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$850 to spend this is what I have please offer suggestions

Please offer suggestions to make this system better. I have $850 to spend. This is what I have so far. Thanks :D All being purchased from newegg.

1. RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail $90.00
2.Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $75
3. ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $92
4. HIS H575FN1GD Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $145
5. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-8GBRM - Retail $225
6. AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX630WFGIBOX - Retail $113
7. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $105


Total:$845

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  1. You're not off to a very good start with that case/PSU. The PSU is what has me worried. People in this forum avoid Raidmax PSU's like the plague unless you like indoor fireworks and fried components.

    The Samsung F3 500GB drive is considerably faster and cheaper than the WD Black drive.

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

    What will the computer be used for? I HIGHLY doubt you need 8GB. I would go with the 4Gb version of that RAM and put the money saved into a decent PSU and upgrade the GPU to at least a 5770. If you're going to be gaming on this system, what resolution does your monitor run at? That's the #1 deciding factor on what GPU to get.

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail $109.99

    Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $39.99 - $10 MIR

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W $59.99 - $20 MIR

    Here's a combo deal for the CPU you picked and the new Antec 600 case:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.314652 $172.98
  2. I am going to do mostly gaming on the rig. The monitor rez is 1600 x 900. What makes the Samsung HD faster then the WD. Thanks
  3. A 5770 would game pretty good at that resolution. I would go with this GPU/CPU combo. The Phenom CPU is faster and the combo deal makes it about the same price as the Athlon.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.312206 $278.98 (AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX925WFGIBOX - Retail + HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 combo)

    You can even get an extra $10 off with the above combo by using promo code VGA181 which ends on Friday.

    The Samsung drive is faster due to higher data density. The WD drive uses 320GB platters, the Samsung drive uses a single 500GB platter. Higher data density = faster drive.
  4. Will that Phemon processor be compatible with the motherboard I selected?
  5. Yes, Asus has a CPU support site that will tell you what CPU's are compatible with a certain motherboard.

    http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx?SLanguage=en-us
  6. I really appreciate the information Thanks!

    Bump....does anyone else have any other insight.
  7. Best answer
    Might want to consider this

    -AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
    -OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.313757

    -SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
    -Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.310962

    -GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    -Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans VJ400G1N2Z Mid ... - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.319051

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

    -Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    $920
    -$60 MIR
    Total = $860

    Little over the budget but maybe x2 the performance than your current listing and can max out games easily with your monitor resolution.
  8. Great advice guys Thanks......Does anyone else have any suggestions?
  9. Thermaltake PSUs aren't very good are they?
  10. pumakrieg said:
    Thermaltake PSUs aren't very good are they?



    where did you hear that? haha
  11. boljack said:
    Might want to consider this

    -AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
    -OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.313757

    -SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
    -Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.310962

    -GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    -Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans VJ400G1N2Z Mid ... - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.319051

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

    -Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    $920
    -$60 MIR
    Total = $860

    Little over the budget but maybe x2 the performance than your current listing and can max out games easily with your monitor resolution.



    Loving this setup awesome job! Does anyone have any ideas on how to bump this up to 6 gigs of ram and not break the budget of lets say $900. If we can accomplish this I think I'LL be in buisness. :hello:
  12. I am so close to buying just read above. I really need advice on how to tweak the setup given by boljack to 6gb of ram and not break $900. Please help.
  13. why do you need 6gb? just wondering..

    why don't you just wait awhile til you can save up and get another 2x2gb?
  14. thats a good point. Lets try to get it up to 8gb under $900. Is it possible with the setup posted by BOLJACK?
  15. hahaha i think you misunderstood me... i said you should wait to upgrade to 8gb... it'll cost you another $100, so i don't think you'll be squeezing it in to boljack's build :P
  16. you wont get a major performance boost from 4 to 6 gb of ram. Besides games dont use more than 4 gb of ram and if im ever wrong just get another 4gb kit down the way.
  17. pumakrieg said:
    Thermaltake PSUs aren't very good are they?

    Thermaltake makes a few decent PSU's, but the one linked above is NOT one of them. The little red voltage switch on the back is a dead giveaway. That means it doesn't have active PFC. The little red voltage switch means turn and run. I wouldn't put that PSU anywhere near one of my computers. It also has very low efficiency (72%). Getting a quality PSU is the key to a stable system. You're best off sticking with known quality manufactures which include Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, PC Power & Cooling, and the newer OCZ models.
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