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December 26, 2009 6:28:40 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: ~$600 (before mail-ins)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mild gaming (mostly WoW), software dev, surfing the inet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, PSU (CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V), keyboard, mouse, monitor, optical drives.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: North Carolina, USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU with nVidia GPU (open to changing to ATI though)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (in the future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1366x768 (32" LCD HDTV)

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MSI NF750-G55 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE GV-N26OC-896I GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

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December 26, 2009 11:25:20 PM

All sounds in order here. Are you asking a question?
December 26, 2009 11:31:38 PM

Haha yeah sorry, I was just wanting input as to other comparable or better components around the same price. Also any input as to ATI vs nVidia, how nicely these things will play together, etc. Just some general critique of the build as a whole.

Thanks in advance!
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December 27, 2009 4:01:54 AM

Alright, a guy on another forum linked me to this video card, and I'm really liking it. Let me know what you think, I think I'm going to go with it over the nVidia, but would I need to get a different mobo? Let me know please.

Here's the card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PS: I'm not completely new, but I am new to the SLI/Crossfire scene, and I know that SLI boards won't support Crossfire without hacking the drivers, so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what board(s) would work with the ATI card. Crossfiring isn't a big deal to me really, because at my budget I can't afford a board that can support 2 cards at 16x, so if anyone knows of any boards (for ~$100) that will work, please let me know!

Thanks in advance!
December 27, 2009 5:39:33 AM


The Seagate 7200.12 is one of the fastest hdds out right now, much faster than a low performance drive like the WD Blue. The 5770 is nearly as powerful as a 260 but supports dx11, runs cool, sips energy and is much cheaper, which makes the card excellent for crossfire. Get one now, then pick up another one later. The ram you choose had terriable latencies, this G.Skill ram has a lat of 7, which is pretty good for DDR3.


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$165 -Free shipping


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...
$92 -Free Shipping


SAPPHIRE 100283-2L 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...
$155 -Free Shipping, Get one now, then pick up another when they get even cheaper.


MSI NF750-G55 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55 -Free Shipping

Total = $557

December 27, 2009 5:43:57 AM

Moth, you are an absolute Godsend! I really appreciate the help, but I do have one question: Will that mobo work with a Crossfire setup, because it says "SLI"? I'm really hoping it will because I fell in love with that board when I first saw it.

Even if it won't by the time I can afford to get a second GPU I'll also be able to buy a new board, and this one will run 1 ATI even if it won't run Crossfire, correct?

Just wondering, thanks again!!
December 27, 2009 5:56:06 AM

cineris1104 said:
Moth, you are an absolute Godsend! I really appreciate the help, but I do have one question: Will that mobo work with a Crossfire setup, because it says "SLI"? I'm really hoping it will because I fell in love with that board when I first saw it.

Even if it won't by the time I can afford to get a second GPU I'll also be able to buy a new board, and this one will run 1 ATI even if it won't run Crossfire, correct?

Just wondering, thanks again!!


UPDATE: Fixed the mobo, thankfully MSi had one just like the nVidia one...

The Seagate 7200.12 is one of the fastest hdds out right now, much faster than a low performance drive like the WD Blue. The 5770 is nearly as powerful as a 260 but supports dx11, runs cool, sips energy and is much cheaper, which makes the card excellent for crossfire. Get one now, then pick up another one later. The ram you choose had terriable latencies, this G.Skill ram has a lat of 7, which is pretty good for DDR3.


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$165 -Free shipping


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...
$92 -Free Shipping


SAPPHIRE 100283-2L 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...
$155 -Free Shipping, Get one now, then pick up another when they get even cheaper.


MSI 790X-G45 AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55 -Free Shipping

Total = $557
December 27, 2009 6:01:09 AM

I looked at that mobo too, the only problem is it only supports up to DDR3 1200. :( 

It was because of this very problem that I've spent the last 3 hours trying to figure this out, lolz. I've been out of the hardware loop for far too long, you have no idea how much I appreciate your help!
December 27, 2009 6:22:20 AM


The Seagate 7200.12 is one of the fastest hdds out right now, much faster than a low performance drive like the WD Blue. The 5770 is nearly as powerful as a 260 but supports dx11, runs cool, sips energy and is much cheaper, which makes the card excellent for crossfire. Get one now, then pick up another one later. The ram you choose had terriable latencies, this G.Skill ram has a lat of 7, which is pretty good for DDR3.


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$165 -Free shipping


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...
$92 -Free Shipping


SAPPHIRE 100283-2L 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...
$155 -Free Shipping, Get one now, then pick up another when they get even cheaper.


GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$114 -$100 after rebates


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55 -Free Shipping

Total = $581 or $566 After rebates
December 27, 2009 6:24:43 AM

cineris1104 said:
I looked at that mobo too, the only problem is it only supports up to DDR3 1200. :( 

It was because of this very problem that I've spent the last 3 hours trying to figure this out, lolz. I've been out of the hardware loop for far too long, you have no idea how much I appreciate your help!


I wouldn't worry about it. Your ram will simply be downclocked a bit. Ram speed makes no significant difference on system performance. Cheap ram, expensive ram, non of it is really better than the other. But if you want to run your ram at its stock settings then get the more expensive build, if you want to keep the same performance but spend less cash then pick the second build.

December 27, 2009 6:25:25 AM

cineris1104 said:
I looked at that mobo too, the only problem is it only supports up to DDR3 1200. :( 

It was because of this very problem that I've spent the last 3 hours trying to figure this out, lolz. I've been out of the hardware loop for far too long, you have no idea how much I appreciate your help!


I believe this combo cpu/mobo has what your looking for in a mobo, and is only 10 dollars more than your current cpu and mobo, and it also comes with a 10 dollar mail in rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

mothmusic kinda beat me to recommending a new mobo

oh and newegg has this 5770 a couple bucks cheaper until jan 1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... just need to put in this code EMCMNNT82
December 27, 2009 6:29:21 AM

newbuilder_92 said:
I believe this combo cpu/mobo has what your looking for in a mobo, and is only 10 dollars more than your current cpu and mobo, and it also comes with a 10 dollar mail in rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

mothmusic kinda beat me to recommending a new mobo


I looked at that too, but this kinda put me out:

PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 (one x16 or dual x8 link)

I'm just unsure if it really supports two x16 slots...
December 27, 2009 6:40:57 AM

MothMusic said:
I looked at that too, but this kinda put me out:

PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 (one x16 or dual x8 link)

I'm just unsure if it really supports two x16 slots...


I'm pretty sure it is just like the gigabyte board at x8/x8 for crossfire, and I will add the gigabyte board is actually what i just used in my new system.
December 27, 2009 7:03:18 AM

I know that RAM speed doesn't make much difference, which is why I was thinking about going with the MSI in the 2nd build, but I got to looking around and found this combo, let me know what you think, because this seems to be a killer combo, and I absolutely LOVE this mobo, its one of the prettiest that I've come across, and THE prettiest in my price range!

Let me know what you guys think: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

BTW, I really really appreciate all the input, after I get this thing built I'll post a follow-up in this thread to let you know how great the rig is!

EDIT: Using this combo, the Sapphire GPU, and the Seagate HDD, the total comes to 554 before mail-ins, which is yet another plus!
December 27, 2009 7:57:17 AM

not sure what your final build is but here are some of my recommendations:
1. keep away from nvidia based mb.
2. unless you have a serious crash on nvidia, it is better to use ati gpu+mb+cpu for better parts integration and compatibility.
December 27, 2009 4:54:32 PM

daggs said:
not sure what your final build is but here are some of my recommendations:
1. keep away from nvidia based mb.
2. unless you have a serious crash on nvidia, it is better to use ati gpu+mb+cpu for better parts integration and compatibility.

As it stands now, I plan on going with the combo that I linked with the Phenom II X4, and the MSI mobo with the AMD 790X chipset, and the Sapphire 5770.
December 31, 2009 2:52:24 AM

cineris1104 said:
As it stands now, I plan on going with the combo that I linked with the Phenom II X4, and the MSI mobo with the AMD 790X chipset, and the Sapphire 5770.


That setup looks good. Sorry for the late reply, I don't know how I missed the e-mail notification..
December 31, 2009 2:34:01 PM

Haha no problem moth. I went ahead and ordered everything the other day and its all supposed to get to me next Monday. Like I said before, once I get it built I'll post about it here.

Thanks again to you, and to everyone else that gave their input, it really helped me out a lot!
December 31, 2009 5:20:17 PM

cineris1104 said:
Haha no problem moth. I went ahead and ordered everything the other day and its all supposed to get to me next Monday. Like I said before, once I get it built I'll post about it here.

Thanks again to you, and to everyone else that gave their input, it really helped me out a lot!


Your welcome and good luck with your build.
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