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November 25, 2009 1:30:29 AM

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=N82E1681...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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=N82E1681...

PQI 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model MFC46GUOE-X3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

FSP Group Blue Storm II 500W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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=N82E1682...

RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Extra peripherals:

GIGABYTE GM-M6880 Metal Black USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

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=N82E1682...


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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November 25, 2009 1:45:51 AM

Looks like a freak of nature config - ddr3 with AM3/I5/I7 not dead end LGA 775 platform @@ Counter proposal:

November 25, 2009 2:02:36 AM

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 
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November 25, 2009 2:14:54 AM

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
November 25, 2009 2:19:57 AM

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
November 25, 2009 2:25:58 AM

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=N82E168...

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
- $110 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Total Cost - $714 - AR and before OS, shipping – where applicable, and taxes


November 25, 2009 2:30:45 AM

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=N82E1681...

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
November 25, 2009 2:39:51 AM

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.
November 25, 2009 2:40:05 AM

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
November 25, 2009 3:05:08 AM

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=N82E1681...

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=N82E1682...

MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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=N82E1681...

FSP Group Blue Storm II 500W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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=N82E1682...

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=N82E1681...

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!
November 25, 2009 3:34:20 AM

???
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=N82E1681...

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=N82E1681...

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.
November 25, 2009 3:43:50 AM

Err the 925 is a Deneb x4 just lower clocked and locked multi @@
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