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January 3, 2010 7:43:03 PM

simple... which build will be better / more reliable
note that boths builds are simmilar


BUILD 1

MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
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BUILD 2 -

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

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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

OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

hec X-Power Pro 600 600W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

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January 3, 2010 9:35:42 PM

Build Two is your better mobo for upgrading for dual GPU's. Both builds have very weak PSU's. I would look to change your PSU to either an Antec EA 650 or Corsair 650 to give you a more reliable PSU to keep you from being at risk due to a poor PSU.
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January 4, 2010 12:22:19 AM

That all depends - what are you planned uses?

Do you want to go Crossfire later? If so, you have to go with build 2 since the mobo in build 1 does not allow it. However the PSU in build two is a little light for CF so it should be upgraded if you want to CF - I recommend at least a 700w. And I agree with Tecmo that in any case you should get a better brand. But before I go scounging around for one - do you want to CF?

Also once you solve the mobo/CF issue then maybe we can better address the best mobo and also talk about memory.

Do you plan to overclock?
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January 4, 2010 12:23:56 AM

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January 4, 2010 12:40:54 AM

as far as overclocking.... i have never did it and would never know where to begin....

crossfire.... one day maybe.... but i dont really need it... and i will be a long time before i do..
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January 4, 2010 2:13:17 PM

My recommendations are:

Mobo
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard – Retail - $70 AR
2x Winner of Customer Choice Award - AMD Motherboards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This saves you $10 AND gets a better mobo. Note the Customer Choice Award and high customer ratings. You might want to read this article about Gigabyte’s UD – ultra durable – technology:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gigabyte-ultra-dura...

CPU & Graphics Card
Good choices – stick with X3 720 and XFX HD 5770

Memory
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail - $95
Timings – 8-8-8-21
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For only $2 more you get faster timings – seldom will you have an opportunity to make a noticeable difference in performance for such a small investment. Also note that this memory is from the mobo compatibility list:

http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList/MemorySupport/mb_m...

PSU
You need to spend a little more to get a better quality PSU. I recommend this one for $10 more (use money saved on mobo?):

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 – Retail - $40 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better mobo, memory, and PSU, total added cost over Build 1: $2
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January 4, 2010 5:30:48 PM

+1 to the suggestions above. The PSU's used in both original builds are better suited as a door stop. Using a quality PSU is the key to having a stable system.

I have had much better long-term reliability luck with Gigabyte boards than MSI. The one suggested above is a great board.

The CAS 8 G.Skill RAM suggestion is also very good. It's actually cheaper since it has free shipping. :) 
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