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First time AMD Build - Viable System?

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October 13, 2009 2:10:44 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 10/16/2009 BUDGET RANGE: 2500 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (mainly MMORPG), surfing, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, printer

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Case: NZXT Tempest ATX Mid Tower
Mobo: MSI 790FX-GD70 AMD
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955BE (3.2GHz)
Memory: 8GB of DDR3 1600 RAM (2 x this kit )
Power Supply: Corsair 1000W Power Supply
Hard Drives: 2x Intel X25-M 80GB SSD drive with mount, 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB 7200rpm
Video Card: 2x Radeon 5770 1MB Crossfire
Optical Drives: LG BluRay Burner and a second DVD-RW drive
Cooling: Swiftech H20-220 Compact CPU Water Cooling Kit
OS - Planning to build after Windows 7 release on Oct 22

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build - will be getting help from some friends in the actual assembly. I took most of the components from the Tom’s System Builder Marathon Enthusiast Build . My question is – does this look like a viable build, and am I missing anything crucial? I hope/expect this is kind of overkill for what I will be using it for, but I want a pretty advanced and upgradeable system.

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October 14, 2009 6:38:12 AM

Looks great to me. But IMO you can easily cut your budget in half and then use the rest to go on a vacation......... unless money is not a big concern, then get that big boy that you have spec'd out.
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October 14, 2009 6:58:20 AM

why do you need 8 giga of ram
your mobo link is the psu link, I'd recommend to see if yo u can find a gb or asus mb with the same chipset and costs the same or less
not sure about the seagate hds thought, take a look on these hd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
10$ less also, why do you need 2 ssd hds?
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October 14, 2009 7:06:06 AM

Don't run the .11 Seagates. Those models were riddled with issues. Grab some WD Caviars instead.
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October 14, 2009 7:38:36 AM

seagates .11's are rubbish

you dont need 1000 watt psu .750 would be plenty

the watercooling kit is ok but not worth it IMO since ir will be fine

two 5770's is much the same as a single 5870 [ 2 x 800 stream processors vs 1600 stream processors so thats just a bad way of using up available pci-e slots .
Alternatively you could buy a cheaper mb to pair with the 5870 and save some money

8 gig of ram wont increase performance for gaming , and might even slow you down . Read the memory scaling articles on this site . 4 gig max unless you are running 64 bit programs like CS4 or a bunch of VM's.
1333 MHz low latency is as fast as 1600 MHz with slacker timings
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