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AMD Gaming Build - with ATI

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December 2, 2009 7:25:50 PM

Seeking opinions on whether this is a good build. Please add in suggestions of either better parts or better deals.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: No rush, but by the end of the year I'd like to be done with it.

BUDGET RANGE: Approximately $1,000 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, maybe minor work in MS Office and web browsing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Just purchased an AMD Phenom II X550, have an Antex 900 case as well as an additional heatsink and fan for the cpu.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, but I'm open to others.

PARTS PREFERENCES: No real preference, was wanting to use Nvidia but since I can't do SLI if I try and unlock the cores on the processor I will have to go ATI.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, Crossfire, but not immediately.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Need suggestions for a new monitor (maybe a dual monitor approach)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Here's somewhat of my parts I'm considering:

XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail and OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC - Retail - $277.98 combo price from Newegg less two $20 rebates makes it $237.98.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $199.99 -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(This one has has the ability to unlock either one or both cores, so that's why I have the interest)

OCZ Special Ops Urban Elite 4GB -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc Black DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than the cables, keyboard, mouse, and some thermal paste I think that's it. Please let me know what you think. I'm planning on upgrading this more in the future, the first being the processor if I can't unlock the additional cores, but just don't want to blow the bank initially. Also, not sure about the RAM choice, so maybe you all will help me find a better set. Thanks
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December 2, 2009 7:48:45 PM

I would try to fit a 5850 into your budget or save up some more. They can be found for not much more than the 4890.
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December 2, 2009 10:45:23 PM

battlemarz said:
I would try to fit a 5850 into your budget or save up some more. They can be found for not much more than the 4890.


the 5850 is over 300 dollars everywhere
he is getting that 4890 for approx 170
big difference
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December 3, 2009 1:26:47 PM

Thanks for the info. How about this power supply instead of the one above. It's got an extra $10 off for newsletter subscribers:

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail - $79.99 - $30 rebate.

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