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November 25, 2009 7:18:55 PM

Building an AMD home desktop for gaming, this is what I have so far. Newcomer here so please, be gentle...


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (RTS, FPS, Misc.)

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD build, no other preference.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: May upgrade later.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: No specific budget, trying to keep around $1000 US, may go higher if needed.


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


MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


For the graphics card I was leaning towards an Asus.

ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Video Card
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?edc=18562...


PSU + Ram combo from Newegg:

CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD4GX3M2A1600C8 - Retail newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


This is what I have so far, anyone care to pick me up and set me back on track if I've screwed up somewhere?

Thanks in advance,
Vaz

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November 25, 2009 7:29:11 PM

There is absolutely no reason to get a 1000W PSU for this build. A quality 750W PSU would be more than enough even if you added another 4870 in Crossfire. Here's a very nice RAM + CPU combo for you to consider:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $250.98 (Phenom II X4 955 + G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1333 CAS 7 RAM combo)

I haven't had great reliability luck with MSI motherboards. I would look for something from Asus or Gigabyte.

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $114.99 - $15 MIR

Here are some nice 750W PSU's that are priced very low right now:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

I would use the money saved from the above changes to step up to a HD 5850 if you can find one in stock. The HD 4870 isn't the best choice for your resolution.
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November 25, 2009 9:15:22 PM

Alright, now I need a case, hard drive and optical drive. I won't need more cooling for this, will I?
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November 25, 2009 11:09:30 PM

That case and HDD are both great, and optical drive is fine, cheapest is best :) 
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November 29, 2009 3:12:02 AM

Any other options for the video card? I can't find any of my usual trusted sources selling an HD 5850.
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