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February 10, 2010 4:36:12 PM

Hello,
I plan on building a new computer for around $1500 budget. I plan on using it for Gaming and Video Projects in Adobe Premiere. I have put together the items below and was wondering what you think or if you have any recommendations or changes I should do. Right now the Grand Total is $1,466.08 shipped.

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Case - Silverstone FT01-BW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Power Supply - Silverstone ST85F-P 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Motherboard – Asus M4A785TD-V EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Memory – Corsair Dominator 4GB (2 X 2GB) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

2 Video Cards – Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770 Crossfire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

2 Hard Drives – Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

DVD Drive – Asus Blue Ray Drive Sata BC-08B1ST
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Already own:
Windows 7 Ultimate
Samsung 28 inch LCD monitor
Logitech G500 mouse
Logitech Media Keyboard
Logitech Z-2300 2.1 Speakers
External Blu Ray Burner

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February 10, 2010 4:43:26 PM

I would look into a i7 920 for that budget with a HD 5850 to xfire down the road or a HD 5870
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February 10, 2010 4:56:34 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

I don't have anything against AMD (I'm owner of a 955), but with this budget you can build this:

CPU i7-920 $ 288,99
$ 309,99 MOBO Asus P6X58D $ 309,99
$ 179,98 HDD 2xSpinpoint F3 1TB $ 89,99
$ 599,98 GPU 2x5850 in CrossFire $ 299,99
$ 239,99 RAM Mushkin 3x2GB $ 239,99
$ 129,99 PSU Thermaltake Toughpower 750W $ 129,99
$ 159,99 CASE HAF 932$ 159,99
$ 29,99 CPU COOLER Hyper 212+ $ 29,99
NG

SubTotal: $ 1.938,90 - CPU
Total: $ 1.649,91 + MIR + SHIPPING

P.D. I change the PSU, the 550W isn't enough. My mistake.
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February 10, 2010 5:15:13 PM


I like Saints build i would upgrade the PSU to a Corsair 750W to allow for xfire down the road ( should be about 30 bucks more and put you right at your budget )
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February 10, 2010 5:20:47 PM

Now, if you want an AMD rig, my advices are:

1- Change the processor for the X4 955
2- I would get an ASUS CrossHair III or an ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
3- this PSU is better and at less price.
4- Change the WD for 2 Spinpoint F3 1TB less price ($89.99) and better performance.
5- Change the RAM for this, less price same performance.

Cheers!
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February 10, 2010 5:55:21 PM

saint19 said:
Now, if you want an AMD rig, my advices are:

1- Change the processor for the X4 955
2- I would get an ASUS CrossHair III or an ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
3- this PSU is better and at less price.
4- Change the WD for 2 Spinpoint F3 1TB less price ($89.99) and better performance.
5- Change the RAM for this, less price same performance.

Cheers!


Thanks for the reply. I will change the hard drives and memory. I definitely need 2 hard drives. I just have a couple of questions on the other items. I don't know too much about the new stuff that is out.

Why should I change the processor? is it better performance, or something else? I dont care to save a little $ if there is no advantage.

Also what do I gain from upgrading the Motherboard to more expensive one?

Would a 750w psu be enough if I eventually want to go with 2 5850? how can you tell how much power you need. maybe I will ask that i a different thread.

Thanks for all your help.
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February 10, 2010 6:07:43 PM

Well.

1- Phenom II X4 955 $ 159.99. 3.2GHz 6MB L3. Phenom II X4 965 $ 179.99 3.4GHz 6MB L3.

$20 for 200MHz isn't a good deal IMO, you can get the 955 as set the frecuency to 3.4GHz with only rise the multiplier.

2- The mobo that you list have onboard video, that isn't good for gaming machine.

Also, the chipset is 790G that isn't so good as the 790FX.

Finally, the mobo that you list can run CrossFire ONLY at x8/x8. The two mobos that I suggest to you can run the CrossFire at x16/x16.

3- Yea, usually a 500W PSU can handle a good rig with only one GPU, in your case, a 750W is enough for a 5850 CrossFire.
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February 10, 2010 7:13:05 PM

saint19 said:
Well.

1- Phenom II X4 955 $ 159.99. 3.2GHz 6MB L3. Phenom II X4 965 $ 179.99 3.4GHz 6MB L3.

$20 for 200MHz isn't a good deal IMO, you can get the 955 as set the frecuency to 3.4GHz with only rise the multiplier.

2- The mobo that you list have onboard video, that isn't good for gaming machine.

Also, the chipset is 790G that isn't so good as the 790FX.

Finally, the mobo that you list can run CrossFire ONLY at x8/x8. The two mobos that I suggest to you can run the CrossFire at x16/x16.

3- Yea, usually a 500W PSU can handle a good rig with only one GPU, in your case, a 750W is enough for a 5850 CrossFire.


Thank you for your help. I did not know that about the motherboard. I am switching to the Crosshair III.
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February 10, 2010 7:13:16 PM

Best answer selected by subaru41.
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February 10, 2010 7:16:48 PM

Good chooise in the mobo. And any time, that's why we are here.

Enjoy your new rig.
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