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$700-$1000 Gaming build

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December 15, 2009 2:07:26 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the month

BUDGET RANGE: $700-$1000 (closer to $700 :) )

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Casual use, web-surfing, gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: HDD, Monitor, keyboard and mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: Newegg.com (USA) .microcenter (michigan) or Tigerdirect.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for something that will last for a few years and that will be able to be upgraded. Also i have the Cooler Master HAF 932 for a case



Here are the parts I have already picked out. Please critique.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb $185.00

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard $163.99

SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $214.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W $109.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $95.99

I'm planning on get the cooler master v10 if I plane to oc

Total cost(without v10) $764.96 (-tax)

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December 15, 2009 2:43:02 PM

Switch the 965 for a 955. You'll get the same performance and same overclock potential for about $30 less.

I'd take a look at the HD 5850. It's ~$310, but the best GPU available with a reasonable price.

What's the CAS Latency on that RAM? You should be looking for 7s. It might be cheaper to drop down to 1333 mhz sticks with CL 7. There are some good G.Skill Eco 1333 mhz sticks with CL 7 for $98 on Newegg.

You don't need that board. The 4 PCIe slots look attractive, but anything over 2 is not cost effective. Also, you won't be able to upgrade your RAM down the road, as it only takes one speed. I highly recommend the ASUS M4A79XTD EVO. It's cheaper and IMO one of the best values in AMD boards.
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December 15, 2009 6:21:00 PM

RAM: the cl for the ram is 9. Yeah i think i should look into some new faster ram. I was looking at ocz platinum ones what has a cl of 7 but i wanted to cut down the cut so I switched the ram.

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


Gpu: I really don't wanna spend that much on the gpu. I know its come with directx11 and its newer technology but my friend has been using the 4890 and hasn't had any problems with it so i was thinking that was good for the price.

Mobo: Is nice and I was looking at it but what kinda pushed me to the msi is if i do sli both the cards can run at x16 instead of both running at x8.
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December 15, 2009 6:23:35 PM

I'd go with the sticks I suggested above. They'll be faster, save you some on your power bill, and only cost $2 more.

There's not much difference between 16x/16x and 8x/8x. Plus, if you switch to the ASUS, you can then afford the GPU, which would give you a noticeable gain.

BTW, what's the monitor resolution? All of this Crossfire/5850 talk could be overkill...
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December 15, 2009 6:35:30 PM

the monitor I use now is 1680x1050 but im looking to upgrade later after I build my computer.
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December 15, 2009 6:53:11 PM

I agree with going for amd 955, with the extra money you save you can get a better mobo for crossfire/sli and OC'ing.

There are 2 great combo deals:

# AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
# 299417ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

$385.98

# ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
# 308678AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

$384.98


***NOTE: price in CAN$ so just go on newegg.com if u want US$

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December 15, 2009 6:53:39 PM

For 1680x1050, Crossfire and the 5850 would both be overkill. Once you upgrade (hopefully to a 1900x1200) the 5850 would still be a great option, and have additional upgrade options.

I don't like to recommend planning for Crossfiring, because as fast as GPU tech is moving, by the time you'd want/need/could add a second card, you'd gain much more with a replacement...

All of this really depends on the type of games and how often. If you're playing non-graphics intense games often (or graphics intense games rarely), the 5850 wouldn't be a good investment.
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December 15, 2009 7:31:36 PM

so should i just stick with the 4890 for now untill i get a better setup and then hopefully some new gpu will be out and then i can just sli or get the 5850?
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