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AM3 , Quadcore gaming pc, $975 budget, First build

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July 27, 2009 4:03:42 PM

This will be a big step coming from my cough (comp** presario s5000nx) cough desktop with a GeForce 5200. Thought I would give AMD a shot this time.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two/three days

BUDGET RANGE: US $975 before MIR

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (FPS, MMOs), internet multitasking, music, movies, coding, photoshop, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, ATI, Triple or Quad Core Cpu, ATX mobo

OVERCLOCKING: Yes in the future




I would like my system to be able to play upcoming games eg. Diablo 3, Bioshock2, and so on.
I would like my build to last me a for quite some time.
I don't mind playing games on medium settings.
This will be my first time building a pc
Newegg charges tax where I live
I will have pc on 24/7


Following from Newegg

ASUS VW195T Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000 :1 (ASCR) Built in Speakers - Retail $119.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail $69.99

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $179.00

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $139.99

both in combo =238

GPU and OS combo
XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Shipping
Double Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty

OS with Win 7 coupon
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM $109.99

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM $26.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $74.99

SeaSonic S12 II SS-500GB 500W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $72.99
Special savings, while supplies last

Tax: $68.39
Shipping: $14.02
Grand Total: $911.33

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July 27, 2009 8:29:39 PM

^ seasonic is the best make of PSU's, I think they make the PSU's for Corsair as well.
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July 27, 2009 8:46:08 PM

thanks for the replies

the ocz fatality looks like a good psu with 25amps per rail
one of the main concerns i found with it

from newegg
"Cons: The O-ring that protects the main ATX power cables from the metal PSU case comes out every now and then. Wires inside of the power supply were hitting the fan causing it to not run."


what do you think about the seasonic psu i posted? only negative reviews so far from newegg mention noise but i dont mind a little noise at all. afterall it cant be as loud as my current pc
July 27, 2009 9:18:47 PM

Seasonic are a great brand . They manufacture Corsair PSU, so when you buy a Corsair you are buying a Seasonic .

I think you have a well balanced and well thought out computer , but in the past I havent beed much impressed with anything foxconn have made . I hear they are better now , and starting to produce quality components but I would still prefer to build using ASUS or Gigabyte motherboards .

This combo adds a bit to the price
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb +ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX $ 260 [ after MIR ]
July 27, 2009 11:51:07 PM

Unfortunetly the asus mobo puts me over budget by just a tad :??: 

I might just have to jump on the foxconn. Ive read positive reviews on newegg and seeing its an am3 mobo the quality should be decent. I cant say the same for foxconn support though.

Thanks for the help so far
July 28, 2009 10:11:28 AM

^ it's foxconn however, and everyone knows how the bigger the company, the lower quality of the product and the worse the guarantee support.

July 28, 2009 1:38:06 PM

everything seems really good, besides that foxconn mobo (would probably perfer a gigabyte or something along those lines)'ll be happy with your rig for sure...too bad you live in either jersey or cali (stupid tax)
July 29, 2009 12:43:14 AM

I changed the GPU and Mobo to the ASUS suggested.
Will buy cm 590 at frys for 25 (have to love giftcards)
The combos and prices change within a few hours I was surprised.
Last night there was a combo for the 955 BE with the Asus m4a78t-e which cost less than the combo with the 945

50 Dollars left

July 29, 2009 1:27:47 AM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ seasonic is the best make of PSU's, I think they make the PSU's for Corsair as well.

wow haha my apologies. i am just so used to you guys recommending corsair psu's that i have just gotten kind of used to them being number 1. i will remember that for future reference, thanks!
July 29, 2009 2:16:32 AM

SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT 550W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $89.99
5 Year Manufacture direct warranty

I thought about changing the psu to this one for a DX 11 card in the future. Would the 4 rails be a negative?

Thanks for the feedback
July 29, 2009 3:11:55 PM

72 amps across 4 rails is never a negative :) 
July 29, 2009 4:13:24 PM

^ except that can't be maxed to 72amps on all of the rails, so it'll be more like 50A combined which is still very good for a 550w PSU.
July 29, 2009 5:21:49 PM

true that...but still, very effing good...
July 29, 2009 5:33:45 PM

i disagree with a 'big name' PSU, alot of times the customer support rma is terrible with the big names, do a little research with the companys (call em' before you buy and act as though you need help, cause you do!), i have a Hiper, and i have been using it for awhile now, and i love it. runs cool, and i have to admit i was a little unsure at first, but i had alot of issues with the so-called 'big' name psu's.