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November 1, 2009 3:50:32 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: 500 after Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, multi tasking

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm not sure if I need any additional cooling supplies?

This is what I have so far:

AMD Athlon X4 620: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks a lot!

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November 1, 2009 7:45:33 PM

I'd recommend AM3/DDR3. Also, that mobo won't support crossfire. Check out the Spinpoint F3 500GB. And although that IGP is relatively good, it won't serve you well for gaming at 1920x1200 at all. Finally, you could easily drop down to a 550W PSU even if you add a nice GPU.
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November 1, 2009 9:09:20 PM


AMD Athlon X4 620: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A77TD Pro: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

How about that? And most likely ATI 4850 in crossfire. I figured that the Antec was a superior quality to the other power supplies in that range, and seems like a great value. I know I don't need the 650W, but I couldn't find a better power supply.

Thanks a lot
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November 1, 2009 9:14:28 PM

You could save a few bucks on this mobo
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This RAM is faster and cheaper
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as for the PSU if this one comes back in stock, you could get it
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CF 4850s is not the best option, first off neither mobo supports crossfire, and secondly, a 5770 would be a better (albeit more expensive) option.

What case do you have?
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November 1, 2009 9:34:58 PM

I'm going to try using a case that I already have. It's from a fairly dated computer. G-Max stamped on the front, pretty well built. Only has one vent though.. should I get a new case?

From what I've read, it seems that Crossfire seems to be the cheaper and better solution for video cards, no? The ASUS mobo I just posted supports crossfire. And if I crossfire two video cards for a total of 1gb ram, is that sufficient for 1900x1200?
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November 1, 2009 9:44:09 PM

atalkingbear said:
The ASUS mobo I just posted supports crossfire.

No it doesn't

I would get a new case.

Crossfiring right off the bat is not a good idea, it's better to get a single GPU that will serve your needs and then add a second one later if needed. The video card memory is not really the most important factor in choosing a GPU. For gaming you'd be better off with a 5770 or a 5850 at that resolution
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November 1, 2009 10:00:44 PM

jbakerlent said:
No it doesn't

I would get a new case.

Crossfiring right off the bat is not a good idea, it's better to get a single GPU that will serve your needs and then add a second one later if needed. The video card memory is not really the most important factor in choosing a GPU. For gaming you'd be better off with a 5770 or a 5850 at that resolution


Totally agree with you.
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November 1, 2009 10:04:32 PM

+1 for 5770. I also do not believe GPU memory is added with x-fire/SLI, I believe the first video card memory is the VRAM that both cards use.
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November 2, 2009 12:10:12 AM

jbakerlent said:
No it doesn't

I would get a new case.

Crossfiring right off the bat is not a good idea, it's better to get a single GPU that will serve your needs and then add a second one later if needed. The video card memory is not really the most important factor in choosing a GPU. For gaming you'd be better off with a 5770 or a 5850 at that resolution


I posted a different mobo in my second post, did you see it? I'm not saying you're wrong, but the ASUS on newegg says:

"8+1 Phase Power Design
AMD 140W CPU Support
DDR3 1600(O.C.)
ATI CrossFireX Technology Support
EPU
ASUS Express Gate
Turbo Key"

Isn't that the crossfire that allows for two video cards? or am i mistaken...

I would rather spend additional money now and have a mobo that supports crossfire for future use. If that mobo's specs don't support crossire, what is it that I'm looking for under the specs that will allow for crossfire? And if you all recommend the 5770, I will probably pick that up instead. Just one more question: how much of a chokehold will the AMD athlon be on my future gaming capabilities? Will it be able to keep up with the 5770? What if I crossfire the two 5770 in the future?

Thanks again!
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November 2, 2009 12:14:25 AM

That statement is misleading. It could physically hold 2 cards, but one would operate at x4 bandwidth (versus x16) making it all but useless. For true Crossfire you'll need something with x8/x8 bandwidth or better.
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November 2, 2009 5:35:38 AM

Ah okay, makes sense. So with a 5770, would the Athlon x4 be the weakest link at this point?
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November 2, 2009 5:57:53 AM

For most games, yes.
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