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Approximately $750 Gaming Computer

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February 6, 2010 3:23:06 PM

Approximate purchase date: Within the next week.

Cost: Approximately $750 before rebates.

System Usage: 95% gaming, 5% movies or TV shows. Mostly everything other than gaming will be on my laptop.

Parts not needed: DVD drive, keyboard/mouse, monitor, or speaker. Nor a very large hard drive, most storage will be on my 1TB external.

Overclocking and Crossfire/SLI: I will be overclocking, and will be using Crossfire/SLI in the future.

Monitor Resolution: Unsure as of now, but will be 1920 x 1080 in the future.

Additional comments: I hope for a computer that will last me quite a while, and that I will upgrade in the future (most likely by just adding more RAM or going Crossfire/SLI).

Here is my general build:
Case:
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K56 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Mobo:
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

RAM:
A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - Retail

Videocard/CPU combo:
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
and
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail

PSU/Hard Drive combo:
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
and
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Current total cost (including shipping and handling): $764.06
Thank you in advanced for your help.
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February 6, 2010 6:28:52 PM

there's no problem with switching out the RAM, besides that's a great deal
February 6, 2010 7:41:47 PM

I haven't gotten the parts yet, but based on other posts on this forum, I just ordered a similar build.

We chose the Antec 900 for the cool blue lights (I like Lian-Li a lot too), and got it with the combo Antec Neo Eco 620W PSU for another $25 off.

I went for the Sapphire HD5770 instead, as fan noise is something I worry about and the comments on this one indicated that it was relatively quiet.

I went for the AMD Phenom II X2 550 to save a few bucks, I think quad core is overkill for most applications.

The A-Data 2x2G kit is $95 and you can combo with the ASUS Mobo for another $10 off.

With monitor, keyboard, and all that good stuff, right around $900.
February 6, 2010 10:46:38 PM

make sure you go new egg they are the best and i got $100 in mail-in-rebates!
February 6, 2010 10:56:07 PM

Maybe Consider getting an X3 720 ( about 75$ for a used on Ebay, Shipped) and ulcoking the fourth core. You could use the saved 100$ to get an 5850 wich is a much nicer card. If you don't want the 5850/X3 720 go for an 4890>5770 at the same price. I picked up a 4870 1gb for 93$ shipped on ebay, the 4890 are about 150$.
February 6, 2010 11:49:27 PM

What games are you interested in playing? The 5770 is a weak card, you are paying mostly for the dx11 and eyeinfinity...which that card can't maintain at higher resolutions. It has trouble playing Dirt2 at playable fps at high resolution. 5850 does cost more but....hey, you get what you pay for. 5850 is an awesome card
February 7, 2010 1:48:02 AM

Thank you for the suggestions, I believe I may switch to a X3 720 and a 4890 setup.
February 7, 2010 3:20:27 PM

Yeh, you will end paying extra for a low end 5xxx, buecuase AMD controlls the DX 11 market. The thing is the 5750 can't even do eyefinity very well, so you're paying for nothing. just go with X3 720 Be like i said earlier. Also consider getting a 5850, or if you want to svae 100$, an 4890. Or a 4870 x2.
February 7, 2010 8:17:43 PM

4890 is a great choice, i got one and can play crysis at max and every other game ever made with out even OCing!
February 7, 2010 8:23:32 PM

And in getting a 4890, that still leaves open the possibility of perchance going crossfire in the future.
February 7, 2010 8:55:15 PM

Check out this article

http://www.techspot.com/review/206-his-radeon-hd-5850/p...

the 5850 sometimes get upwards of 30% more performance than the 4890....but on some games the difference is less than 15%. Check those benchmarks out cuz if you are playing those games that are getting much more performance gains with a 5850 i'd reccomend getting the 58.....but, we all know what crossfire 4890's are sexy and thats only 400 bucks, 100 bucks more than one 5850 but much more performance than that one 5850.

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