New Gaming System: Need Feedback!

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  1. It'd be helpful if you put what the parts were outside of the link. Also, what's the budget?

    Here's a better set of RAM (G.Skill Ripjaws), currently selling for $80, which is a special price.

    Here's a better HDD (Samsung Spinpoint F3) for $15 cheaper. It's currently out of stock, but should be worth the short wait.

    Other than that it looks good. The savings you get from the above improvements should probably be applied to an upgrade to the CPU. Don't forget to look for combos too. I just got a $55 combo on CPU/mobo last week...
  2. Are you aware of DX11 and that the 4890 will never be DX11 compatible?

    If you dont need lightscribe, you could save a few dollars and get a DVD Writer without it.

    You might consider a triple or quad core CPU like the PhenomIIx3 720 or AthlonIIx4
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/best-gaming-cpu,review-31706.html
  3. Any CD/DVD drives w/o lightscribe that had good quality and cheap? I can't seem to find one.
  4. They run 26-30, no cheaper.
  5. How about this LG at $28/free shipping?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136177
    Its my understanding that lightscribe capable DVD burners tend to be alot louder so if you wont use it you will be happier without.
  6. I heard about LG's new "bluebird" program, so I'm avoiding LG for now, any others? I also saw the other guy's build (http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-275623_13_0.html#t2026136) and I think I'm going to copy it :) since it's about $300 cheaper than my inexperienced build.
  7. You should select a different motherboard. That Asus has the PCI-Express slots mixed up, meaning the 16x is on the bottom (the white slot) and the 4x on the top (the blue slot). If you have a double-width graphics card, then it would interfere with the slot or whatever else below. Just a heads up.
  8. bdcrlsn said:
    You should select a different motherboard. That Asus has the PCI-Express slots mixed up, meaning the 16x is on the bottom (the white slot) and the 4x on the top (the blue slot). If you have a double-width graphics card, then it would interfere with the slot or whatever else below. Just a heads up.

    This motherboard doesnt have an 4x slot. It has 16x or dual 8x slots and even when both are filled there is a pcie x1 and a pci slot open still.
  9. Scared me... I just ordered it too. Thank you dnd for clearing that up.

    Scrap the build I posted on the very top I decided to go with this guys build:

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-275623_13_0.html#t2026136

    Seems much cheaper and more reliable than my build.
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