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January 3, 2010 8:42:08 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next three days.

BUDGET RANGE: I was looking to hit within $800 but can stretch to $900.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, general use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, OS, Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or any reputable site.

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD to stay cheaper.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

Here is the build I have come up with so far:


XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... -

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103674
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

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

Combo Price - $464.99

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129021

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371030

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

Combo Price - $134.98

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231275

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

Price - $94.99

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

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

Price - $79.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181

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

Price - $54.99

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030

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

Price - $26.99

Link Depot 6 ft. Computer AC powe cable Model POW-6 - Retail
Item #: N82E16812189160

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

Price - $2.99



The total with shipping comes to $887.13

I just wanted to have a second opinion on this build before I go through with the purchase. I am particularly interested in feedback on my choice of mobo and ram. I also am concerned as to whether all of these components will fit in the antec 900. I appreciate any all feedback. Thanks in advance for any comments.



















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January 3, 2010 8:59:40 PM

I have basically the same build as you have up there, but with a different motherboard,psu and hd
my motherboard is a asus m4a79xtd evo I'm very satisfied with it, the HD I have is a western digital caviar black 640gb(just bought this one becuase the samsung f3 was out of stock) and the PSU I have is a Antec Earthwatts 750w

The only thing I would change in your build is the psu, just so you will have enough power to get a second 5850 if needed, the motherboard you chose is fine, the HD is good, anyway I have the same build, yes it fits(just a bit of help, you have to get a good cable management on the antec 900 otherwise it will hardly fit, so just a little bit of help, watch the 3 parts of this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ISKsM-WPlE )
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January 3, 2010 9:16:39 PM

For the PSU, if you can, you should invest in a OCZ Z 650W 80+ silver certified. You better having a security margin for your power.

Also, investing in a better motherboard with an IGP (really nice to have onboard video if anything wrong happens) and a second PCIe slot is not a bad idea at all.

I would pick the Asus M4A78T-E. Really a nice board with the latest update.

For the rest, you got a really nice setup.
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January 3, 2010 9:53:19 PM

I appreciate the quick responses. What if I switch my current psu out for this one:

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139005
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$89.99 before the $10 MIR
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January 3, 2010 10:57:43 PM

Can't usually get much better than a Corsair PSU, altho I think the OCZ 700W ModXStream is cheaper, modular and very stable, if it's in stock I would go for that.
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January 4, 2010 3:29:41 PM

Get the corsair 650w as you said, and get a better motherboard, as ASUS M4A79XTD EVO, or the ASUS M4A785TD-V, the difference between those two are just 10 dollars, and the m4a79xtd evo have the 790x chipset which is better than the 785g which cames with the ASUS M4A785TD-V. And if you look at the pictures the sata ports on the ASUS M4A785TD-V are on the way for a long video card like the 5850, it might fit, but I'm not sure, over all I think you should go with the M4A79XTD EVO.
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January 4, 2010 3:38:25 PM

I'm also a fan of the M4A79XTD EVO board, but the one you've got is good.

The Corsair is a great PSU, but if you want to Crossfire, the 650W won't be good enough in terms of the connectors. I like to recommend the 700W OCZ StealthXStream. It's $55 after rebate, and is a great unit. I would go with this instead of the modular one because the 900 is a bottom mounted case, so the extra cables aren't in your way with a regular PSU, so why spend the extra cash for a feature that doesn't matter?

Forgot to add, for only $5 more you can get the same RAM with CAS Latency 7. A great upgrade for such a low price...
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January 4, 2010 8:20:59 PM

700w or 650 wouldn't be enough for a 5850 crossfire with this system ^ so a quality 550w would already be enough as he won't be able to add another 5850 anyway. I would just crossfire 5850's with at lest 750w.
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
$69.99
$44.99 after rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 4, 2010 11:15:52 PM

I really appreciate all of the replies everyone. I actually wound up going with the 750 watt corsair. It was a little more than I wanted to pay but I decided against skimping out on the psu and it should be enough for crossfiring in the future. Anyways, I've placed the order and am now just patiently waiting.
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January 5, 2010 1:28:15 AM

It's a nice build, I'm really happy with mine, it can play anything with very high settings and AA x8,xD

What motherboard did you end up going with?

Have fun!
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January 5, 2010 2:21:15 PM

I stuck with the GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P for right now. It will do everything I need for the moment, but I intend to upgrade this in the future with something with 2 x16 PCIe slot and other features. Had to stay within my budget though. Thanks again.
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January 5, 2010 5:22:56 PM

ronny77 said:
I really appreciate all of the replies everyone. I actually wound up going with the 750 watt corsair. It was a little more than I wanted to pay but I decided against skimping out on the psu and it should be enough for crossfiring in the future. Anyways, I've placed the order and am now just patiently waiting.

:bounce:  I'm green with envy. I am starting my first build but short on cash, so it will be one part at a time. I wanted that 900 Antec but went with the less expensive NZXT M59 ( really nice, by the way ). Thanks for those YouTube Videos and I will be looking forward to your progress. Please post your first impressions of the parts you chose and other things you encounter during the build, any problems with fit, etc.. Sadly though the next week or so every noise you hear outside, you'll think is UPS or FedEx ! BUILD ON. :ouch: 
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January 5, 2010 8:21:21 PM

All that I have to say is, save money and buy it all together, or just if it reallllyyyyy is in a good price, because if you buy a processor for $200 for example now, and buy the other parts in june or something, it would already be cheaper at that time, so you would have wasted money, so that best way is just save money and buy all together or buy just when there are really good prices.
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