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November 16, 2009 10:15:33 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: by christmas

BUDGET RANGE: $600-800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: anyplace reliable (newegg, amazon, tigerdirect, etc.)

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe - not sure how but if i need to i will learn

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure yet



how does this build look? i have never used AMD parts so i dont really know much about them. they seem to be cheaper than intel with similar performance. i was considering the 4890 1GB but the 5770 is highly recommended. 4890 performs better but 5770 is directx 11 compatible right?

sorry i forgot my HDD in the picture: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 16, 2009 11:06:23 AM

An AM3/DDR3 for far cheaper :p 
November 16, 2009 2:30:23 PM

would that motherboard be compatible with everything i have listed so far?
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November 16, 2009 6:01:30 PM

also is it even necessary to have a different heatsink/fan besides the stock one? i dont really plan on crossfire or SLI or maybe not even overclocking.
November 16, 2009 6:13:09 PM

Why on earth get a 925? A 955 isn't that expensive, much better and it can be overclocked much better if he ever wants to.

That cooler is obsolete if you won't OC.

The cheaper motherboard is fine, but if you ever want to add a second graphics card (because your current one doesn't pull it anymore), you might prefer the one you picked.

Good choice other than that.
November 16, 2009 6:17:50 PM

I'm telling you man go with my build ^^^ its around the same price too especially if you get the antec 300 instead of the haff 922... Also if your not gunna oc then stay with the stock cooler and save even more money.
November 16, 2009 6:24:12 PM

Just what I said! Glad we agree :p 

I still thing you should get a better graphics card though.
November 16, 2009 6:27:00 PM

Very true... the 4870 is average I would go with the 4890.... Drop the cpu cooler and stay with the antec 300 and spend that extra from the cpu cooler on the 4890.
November 16, 2009 6:55:12 PM

was my original analysis correct on the 4890 vs. 5770? "i was considering the 4890 1GB but the 5770 is highly recommended. 4890 performs better but 5770 is directx 11 compatible right?" they are similarly priced.
November 16, 2009 7:00:43 PM

Yes the 5770 is Dx11, I just love sapphires.

But I have herd some dirt on the 5770's... Like real bad overheating and locking up :o 
November 17, 2009 5:23:33 AM

Another option is if your gaming needs are not a.s.a.p : hit a 785G/790GX AM3 mobo , live off integrated video a wee bit and pull trigger once HD 5850s restocked :p 
November 17, 2009 9:16:15 AM

I think that for about 800 you can do i5 if you want
November 17, 2009 2:53:04 PM

yeah i have been looking at the i5 but it seems like the phenom is pretty close to performance and for that price with the case it is hard to beat.
November 17, 2009 3:14:12 PM

hoog78 said:
yeah i have been looking at the i5 but it seems like the phenom is pretty close to performance and for that price with the case it is hard to beat.


that statement is wrong.
im sorry the PII955 is a good processor, i own 1 and i also own an i5 build for my kids, my PII955 is my main build, because i though that over clocking was gonna be a breeze, boy i was wrong, i had to spend days to get it to 4.0ghz on air when the i5 got to 4.1 in my frist try, yes certainly the bench mark you seen of the PII965 being close to the i5 are definitely true, but please bare in mind that the stock speed of an i5 is 2.6 and a 965 is 3.4, if you were to run the bench mark with both processor at same speed the i5 would smoke the 965, therefor the 955 is no match.

you can go with:

CPU combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$838.92

its $30 more but the performance over you original DDR2 build is almost 70% more.
November 17, 2009 5:19:52 PM

that is a little too pricey for me. i would like to keep it at around $700. unfortunately i cant really go for the top quality products. would the items i have now give me top performance on high settings in games?
November 17, 2009 6:09:32 PM

nekko said:
Yes the 5770 is Dx11, I just love sapphires.

But I have herd some dirt on the 5770's... Like real bad overheating and locking up :o 


I believe that is almost entirely due to immature drivers. It may have to do with poor air circulation in the case affecting the card or just the card itself not being able to breath. Most manufactures are no longer using the enclosed card design for that reason.
November 17, 2009 8:30:36 PM

so there isnt a problem with the 5770 anymore?
November 18, 2009 1:20:02 AM

I don't think there ever was. I have a 5770 OCed to 950/1440 and it runs about 36C.
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