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AMD 955 build of about 800USD

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September 3, 2009 8:07:40 PM

I come from Croatia, so after checking the prices here, I estimate that this build costing me about 1200 USD would cost around 800 USD in USA.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 14 days maximum

BUDGET RANGE: let's say 700-900 USD; but this PC is already stretching me to the limit

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: games (StarCraft2, Fallout 3, Half Life 2), surfing the web, movies, multimedia station

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I reckon this will not be necessary

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel user since 1993., but switching to AMD with this build.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (but afraid of overheating) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire - I sincerely doubt it, would it prove difficult just to get a new power supply if going for secondGPU?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC, and would like to avoid reaching high temps although I am tempted to slightly overclock CPU and GPU

My build so far:

Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P
WD 640 Caviar Black
Gigabyte Midi tower SETTO 1000, 2x 120mm fan, USB, FireWire
Sapphire vapor-x ATI Radeon HD4890
AMD Phenom II X4 955 box
RAM PC-12800, 4 GB, CORSAIR TW3X4G1600C9DHX, DDR3 1600 MHz, KIT 2x2 GB
OCZ Power supply Stealth X stream 500 w
Samsung SyncMaster 2433BW

Is it well balanced and will it pull newer games in 1920x1200?

Should I opt for a 40$ more expensive power supply (something like Corsair 550-650W?

I reckon the 4 GB of RAM will be enough.

Your comments are welcome...

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September 3, 2009 8:35:26 PM

I think it looks good as is. I've never worked with a gigabyte case, but if you get a good deal on it, and there's nothing better that fits your budget, it should serve it's main purpose.

The OCZ power supply should be perfectly fine. Corsair is better, but if it's costing you that much more you can live without one. The only concern here is that you will have to replace it to add a second GPU.

4GB is plenty for now. Don't even consider any more if your OS isn't 64 bit.
September 3, 2009 8:36:09 PM

4 gig of ram is enough

consider getting the 720 be instead of 955 . You can easily OC to the 955 speed and you wont lose much by only having 3 cores when you are gaming .

the samsung f3 500 gig is faster than the WD black hdd . Its often faster than a velociraptor

consider a 1920 x 1080 screen . Usually cheaper , and you will get better fps

650 watt psu for that build
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September 4, 2009 12:30:47 AM

Well i am thinking you not looking for extreme clocks and why not consider the 95W TDP quad 945 ^^ With some combos, a 23" Full HD LCD with a nice beefy 650watter it is primed for the next gen HD 5870/5850 cards should you games require more teeth down the road hehe While being under budget ^^

September 4, 2009 12:52:24 AM

Almost Identical to my rig I build ~ 1 month ago. I only play tf2/l4d/ut3 but it runs them all beutifully at 1080p and ~ 4x aa/af.

I would only suggest maybe going with a 1333MHz kit since the benefit of 1600Mhz is marginal. Tighter timings will yield more improvement than the speed increase.

It's worth considering to hold off until the 5000's come out, if not to get one of those, at least for the probably price drop in the 4000's.
September 5, 2009 9:14:21 AM

Thanks to all for helpful advices.

I am still somewhat in doubt about the power supply - I reckon (used wattage calculator) that the OCZ StealthXStream 500W will manage this build, but I am not sure that the Corsair 650W would be enough for 2 HD4890 in Crossfire. Therefore I will most likely go with the 500W, and in a year or two, will get a power supply that will provide enough juice.

As for the DDR3 timings, I am not all into those numbers, which is better: 8-8-8-24 or 9-9-9-25? Is it "the less the better"?

I will further check the monitors - though 24" 1920x1200 looks to be somewhat better than the 23" 1920x1080- I have a feeling the latter is "short" when comparing x and y axis of the screen.

Most likely I start ordering next week, so we will see what the result (and the benchmarks) will be...
September 5, 2009 11:01:59 AM

Well i personally own that Acer 23" and worked with many a client 24" sets and it really is worth every $$ i paid for it (for me) hehe
September 5, 2009 8:33:58 PM

I do consider that Acer to be a good recommendation but but here in Croatia it is only available in few stores in the capital which I will use for getting the PC parts.

Kindly note that my build will cost me about 1600 USD where I live...
September 5, 2009 9:53:20 PM

Hmm in that case consider a cheaper 1680 x 1050 22" lcd and toning down to a HD4870 perhaps?
September 6, 2009 6:59:43 AM

I will have it also under consideration as smaller resolution would mean higher framerate with the same machine. But I am trying to make a PC that will last for quite some time (last time I bought a PC, it was 2002.), so I'd like to stick with the build I currently have, though regarding the monitor...

I have checked the screen sizes in some of the computer shops here and would like to ask, do 22" / 24" or bigger monitors appear too big when sitting 2 feet from them? Surely as the PC will be used for movies, I'd like a big screen and this monitor supports pixel mapping so it won't be a problem to reduce screen size...

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