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First sytem build

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November 28, 2009 9:13:17 PM

Hi all,
Im making my first computer very soon, probably starting after the holidays.
Anyway, i just wanted to make sure that all the pieces that im want to buy fit together properly and will make a moderate standard gaming cumputer. I know I probably need more ram but i will be getting another 4g's once i get windows 7. I can probably go up about another $100 for parts. I want the system to be able to change a lot (which is why i went with amd as they made the phenomen compatible with old motherboards), ill probably change the processor next cristmas to a black edition phenomen quad core. Also ill get a multiple of the graphics card i put down.

I live in Victoria, Australia. I hope to get all my parts of but im sure i can search around for any parts they dont stock if you feel like it will boost performance considerably.
I have a total budget of $1100 AUD before rebate.
Im going to purchase windows 7 with it.
Usage: Gaming, internet, videos/movies, office.
Ill be playing games mostly like spore, sims, crysis and cod modern warfare 2, but i also play mmorpgs.
Overclock: Yes
Crossfire: In a year.
Screen Resolution: Dont no but it is 20", not sure if you can calculate the resolution of that.

Give me your opinions, your answers are greatly appreciated.
So the specs are:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition, 2.80GHz, Triple Core, Socket AM3, 95W TDP, 3x512KB L2 Cache, 6MB L3 Cache, Stepping C2, Boxed, Heka (HDZ720WFGIBOX)

Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E Motherboard, AM3, AMD 790GX, Dual DDR3 1600, PCIe2.0 x16, SATAII, RAID, Gigabit LAN, USB, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI, IEEE 1394, eSATA, 8-Channel Audio, ATX, CrossFire

Case: NZXT Apollo Crafted Series, Steel Midtower, ATX, Micro-ATX, Baby AT, Black with Blue LED, comes with side panel (APNL2-URB)

HDD: Samsung 500GB 3.5" Spinpoint F3 HDD, 7200rpm, SATA II 3.0Gbs, 16MB Cache, 3 Years Warranty (HD502HJ)

RAM: Team Xtreem 6GB Memory 3x 2GB Kit, PC3-15000 (1866MHz) DDR3, 9-9-9-24-2T, 1.65v, Aluminium Heatsink (TXD36144M1866HC9TC)

Graphics Card: Sappire Radeon HD 5770 Video Card, 1024MB 1280-bit DDR5 RAM, 850 / 2400 MHz Clock, Dual DVI, HDMI Out, Display Port, HDCP, CrossFire Ready, PCIe 2.0 x16 (21163-00-41R)

PSU: Huntkey Green Star 550W, Low Noise, 24Pins, 2x 6Pins SLI Support, 4Pins, SATA, ODD, FDD Connectors, 14cm Fan (HK550-14GP)

Things that wont be needed: Monitor, DVD RW, Speakers

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November 28, 2009 9:21:19 PM

Get a better power supply. CM's are one step up from junk. I favor Corsair and Antec. Something from 450 watts - 550 watts will do nicely.

Case fan - avoid sleeve bearings.
November 28, 2009 9:24:07 PM

Add 2GB more of RAM (4GB minimum is the standart today) and try to get a X4 like the 955.

A better PSU is a good option too. Coolermaster, Corsair, Antec, Thermaltake....are good PSU manufacturers
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November 29, 2009 4:04:32 PM

6GB != AMD systems. Get a 2x2GB setup. I also agree that you need a better PSU. I have no idea who Huntkey is, but I doubt they are good. Other then that it looks ok.
November 29, 2009 5:01:57 PM

20" would be either 1280 x 1024 or 1440 x 900 so your GPU choice is fine and suggest you stick to single GPU solutions
November 29, 2009 6:24:52 PM

It could also be 1680x1050. My 20" LCD monitor is that res. I only play TF2, and the lowly 8800GS works just fine. The 5770 should be even better. Its a bit faster then the 4850 which is also fine.
November 29, 2009 6:42:45 PM

Ya but dated 20 inchers dun come in that high reso for the most part though hehe
November 29, 2009 6:46:46 PM

Why go for the AMD? The socket will be obsolete in about a year anyways as AMD has the Bulldozer and Bobcat(?) cpu lines coming out in 2012 on a new socket. It would be a waste to go with AMD only to throw an x4 in there next year. Plus the x3 can be used as a quad anyways in some cases.

I would suggest a Core i5. For that price you should be able to build a Core i5 easily.
November 29, 2009 6:57:05 PM

Err in the 1st place why are we on the subject of 6 cores when games today max at 3 for the most part? The best way to be useful here is to provide a real solution at real prices where TS is at with a suggested config IMO and not go O/T or make it an AMD/Intel debate