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February 18, 2010 9:06:41 PM

I'm having trouble picking out parts for my first build, it'll be a gaming computer, my budget is < $1000.00 (without the operating system and optical drive) and here's what I've bought so far.

-NZXT M59 mid tower gaming case w/ 4 led fans $114.00 after tax/ship
-Hanns G 23" Monitor 1920 x 1080 5ms responce $180.00 after tax/ship

Here is what I am thinking of, any suggestions? As I said, this is my first build and I really need some help :)  .

-SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5


-AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz


-GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G


-G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800


-Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache


-OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W

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February 18, 2010 9:56:01 PM

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-SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $155

-AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $113

-GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $100

-G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $91

-Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... $60

-OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... $100 with $30 rebate

Total: $619
Is the $1000 budget including the components you've already got? If so then the total is about $903. Which leaves plenty to get an AM3 board, DDR3 RAM and a 5770, which while not the most desirable for that res is certainly better than the 5750. Perhaps another forum member will know how to get a 5850 into this budget.

Here is my suggestion for an AM3 board and DDR3 RAM.
Asus M4A79TD Evo $133, $10 rebate and in a combo with the improved Athlon Quad; Athlon II X4 635 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item... $230 before rebate.
And this RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 CAS8 1.65V £107 Which would only add $16.

Change the harddrives to either of these as they perform better/faster.
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB $60
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB $60

One of the ways that you might be able to squeeze a better card in is if you change the CPU to a tri-core (Athlon II X3 435/440), if you're going to play GTA IV and it is a high priority you will need a quad core,

Here is the 5770 I recommend. HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB $167 with $10 rebate.

If you change the card to the 5770 and get the Asus M4A79TD Evo and CPU Combo I make the build to be $957, or $663 if you don't include the components you already bought.
With my suggested board the second slot is actually fast enough to make crossfiring worthwhile, whereas on the board you originally thought of only has one PCI-E slot above x4 speed. x8 is the minimum for worthwhile graphics performance in modern cards/systems.
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February 18, 2010 10:10:31 PM

Wow, thanks a lot, I didn't know I had so much left over in my budget for all those upgrades! BTW I meant $1000 with components I already bought, so this is perfect! Is an HD 5770 not a good card? It won't do very well on 1920 x 1080?
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February 18, 2010 10:21:39 PM

Well according to some on here it struggles in DX11 games at that res. What they mean by struggle I don't know, but I assume that you can overcome any problems by lowering some of the settings. Or by buying another one. Which will beat a single 5850, which is undoubtedly a good card.
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February 18, 2010 10:28:57 PM

How about the PSU? If I change it to the

-Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail

then it makes a nice combo with the

-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

at $245.48 and I heard XFX is a great card brand. Here's the link to the combo

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
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February 18, 2010 10:37:16 PM

That is actually a VERY nice combo, definitely go for it. Antec usually make very nice PSUs and that one looks to be more powerful than the OCZ.

I realized I made a mistake with my original pricing of your original build, have corrected it now.
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February 19, 2010 1:18:05 AM

Best answer selected by mike8472.
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February 19, 2010 1:19:14 AM

Thanks again. :)  You've been really helpful.
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February 19, 2010 1:09:37 PM

You're welcome.
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