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Is this build all compatible?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Will be buying items over the next month and a half or so

BUDGET RANGE: No more than 900$ US

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg. Any site with better prices on the items is a plus.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Full Tower case | AMD processor | ATI card | Thermaltake cooling

OVERCLOCKING: Yes. SLI- Yes. Crossfire- Yes.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: New to building computers, but i went over many, many products and i think i am pretty happy with this build. But like I said, new to building, is all this compatible? Is there anything I could downgrade to save a few bucks? Anything I should upgrade? Any of the parts not worth the money? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!


Here is what I am thinking about getting:

Case- Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black
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CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core
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Heatsink- Thermaltake SpinQ
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Motherboard- ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
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VideoCard- SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
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Power Supply- Thermaltake W0116RU 750W
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RAM- Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
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Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
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  1. You'll get some help if you edit your post to follow the format in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum. There's some basic information in there that we need in order to offer any meaningful advice.
  2. Sorry! Is that better? :)
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    The build looks compatible. I'd swap out the green drive for a black drive for better performance. I think your PSU is overkill for your build.

    The rest looks pretty good.
  4. Thanks, I was thinking about swapping the HD for the black, didn't know the difference, lol. What wattage PSU should I get for this build? I might in the future purchase an additional 4890 and crossfire them.
  5. Is there a reason you prefer a full tower case, AMD CPU, or that overpriced Thermaltake cooler? The new i5/i7 chips offer amazing performance for the price. You could do a build around the new i5 if you're willing to compromise on some non-critical items like the case and cooler.

    Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128400

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.246589 $364.98 (CPU + motherboard combo)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL 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=N82E16814102849

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.256323 $234.98 (RAM + GPU combo)

    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

    COOLER MASTER UCP RS700-AAAAA3 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171032

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.254215 $164.98 (Case + PSU combo)

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=samsung%20f3%20500gb $49.99

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187 $30.99

    COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $29.99

    Total - $875.91
  6. I will most likely add a few little things, front 5.25" fan controller, an additional HD, HD fan cooler, and some lighting etc. That's why I was considering a 750?
  7. Well, I like to add a lot of stuff to my cases, so a full tower provides me more room to do it. I have always bought Thermaltake products and have been really impressed with them. I have had some bad Intel products and decided to give AMD a whirl. That heatsink isn't necessary but I want a decent thermaltake sink that's compatible with the AM3 sockets.
  8. itsbearx13 said:
    I will most likely add a few little things, front 5.25" fan controller, an additional HD, HD fan cooler, and some lighting etc. That's why I was considering a 750?

    I'm guessing you plan on getting a new monitor soon yes ? Because that 4890 is super over kill for the resolution you have now. What resolution do you plan on moving up to ?
  9. I have a 19" LG W52 Series W1952TQ Widescreen LCD Monitor. EDIT: I was actually running 1152x852 and just switched to 1440x900 :P
  10. A 4850 would easily game at that low resolution. A 4890 would be a waste of money right along with that case and cooler. From the looks of your avatar, you're not likely to pick anything but Thermaltake, though.

    I hope you're planning on using a 64-bit OS so you can use all 4GB of RAM.
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