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January 30, 2010 4:32:27 PM

First of all, I have a XFX HD4890, an Antec Three Hundred, a CPU cooler, and a DVD burner. All of which I will be reusing on this build. Here is my new build.

Let me know if you guys would make any changes. The reason for the 3 HDD's is one for OS, one for a data/programs drive, and one for installing all of my games. The PSU was chosen because it is modular and it has 52A on a single 12V rail. Memory was chosen due to low timings 7-7-7-21. CPU was chosen because I don't want to get something less, and then regret not getting the fastest processor for just a little bit more money.

My tax return just got here and it is $865 so that is my budget. How do you guys think the 4890 will be with this rig? It isn't going to be a huge bottleneck, is it?

Thanks!

EDIT: Almost forgot to mention, I have a Samsung 22" monitor @ 1680x1050 that I will be reusing as well.

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January 30, 2010 4:47:55 PM

Not a thing I would change. :) 

Except that I wouldn't have gone AMD . . . But that's just me.
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January 30, 2010 8:16:14 PM

Anybody else have any input?
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January 30, 2010 9:10:16 PM

It's pretty good, but the 955 is just as good as the 965 without the price premium. It's also a BE so you can OC it easily. Also, the PSU might not cut if if you want to OC and XFire. A quality 750W PSU would do you well. Other than that it looks great.
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January 30, 2010 10:59:16 PM

I've never OC'd before, and I don't think I really am going to learn now. That is why I chose the 965 over the 955. Knowing I'm not going to OC, is the $24 increase worth it for the extra 0.2GHz that the 965 provides over the 955?
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January 30, 2010 11:01:05 PM

Overall any increase is good. If you're not going to OC then it probably is worth it. Go for it then and have fun.
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January 30, 2010 11:08:54 PM

Thanks for the advice :) 
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January 30, 2010 11:45:24 PM

A 650W would support 2x 4890s, but it'd be pushing it, especially if you're planning to overclock.

For a 750W, just go with the Corsair TX750.
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January 31, 2010 4:19:31 PM

I did some revisions based on suggestions from another forum I posted this thread on. What do you guys think of this?

WD Caviar Black 500GB
GIGABYTE 790X
Corsair Modular 650W PSU
Corsair DDR3
Phenom II X4 955 BE
Windows 7 Professional

It is about $8 cheaper, and I get my Caviar Blacks like I originally wanted. I was told that I would not be able to notice a difference in the memory and that the 965 is not worth the extra $24. Also that the 790X has a better power converter than the 790GX and that the only other difference between the two is that the GX has IGP.

I'm thinking about changing my mind about overclocking. I want to get that 955 up to at least where the 965 is :p 
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January 31, 2010 5:00:14 PM

Looks good, but like raybob said, a 650W would be pushing it for the 4890's. I'd suggest at least a 700W, and a 750W would be preferred that way you don't have to get any PCI-E power adapters.
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January 31, 2010 7:07:40 PM

Do I really need a 700/750W PSU for one HD4890? On newegg, the minimum power requirement is 500W.
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January 31, 2010 7:12:42 PM

If you're never going to XFire, then no, don't need near that much. You could go with a 500W no problem, but if you want a little headroom, then go for a 550.
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January 31, 2010 7:24:35 PM

I looked at a PSU calculator and it gave me this:



*I completely and utterly made up numbers for the overclocked CPU. I have not done reading on OC'ing yet, so I didn't know a reasonable number to put in for the vcore.

Then I made the rig crossfired and got this:

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January 31, 2010 10:47:57 PM

Purchased :) 

I'll update with pics and whatnot when I get it together :D 

Thanks for all of the help/advice everyone!
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February 4, 2010 1:33:08 AM

Quick question guys, I got everything in today apart from the memory (had to be shipped from Cali :(  ). I was flipping through the mobo manual and saw the diagram of how everything is connected/what talks to what (can't remember what it was called) and I noticed that 2 of the 8 SATA ports go through the northbridge, while the other 6 go through the southbridge first. Is there a reason for this (i.e. the 2 are faster so should be used for boot drives)?

Thanks! Can't wait to get the memory in and get it running tomorrow. It looks like the box was abused a little bit, fingers crossed it will POST on the first try!
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February 5, 2010 2:16:52 PM

Here is the diagram I was talking about guys. I did not get a chance to get it together yesterday, but I will be doing it later today.

I would really appreciate it if someone could let me know which SATA port to use. If I don't hear anything, I guess I'm going to put the boot drive on 1 of the 2 separate SATA ports that are controlled by GIGABYTE SATA2?

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