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December 18, 2009 8:34:28 PM



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Dec. 26-30 with a $600 budget After rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, school work (haha)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU with Gigabyte Mobo

OVERCLOCKING: Yes CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 for now

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want overclock friendly components and want to play WoW, SC2 (if it ever comes out) etc.
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1. AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

2. GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with pre-installed 2x 120mm Fan, Support up to 1x 140mm top fan, 2x 140mm side fan, 1x 140mm front fan, 1x 120mm rear fan - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

4. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

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5. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

7. OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...



I'm not sure which ram would be better... either 4 or 5 as there's only a $15 difference between the two. Also the PSU, will it be good enough to run the setup? And finally, I'm sort of between the 720 and the 550 processors. I will have no problem (cross fingers) unlocking the 4 cores in the 550 with the gigabyte motherboard and am wondering if it would outperform the 720 after overclocking even if i unlocked the 720's 4th core.


Any additional comments / switchouts to save me money and increase performance are always appreciated!

Thanks guys!

Ben

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December 18, 2009 8:54:18 PM

bwillman said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Dec. 26-30 with a $600 budget After rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, school work (haha)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU with Gigabyte Mobo

OVERCLOCKING: Yes CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 for now

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want overclock friendly components and want to play WoW, SC2 (if it ever comes out) etc.
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1. AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

2. GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with pre-installed 2x 120mm Fan, Support up to 1x 140mm top fan, 2x 140mm side fan, 1x 140mm front fan, 1x 120mm rear fan - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

4. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

OR

5. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

7. OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...



I'm not sure which ram would be better... either 4 or 5 as there's only a $15 difference between the two. Also the PSU, will it be good enough to run the setup? And finally, I'm sort of between the 720 and the 550 processors. I will have no problem (cross fingers) unlocking the 4 cores in the 550 with the gigabyte motherboard and am wondering if it would outperform the 720 after overclocking even if i unlocked the 720's 4th core.


Any additional comments / switchouts to save me money and increase performance are always appreciated!

Thanks guys!

Ben


There is no guarantee that the 550 will unlock its extra cores. If you cant, then you will be stuck with a duel core cpu. Go with the 720, and even if you can't unlock its other core, then you will still have a fine gaming cpu.

Also, the mother board you linked to is deactivated.

Use the cheaper ram, the other one won't make any significant boost in performance.

If your not going to crossfire, then that 700w is unessary. Here use this one instead:

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$65

This 5770 is cheaper:

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$163 -Free Shipping
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December 18, 2009 9:36:57 PM



His original build was fine. You got a weaker gpu, an unreliable Rosewill psu, and an ackward micro atx motherboard.
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December 18, 2009 10:39:27 PM

ares1214 said:
ummm, he also got better ram, a way better cpu, an equal psu, a better case, and a slightly less powerful gpu, but he can just get this:

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

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

and then just get the 5770, so that build would beat the x3 720 handily


If you took your original build and then updated it with these parts, then that would come to $648. Thats $48 over budget. And that psu is nonsense. Spending a $120 on a 520w psu is just incompetent, and its still not even a good brand.

Ram makes no significant difference on gaming performance.

Also, a 955 doesn't really beat a 720 at all. The 720 is excellent for gaming.



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December 18, 2009 10:44:38 PM

well then doesnt it just rock that there is a 40$ mail in rebate on that excellent psu, and yes it is a good brand name what are you talking about.
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December 18, 2009 10:56:29 PM

90 dollars without the mir isnt even wastage, and newegg does not take months to get you you mirs. still, this one build kills all, and is 534.96$ before mir, and 504.96 after them, so getting better cpu, better ram, and a better psu isnt wastage when it is saving money.
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December 18, 2009 11:11:37 PM

I suggest looking at this, same cpu and mobo you wanted :D :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

You can get an antec 300 illusion for $5 more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't need all that wattage, especially with an 5770.
The Antec NEO ECO 520w is a good option and is fairly priced.

I'm biased towards corsair:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Also ares, am I missing something here. The 4 links you provided came up to $602.95 after the MIR.
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December 18, 2009 11:55:12 PM

Not so much as that case being bad, as the 300 illusion being a great investment for $5 more. It comes with 2 extra fans and has better overall airflow.
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December 19, 2009 12:02:29 AM

ehh i can accept that, they would all work fine though, but i think that 605$ build no matter what case you have would be awesome.
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