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AMD gaming build need opinion! Ready to purchase

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September 3, 2009 7:27:27 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: ~$1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, probably not SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

I'm ready to make my purchase and I just need some opinions to make sure everything is ok. This is going to be my first gaming build. Thanks for any suggestions or comments.

How will this build hold up for the future? Is it future-proof?

Monitor: Asus VH226H 21.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD phenom ii x3 720
Mobo :ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX
combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD: Liteon
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Vista 64bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 640 GB Bulk
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0017XUX7...

Case : Antec Three Hundred Illusion

=Comes out to be roughly $1000, I do live in CA so newegg charges tax. Some stuff I may be able to purchase from amazon.
September 3, 2009 9:30:57 AM

I would suggest you wait till September 9th - Reason - Intel and AMD are going to launch newer CPUs, that would certainly push the prices down for other CPUs...So keep the options for your mobo and CPU open...

As for other components,
PSU - You wont require 650W at all...Drop to something less powerful and invest the extra money in a more powerful card like the HD 4890 if you are more interested in gaming as it is more suitable for 1080p resolution...
And as you will not be cross-firing, you would need a single powerful card...But if you are not a very intense gamer, then stick with the HD 4870...even that is a powerful card...
SILVERSTONE ST56F 560W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or get this combo
300 Illusion + EA 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD - Thats a superb deal on the HDD - though its not the fastest, but a good 640GB HDD for $39 with Free shipping is too good to be true...

Rest are good...
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September 3, 2009 3:09:46 PM

thank you all for the input, I will take all your guys input into consideration and see what I will come up with. I will post back on my final decision. THANKS!
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