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January 7, 2010 2:25:32 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next few days

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING playing Modern Warfare 2, TF2, SWTOR whenever it comes out

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or Intel

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Budget is $1100 including monitor and windows 7 64 bit.
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I made this AMD build. My biggest concern is the components being compatible with each other, the heatsink fan fitting properly. I will most likely be overclocking and this is my first build ever.

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 2494SW Glossy Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular LED Power Supply - Retail
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 F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100283L 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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Thanks and I look forward to your comments

January 7, 2010 3:23:12 PM

Yeah Im not so concerned with the monitor as I am with whats actually in the tower.
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January 7, 2010 3:32:44 PM

For $3 more, you can get some better RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7.

For $10 less, you can get a better CPU cooler: Coolermaser Hyper 212. This is one of the best coolers out, and is also one of the cheapest.

I do not trust that PSU. I currently like to recommend the OCZ StealthXStream 700W. Right now, it's $50 (after rebate) with free shipping, so in total it's cheaper. It's a high quality PSU. This would be enough if you ever decided to Crossfire the 5770.

You could probably save a few bucks by getting this optical: Samsung 22x SATA DVD Burner. It's $27 with free shipping. I believe its the cheapest one on Newegg.
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January 7, 2010 3:54:04 PM



New Build with Mad's Changes and a few of my own. Changes are bolded

Optical Drive
SAMSUNG Black SATA $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
HAF 922 $79.98 after MIR. For $10 more totally worth it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD $54.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor $199.99
SAMSUNG 2494SW Glossy Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo $69.99 after MIR
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
OCZ 700w $49.99 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM

G Skill Ripjaw DDR 1333 7-7-7-21 $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU $165.99
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF
CM Hyper 212 Plus $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU/OS $269.98
SAPPHIRE 100283L 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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Total $1040.88 after MIR. Before Shipping
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January 7, 2010 4:05:36 PM

MadAdmiral said:
For $3 more, you can get some better RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7.

For $10 less, you can get a better CPU cooler: Coolermaser Hyper 212. This is one of the best coolers out, and is also one of the cheapest.

I do not trust that PSU. I currently like to recommend the OCZ StealthXStream 700W. Right now, it's $50 (after rebate) with free shipping, so in total it's cheaper. It's a high quality PSU. This would be enough if you ever decided to Crossfire the 5770.

You could probably save a few bucks by getting this optical: Samsung 22x SATA DVD Burner. It's $27 with free shipping. I believe its the cheapest one on Newegg.



I dont think the MOBO i selected supports xfire. Is there a mobo that is a little more expensive that does support xfire so its a little future proof?
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January 7, 2010 4:15:59 PM

Is it possible to build a solid system around the 5850 that fits my budget?
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January 7, 2010 4:21:39 PM

Yes, the 3 changes I linked in my post above gives you a solid system w/in budget. Issue is that it's a 21.5" monitor as opposed to 24" (same resolution though).

The CPU won't be the bottleneck if you're gaming at high settings w/ AA/AF.

If you also wan't dual x16 Xfire for futureproofing, then stick with your original case and the mobo I linked above for $89.99.

That'll put you at $1100.88 after MIR.

Course if you're ok going slightly over, then keep the HAF 922.
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January 7, 2010 4:23:31 PM

I'm inclined to say no. If you think you can cut $150 out of your build without hurting it, then it'd be yes.

I find that it's really hard to squeeze in a 5850 on less than $900 for the hardware parts of the tower alone without handicapping something. You're looking at $750 for the tower (figure $150 for a monitor at least and $100 for Win7).
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January 7, 2010 4:30:22 PM

You're getting some good suggestions here, apart from that MSI motherboard. That's a sub-par NForce chipset motherboard that supports SLI, not Crossfire. It's not a good suggestion for somebody going with an ATI GPU and wanting Crossfire support.
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January 7, 2010 5:10:22 PM

Yea short's right. Go with Mad's suggestion, the gigabyte for $100. That means though that if you want a 2 x16 lane mobo and 5850, it's gonna be $1110.

With the combo's I linked it's $125 more for Win 7 + 5850 than Win7 + 5770.

He's got $60 left in the budget after our build before hitting $1,100, so by using a lower stock clocked CPU and $50 cheaper monitor, that's $75 in savings which is enough to put the build under $1,100 after MIR and before shipping. Though a xfire board will put him over by $10.

Personally, I think the OP would be best off with the xfire MOBO and HAF 922 and just go $20 over budget.
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January 7, 2010 6:56:51 PM

Eh my head is spinning right now. It looks like the 5850 puts me out of budget and I would have to sacrifice alot of quality.

What if I stuck with the 5770 and based the build around running that card efficiently and economically?
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January 7, 2010 7:06:58 PM

The HAF and the PSU are currently in a combo for $100 after rebates. I didn't know about it until a few minutes ago.

So according to banthracis math (which my head is spinning trying to follow), that leaves $90 in the budget with the 5770.

If you downgrade the monitor a little, you'll save another $50. Add that to what's left in the budget, and you've got $140 left to spend. That's enough to afford the 5850 and the Crossfire board.

Or is my math screwy?
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January 7, 2010 8:04:44 PM

LOL ok sorry about confusion. Here's a build with the 5850 and xfire mobo. It's $6 over budget after MIR before rebates. If you don't get the xfire mobo then you can save $30.



Optical Drive
SAMSUNG Black SATA $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/PSU HAF 922 and OCZ 700w $99.97 after MIR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD $54.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor $149.99
Gateway 21.5" 1920 x 1080
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo/CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 955 and ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3
$255.98 after MIR

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


RAM

G Skill Ripjaw DDR 1333 7-7-7-21 $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


HSF
CM Hyper 212 Plus $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU/OS 5850 + win 7 premium 64 bit $394.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total $1105.89 after MIR. Before Shipping

Edit: Incorporated short's combo. So there, through gratuitous abuse of combo deals and MIR's your build has xfire mobo and a 5850 for $6 over budget after MIR before shipping.
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January 7, 2010 8:11:30 PM

The above build is very nice. Here's another option for the CPU and motherboard that puts the motherboard at $100 before the MIR. There's also a $10 MIR to lower the price even more. The motherboard is capable of Crossfire.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $265.98 - $10 MIR (Phenom II X4 955 + ASUS M4A79XTD EVO combo)
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