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AM3 build. Need help. (silmarunya would be good )

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November 6, 2009 9:31:32 PM

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Corsair X64 Extreme Series 64GB 2.5" SSD SATA 3Gbs 
(297)
AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 965 3.40GHz 8MB Cache (AM3) - Black Edition
(290)
Asus M4A79XTD-EVO AMD Mainboard - 4x DDR3 / 6x Sata Raid / 1x IDE / Gigabit Lan / AM3
(170)
ANTEC NINE HUNDRED AND 2 ULTIMATE GAMING CASE
(90) 
ASUS 24INCH BLACK LCD(1920x1080) 
($260)
lOGITECH g15 gaming keyboard
($140) 
razer copperhead precision gaming mouse
($80) 
ATI Radeon 5870 1GB
($665)
Corsair TX-750 750W PSU
($200) 
Corsair DDR3 4GB PC-12800/1600 (2x XMS3 2GB) CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 Ram
($200)
LG GH22NS50 SATA DVD Re-Writer (22x - Black)
($44)
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM 32MB SATA 3Gbs
($133)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit DVD - OEM
($140)
total:$2665(cheaper than my I7 build)
Not interested in overclocking as I do not want to void warranty of wreck computer, so:
1:is this a great awesome gaming computer? Do I dare say, beastly? If there are any games it won't play, please tell me. This will be my convertion to pc gaming, so will need to handle a lot of demanding games....on the highest setting.
2:must last me a good 5 years. I am willing to upgrade componets individually, but don't want to for example, switch my mobo ram CPU in one go.
3:all prices are in AU dollars.
4: all though I have been told not to to wait until next year and then choose parts, should I? Majority will
rule in this situation. Although I'm sure this is quite upgradable, I would like to hear your opinion too.
If you feel the need to suggest a part and not help me with this build, please suggest one and post a link to www.centrecom.com.au

thanks guys :D 
parts from www.centrecom.com.au
November 6, 2009 11:15:11 PM

1.) Is it great... Yes it is a very good gaming build for the price! :D  IMO... your i7 920 build was better but the cost is more taking away the price to performance benefit.

2) It will last you 5 years but you'll need minor upgrades to keep it current. You should be able to do so with your current MOBO, RAM and just upgrade CPU and GPU as needed.

4) I say buy now... Don't wait for next year's release of new tech to be release because there is always new tech coming out and you'll never buy. I always believe to buy when you have the money, unless you know for a fact something you want will be released in a week or two.

One suggestion:
  • RAM: Corsair DDR3 4GB PC-12800/1600 (2x XMS3 2GB) CMG4GX3M2B1600C7 Ram - Better timings, which equals better performance.

    You can also switch out your CPU and MOBO for an i5 750 for equal or better performance.
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-750 / 2.66GHz / 8MB Cache / LGA1156
  • MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4 motherboard - New USB 3.0 & SATA 3
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    November 6, 2009 11:22:44 PM

    thanks for your response. my i7 build was only about 100 dollars more, but i was told that for upgradability, the AM3 is going to be cheaper and just as good. thoughts? also, i may stick with either a socket AM3 or 1366, for upgradability purposes.
    Thanks for the RAM suggestion!!!!
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    November 6, 2009 11:31:31 PM

    The AM3 upgrade will be cheaper but I would not say as good as the i9. They aren't as good now. They were on top the performance to price until the i5/i7's were release.

    If they are in the same price range or thing in $100, I say the Intel's are the better builds. Right now the best price to performance build is the i5 750, which is why I recommended it.
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    November 6, 2009 11:34:46 PM

    thanks once again. the i5's work on 1166 though, which means : upgrading cpu=upgrading mobo=upgrading RAM. in one go. ill give the i7 and the am3 build to a family friends who works with computers and see if he can knock off a few hundred.
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