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$1400 - Is This The Best Build For The Money?

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January 23, 2010 12:50:19 PM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Month
BUDGET RANGE: I do not want to spend more than 1400
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: #1 Gaming, #2Music/Internet/Movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I am from the USA, so any reputable site is fine with me.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever works the besst
OVERCLOCKING: I would like to learn to overclock, and I would like to upgrade to sli/crossfire sometime in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080p
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like it to be FAST, I want it to be STABLE, I WANT IT TO BE COLD, and I want it to not shake a whole lot

-AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
-ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
-XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
-Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
-COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower
-Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
-CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
-LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro
Windows Professional ($90 because of school discount)

Total: ~$1390 (Shipping Included)


4 QUESTIONS
1) Is everything in this build compatible?
2) How would you rate this on a scale of 1(terrible) to 10(Insanely freakin awesome)
3) Could I build a faster/more powerful system for the same price or even cheaper?...remember the OS will only be 90
4) If I COULD build faster... what would you suggest?


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January 23, 2010 1:15:16 PM

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I would like to upgrade to sli/crossfire sometime in the future
You can't SLI with your motherboard selection, but it supports Crossfire which is fine since you're buying an ATI GPU. I won't rate it, but you can build a faster system with that budget.
January 23, 2010 1:18:06 PM

GhislainG said:
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I would like to upgrade to sli/crossfire sometime in the future
You can't SLI with your motherboard selection, but it supports Crossfire which is fine since you're buying an ATI GPU. I won't rate it, but you can build a faster system with that budget.



Well I meant that I wanted to do either SLI or Crossfire, whichever the board supports... I am a big fan of ATI.

Any thoughts on what I could do for a faster rig?
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January 23, 2010 1:53:18 PM

if you want value, i say go for the 955. its cheaper and gives like almost the same performance. i think the only diffrence is clock speed, and you can just overclock to there. its only 200mhz.
and maybe you can use that to upgrade the hdd to 1tb or someting.

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January 23, 2010 2:25:10 PM
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oldsoulrevival said:
Well I meant that I wanted to do either SLI or Crossfire, whichever the board supports... I am a big fan of ATI.

Any thoughts on what I could do for a faster rig?
It will be a very fast system, but I'd suggest that you also check the Samsung F3 hard disk which should be a bit faster than the WD6401AALS. Two 500GB HD502HJ would cost a bit more, but you'd get better performance by splitting the OS and applications/data.
January 23, 2010 2:34:46 PM

GhislainG said:
It will be a very fast system, but I'd suggest that you also check the Samsung F3 hard disk which should be a bit faster than the WD6401AALS. Two 500GB HD502HJ would cost a bit more, but you'd get better performance by splitting the OS and applications/data.


When you said splitting the OS and application date, are you suggesting only putting the OS on a 500gb drive, and then using the other 500gb for memory? Or what exactly do you mean?

Also, I am hesitant do do a raid0 configuration because I have read it doubles your chance of data loss, which I really cannot afford to have happen to me.
January 23, 2010 3:17:32 PM

That's basically what I meant. You can install applications on the boot disk and also use it to store files that are not used very often, but application data and other files that are used frequently could be stored on a second disk. This can make a system more responsive when burning DVDs, etc.

I don't recommend RAID 0 because the speed improvements are not worth the risks. However you could use RAID 1 as it's quite safe. It won't improve writes over a single hard disk, but reads can be faster.

Regardless of the solution, you need to perform backups of important files (or at least keep a copy on both disks if not in RAID). If you're serious about not losing data, then you may want a single internal disk and an external disk used for your backups. Always bear in mind that your PC could be destroyed, stolen, etc. Plan your backup strategy accordingly.
February 2, 2010 12:47:23 AM

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