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New $1400 Gaming Build

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August 15, 2009 2:10:55 PM

Will be used mainly for gaming, if you can find improvements without raising the price, or not raising it by too much I'm happy to listen, thanks in advance.






As of right now, I don't want to overclock, if I decide to in the future I'll just pick up a new cooler at that time. I have plenty of experience building but I've been away from home for training at Ft Sill/Ft Leonard Wood/Ft Pickett for the past 6 months or so, so I'm alittle out of the loop on the latest though I followed as much as I can, just not as much as I'd like to.

Again, thanks.

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August 15, 2009 2:13:28 PM

looks good other than you're using an EOL build, try using a Phenom II 955 and an AM3 motherboard.

And yes they've caught up.
August 15, 2009 2:18:52 PM

Any word on when the i5s will be released? I'd like to build this right away but the i5s are more interesting to me than the Phenom II's right now. I love i7 But i don't want to spend 450-500 on a mobo/cpu combo.
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August 15, 2009 2:27:13 PM

i7 are stupid expensive, but listen if you have a micro center near your house you can pick up the i7 920 for 200$.
August 15, 2009 3:03:01 PM

the i5 750 is out on September 8th, and it won't be much faster (if at all) then the 955 BE, and the i5 750 will cost more.
August 15, 2009 4:40:15 PM

^ But the I5 is the intel version of the 955, perfect for fanboys ^_^V, but you have to remember that it might be faster than the 955.
August 15, 2009 4:50:53 PM

Decided to swap out the x48/Q9550 for:

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

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

Hardly a fanboy, but the specs and prices of the i5 I've seen are very attractive. (I've actually used AMD in all but 2 builds due to the cost, but this comp will be more based for heavy gaming)

Friend plans to buy the 4870 off of me cheap when the next gen of videocards comes out so thats just a place holder, main reason I haven't done SLI/Crossfire just yet.

Anyways, the AMD combo I posted shaves off roughly ~$60.

Is that motherboard decent? NewEgg replies usually don't say much but not too many complaints about it. Trying to catch up on what's current but 6months in the technology world is alot of info to catch up on lol. Thanks again, appreciate all the help!
August 15, 2009 5:43:33 PM

stevensl2 said:
^ But the I5 is the intel version of the 955, perfect for fanboys ^_^V, but you have to remember that it might be faster than the 955.


It shouldn't do that much better, since in games the 955 is on par/beats the i7 920, and the 920 has a higher IPC than LGA1156 CPU's.
August 15, 2009 8:41:58 PM

Bump to add another question, another machine I have running with onboard graphics disabled for another video card is sometimes buggy ... the onboard chipset has reactivated as the default chipset two or three times, has anyone ever heard of the 790gx doing that?
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