New Rig for a Moderate Gamer

My intention in building a PC is primarily gaming. I play many different types of games ranging from MMOs to FPS.

I'm hoping to get a bit of feedback and opinions regarding my what I have tentatively chosen for my upcoming build.

This is how it currently looks:

Mobo - MSI 790FX-GD70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130223&Tpk=gd70

Processor - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.20GHZ - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674&Tpk=955%20black%20edition

Memory - *Two of these* Corsair XMS3 DHX (2x2GHZ) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145200

Video Card - Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 4890 1GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102841

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320

CPU Cooling Fan - Cooler Master Hyper Z600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103047

PSU - Antec Truepower 1000w - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371012

OS - Vista Ultimate 64 SP1 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116493


Any feedback, comments, critiques or criticisms would be very much appreciated.

Thank you.
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  1. you dont need more than 4 gig of RAM .

    you dont need vista ultimate since you are gaming and it offers no relevant features that home premium doesnt have
    Come to think of it ,since Windows 7 is bout to be released try downloading the RC for free and using that till its on sale

    you dont need a 1000 w psu . 650 would be plenty

    The ram you have selected is expensive because its 1600MHz , but the timings are not so good

    This Gskill ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231200
    is 1333 MHz but its low voltage and has muh better timings so the MHz difference is more than offset . Its only $65
    And you still dont need 8 gig
  2. ^+1 for the 4GB RAM and less wattage PSU...

    1000W ?? Are you planning for HD 4890 triple-crossfire ??? If yes, then OK stick with the 1000W...

    A 650W would be very good but would be a close call for 2x HD 4890 crossfire just incase if you plan to add one more plater...though it would work but better to have some headroom...

    As for the PSU, I would suggest this combo...Though the corsair 750TX is just fine...but this combo is better...
    Antec 1200 + Antec CP850
    One of the best full Tower cases + A very good 850W PSU that should be more than suffice for that config...But this PSU cannot be used with any other case apart from Antec 1200/ P183/ P193...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.209010

    or if you want to go cheap, then CM 690 + Corsair 750TX...

    CPU cooler - Certainly the Scythe Mugen 2/ Xig Dark Knight...

    HDD - Get the WD Black 640GB...they are newer, faster, better and bigger than the WD 500GB versions...
  3. Thank you guys for the responses.

    My main drive for going with the huge PSU is because I hate not being prepared down the road. I may end up getting another video card and getting some Crossfire going and I would hate to have gone with a smaller PSU that can't handle the load all to save a few bucks.

    But the suggestion gkay gave with the Antec combo works well for me because I had looked at that case as a replacement for my current tower (an old Chieftec Dragon full tower case I've had for about 8 years, I'm attached lol)

    So I'll cut down to 4 GBs of RAM, I'm gonna pass on the GSkill as I'm partial to Crucial or Corsair RAM. (Thanks anyway for the suggestion Outlander)

    This is the RAM I'll be getting:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148261

    Also gkay I looked into the Xigmatek Dark Knight and I think I'll go with that, it seems to have pretty solid reviews.
  4. Your Ram looks good .

    It is nice to have some head room with a psu but if you have too much it doesnt work efficiently .

    Even with a 750 watt psu you would be ok for crossfiring a second 4890 .

    But a more likely upgrade is the shift to the next generation of gfx cards . In a year or so [ if the future is anything like the past ] then todays top end gfx will be matched by the next generations midrange card . Its usually not economical at that stage to add a second older card .
    We are also likely to see the nexr generation of gfx cards using much less power . Partly thats already happened with the radeon 4770 . The circuits in the chip are burned on a smaller 40 nanometer process and it barely uses power compared to older gpu's of the same gfx ability . Theres every reason to think PC's will use less power in future and not more .
  5. +1 for that RAM...No one would vote against the Crucial :P And that too the tracer are fun to watch too...

    And currently the Antec 1200 + X4 955 has $60 off with the combo...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.208862
  6. Again I would suggest you change the HDD to WD Black 640...It is just $5 more and is well worth it...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
  7. Sorry I forgot to mention it, I plan on taking that bit of advice as well. My build currently looks like this:

    Mobo - MSI 790FX-GD70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130223

    Processor - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.20GHZ - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

    Memory - Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 1333 (2x2GB) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148261

    Video Card - Sapphire VAPOR-X Radeon 4890 1GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102841

    Hard Drive - Western Digital Black 640Gb 7200RPM 32MB Cache - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    CPU Cooling Fan - Xigmatek Dark Knight - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    Power Supply - Antec 850W Continuous Power - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

    Case - Antec Twelve Hundred Full Tower - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

    And I'm in the process of downloading Windows 7 RC.


    I want to thank you guys for the help. I'm a home tech, been building my own computers since I was 14 (first computer was an AMD K6 overclocked to a whopping 366 or something close to that). But I like having feedback and assistance in my builds, I find it helps when you can get another persons view and a fresh set of eyes to catch anything I may have overlooked.

    Also any suggestions for a good thermal paste off of NewEgg.com?
  8. Nice setup...

    Glad could help...
    Just few last minute suggestions...
    You can also look into these 2 cards...they are well worth the extra $10/ $20...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121308
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102840

    Thermal compound - Latest and best...
    TX-3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154007
  9. gkay09 said:
    Nice setup...

    Glad could help...
    Just few last minute suggestions...
    You can also look into these 2 cards...they are well worth the extra $10/ $20...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121308
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102840

    Thermal compound - Latest and best...
    TX-3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154007



    Hi I got a Xigmatek Dark Kight recently and is the thermal compund that comes with it that bad? and would it make a big differance getting a AS5
  10. The thermal compound is not that bad as the one that comes with the stock cooler, but also is not as good as the AS5...The AS5 might lower the temps by 2 or 3 degrees...
  11. Yea, cause I wanna overclock my AMD 955 to about 3.6ghz so should I just use the thermal compound that came with my Xigmatek and not bother with getting anything else.
  12. For that overclock, it should be fine...But applying the AS5 wouldn't hurt though...
  13. yea but I would have to waste 16 pounds (deliver included) so I quess Ill just use the one that came with my cooler.
  14. 16 Pounds...Yup like you said stick with the one that came with the cooler :P
  15. Thanks again for all the input fellas.

    Unfortunately last night as i was getting ready to purchase it ... Newegg ran out of the MoBo ... so it looks like I'll be putting off buying it until they get more in.
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