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August 13, 2009 7:52:57 PM
August 13, 2009 8:04:02 PM

I don't want crossfire. without the crossfire, is the PSU too much
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August 13, 2009 8:19:39 PM

shortstuff_mt, are your suggestions for CPU compatible with DDR3 memory?
August 13, 2009 8:30:16 PM

No they are not. If you are doing a new build and want to stay on a tight budget I would really suggest you go the AMD AM3 route.

A good AM3 mobo and the X4 945 CPU would be a great combo and would allow you to utilize DDR3 RAM.

This is a great mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is an amazing price and if you have no plans on Crossfire then it could save you some money allowing you to upgrade to a 4890.
a c 80 V Motherboard
August 13, 2009 8:33:26 PM

Sorry, I'm at work and they block access to amazon.com so I couldn't see what RAM the OP was planning on using. I wouldn't suggest DDR3 on an LGA 775 socket build. Quality DDR2 800 RAM is all that's needed for a Core 2 setup.

I agree that it makes no sense to use a Core 2 chip for a new build. AMD currently offers better price/performance as well as an upgrade path. LGA 775 is dead.

If the OP uses the template at the top of the forum and posts a request for assistance putting a build together at a specific budget, I'm sure we could put something better than the above together.
August 13, 2009 8:35:56 PM

so I shouldn't get DDR memory?
a c 80 V Motherboard
August 13, 2009 8:38:02 PM

I wouldn't recommend DDR3 RAM for an Intel Core 2 build. In fact, I wouldn't recommend an Intel Core 2 build at all at the moment. AMD makes much more sense right now.

Do you already have the above components? If not, what is your budget and what do you plan on using this build for? We can do much better.
August 13, 2009 8:39:18 PM

agreed with shortstuff.

Do you already have the parts that you listed in your first post? If you do not then the AM3 route would allow you to have a better upgrade path.
August 13, 2009 8:40:57 PM

No, I am currently still looking for good components. My budget is nothing over 1000 dollars. Thanks for all the help !
a c 80 V Motherboard
August 13, 2009 8:42:25 PM

I just happen to have an upgradeable AMD $970 build pre-configured!

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM (Includes free Windows 7 updrade coupon)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.94 (Case + OS combo)

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99

Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G1333LLK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $78.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 - $20.00 MIR

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $28.99

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $36.60

Total - $969.47 - $20.00 MIR

All top notch quality components and ready to add another 4870 in crossfire in the future if needed.

What is the intended use of the computer? Do you also need a monitor in your budget? If you already have a monitor, what resolution does it run at?
August 13, 2009 8:43:44 PM

Okay I will come up with a great AM3 build for around $1000. Do you need a monitor, keyboard, OS, and mouse? I will post a build with just the main rig for $1000 and edit it if needed.

edit: Haha nice shortstuff! that is a very solid build and I would have recommended basically the same build. The only thing that the OP could change is the 4870 1gb. You could upgrade it to a 4890 for about $40-50 more. Again that is really up to you but shortstuff's build is extremely solid!
August 13, 2009 8:44:08 PM

what is $20.00 MIR ? I really want a intel one.
August 13, 2009 8:44:41 PM

no i don't need a monitor or mouse or keyboard.
a c 80 V Motherboard
August 13, 2009 8:46:38 PM

MIR = mail in rebate.

Why do you want to do an Intel build? I don't have a preference between Intel and AMD. It's just not a good time to build an Intel system at the $1,000 price point. Intel is in the process of killing the Core 2 chips to make way for the new mainstream chips. Core 2 lived a good life, but there are currently better options out there for your money.
August 13, 2009 8:47:58 PM

fine, is there another good intel CPU I can buy?
August 13, 2009 8:51:26 PM

yes you can go the i7 route but that will be over $1000 for a good build. Prolly about $1200 without skimping out on the gpu.
a c 80 V Motherboard
August 13, 2009 8:52:50 PM

You still haven't said what the intended use of this computer is. Without knowing that, the Intel i7 920 is the only Intel chip I'd use at the moment. It's hard to squeeze an i7 build into a $1000 budget without cutting more corners than I'm willing to cut. The above AMD build is your best option with a $1000 budget.
August 13, 2009 8:55:16 PM

Yes I am a gamer and multimedia person.
August 13, 2009 8:57:15 PM

okay then the AMD build will serve your needs just as well as the i7 would if you are going to be gaming. If you are using CS4 or doing hardcore HD video editing then I would recommend the i7 but for your uses the AM3 build would serve your needs great.
August 13, 2009 9:00:12 PM

are you sure AMD is the way to go? I really like intel and i always have used intel.
August 13, 2009 9:05:37 PM

I am positive. They are both great brands. You came here and gave us a budget of no more then $1000. And for that budget AMD is 100% the way to go.

take a look at this thread by tecmo, it should really help you out if you are still unsure.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended...
a c 80 V Motherboard
August 13, 2009 9:07:20 PM

Yes, I'm absolutely sure that AMD is the way to go in this price segment. The fact that you "really like" Intel and the you've "always used" Intel doesn't mean they're better. :) 

You can check the benchmarks for the games you intend to play if you don't want to take my word for it. AMD is currently very strong in the mid-range segment.
August 13, 2009 9:08:40 PM

ok , I'm getting AMD. Thank you waynec121 and shortstuff_mt.
August 13, 2009 9:28:49 PM

no problem glad we could help! : )
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