New AMD Build, Australian ~$1700

Hi there guys, not hugely into computers and their innards, just average-gamer/computer user. Looking for a new system for good performance, longevity and fun! Prior to getting this system I had an original iMac, followed by a Dell running an Intel 630 Processor with an onboard 128MB "gpu" and 1GB of Ram. As you might imagine, I've had little experience with Intel and am willing to branch out a bit to the AMD/ATI sector.

Any feedback you guys have on this build would be much appreciated! :)

BUDGET RANGE: 1700->1800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Music, No Video/Music editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS (First 3 from old pc, moving on from Win XP to Win 7 64 Pro)



This is what I'm considering putting in. If anything sees anything downright stupid/ridiculous, please let me know! ^^'

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

Case: Antec 902 (With two optional fans installed)

CPU: AMD PHENOM II X4 955 (Quad Core) 3.2GHz AM3 Black Edition


RAM: 4GB Corsair 1333MHz DDR3

PSU: Gigabyte 800W ODIN GT

Cooling: Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Revision C (with yet another optional fan added on)

HDD: Seagate 500G 7200RPM, 16MB, SATAII, 1.5GB/s, NCQ

DVD Drive (DVDD, DVDDCOMBOBBQ?): ASUS DRW-24B1LT (24x DVDRW, 12xDVD+- RW, 40xCDRW, SATA, Nero8, SM, Lightscribe

All optional fans are Antec 120mm Blue LED fans.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (It's some Dell thing I got a few years ago)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Windowed Case and many, many LED fans for personal taste. (or lack of it, as the case may be). System Longevity, future-proof, etc a priority, hope this is reflected in the build. Again, if not, feel free to tell me!

Thanks guys!
OpalReactor ;)
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  1. Not sure about overall power consumption, and if I'll actually need an 800W.
  2. You have the right idea but you need to make some changes. Right off the bat, you won't need 800W. Either a Antec TP or Corsair 650W will do nicely. Even in a Crossfire setup, a 650W will run any ATi 5000 series card.

    Your HSF is extremely expensive and I've never heard of it. The Xigmatek S1283 is an excellent cooler and is under $40. You may also want to invest in a Samsung F3 HDD in either 500GB or 1TB. The F3 is just the fastest HDD for the price but the Seagate is a nice HDD if thats what you prefer.

    I wouldn't buy an Asus DVD drive as I've never read a review on one. I'd stick with the advertised manufacturers like LG, Sony, Samsung, Plextor. All very good names in the optic drive business.

    Other than that, nice job!
  3. I'm somewhat limited in this project, as I'm completely incapable of building the thing myself, and the site does offer to build the thing for you, so I've just picked what I felt were the best choices. However, they do offer the F3 in the 1TB range, as well as which I'll swap the ASUS drive for.
  4. And I'd initially selected the 800W GT because I intend for this system to last at least for the next 7 years, in some form or another.
  5. Would you guys reccomend buying Thermal Paste to use with HSF's? Or will they work fine without them. The system above will contain 8 fans, fyi.

    Edit: Sorry, I didn't see that the thing comes with it's own paste.
  6. Hmm lucky u - in some parts of the world they have seriously low stock of HD 5850s lol
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