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February 22, 2010 12:33:55 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as my tax refund gets here!

BUDGET RANGE: $900 before MIR's

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, storing pictures/small movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, zipzoomfly, or whatever works good

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, ATI, Gigabyte, WD, G.Skill

OVERCLOCKING: Doubit it but maybe someday SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe someday

TOTAL: $902.88


Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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

GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail

HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

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February 22, 2010 12:35:41 PM

Your links are all broken. It will help us if you post in the format suggested in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum.
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February 22, 2010 12:37:02 PM

well what the eff...ok hang on :) 

Hows that look
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February 22, 2010 1:21:28 PM

What's your monitor's resolution? That's extremely important to know for choosing the GPU. If it's 1900x, you should really try to fit in the HD 5850. If you were to drop down to the X4 620, you could fit it in the budget (including the changes below)

Some changes:

Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Antec Earthwatts 500W for $120. You don't need that large of a case for the 5770. The 300 can fit up to the 5850 comfortably, and the 5870 with some effort. OCZ isn't exactly a high quality PSU maker, and this Antec unit is better for about the same price. 600W isn't need for a single GPU, especially a 5xxx series card.

HDD: WD is slow right now. Grab the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB for $90.

RAM: Spend the extra few bucks for the CL 7 Ripjaws.
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February 22, 2010 1:48:01 PM

I'm not sure what my monitors resolution is (at work) it's a 22" Samsung widescreen 1080p TV if that helps.
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February 22, 2010 1:53:24 PM

Then it's 1920x1080. The 1080 part refers to the number of vertical lines.

So to fit in a better GPU:

CPU/Mobo: X3 425 and same board $124 after rebate
GPU: HD 5850 $290

Total: $844. If you had an extra $40 (over the $900 budget), I'd get the HD 5870 instead.
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February 22, 2010 4:12:17 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Then it's 1920x1080. The 1080 part refers to the number of vertical lines.

So to fit in a better GPU:

CPU/Mobo: X3 425 and same board $124 after rebate
GPU: HD 5850 $290

Total: $844. If you had an extra $40 (over the $900 budget), I'd get the HD 5870 instead.



OK gotcha!

Do you think it's worth it to get a slower CPU for a a faster GPU? I've heard the 5770 is a good card and if I want to get more speed later then I could always crossfire two of them right?
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February 22, 2010 4:14:58 PM

If it's just for gaming and no CPU intensive tasks (transcoding, compressing, etc.), the it definitely is worth the sacrfice. But it only matters if you have a 1900x monitor. You likely wouldn't see much difference between the 5770 and 5850 on a 1600x monitor, as you can only see so many FPS anyway.
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February 22, 2010 7:34:28 PM

What are some good PSU manufacturers? Antec, Corsair...
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February 22, 2010 7:47:13 PM

Those two and Silverstone, SeaSonic, PC Power & Cooling are the major ones. FSP and OCZ are decent if you can find a larger one in a great combo.
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February 24, 2010 11:04:58 AM

That one would be great.
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February 24, 2010 10:25:51 PM

OK MadAdmiral, I have been doing a little more researching on this site (love it) and I have switched a few things around on my build. I'm going to go with an HD5770 and most likely crossfire another one down the road when I need some more juice b/c I checked my monitor and it runs 1620x1050 and I think a HD5850 would be overkill for this resolution. Here is what I updated...

MoBo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


My question is, does this PSU have enough wattage to power two 5770 and everything else or should I get a bigger one?

(anyone can comment, not just Mad :) )
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February 24, 2010 10:38:11 PM

Thank you!!! Did I mention I love this site
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February 24, 2010 11:02:01 PM

Still need to know about the PSU...how do you know how much wattage to get?
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February 25, 2010 9:03:48 AM

Wow that's a great price! Thanks - added to wishlist
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