Need help with new gaming build!

Hi all, this will be my first gaming build. I've been reading through these forums and looking around for quite some time now and I think I'm ready for my new build. Any inputs and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Looking to purchase within the next week or so with the budget ~$1000. I also have some questions that i would like to ask.

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

Motherboard: ASUS M4A78 PRO AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

Hard Drive:Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

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

CD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Video Card: ? ? ??? ??? I need help with video card. I am not sure what to get, looking to spend 150-300 for a good decent one. any suggestions?

The motherboard is where I have question/need suggestions. I'm not quite sure which motherboard will work perfect for my cpu, which one would you pick out of the 2 listed? and do you guys have any other suggestions for motherboards?

If there is anything else I'm missing please give suggestions!
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  1. Take a look at this board.

    The 790fx you have there isn't really worth the money unless you are going crossfire or perhaps intend to do alot of overclocking. The 780g isn't the ideal choice for a gaming pc... the onboard graphics would serve no purpose and the board will probably fall short compared to other performance boards.

    The 790x i would say is a fine blend... high performance, affordable, and crossfire support.

    Video card... alot of choices here. There is the 512mb 4870 going for as low as $126, the 2gb 4850x2 going for $220 and the 4890 going for $190. Cheaper than those are the 4850 for $100, which for now is a better choice than the 4770 since that is currently more expensive while performing slightly slower... though more efficient, but not much more. Your choice will depend on your resolution, whether or not you want to go crossfire, your desired level of performance, or simply your exact budget.
  2. anyone?
  3. Junz said:


    Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P
    Intel Core i7 920
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
    6GB OCZ DDR3 1600 Triple Channel RAM
    Antec 900
    WD Caviar Black 640GB
  4. Junz said:
    Video Card: ? ? ??? ??? I need help with video card. I am not sure what to get, looking to spend 150-300 for a good decent one. any suggestions?

    What resolution?
  5. So i decided on setup...
    -AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0 GHz
    -Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P
    -SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
    -G.Skill 4GB (2 X 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
    - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W

    What do you guys think?
  6. the second build is better .

    The original ocz ram was fairly ordinary , and the mb advice be was spot on . You pay a huge premium for some hardware and it really doesnt offer enough in return
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