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~1000$ gaming pc (socket AM3)

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December 28, 2009 12:46:10 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a few weeks (if something wont go wrong... again)

BUDGET RANGE: about 1000$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, autocad, movies and so on

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, CD/DVD thing, Mustek PowerMust 600 USB 600VA / 360W(if its possible to use it with this system)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Latvia

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, Asus motherboard

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably (but not now)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 but will be upgraded, just later

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i want this to be as upgradeable as possible, so i can just swap a single part when it gets too old. for now ill use it with single GPU later with CF


for now thinking about something like this (prices are from local stores and roughly translated to $)
Motheroard:
Asus Crosshair III Formula ~ 220$
CPU:
AMD PHENOM II X3 720 ~ 140$
or
AMD PHENOM II X4 955 ~210$
GPU: (manufacturer depending on what shops will have in store, probably Asus)
not shure about what to get, hd57xx sounds promising but I'm afraid of 128 bit bus and that they are slower than hd48xx
HD5750 1gb - 160$+
or
HD5770 -190$+
or
HD4890 -220$+

RAM:
OCZ 4GB, 1600Mhz (OC), CL7, kit of 2, Reaper HPC Edition ~170$
or anything from OCZ or Kingston(those are the names i trust) 1600Mhz, 4gb kit of 2 ~140~200$

HDD:
Western Digital 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB CAVIAR BLACK ~80$+

PSU (hope this will be enough
OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro Power Supply

Case
i don't have any clue about those, ill i know its a box that keeps stuff from falling apart :lol: 
something good but not too expensive

i hope i didn't forget anything

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December 28, 2009 7:05:05 PM

The 5770 is 50% faster than the 5750 for not much more money. As the drivers get improved, it should pass the 4870 in performance. Right now the 5770, 4870 and 260 trade back and forth depending on the system, resolution and AA settings.

Things I look for in a case are front and rear fans for good airflow, top exhaust fan to move rising hot air out of the case and bottom mounted PSU for easy cable management.
December 28, 2009 9:32:03 PM

based on other topics i think this could be a good option - Cooler Master HAF- 922
tho its about 2x more expensive than i thought the case would cost
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December 28, 2009 11:32:13 PM

As for case, get CM-690. It will serve you well.

Motherboard: MSI 790FX-GD70
CPU: Phenom II X4 955

This would save up some cash for you and perform equally good compared to the build you mentioned. You can also opt for Corsair 750TX. You will be ale to crossfire a HD5850 or even a HD5870 with this.

Cash saved up can be spent on monitor or graphics card. Your call.
December 28, 2009 11:59:09 PM

im not shure about msi and quality, and since i hope that pc will run (with upgrades ofc) til socket am3 is dead and buried i want motherboard thats rock solid and a lot of ppl are saying that msi isnt so good

+ i want x16/x16 when running cf (tho msi can do that as far as i remember)
December 29, 2009 12:08:40 AM

sorry for double, but it didnt allow me to edit previous

from one review
Quote:

The performance of this board was average. It kept up with the others, but did not really excel in any one area. Overclocking on the board was... well, we do not know since our board died while being overclocked with only the CPU voltage increased to 1.45V. We hope to look at another board to give us a better idea in the near future after we get a replacement from MSI. From reading around the web, we are not the first to see a board blow due to some cheaply made voltage regulators. The MSI 790FX-GD70 is not the motherboard to use if you plan on doing even mild overclocking.
December 29, 2009 2:28:33 AM

Have a look at the following sites:
http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/msi_...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/250976-29-790fx-gd70-...

They both give thumbs up for the board. I am using MSI 790GX-G65 and I can guarantee that it's a rock solid board. You said "maybe" for overclocking. So, do you plan on going extreme (ie pushing the chip to the max)? I have not tried overclocking on my board but based on a few reviews, MSI has earned itself a name in terms of overclocking, or at least for my board.
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