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October 28, 2009 8:30:49 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next couple of weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $700-$800 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: video editing, photo editing, gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or similar
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU primarily for the cost savings

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Used THG sept 09 budget gamer as inspiration but want more focus on video editing therefore chose the Athlon II quad core and other components below...looking for advice/feedback/suggestions/improvements.
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AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor $123
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A77TD Pro AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $34
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire - 2 X $60=$120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case and Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Combo - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Sony Optiarc Black 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 - $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Cost - $800

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October 28, 2009 8:44:04 PM

You do not want to run Crossfire on that motherboard since the second PCI-E slot runs at 4x. Here's a nice combo for your CPU and a motherboard that will run Crossfire at 8x:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (Athlon II X4 630 + ASUS M4A79XTD EVO combo) $215.98 - $15 MIR

I wouldn't crossfire 4670's, I would just get a 5770.

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $159.99

You can save $20 by going with this HD.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

You can save another $10 with this RAM.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail $89.99
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October 28, 2009 8:48:57 PM

Forget the twin 4670s, two cards is not always better a price/performance decision. Last months builds were an experiment in AMD CPUs and multiple GPUs and should not be used as archetypes for normal systems.

Get a single 5750 which is about the same price and speed as the paired 4670s but has DX11 so it doesnt get outdated as quickly.

*edit - shortstuff posted faster than me.
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October 28, 2009 9:06:56 PM

OK, good stuff.

So go with the single 5750 or 5770.

Thanks for the suggestions on the HDD and RAM.

Is the ASUS M4A79XTD EVO MB the best option if not utilizing crossfire but wanting to get best overclock performance from the Athlon quad and the DDR3 memory?
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