Can you improve this overall system without raising the cost?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: $900-$950

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

This is what I have so far:

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131398

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

Combo:
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.310962

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

Please help me improve the overall system without raising the cost. Thanks!
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  1. your links are bronken!XD
  2. Bump....links fixed....give me some advice peeps....thanks
  3. Ok even with your links broken I found the components you selected You would just change the motheboard

    for the ASUS M4A79XTD+ amd x4 955

    and get the memory out of the combo.

    I don't know about the ASUS M4A785TD-V but the difference of prices between this one and the M4A79XTD is not big, and personally I have one of those and I'm very satisfied with it, I think 790x is better then 785g

    Otherwise this build is good!
  4. SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151192
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    • 1 year: $6.99
    • 2 year: $11.99
    $20.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231276
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $114.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276


    • Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817371016
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    • Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129066
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$25.00 Instant
    -$10.00 Combo
    $149.98
    $114.98
    1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.315680
    BELKIN F9H600-CW-BE 6 Outlets 885 Joules Wall Mount Surge Protector - Retail
    Item #: N82E16812107366
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    -$14.99 Saving
    $19.99
    $0.00



    • SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814102857
    Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    -$20.00 Combo
    $414.98
    $374.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.298043


    • Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115215
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    • GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128412
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    -$15.00 Combo
    $339.98
    $319.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.319613
    Subtotal: $945.92

    crap didnt add HDD samsung F3 500 54.99 I tryed :)
  5. Thanks....does anyone else have any suggestions or input?
  6. That's a great build^^^ except the video card, if you want to go with direct x 10 go for a 4890, and if you want to go for directx 11 5770, or 5850, I would recommend the 5850 if your budget allows, if not the 4890, then the 5770.
  7. Great info guys....keep it coming....I am taking notes
  8. I'm personally not a big fan of crossfire/SLI, or dual gpus, I rather have a a single gpu slighter slower then dual because there games that don't take advantage of the second one, for example grand theft auto IV a 285gtx will performe better than a 295 gtx just because 285gtx is a single gpu and the 295gtx = 2x 275)
  9. look at the graphs of this review, how basically you won't see any difference with dual gpu, it basically the same performance as the single gpu.
  10. dmcfc said:
    That's a great build^^^ except the video card, if you want to go with direct x 10 go for a 4890, and if you want to go for directx 11 5770, or 5850, I would recommend the 5850 if your budget allows, if not the 4890, then the 5770.


    The 4850x2 has more power than the 4890 and about the same as a 5850. all cards will have some games where the drivers and code don't work great together, so if a specific game is very important to you be sure to check benchmarks on that specific game, but across the board a 4850x2 is going to win 90% of the time against those single gpu solutions.
    Here is a chart that shows pretty much all the video cards and how they compare. This shows two 4850 512mb cards in crossfire beats all the solutions you mention in the post below. In fact, this chart is a little unfair..the 4850x2 card i linked has 2gb of memory which really makes it perform better than these numbers show at higher resolutions and when AA and AF are cranked up
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-cards-charts-2009-high-quality/Sum-of-FPS-Benchmarks-1920x1200,1635.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-cards-charts-2009-high-quality/compare,1635.html?prod[3075]=on&prod[3028]=on&prod[3068]=on&prod[3103]=on
  11. the 5850 can be compared with the 4890 performance!!!! but it have directx 11
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/264586-33-4850x2-4890
    there is a thread about it, and guess what, they chose the 4890!!
  12. unfortunately tom's graphics charts don't have the 5850 for comparison, but as you can see if you check out the second link the 4850x2 has much better (about 30%) performance than the 4890 in almost every benchmark. The only one where it is lower is the one with 8xAA and 16xAF....the reason it choked in that benchmark is because they were using 512mb cards, the one I recommended is a 2Gb version, so more than likely it would win even there. Its closest to the gtx285, it wins some and loses some, depending on if the game prefers nvidia drivers or ati drivers.
  13. The build by niklas_13 gets my vote, that is a pretty darn good build at a decent price. You may be able to tweak a point or 2 here and there, but it would pretty much be by personal preference.
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