First time builder in need of advice

Okay, It took me a while to get these 2 builds together:

AMD:
Motherboard- MSI 790FX-GD70

Processor- Phenom II 955 Black Edition

Graphics Cards- Radeon HD 4870 x2

Memory- Kingston DDR3 (2x2GB) 1333MHz

HDD- WD 250GB

PSU- Corsair TX650W

Optical Disk Drive- Sony Optiarc x24

HS- Core Contact Freezer

Case- Antec Three Hundred/ 902

Intel:
Motherboard- Gigabyte P55-UD5

Processor- Intel Core i5-750

I'll be playing on a 23" Monitor with a 1650x1050 native resolution. I'm not sure if I could find a cheaper mobo that's just as good as the Gigabyte P55-UD5 and I'm also not sure if the HS will fit.
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  1. Change the graphics card to a 5870, dx11 support:
    Retailers are raising the prices and they are hard to find but not impossible, they used to be $370.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102856&cm_re=5870-_-14-102-856-_-Product

    You might want to go with a bigger hard drive. This one is new and fast, single platter:
    Samsung F3 500gb:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

    For the i5 build, do you live near a micro center? They are selling them for $150.
    The heatsink I would recommend is the hyper 212+, its cheap and it performs well.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212-_-35-103-065-_-Product

    Make sure you get a board with the revised socket for i5:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128409

    If your overclocking ddr3 1600 is recommend for i5s, the 955 is fine with 1333 ram.
  2. I've decided to go with the AMD build. Since I won't have to buy a new mobo to support one of the newer processors from AMD down the road. I'm not sure though If I should buy a Radeon HD 4xxx/ Geforce GTX2xx
    and wait a year or two until some nice Directx11 titles come out for the PC and then buy a GPU which supports DirectX11 and get more bang out of my buck. I won't be playing on ultra high resolutions so I can assume that the Directx10/10.1 cards will last long enough for me to sell them in 2 years and buy one of the newest Directx11 GPUs.
  3. I'd suggest getting a 5xxx series video card now. Then if you want more, add a 2nd down the road. You'll get more bang for your buck than buying a dx10 card now just to get rid of it for a dx11 card.
  4. Well then I'm going to have to spend some more cash on the 5870...Thanks for the quick replies.
  5. If you can find one, you could look at the 5850. They are a little cheaper, but harder to come by.
  6. aford10 said:
    If you can find one, you could look at the 5850. They are a little cheaper, but harder to come by.


    Not much cheaper..their going for $50 over retail.
  7. 5850's are around 460 USD in Poland, while 5870's cost around 615 USD. Damnit....Might think about buying those cards in the US.
  8. You could also check out the 57xx's. The cost is lower and they're more available.
  9. I'll probably go with the 5850, just worried about processor restrictions whenever I crossfire them. I doubt it will be a problem with the Phenom II 955 BE though...One more thing, should I go with 1333MHz memory with low timings or buy 1600MHz?
  10. 1333. Here's a comparision.
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