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Newegg AMD Bundles 12/25/09 - any good?

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December 25, 2009 7:09:02 PM

Hey everyone,
I was looking on Newegg today and noticed this banner add. I am going to build a new AMD system here soon and was wondering if any were good. Right now, my tentative build is this:


GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX - Retail


The first bundle is this ($540.97):
# AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
# BIOSTAR TForce TA770A2+SE AM2+ / AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
# XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

The second is ($385.97):
# AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
# ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
# ASUS EAH5750 FORMULA/2DI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

I have read that sometimes the bundles or combo deals dont really work together so I want to get some board advice on these "Builds". Thanks all!
December 26, 2009 1:06:51 PM

Id be interested in this as well. Im going to attempt another build of an AMD system as my previous build is over 6 years old...
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December 26, 2009 1:18:36 PM

Neither of these are any good.

The 940 is AM2+, which is a dead end. Also, DDR2 prices are skyrocketing as it's nearing end of life. As such, you'd pay a lot for inferior stuff.

The 945 is a great CPU, but the 5750 is the only 5XXX card I cannot recommend at all. With the massively superior (often as much as 50%) 5770 priced quite closely, and the better 4XXX cards also hanging around that price tag, the 5750 is a poor choice.



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December 26, 2009 1:27:31 PM

Means 500 seems to be about your price range, i would suggest this. From a few weeks of searching for the price these seem to be about the best you can get. Anyone here who knows anything better for the price though please speak up! Id like to know too. Sadly these arent really combos except for one.

GPU

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

RAM

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

And the Combo of CPU + MOBO.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Let me know what you think.

Also Free shipping on all of these items till the 31st i believe!

Comes out to 510$.
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December 26, 2009 1:29:45 PM

Amen to that. But what about the other parts? Are you resusing them? If so, make certain it's a quality PSU and HDD.
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December 26, 2009 1:35:30 PM

Silmarunya said:
Amen to that. But what about the other parts? Are you resusing them? If so, make certain it's a quality PSU and HDD.


Well im using

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

Which i believe is enough for me. ( I hope so lol ).

The HDD is an old WD IDE/PATA and in the next month or two will be upgrading to a new bigger SATA HDD.
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December 27, 2009 12:32:24 AM

Silmarunya said:
Amen to that. But what about the other parts? Are you resusing them? If so, make certain it's a quality PSU and HDD.


The only thing I am recycling from my old system in the PSU. COOLER MASTER eXtreme RP-500-PCAR 500W ATX12V V2.01 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817171018

This will be my first solo build, so any help/comments would be appreciated. Here is the rest of the build that still needs to be bought:

CASE:
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 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...

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

***What is the difference between this chip and the AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX? There is about a $50 difference. Would it really be worth it to upgrade?***

SDRAM:
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




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December 28, 2009 1:28:26 AM

I am not so sure about the case to be honest. I would rather spend my money on the inside. The case I have now is a pos. Also, the hdd I have Is pretty old. Any sugestions on what to get?
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