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$900-$1000 AMD Gaming Build

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December 22, 2009 7:53:22 PM

I will most likely be purchasing in a few weeks


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Peripherals and monitor



Yes, probably low to moderate




Here's the build I came up with, trying to keep the cost at around ~$950 -

CPU/MOBO/RAM combo - AMD Phenom II x4 955BE/ASUS M4A79XTD EVO/G.Skill Ripjaw (2x2GB) 1600 = $343 ( $10 MIR)

GPU - Diamond ATI Radeon HD 5850 = $305 (I'll crossfire them down the road.)

Case - CM HAF 922 = $90

PSU - Corsair 750TX = $100 (I was also thinking about getting the - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W I'm not sure if it's worth it saving $45 for a lower quality PSU.)

HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB = $55

Optical Drive - Sony Optiarc 24x SATA = $39

HS - CM Hyper 212 Plus - $29

Total = $961 (shipping +tax)

Happy Holidays and thank you in advance to all who post. :D 

December 22, 2009 8:13:40 PM

Ahhh, couldn't find a combo without that RAM. Thanks for your reply.
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December 22, 2009 8:14:37 PM

The OCZ PSU only has two PCIE power cables and you need 4 to have two 5850s. Stick with the corsair.
December 22, 2009 8:17:21 PM

Why do you build an AMD rig with this budget, if with the same budget you can get an Intel rig? I'M NOT A INTELA FAN BOY, i'm AMD user with a X4 955, but in performance and with your budget, you can build a very good Intel rig.
December 22, 2009 8:23:49 PM

this is pushing it a little, but look at this for an intel build (even though you want amd)

that is 959.23, but no cooler or dvd. also, you could get a cheaper case like the 922, but that build also only has a 5770 :( 
December 22, 2009 8:27:03 PM

Well, I just wanted to save some money going with the AMD CPU. Since the i5 750 is pretty much equivalent to the 955 BE when it comes to gaming I don't see a point in buying an i5, unless someone proves me wrong.
December 22, 2009 8:34:00 PM

fatfatr said:
Well, I just wanted to save some money going with the AMD CPU. Since the i5 750 is pretty much equivalent to the 955 BE when it comes to gaming I don't see a point in buying an i5, unless someone proves me wrong.

No your right, there is almost no difference in gaming performance between an i5 and a 955. But if you really wanted to save some cash, go with a 720 because in gaming the tri core can keep up with the quads once you over clock it to at least 3ghz:

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
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December 22, 2009 8:43:58 PM

I would have to do some research, but I like the future-proofing and upgradability of the 955 BE.
December 22, 2009 9:13:37 PM

The 955 is the best option that you can get for price/performance. I have one, at 3.8GHz and is really good....
December 22, 2009 9:16:30 PM

ares1214 said:
yea i agree, and the 955 beats it in just about everything:,2278-...

so the future proofing is worth it in a bugdet like this.

Thats why I said once you over clock it to at least 3ghz. Since this pc was for gaming (not just about everything), and he said he wanted to save money, I thought I would show him a different option, thats all.
December 22, 2009 9:18:19 PM

hey, me too i have the 955@ 3.8GHz :D  it is amazing, i couldnt max it out if i tried. (i tried opening 45 internet pages, 2 internet games, one desktop games and running like 7 programs and it goes to 30% usage :lol:  )
December 22, 2009 9:40:44 PM

Thanks for the replies, I'll buy these parts in a week or two. I'm sure that I'll be proud :) 
December 23, 2009 2:09:09 AM

^with a 955 in your rig who wouldn't be? I'm hella proud of my 955 even though i only went to 3.6 (no voltage increase!! and stable) even though i could go higher i see no point as it would create a rift in the time space continuum opening a vortex that could swallow the earth but highfive on your new rig.
December 23, 2009 12:37:37 PM

Yeah I realised that the CL on the Crucial is pretty bad after I posted, couldn't edit the message. I'll just stick with the G.Skill.
December 23, 2009 12:56:11 PM

^Ok, how i said up, if you want a better Crucial RAM, get the RAM of the link.