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February 25, 2010 6:51:55 AM

Hi all..., this is my first post and I am currently building a system and would much appreciate for any comments with the following specs:

PSU*: Corsair CMPSU-750HX 750W 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular active PFC
Case: Gigabyte 3DAurora Black
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5
GPU: Sapphire Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870
HDD: 1) Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB SATA/32MB cache WD5001AALS
2) Western Digital Caviar WD3200AAKS 320 GB SATA
Memory**: Corsair 2x2 GB

And that cost me $1200(without the HDD and the PC Case...), any comments would be great. Thanks! ^^

*: I'm not sure if this PSU can handle this specs..., so I need advise if it already fit or not...^^
**: Still confused about this memory type..., between PC 1333 or PC 1600 which one should I take? And what Corsair Model which fit for this Specs?
and I'm sorry for my bad English...^^

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February 25, 2010 7:55:35 AM

That psu for your build

Replace the hard drive with either the samsung f3 500 gig or seagate 7200.12 both of which are faster .

you also need to buy a 64 bit version of Windows 7. Home premium OEM probably

There are excellent memory articles on this website . Probably the best value and performance is 1333 MHz ram with relatively low latency Look for timings like 7-7-7-21 or LOWER and its faster in most situations than higher latency 1600 MHz

Click on the "articles" tab above , and then on the memory option . Several articles on the first page , one specifically about memory performance and Phenom

If you are not overclocking consider buying the cheaper Phenom X2 555 and making a simple change in the BIOS that will almost always unlock the other two cores so it performs identically to the X4 at the same clock speed
February 25, 2010 11:28:30 AM

What's your exact budget? Is it $1,200 for everything, or $1,200 without the case and HDDs? Do you need an OS? Are you in the US? Refer to the guidelines from the link in my signature to see all the information that's useful

Without the answers to that, here's a basic $1,200 build w/o an OS. Take what you need out of it and ignore anything you don't:

CPU: i5-750 $195
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and Antec Earthwatts 750W $463
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $95 (or wait for the Samsung Spinpoint F3 to be in stock)
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40

Total: $1,178 (including all of the above)
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February 25, 2010 11:40:54 AM

I would bother with 790FX or CF/SLI...get a 770 chipset, 80+ certified /w active PFC PSU the HD 5870 and upgrade GPU down the road 890GX/FX also incoming (if insist on splashing on mobo) ..along with Thuban X6 on socket AM3
February 25, 2010 4:52:47 PM

Thanks I'm really appreciate it... but when I'm trying to find the memory with memory timing: 7-7-7-21, what I found is the Corsair Dominator CMD8GX3M4A1333C7 which is size twice as mine as mentioned at above and too much expensive (about $250) :ouch:  , mind if you suggest the recommended model for this?

Okay..., this is my condition ;)  :


BUDGET RANGE: (1100-1200) After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, programming, audio editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD, PC Case, Sound Card, UPS)
UPS : APC Back UPS RS 800
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum FATAL1TY Champion Series
PC Case: GIGABYTE 3D Aurora
1) Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB SATA/32MB cache WD5001AALS
2) Western Digital Caviar WD3200AAKS 320 GB SATA
Speakers: Altec Lansing 5.1 speakers FX 5051
Monitor: LG Flatron L1953S
Mouse: Standard 12 years old(if I'm not mistaken or maybe a lil'bit older than that...) Logitech Optical mouse (in White-Grey colour)
Keyboard: Standard Black Keyboard Logitech with water spill protection

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (or maybe you can suggest other websites?)


I would like to use an AMD Phenom II X4 965 CPU & Gigabyte motherboard GA-MA790FXT-UD5P , Saphire Radeon HD 5870, 4GB Corsair memory which is a perfect match for my motherboard type and Corsair PSU 750 HX 80+ Silver Certified




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need for gaming performance especially. But for the next time, maybe I want to buy a HD 5870 again for crossfire.
Almost forgot to tell..., my PC right now, is almost dead anyway..., and it can be helped because the BIOS screwed up...(when I'm put on the new BIOS battery, it won't started up, but when I take it off, it's on..., strange isn't it?), here is the specs of my old PC:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6500
Mobo: ASUS Striker Extreme
PSU: HEC 550 Watt
GPU: XFX nVidia Geforce 8800 GTS XXX edition 320 MB
Case: GIGABYTE 3D Aurora
1) Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB SATA/32MB cache WD5001AALS
2) Western Digital Caviar WD3200AAKS 320 GB SATA
Memory: Corsair 2GB XMS 2 (forgot the type)
UPS: APC Back UPS RS 800

and after that incident, what I'm doing with my PC right now is: playing mp3, online gaming(except WoW, it would be crash even if I'm trying to set all setting low..., and for big game like Resident Evil 5, the PC always crash, and at the end BSoD although that was never happened before this), surfing, direct downloading(sometimes when I'm downloading the torrent it always BSoD...). Phew... :( 
Any advice and help are great. Thanks! :) 

thank you for the advice..., I'm really appreciate it :) , but I'm still wondering, when the 890 FX/GX and Thuban X6 will be launch? Any information about this?

and again please forgive me for my bad English, thanks! :) 
February 25, 2010 5:22:11 PM

You don't need a 5870 for 1280x resolution. Heck, you don't even need a $50 GPU for that...

I would drop off whatever parts you don't need from my build above. That should leave you enough for a decent monitor.
February 27, 2010 8:56:17 AM

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