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December 26, 2009 7:45:04 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next week BUDGET RANGE: 1k

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: #1, games #2 photo editing, surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, *Hyper type R 580 Power supply (not sure if this will cut it)?? From old machine

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com,

PARTS PREFERENCES: amd

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)

Hello from a newbie... I have attached a listing of parts for a new build im working on... I would appreciate any comments or suggestions...

Thanks again!!!!


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December 26, 2009 10:41:14 PM

tinman2425 said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next week BUDGET RANGE: 1k

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: #1, games #2 photo editing, surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, *Hyper type R 580 Power supply (not sure if this will cut it)?? From old machine

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com,

PARTS PREFERENCES: amd

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)

Hello from a newbie... I have attached a listing of parts for a new build im working on... I would appreciate any comments or suggestions...

Thanks again!!!!


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Tri channel memory is a no no for AM3 cpus. Go with a 2x2gb set of ram.

Swap the 260 for a 5770. The 5770 is cheaper, supports dx11, and uses less energy which makes it an excellent card for crossfire. Its also nearly as powerful, as both the 260 and the 5770 can play modern games at high settings at a 1900 res.

The Western Digital Blue hdd isn't a high performance drive. Try the Seagate 7200.12 or the Samsung F3. They have a higher read and write speed, run cool, and are very quiet as both the Seagate and the F3 use single, 500gb platters.
December 27, 2009 1:32:48 AM

Damn, I already got them coming.. Im gonna see if I can cancel an item in the order... : ( and reorder your recommendations..
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December 27, 2009 1:41:57 AM

Can you recommend a 5770 card ?
December 27, 2009 6:19:42 PM

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http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/14-102-864-TS?$S180W$
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Mothmusic, thanks for info... Could you take a minute and look at the following setup and give me your thoughts... thanks..


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December 27, 2009 9:20:00 PM

tinman2425 said:
Mothmusic, thanks for info... Could you take a minute and look at the following setup and give me your thoughts... thanks..


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The only suggestion I would make is get an Antec or Corsair psu. They are the top brands in power supplies so you can rely on them to work well and last a long time. This one here is $80 with free shipping, its 650w which is more than enough for two 5770s. If you want to spend $100+ on a psu anyways, then look at Antec or Corsair. Everything else in the build is solid.


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December 27, 2009 9:40:24 PM

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The only suggestion I would make is get an Antec or Corsair psu. They are the top brands in power supplies so you can rely on them to work well and last a long time. This one here is $80 with free shipping, its 650w which is more than enough for two 5770s. If you want to spend $100+ on a psu anyways, then look at Antec or Corsair. Everything else in the build is solid.

http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/17-371-015-S01?$S180W$
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Thanks brotha.. I like the idea of a modular PSU... I have also decided on a slightly different video card, based on reviews..

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

I appreciate your input and suggestions...... :) 
December 27, 2009 9:44:17 PM

tinman2425 said:
Thanks brotha.. I like the idea of a modular PSU... I have also decided on a slightly different video card, based on reviews..

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

I appreciate your input and suggestions...... :) 


The Juniper would be fine, it has a reference cooling design so it will run quieter and keep your case a bit cooler, but the gpu itself will run warmer than it would with a egg cooling design.
December 27, 2009 9:48:12 PM

MothMusic said:
The Juniper would be fine, it has a reference cooling design so it will run quieter and keep your case a bit cooler, but the gpu itself will run warmer than it would with a egg cooling design.


Sweet.. Ok, I thnk Im done.. all this researching is giving me a headache... :) 

Off to order...
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