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First PC build - Need Opinions

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November 24, 2009 12:07:56 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Black friday or After Christmas BUDGET RANGE: comes to around $830 Before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Gaming, and surfing the net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, monitor, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm buying from Newegg



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 1. Will prices go down A LOT after Christmas?
2. I've never done this before and I want to make sure everything will go smoothly. really nervous about spending this much money, especially by Credit card over the internet.

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
I plan on modding one side with a sick window.


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

Motherboard: ASUS M4A77TD Pro AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

Video card: HIS H489FN1GH Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor

Heatsink: Goin with stock

Case Fans: Can someone recommend so nice blue LED ones?

Fan controller: 1ST PC CORP. FC-FC4-B Lamptron 5.25" 4-channel fan controller, 20w/channel, 3-pin fan & molex power

Speakers: Logitech X-140 5 watts 2.0 Speakers

Keyboard: Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000

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November 24, 2009 2:10:27 AM

Aha for AM3 platforms an overlooked solution for the "wait n see" crowd is:
DIY with an IGP chipset i.e 790GX/785G and have a functional 24/7 rig whilst awaiting the arrival of bigger better GPUs :p  A suggested solution

Pull the trigger once HD 5850 is restocked :p 
November 24, 2009 2:51:11 AM

^ Did you notice the screen resolution by any chance ? Am sure you dint...
HD 5850 for a 1024x768 - OMG a serious overkill...for that matter even that HD 4890 that he has chosen is no better...

I would suggest this config -

CPU + Mobo
X3 720 + Gigabyte 790GX - I dont think you can get a better offer than this combo...and this CPU performs as good as a quad in games...


CASE - Did you check this case ?
Antec 300 Illusion - Currently under Holiday SALE ans is cheaper than the vanila Antec 300- Has nice Blue LEDS...

Graphics card - I would suggest this one
XFX HD 5770 - Though it is slower than that HD 4890, but it wont matter much at that resolution...Still would be an overkill for that resolution...And later on when you upgrade your monitor, upgrade to crossfire...

PSU - Antec EA 650W - Enough power for HD 5770 Crossfire...

Hope these help...
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November 25, 2009 3:14:05 AM

thanks for all the replies. actually i was planning on buying a monitor within the next few months with 1680 by 1050 rez like this one and what i meant when i said "eventually" about upgrading to crossfire, i meant only when i need too, like when newer games start pushing my GPU to its limits. won't the HIS 4890 be a good card for the money and eventual crossfire? id like to keep my budget under $850
November 25, 2009 3:15:59 AM

Well one solution is cheap out for GPU based on your current resolution/LCD but still get fine frames (1024 x 768 = lol) and when u do upgrade that display your money could prolly but better tech/frames for the same money today hehe As a rough idea; i have clients on HD3300/4200 integrated video (790gx/785g mobos) on that resolution @@
November 25, 2009 3:34:44 AM

^ +1...The onboard on the 790GX comes with 128MB vRAM...So hold your graphic card purchase and when you upgrade your monitor, upgrade directly to HD 5850, rather than the HD 4890...The reason is you wouldn't want to have 2 DirectX 10 cards when DirectX 11 becomes mainstream...But its your call though...
November 25, 2009 3:45:22 AM

so will crossfire really be necessary if i get HD 5850?

EDIT: OMG those cards are expensive, will they drop in price anytime soon?!
November 25, 2009 3:51:08 AM

^ By end of this year, when availability improves, you should be able to get them sub ~$250...
And HD 5850 crossfire wont be required for that 1680X1050 resolution...
Or you could choose to go with HD 5770 - ~$165 and it can still perform very good at 1680X1050 resolution and adding 1 more later would give very good performance later on...
November 25, 2009 4:26:51 AM
November 25, 2009 5:02:21 AM

thank you so much. i just started with all this computer stuff in the last few months because of an A+ class im taking. before that i didn't even know what a hard drive was (no exageration.....) its more fun than i ever would have expected and the community on this site has been so encouraging and helpful

/sleepy_rant, lol