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$700 gaming PC - placing order tomorrow / need comments =)

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October 30, 2009 12:58:34 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: most likely tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE: ~$700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (WOW) + internet browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, OS (Win 7 Home premium 64 bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: I wanna try AMD + ATI this time. (Only had Intel+Nvidia combo before)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes ( I really wanna try if its not too risky)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Planning on adding additional video card in couple month. (Crossfire)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have Samsung 2343BWX 23" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 20000:1 (DC), 5ms, 2048x1152, DVI)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Planning on placing a order tomorrow and need some comments on my build. I m plannin on adding additional video card (5770) and maybe add more RAM within a year. I wanna know if my PSU will be good enough to handle 2x5770. and also whether my case will work well with additional cooling device for overclocking.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
$89.99

COMBO
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
$265.98

COMBO
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
$99.98

COMBO
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 100283L Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
$234.94

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25.99

Total: $716.88 with Main in rebate
October 30, 2009 1:09:03 PM

The case and PSU will be fine for CF.

You won't need more than 3gb of ram for gaming let alone 4. Point being, don't order more later, you'll rarely use what you have there.

The only part I see that's missing is the optical drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, if you're going to be overclocking, look for a HSF. Depends on what about $700 means and if you can stretch it. I use this site for reviews: http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...
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October 30, 2009 2:26:59 PM

skora said:
The case and PSU will be fine for CF.

You won't need more than 3gb of ram for gaming let alone 4. Point being, don't order more later, you'll rarely use what you have there.

The only part I see that's missing is the optical drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, if you're going to be overclocking, look for a HSF. Depends on what about $700 means and if you can stretch it. I use this site for reviews: http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...


TY for your comment =D
i updated my build with optical drive.
As far as HSF, how is this one??

Scythe SCKTN-3000 92mm Sleeve "KATANA3" 3Heat Pipes CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$28.69
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October 30, 2009 5:59:46 PM

Its only a 92mm. Scythes Mugen 2 is a 120mm that will cool better.
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October 30, 2009 7:19:27 PM

Benchmarks for WoW.
CPU - The PhenomII 955 does very well here when overclocked to 3.9MHz, but that's a pretty stiff overclock that i wouldn't be confident of always achieving, the 965 in the bench is at 3.4 GHz so you can judge the scaling by comparing the 2.
http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,693737/WoW-Wrath-of-...

GPU benchies- This chart from anandtech includes the 5850 and 5870, but not the 5770. You can probably expect about the same performance as the 4870 1GB.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3650&p=7
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