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August 20, 2009 6:34:19 PM

I'm upgrading my old Athalon 64 4800x2 and reusing a few parts...I have a list of parts I think I'm going to use so I'll try to fit them in this template but my first time using this....

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (tomorrow -- the closer the better) BUDGET RANGE: (around $1,500)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, surfing the internet)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard - Logitech G15, mouse - Logitech G5, monitor - I_INC 28" LCD, speakers - Klipsch THX 2.1, case - Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Full Tower Case , powersupply - Thermaltake toughpower W0104RU 650W ATX12V , Hard Drive #2 -Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive )



OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe ( PS only has two 6 pin Connectors )


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Here is where I'll list the parts I was going to use. All are New Egg Prices.

MOBO - ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard ( $170 )
CPU - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor ( $280 )
RAM - mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 Cas Latency 6 Timing 6-7-6-18 Voltage 1.65V ( $186 )
GPU - SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ( $200 )
Hard Drive #1 - Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) ( $230 ) For OS , etc
CPU Fan - ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler ( $75 )
OS - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit ( $110 )

I'll edit if I forgot something.....THX

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August 21, 2009 2:27:55 AM

I like most of your build well enough. Couple things I don't personally like but probably don't need to be changed:

I don't like the fact that you are paying $200 for a GPU and getting a 4870. I just looked real quick and came across this:

Or if you wanted to pay a little bit more and get the 275 :

Not to say the card you picked out is bad by any means though ^_^

I'm not really a fan of mushkin memory but that isn't based on anything at all so maybe I should check on them some more. The 6 latency is pretty cool. Here is one I found with 7 latency but also $40 cheaper: . RAM isn't really my expertise though but that seemed like a possible alternative to me.

Good luck ^_^

August 21, 2009 3:51:55 AM

you can get a 4890 for less than $200
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August 21, 2009 6:26:09 AM

I like the 4890 more but from what I have read, the 4890 needs a 8 pin connector and a 6 pin even tho it says a two 6 pins in its stats. Mayby what I read only applies to saphire cards. I also like the 2 GB of gddr5. I might go to a 30" monitor in the near future and I think the 2 GB version of card could be useful. Not sure on that tho.
August 21, 2009 7:19:37 AM

The choice of the RAM and mobo are good...

RAM - I dont think you would notice much difference in real-world performance between an OCZ/ Mushkin 1600MHz CAS 7 compared to a CAS 6 RAM...So you can save about ~$50 there...

Graphics card - Currently the 2GB of RAM is of not much use @ all...they are just marketing gimmicks to sell the products...A 1GB HD 4890 would perform far better than the 2GB HD 4870...

SSD - Try and get the newer intel 34NM ones rather than that old one...SSDSA2MH080G2 -> they are better and more efficient...

CPU cooler -> That Zalman is good but you can get similar performance even with the cheaper Xig Dark Knight...
August 21, 2009 3:09:29 PM

"I like the 4890 more but from what I have read, the 4890 needs a 8 pin connector and a 6 pin even tho it says a two 6 pins in its stats."

Yeah, it's luck of the draw with the pins I guess. I just got my XFX HD 4890 yesterday and it happened to be a black PCB with two 6 pin connectors even though I was reading that lately people have been getting the 6 and 8 pin model.
August 21, 2009 5:42:19 PM

Thx guys.........Since my power supply and its 2 6 pin connectors was an issue for me I just started looking into two of the 4770's.......hmmmm.....they look good. Any thoughts? If anyone has they come with the bridge in the box?
August 23, 2009 1:18:31 AM

I usually recommend getting a single video card for new builds, then you can add another one later as an upgrade. I always thought the bridge came with the Mobo