$700+ Gaming PC, need advice

This is my first build, i did a lot of research on each part and how to choose them :D, but i need some advice and opinion.
I'm building it to play games of course, and i want it to last *forever*, I probably won't plan on making a second build but i will upgrade when the parts are cheaper. Hopefully i can buy it this year, otherwise it'll be early 2010.

So right now approximate cost is going to be nearly $800 (excluding mouse and monitor, already chosen and I already have some speakers and a keyboard).


ASRock P43DE3 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157174

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115055

XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436&cm_re=hd_4870-_-14-150-436-_-Product

PQI 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model MFC46GUOE-X3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820141498

FSP Group Blue Storm II 500W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104034

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098

RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156223

Extra peripherals:

GIGABYTE GM-M6880 Metal Black USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826146010

Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254035


So, what do you people think? Is this build plausible? Is there anything i can do without and replace for something cheaper?

BTW, does the hard drive matter much? I don't plan on filling it anyways. And is it possible to use any optical drive, i have one laying around somewhere...

Also, just a random question, but what is the purpose of a DPI adjusting button on the mouse? I don't get it.

Sorry for all the questions! Thanks everyone.
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  1. Looks like a freak of nature config - ddr3 with AM3/I5/I7 not dead end LGA 775 platform @@ Counter proposal:

  2. Hmm... I didn't study up on AMD when i was making my build... but the GPU is certainly better and the build is cheaper... I just might have to go with yours. But do you think i could change the case for the one i have?

    I'll wait for more opinions though :P
  3. Hmm... I don't know where you found those items but i don't think i can do it because the ones i found are more expensive.
    BTW i have to use newegg.CA
  4. Those are off Egg USA ^^

    That Raidmax has 2 x 80 and 1 x 120 for cooling and thats just a tad short of what i like for a gaming rig - perhaps you might want to look at the Antec 300 Illusion as well
  5. Try this one on for size - prices and links are to Egg USA also as I was off working on it before you listed CA preference. Oh how I wish people would follow the model for listing data and then we would not have this problem.

    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 - $169 and free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    - $110 AR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128378

    Memory
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK - Retail - $95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180

    Graphics Card
    XFX HD-577A-ZHFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $170 AR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150457

    Case
    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case – Retail - $40 AR and free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

    PSU
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 -– Retail $40 AR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016&cm_re=ocz_power_supply-_-17-341-016-_-Product

    Hard Drive
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $55 and free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    DVD RW
    Pioneer Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LabelFlash Support - OEM - $35
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129045

    Total Cost - $714 - AR and before OS, shipping – where applicable, and taxes
  6. Sorry for not listing site preference, thought my links were enough of a hint :(
    Also, i see what you mean with the cooling fans on the case, guess i should also look more into cases too.

    OKAY! SO...
    I changed my motherboard into
    MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130228

    and have to change my CPU. Also, would 4GB of ram be sufficient, so i can save a little bit of money there.

    Thanks for help so far
  7. 4 GB is definitely plenty for now - and you can always add later - in a year or two, if you have to - as long as you have open RAM slots.
  8. For that NZXT Beta EVO Classic
    http://www.nzxt.com/products/beta_evo/
    Quote:
    Support for up to 6 120mm fans with the option of dual 140mm at the top

    The Cooler Master 690 is another great gaming case for the $$ IMO hehe
  9. Here's is my final decision (maybe), bold in what i changed

    XION AXP 100 Gaming Series AXP100-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811208027

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098

    MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130228

    XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436

    FSP Group Blue Storm II 500W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104034

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

    AMD Phenom II 925 Deneb 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103656

    All in one picture
    http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/4373/40299461.png

    Is this build any good? Any changes to be made? No counter offer right now, Ill be back tomorrow!
  10. Hmm why not go with the good old Earthwatts 80+ certified line for PSU?
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015
  11. ???
    For only $25 more you can move from the puny quad core 925 at 2.8GHz to the cuad core 955 Black Edition (unlocked) at 3.2 GHz. That seems like a no brainer to me.
    [Edit - corrected to show 925 is quad core - thanks batuchka]
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

    And the 500w PSU I listed is a better PSU and cost $30 less AR - there is the money to pay for the faster PSU

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    And here is a much better HD - same price, faster, 500 GB compared to 320 GB and 16MB cache compared to only 8MB on the WE.
  12. Err the 925 is a Deneb x4 just lower clocked and locked multi @@
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