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December 17, 2009 4:19:26 AM

I am looking at getting the basics of a new rig and using some of my components off of my other system.
I have a tower, Antec 300.
I have CD/DVD drives.
I have a PSU, but i am not sure i trust it, AGI U580UB, I was looking at getting a more reliable brand.
If you think this PSU is good let me know as it would take off $100.
Also i was thinking about a moduar PSU, but they cost more obviously and i wasn't so sure i should lower the wattage.

Here is what i am looking at.
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PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139006

MOBO
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128392

GPU
ASUS EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814121355

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945WFGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103696

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-8GBRL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231325

HDD
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136039
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I am hoping to play near any game on max settings, but this is a little over my budget.
I was hoping to keep it at around $650-$700.
Besides gaming I do a little of everything...

I need a new HDD because mine is old and only an 80gig that runs at 5400rpm.
I also would like it to have a little room for upgrades as time moves on, but overall i would like it to last 4-5 years.

I was thinking of making it a little more energy efficient, but kinda lost sight of that. Heh.

Any advice would be welcomed and i am looking to buy this all about a week after x-mas.

Thanks!

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December 17, 2009 4:53:39 AM

Your links are all broken.

We need to know more information in order to help you. Most importantly, what resolution does your monitor run at? That's the #1 deciding factor to what GPU to get. Your motherboard only supports a single GPU, so you don't need anywhere near a 750W PSU. A quality 550W PSU is plenty.

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W $89.55 - $20 MIR

You don't need 8GB of RAM. Drop down to 4GB and save yourself a ton of money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

The new 500GB platter drives are considerably faster than the 320GB platter drives. This one saves you quite a bit and is faster.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB $49.99

Take some of the money saved by the above changes and pick up a 5850.

XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 $309.99
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December 17, 2009 5:00:50 AM

^ Hi...
There are few components that you can improve on...
Here is a rewworked config, that would fit your budget and will be as good or even better...
1. CPU + Mobo + RAM combo - Though it contains a DDR3 1333MHz RAM, but this combo is very good and you wont notice any significant performance difference...
And most important of all, you wont need 8GB RAM...4GB would suffice...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU - You wont need a 750W PSU at all for that HD 5770...
Instead get this high quality 650W PSU, which can handle even HD 5770 crossfire and also the mobo supports it...
Antec EA 650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Certainly a better and bigger one for nearly the same price...
Seagate 7200.12 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Total - $629 and you get a better CPU, mobo, HDD and option to go crossfire later on...
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December 17, 2009 5:03:17 AM

^^ Dint refresh before posting.
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December 17, 2009 5:18:26 AM

@shortstuff_mt
Sorry about the links.

As of right now the monitor i have only runs at 1280x1020, but in the near future i would like to get a better monitor.
Also i was thinking of possibly looking at a different motherboard to crossfire in the future, but didn't know what would be good.

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December 17, 2009 5:21:04 AM

@gkay09
Thanks for the input.
I just may go that route as i may eventually want to crossfire.

I was looking at some other posts and a lot of people are saying get the samsung F3 hdd, so i may look into that since it is also about the same price.
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December 17, 2009 5:24:39 AM

^ Yes the Samsung F3 is also a very good option...but the reason that we have not linked is becaue it is out of stock in most of the places...And this Seagate is a very good alternative and also cost about $5 less...
But if you are able to get your hands on the F3, then get that...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
In stocks here...
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SATA-Hard-Drive-HD502HJ/d...
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December 17, 2009 5:27:28 AM

Do you know anything about the AGI PSU that i listed?
I was just wondering if that would be able to handle the rig, but if it isn't reliable i obviously don't want it in this build.
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December 17, 2009 5:34:01 AM

I wouldn't use that PSU. The specs I found on it show that it doesn't have active PFC. That's a clear sign to turn and run.
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December 17, 2009 5:35:19 AM

Okay thank you for that. I am not that knowledgeable on PSU's
So i really appreciate the advice.
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December 17, 2009 5:36:11 AM

^ Frankly I have never heard of that company...but looking at the specs of that PSU(35A on the 12V rails), it might be able to power a single HD 5770 along with that CPU...
But still doubtful about its quality though...
EDIT: Just noticed the Passive PFC after shortstuff indicated it... So NO that PSU...It would utilize a lot of power and will be inefficient...
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December 17, 2009 5:40:38 AM

Is there a difference in the quality of the Asus GPU versus the Saphire one?
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December 17, 2009 5:54:56 AM

I just decided that my budget would now be $800, but that will include a monitor as well.
This is the one i am looking at:

Acer H213H bmid Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen 16:9 LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 20000:1 Built-in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I realize that my graphics quality may have to go down for awhile, but eventually i will crossfire so this should work out well then right?
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December 17, 2009 6:37:23 AM

^ Yes...But if you are not a hardcore gamer, then even that HD 5770 can play games at that resolution...You would have to turn down the settings though...
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