costing you $75.99 if you think about it, and it has a $15.00 MIR which will leave you open to use that money for other upgrades. You will have to switch out your RAM for DDR3 if you get this board so just remember that.

    As for a video card, you can get a 4890 for about the same price as the one you have picked out, and I think it would be a much wiser choice to get one of those in place of the card you have chosen now, and if you want even more performance in the future you can always buy another

    Here is a decent video card option to think about:
    SAPPHIRE 100269OCSR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102831 $199.99

    So with changing all these things you will be spending probably around $10-15 more on the RAM, and $15 more on the video card, but you will also be spending $44 less then you would have been if you were buying the motherboard you have picked out now, so you are saving around $15 in the grand scheme of it all and you are getting better performance out of the build too.

    Well sorry for the long post, hope I helped!
  6. +1 to 790X and a 4890 or 4850X2.
  7. I'm not sure, but it seems the crosfire capable mobos that have been sugested aren't capable of 16X on both PCI Express slots when in crosfire.

    But I don't know why am I replying to this since fubukid seems to have forgotten about his thread.
  8. A 790FX is substantially more expensive, and not worth it unless you plan on quadfiring.
  9. I would go for the Corsair 850-TX instead of the 650-TX in case you decide to crossfire and depending on how many case fans, HDD's etc. you plan on installing either no or later.
  10. Thanks for the input everyone.
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