Looking for opinions on a $700-900 build (AMD 955)


I'm looking to replace a dinosaur of a system I made 7 years ago. I plan to use a 23/24" monitor (1920x1080). I do plan to OC but first I'd like to have a stable system running.

I tried to pick parts with somewhat of a room for expanding (psu, board, proc) so I'm thinking a few things could be better and am open to suggestions. Still need recommendations for a video card. I'm somewhat sure I'll go with the amd 955 but everything else I'm willing to change.

but as it stands $770 shipped.

-COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced Black Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

-Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

-GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

-AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

-OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7

-ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound

-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail

-ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail
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  1. Oh and keyboard, mouse, OS and dvd drive I already have

    Found this heatsink:
    Zalman CNPS8000

    seems to work better then the freezer pro I picked above, but something about a space issue with blocking memory slots if too close.
  2. Couple of changes:

    HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212. Slightly cheaper and much better.

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB. It's cheaper, faster, quieter and cooler. If it's not available, get the Seagate 7200.12 1 TB for the same reasons.

    RAM: Get the CAS Latency 7 version of those sticks.

    Is the $900 the budget for the entire build? If so, you'd do very well to get the X3 425 (in a combo with the board for $197) to save some more budget for the GPU (assuming it's for gaming). In addition, get the CM HAF 922 instead of the 690 II (in a combo with PSU for $135 after rebates). That should get you close to affording an HD 5850 as the GPU.
  3. Yeah $900 for everything. And honestly I'd rather pay more to get the amd 955 for video rendering and other quad-core intensive programs. That and I don't expect to upgrade anything within the next 7 years again. If I go with the single video and 955 amd then I could probably find a different board fir $40 less to offset the difference.

    And as for video cards, something like this? Or did you have another brand in mind. (I'm totally out of date on video cards)
    SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
  4. I was just guessing, as you didn't state what you were doing with the computer.

    I go with the cheapest HD 5850 you can find. The manufacturers are all the same, so you might as well save a few bucks. As far as I can tell, they are the same card.

    If you keep the 955, you'll be getting the HD 5770. Which is a good card, but not going to cut it for high end gaming (assuming you do that) for more than a year or two. The price difference is about $150, so saving the $40 on the board isn't going to do much for you.

    You do realize that no build will last for 7 years without upgrades, right? You could spend $3,000 on a tower and at most it would be top notch for 4-5 years without any upgrades, depending on how fast tech is changing in those years. I could possibly see you not needing to replace the board, PSU, case, and optical (and possibly HDD) in that timeframe, but that's assuming you add more RAM, get a bigger GPU and a better CPU after about 4 years.

    That said, the build you have is a good setup for the potential for minor upgrades in the future. The AM3 socket is versitile, and sill continue to be AMD's main socket for a couple of years.
  5. Yeah perhaps I was a bit harsh, what I meant was I don't plan to upgrade everything in the next 5-7 years. Certainly I can see myself getting a gpu upgrade later on but I'll go with the 5850 you suggested for now. And yeah definately more ram down the line but 4gb will be fine for me to start.

    -Haf 922+that 700 oCZ psu $185 (with that rebate that might come)
    -The Gigabyte board above $140
    -AMD Phenom 955 $160
    -G.Skill 2x2gb 1600, cas7 $115
    -Sapphire 5850 $300
    -Samsung Spinpoint 1TB f3 $100 (I know it's a bit less if I can find it in stock)
    -Coolermaster Hyper 212 $30
    -ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound $8

    Hmm I'll look for combo deals to further meet my $900 but how does the list sound above? I think the 955 will do me fine for my timeframe and probably won't need to be upgraded after I OC it up a little.
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    Looks good. I doubt you'll be able to cut $150 off the price through combos. If you don't do much gaming or uas a monitor at a resolution below 1900x, you won't need to use the 5850. The 5770 is great for gaming at mid-range resolutions.

    I've had pretty good luck with getting rebates back. Just make sure you follow the rules...
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