New AMD System to replace Old AMD System

Hi All,

PPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this month, willing to wait another month if deals are coming from newer products being released, etc.

BUDGET RANGE:
~US$650-$800 AFTER Rebates w/o Monitor.

~$900-$1000 w/ monitor

Software Taken care of already.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
1. Gaming (WoW, Dragon Age and the like)
2. Web Design/application development
3. Photoshop (hoping to do light editing of photos)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
(e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**
I have reusable peripherals (keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers). Would like double monitor setup for application development, however, willing to wait on second monitor.

Debating on whether I should take my old system apart to reuse some of the parts.
My old case, the Antec Sonata II.
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129155
Old system is running with Corsair 450vx PSU. Will this new setup be too much for this power supply?
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16817139003


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
I'm a big fan of Newegg and Amazon. Amazon gives free shipping to my state (Hawaii), so I prefer them over newegg if prices are the same.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, prefer Asus Mobo's, No preference on other parts.
Below is a list of what I would buy, based on articles I found on TH.

Hard Drive : Samsung Spintpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Motherboard: Asus 790GX AM3 Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131366

GPU : Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858

Power supply (if my current one is not sufficient): Corsair 550vx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

Memory : G Skill RipJaws 4gb (2 x1gb) DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

CPU : AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE Socket AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

This list equals to $745.94 at Newegg. I did not look into combo's, but will do so when it is actual time to shop.

OVERCLOCKING: Noob to OCing, but would like to give it a try.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Perhaps in the future, but not now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 -- Any are fine

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
This is my second time putting together a system, and I'm still debating whether I should take it apart to reuse some parts (mentioned above). My main goal is for this system to be future proof. I would greatly appreciate it if I could get some critiques on specs provided above/suggestions on better/cost-effective parts. Also would appreciate a build that would be considered a new system (including monitor) for $850-$1000 range (even lower, the better!). Thanks in advance!

PS. Hi all! First post :)
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  1. Welcome to tom's hardware, home of the geeks lol

    I like your build except the MB, especially if you plan to crossfire down the line. Check out the specification:


    2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (single x16 or dual x8)

    You'll need 2 X PCI x16 dual x16 or you will lose performance with crossfire. You should add a few bucks there and go with :

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131363 178.99USD or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128415 184.99USD.

    You definitely need a new PSU. I would go for a PSU a tad more powerful. 550W won't cut it for a crossfire configuration. Here, for 10 bucks more:

    Corsair 650W 89.99USD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139005

    You're ready to roll lol
  2. Future proofing not a great idea with the rate tech moving and just get as much teeth in the (single) GPU department your budget allows you for the best/instant gains in frames in ya games hehe


    Edit : Oh ya and this 23" Full HD at $170/free ship just looks too juicy hehe
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009179
  3. Hey sonnyg55!


    So the budget is $650 - $800!


    Let's see what you don't require:


    Operating System
    CD/DVD Burner
    Case
    Monitor
    Keyboard
    Mouse
    Speakers


    I'll see what I can make happen for the budget. How about this build below:


    Power Supply: OCZ 600W (Quiet) ($50 ($20 Mail-In Rebate)
    Motherboard: Seagate 500GB ($55)


    Motherboard: ASUS M4A79XTD (2x Award Winner ($10 Mail-In Rebate)) ($120)
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz ($140)


    RAM: A-DATA 4GB @ 1333 MHz ($95 with promo code EMCYPYS54!)


    Graphics Card: ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5770 ($160)


    Grand Total (With Shipping + Taxes): $663.34
    Grand Total (With Mail-In Rebates): $633.34


    I must say, not bad for under $650 :D I was going to get you an XFX branded Graphics Card since they have Life-time Warranties, but the 5770s have had problems recently with AMD drivers and such >_<!


    An ASUS 2x Award Winner Motherboard, a Black Edition AMD Phenom if you want to overclock, a quiet 600W OCZ Power Supply (you'll need it), some A-DATA DDR3 RAM, a 500GB Hard Drive, and a price-performance ATI Radeon HD 5770 from ASUS. I would have gotten you an XFX brand card, but they have been having troubles with drivers recently :( Also, I would upgrade to an ATI Radeon HD 5850 if you can spare it (+$120~)


    Anything else I can help you with sonnyg95? Anything that needs clarification? =D
  4. Anonymous said:
    Hey sonnyg55!

    Motherboard: ASUS M4A79XTD (2x Award Winner ($10 Mail-In Rebate)) ($120)



    I really got to disagree with you on this one. The PCI lines are x8 in dual. If he wants to crossfire down the line, it'd be way better to get dual X16. Especially considering the little price difference (50 bucks or so)

    Also, stick with good brands for the PSU. I wouldn't buy an OCZ if my life depended on it. Stick with Antec, Corsair ....
  5. yannickhk said:
    I really got to disagree with you on this one. The PCI lines are x8 in dual. If he wants to crossfire down the line, it'd be way better to get dual X16. Especially considering the little price difference (50 bucks or so)

    Also, stick with good brands for the PSU. I wouldn't buy an OCZ if my life depended on it. Stick with Antec, Corsair ....



    I'd have to disagree with you about the mobo. The performance between dual x8 and dual x16 is minimal and IMO not worth $50. If you are getting a 1920x1080 monitor then you may want to consider moving up ti a 5850 for about $120 more anything below then a 5770 will suffice.


    OCZ PSU's aren't bad just not the best, but I like seasonic best as they build PSU's for many of the major brands such as corsair, antec, PCP&C, etc.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&cm_re=tx650-_-17-139-005-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&Tpk=750tx

    The power supply I want, but is way out of you price range.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087&cm_re=seasonic-_-17-151-087-_-Product

    All of the above are great PSU's but it will depend on which card you get and whether you crossfire or not.


    Also if you want to overclock you would do well to get a HSF

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212%2b-_-35-103-065-_-Product

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004&cm_re=core_contact_freezer-_-35-207-004-_-Product

    Both are great for the money.
  6. look into getting a new amd 890 board
  7. Hi all,

    Sorry for the late reply, but rest assured I have look into all the suggestions given above and I feel I am much closer to my built computer, however, one issue has come up.

    From time to time, I like to tinker with Linux (Ubuntu), and with my last build, I had an Nvidia GPU, which for the most part worked well with Linux. I've read online that ATI is much harder to work with LInux distros.

    Would it be a wiser choice to get an Nvidia card instead? This isn't a top priority so if I'd have to change a lot of my parts just to get this setup to work, then I'd rather just pick up an ATI card and work with what they have right now (I should also help out as it is open source!).
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