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July 30, 2009 10:09:25 AM

Right, going to buy the parts soon, so would like your verdict on it and if all will be compatible etc..
This is just a double check to make sure.
Res is 1680 x 1050, budget isnt much of a factor to me, though would rather not go over by to much where I am now.
And installing W7 RC 64bit. And planning to OC Cpu only.

CPU:
Phenom X3 720 BE

CPU Cooler:
Scythe Mugen 2 CPU cooler

Motherboard:
Gigabyte Ga-Ma790x-UD4P

Memory:
G.Skill 4GB Kit DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15, F2-8500CL5D-4GBPI

Hard Drive:
Western Digital WD6400AAKS 640GB

DVD Writer:
LG- GSA-H55L DVD Writer

Case:
CM690 Black Case

PSU
Antec EA650w PSU

GPU:
XFX HD-489x HD4890

I'm also open to any coolers for me gpu, though please please please, use this site as not all coolers are available in my country (NZ)
www.pricespy.co.nz

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July 30, 2009 10:15:03 AM

looks great.

Might want to switch to the WD Caviar Black series (AALS), it will be a bit faster than the one you have picked (AAKS).

That's just nitpicking though.
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July 30, 2009 10:51:48 AM

Do you need that mb?

Feature wise its a great AM2+ mb and would let you crossfire a second gfx card . But you wont need to do that any time soon with a 4890 and a 22 inch monitor .

If you are not intending to add a second gfx card you could move to an all AM3 build for about the same price

With a Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P $189.96

G.SKILL 4GB kit (2GB x 2) DDR3-1333 (PC-10600) CL8-8-8-21 MEMORY $155.21

I think thats a little bit cheaper than your am2 build, and should have a longer working life with more parts support . Performance will be very similar

You do lose the second gfx card slot on the mb though

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July 30, 2009 1:11:26 PM

Ram is cheap so grab as much as you can. I like velociraptors because they're fast but I also use Seagate .12 drives because they're very cheap, big and fast. One of each
August 1, 2009 7:26:34 AM

Is there any MBs that you would recommend that support Crossfire and DDR3?
I looked at the MB you mentioned and apparently needs VRM heatsinks if you are planning to OC and trying to find heatsinks in NZ is a nightmare and the Asus MBs look alright but it seems a bit of -tive and +tive comments.

Ideas?

And reason for Crossfire is that I plan to keep this system for over a year so would like the option of crossfire.
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August 1, 2009 11:13:17 AM

I dont think you will need to crossfire a pair of 4890's when you have a screen resolution of 1680 x 1050

It might let you turn gfx quality up but you dont get a whole lot extra out the experience and it costs a lot .

This is a review of the GA-MA770T-UD3P
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/985/1/
They get fairly decent OC's on a 720 be
But it is a budget board and you do lose out on gfx expansion

There arent a huge range of AM3 boards available here yet
The ASUS M4A78T-E is a nice board and reasonably priced but its a 790 g which means you only get 8x/8x pci-e slots in crossfire mode
Same with the Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P

The only AM3 booards that available that have 16 x/ 16 x slots are
Microstar 790FX-GD70
and
Asustek M4A79T-Deluxe AM3 790FX
The 8x slots would be limiting a 4890 so you'd want one of those boards if you went AM3 . How is the budget holding up?
August 1, 2009 11:21:59 AM

^ you also have the crosshair III and one by DFI.
August 1, 2009 11:32:31 AM

Hmm, I'm liking the looks of the Microstar, not to expensive either. Reason for crossfire is just future proof really. Technology likes to move fast and I like to play games at max.

The microstar is probably the most I'd spend really, I'm pushing my budget getting it as it is.
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