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advice on my $781 newegg gaming build?

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November 27, 2009 12:19:50 AM

i'm looking to buy this between now and christmas, and my highest budget is $800. i'm also waiting to see what black friday/cyber monday deals pop up. (anyone know which day generally has better deals?)
i already have keyboard,mouse, and monitor. my dell xps from 2004 just died so i am in need in a new one

i would prefer to use newegg to purchase all or most of my parts, and i don't think i'll be overclocking my card, unless i feel i need to

just as a point of reference, i'm looking to run games like crysis on highest settings.
if you have any suggestions as to lowering the price (currently $781) or just anything in general, i would greatly appreciate them :) 

graphics-
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card- $189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i've had the Radeon 4890 suggested instead of this 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

processor-
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor- $185
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

motherboard-
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard-$109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

memory-
A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hard drive-
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive- $56
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

power supply-
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply-$107
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cd/dvd drive/burner-$27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case-$44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 27, 2009 2:48:56 AM

Graphics: 5770 or 4890, depends on you. 5770 has dx11 and less power consumption whereas 4890 has better performance. Do you plan on crossfiring in the future? If NOT, I would recommend the 4890. If so, then I'd get the 5770 as I've heard raves about how well xf 5770s perform.

Processor: IMO, downgrade or upgrade. I know you are opposed to overclocking but you could easily tickle the fsb settings or multiplier and get 3.4 from a 955. That said, phenoms ARE overclocking processors. They come with unlocked multipliers to make overclockers happy. If you are reaaaaaalllly opposed to overclocking, I would (imo) shell out $15 more for an i5 and get an intel mobo.

So, :(  to overclock = get an i5
And, :)  to overlock = save $20 and get a 955, overclock to what you're comfortable with.

Motherboard & PSU: I'll talk about your options for mobo & psu dependently. Your PSU choice is excellent but you won't need that all that extra wattage if you aren't planning to XF (which may be the case now that I've seen your mobo choice).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... also has a $20 MIR, saving you almost $20 bucks.
[Note that with 1 card, you don't even need 650w, its just that the corsair 550w on newegg only has a $10 MIR, so their 650w psu would definitely be the better deal; this is just corsair too]
You can go even lower with this psu, $40 after MIR:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
IMO, corsair manufactures awesome psu... but its awesomeness, while appreciated with 1 vid card, isn't really necessary. I wouldn't trust any other brand when in XF/SLI though. So you sacrifice some quality, but OCZ isn't that bad either :].

IF you do plan to get another video card (which i hope would be a 5770 if you take my previous advice), then the corsair 650 will also suffice. Remember, 5770s are more efficient and less power hungry than 4890s.
And if that's the case, then you'll need a SLI capable board.

A bit for expensive, but x16 at full speed (which, since you want Crysis on high settings, I think you will greatly appreciate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Runs at x8/x8 but cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That's for AMD.

Intel (in case you're thinking of an i5)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not sure if the pci2 slot runs both at x16, but in case, it's a value deal.
You get the picture.

I've never used A-Data RAM, so I cannot comment on that.

I suggest picking up one of the cases they have on BF sale
Antec 900:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CM HAF922:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You probably won't find those cases that cheap; at least not anytime soon.

Everything else is fine. I would have suggested a caviar black instead of blue, but they are sold out. (Partially thanks to me :) , yay new boot hard drive)

Let us know what you decide.
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November 27, 2009 3:03:18 AM

I think a single 5770 will not achieve the goal of playing crysis at max settings. a pair will do much better if you can swing it. I agree with vznoobie that if that's your goal, I might cut a few corners like moving to an athlon x4 620 for $100 and start figuring out a way to get a second 5770.
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November 27, 2009 4:18:41 AM

thank you for all of the great advice!

no i have no plans to xf so i'll be going with the 4890. i like the idea of overclocking the processor so the 955 looks like a good deal, and so does the athlon. since i'm going for best performance i'll go for the better motherboard

and yes! i originally was looking at caviar blacks but they went quickly. but lucky you :) 

i'm gonna stick with my cheap case though ;) 

thanks for the second opinion as well bliq
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