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March 17, 2010 12:33:26 AM

This is my first post on Tomshardware and my first computer build.
I've done a ton of research and this is what I've got my parts list down to.
I'm just looking for some outside opinions about the compatibility and performance of these parts and whether or not I should switch any of them out.
I plan on doing a bit of gaming, but overall I'm just looking to build a high performance/quality rig.


Heres the parts:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX - Retail


Mobo: BIOSTAR TForce TA790GX A3+ AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail


Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail

DVD R/W: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM


HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


GPU: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card



PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail


Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full - Retail


---> Subtotal: $1,097.86

(All from Newegg)

Let me know if theres anything else crucial I should be ordering, thanks a lot

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March 17, 2010 12:36:53 AM

Also forgot to add that I was ordering Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, and didn't order an aftermarket HSF because I dont plan on OCing right now and was going to use the stock fan with the AMD CPU
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March 17, 2010 12:53:46 AM

A much better build.

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March 17, 2010 1:06:47 AM

@fastx21: I originally was buying DDR3 1600 but was told that it only worked with overclocking, and took more tweaking than I'm comfortable with doing. Will it be a huge performance increase? Because the price is pretty much the same.

@niklas_13: the first review on NG makes it sound like that mobo wont work if I still with the 965 125w right?
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March 17, 2010 1:13:45 AM

You won't see any performance increase with DDR3 1600 over 1333.

More important to get better timing ram then higher speed ram.

Don't get the 965, the 955 is the same thing. They just overclocked the 955 which you can do in 10 seconds.
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March 17, 2010 1:15:11 AM

OC? All I did was change the Dram clock multiplier to 8.00x and you get 1600. Hardly an overlock in my opinion. I can't comment on the performance increase because it's my first new system in such a long time. But that with my Amd Phenom II 955 is FAST. I can see myself not upgrading the proc or mobo in 4-5 years.

Also someone commented on your biostar board with the AMD 965 and said no problems so it should work fine BUT why do you want that one? No usb 3.0, Sata 6gb/s and only supports 6 sata devices. Considering you case will have an esata plug that's 5 left. I got one of these and am very happy with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 17, 2010 1:31:31 AM

@fastx: I understand like 50% of that but I trust you. I switched out the mobo for yours because I was looking at that exact one before but didn't go for it.

I like whitefang's build and mine is virtually the same right now, but do I really need that much GPU?

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March 17, 2010 1:38:21 AM

The 5870 will can play all games on max.

The 5850 can play most, except crysis, and might lag at times on some others on max.

Anything below the two aren't good. What's your resolution?

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March 17, 2010 1:58:31 AM

1440x900, only on a 19" LG Monitor right now, hadn't really looked into upgrading
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March 17, 2010 2:00:44 AM

IMO I would pick a 5850 over a 5770.

Much more future proof. Both will play games great, but the 5850 does beat the 5770 by a good 20-30 fps
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March 17, 2010 2:05:49 AM

inate36 said:
@fastx21: I originally was buying DDR3 1600 but was told that it only worked with overclocking, and took more tweaking than I'm comfortable with doing. Will it be a huge performance increase? Because the price is pretty much the same.

@niklas_13: the first review on NG makes it sound like that mobo wont work if I still with the 965 125w right?


If the bios is below http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=vk9Pqxby9MjO0WHm&... it wont work
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