Lookin for a once over on amd/ati build

I have key board moniter, speakers and optical drive mouse.. getting stuent edition of windows 7. thats out of the way:

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341019

Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

GPU: DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103085

MEMORY: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK - Retail
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227297

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395


Specific questions:

-Suitable memory?
-If I'm not overclocking should I still look at an aftermarket cooler?
-Suitable PSU?
-How is the motherboard?
-Is this an overall good build??? ?? (Not open to increasing price by more than 50$)
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  1. The build looks good. About the only thing I'd change is the RAM. I'm not crazy about that RAM. Here's some excellent CAS 7 RAM for $115 shipped:

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail $114.99

    Are you trying to leave the option of Crossfire open? If so, I would get this PSU instead:

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $109.95 - $20 MIR

    If you don't need to leave Crossfire as an option, you could go with this PSU:

    Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $89.99 - $20 MIR

    Both PSU's are higher quality units than the OCZ one. The OCZ one would suffice, but you're better off getting the highest quality unit your budget allows.

    Edit: If you're not overclocking, you don't need an aftermarket cooler. The stock cooler will work just fine at stock speeds.
  2. Weird double post? o_O
  3. Hey davistn8!

    So let's see what you got!

    Case: Perfect. Wouldn't want any other one, personally.

    PSU: From experience, the OCZ StealthXStreams are fine, but since you're interested in an Antec Case, why not get an amazing Antec PSU? NewEgg has a sale on them.

    Antec EarthWatts 650W Get $10 off with promo code EMCYPYX48!

    Mobo: That motherboard is fine. If you want to be future proof a bit more, get a USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 board. In fact, the one I recommend comes with the SAME CPU you want to buy for cheaper!


    CPU: Great CPU. Check above link for CPU + Future-Proof Mobo Combo

    GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5850s are great if you got the money. Get an XFX brand if you can. They have lifetime warranties :) They saved me $100 later in life with my Geforce 7900!

    RAM MEMORY: DON'T GET OCZ!!! Dear God! G.SKILL, Corsair, and A-DATA are fine brands, just anything but OCZ. If you check NewEgg and forums, you'll see tons of people have had problems with OCZ RAM lately. Try the one below.

    G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz (7 CAS Latency!!)

    Hard Drive: The hard drive is fine. No one needs more than 500GB unless they do tons of video editing, storage, and such.


    -The Memory isn't suitable. Check the one I suggested >_<

    -No real need for an after-market cooler. If you use CoreTemp to see the Temperatures after a while, you can then decide if you need one.

    -Like I said, if you need to save money or like the deal, the PSU is fine, but Antec's EarthWatts are on sale and I suggest you get one!

    -The motherboard you suggested is amazing. Two of my buds used it in their builds about 3-4 weeks ago. Easy to manage. The motherboard I suggested is fine too. Nothing to be worried about.

    -The build you suggested is fine, except for the RAM. Maybe go for an XFX Brand Video Card, but I say you did well. As for the price, I dunno what it costs to ship to where you live and the like.

    The price looks around $920 with everything. With my suggestions, you'll be spending about $920 still. I think I spent $2 more and got you better parts.

    Anything else you need davistn8?
  4. First, thank you for the information on the RAM, I will probably select the one you suggested. I'm pretty noob w/ RAM timings and speeds so i'll just trust you there.

    I definitely looked at the USB 3.0 stuff, I like that idea, but I'm considering cross fire'ing in the future which leads me to two questions:

    650W PSU enough to power two 5850's?
    Does the motherboard you suggest handle two 5850's appropriately?

    I'm not worried about a small difference in performance if not, but if it is something that makes crossfiring not worth it then that would be useful information.

    Thanks for the already helpful information! I've already changed my RAM selection.
  5. You will want at least a 750W PSU to Crossfire 5850's & the 770 motherboard will not support two cards since it only has one PCI-E slot.
  6. The 955BE you listed is the older C2 stepping model. The newer C3 955 is $1 less and is available in a combo with your MB that saves you another $20.

    If you prefer, you can also get the CPU in a combo with the XFX overclocked 5850 for $450+$8 shipping.

    If you went with that option you could get the MB in a combo with the Corsair 750TX PSU.

    I'm not a fan of the Antec 300 and would rather spend a little bit more on the CM Gladiator 600($63 shipped from buy.com) but case selection really comes down to personal preference.

    If you're not overclocking then the stock cooler will be fine. The one that comes will the higher end Phenoms is actually pretty decent.
  7. I still have a question remaining on the GPU.

    How much worse will two 5850's function on a 790X rather than a 790FX.

    If this was your build, would you go for 2 x 4850's or stick w/ 1 5850 ??
  8. bumped for justice
  9. Two 5850's only perform about 3% worse on a 790X. The 790FX isn't worth the extra money IMO.

    2 x 4850's vs. 1 5850 is a no-brainer IMO. The 5850 is plenty powerful and still leaves the possibility open of adding another 5850 later if needed. Going Crossfire right off the bat doesn't make any sense because it completely eliminates your upgrade path, some games don't scale well with multiple cards, the Crossfire setup uses more power, and the Crossfire setup runs hotter. The 5850 also has DX11 support. I see no argument for getting the 2 x 4850 setup.
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