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~$1000 Gaming System, 2nd build

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November 7, 2009 4:54:29 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1000 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 2, Modern Warfare 2, Diablo 3 etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS (I have Windows 7 Pro)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg (open for other suggestions)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Generally prefer AMD/Radeon, but feel free to convince me otherwise.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (haven't done it before, but I'm technically capable)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes/Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (This is what I'm shooting for, but I need the monitor still, and my graphics card(s) may be too much for this resolution?)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like this machine to last ~3 years, and be able to adequately run the next generation of games. I'm not all that interested in top performance, but something that will get decent FPS. I'm not interested in DX11 features (although do your best to convince me if you feel so inclined). Crossfire may be overload, but I found a good combo deal with some 4870's and an adequate nice power supply. I'm open to lowering the price by getting a single GPU and a lower-end power supply.

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MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Price: $114.99 w/ $15.00 MIR


CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Price with CPU and Case Newegg Combo: $220.94

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

Price: $54.99 w/ Free Shipping

RAM:
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996652 - Retail

Price: $98.99 w/ $15.00 MIR

VIDEO: (2) XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

PS: Thermaltake W0106RU 700W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version SLI Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power ... - Retail


Price: Combo deal, 2 4870's and the above PS for $329.98 w/ $30.00 MRI

Optical Drive:
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

Price: $27.99


MONITOR: Dell S2209W 22 in. (21.5 viewable) 1900x1080

Price: $159


TOTAL PRICE: ~$1030 (before MIRs) this is about where I want to be.


Questions: I'm open to suggestions on the MOBO, and whether or not I actually want Crossfire. I found that combo deal with the 4870's and the power supply that seems pretty nice...other options may be to get a single GPU and a less expensive MOBO and PS, but I want this system to last at least 3 years. Convince me if you think I need to get the new DX11 card. Also, I'm looking for recommendations on monitors - the Dell seems to be decent for the price. I'd like to stay under $1000 total if possible. Feel free to recommend other builds or parts you think may be better. Also, let me know if there's going to by any bottlenecks or incompatibilities.


Thanks in advance for the help/advice!
November 7, 2009 5:22:40 PM

I see no trouble with the build. But, if you want your system to be future proof for the next ~3 years, I'd go with the new DX11 generation of cards. That's totally preference though, if you're fine running on DX10, your build's good.

I'm not sure about the size of the HD 4870s, but I've read somewhere that GPU size could be an issue in the Antec 300 case. Unsure about this though.

I'm doing the same thing as you, trying to get a build for ~$1000. I've been researching for three weeks now, and have yet to decide! There never seems to be any good future-proofing choice, things are always getting released :sweat:  .
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