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March 18, 2010 3:09:49 AM

This will be my first build. I'm hoping that you more experienced guys will be able to let me know if it is a good or bad build and if I am getting the best deal possible. All the following components are from Newegg.com.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 $159.99 (This can OC to 965 levels right?)

Heatsink/Fan: Xigmatec Dark Knight $44.96

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 $184.99 (This might be too high end for me, let me know. I probably won't ever SLI/Crossifre, I prefer single a single graphics card)

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5870 $419.99

Memory: G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600 $104.99

SSD: OCZ Vertex Series 30GB $89.99 (I plan on using it as a boot drive. Are there better deals for what I plan on using it for?)

HDD: WD Caviar Black 500 GB 7200 RPM $69.99

PSU: Thermaltake 750W $89.99

Optical: Lite-On 24x DVD Writer $31.99

Case: CM Storm Sniper $129.99

OS: Windows 7 Home 64 bit $64.95 (Student version..,yay for me)

Mouse/Keyboard: Logitech Cordless Desktop X 310 Laser $49.99

Monitor: Acer H235Hbmid 23" $199.99

Total: $1641.80

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March 18, 2010 3:21:01 AM

Add your windows and mouse and keyboard to this build, it's a lot better.

$1.45k

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March 18, 2010 3:32:51 AM

Nice find on the mobo/cpu combo. But, why did you change the ram? The one I had selected was cheaper and had a faster speed. I'm new to this whole computer building thing, so maybe there is something I am missing here? Isn't 1600>1333? Is it the timing that makes the ripjaw one better?
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March 18, 2010 3:43:01 AM

^ Both the builds are very good...
But seeing that you wont need Crossfire/ SLI, IMO the i5 750 will be a better option...
It is faster than the 965 too at stock speeds and overclocks very easy...

Though the AMD build might be more upgradeable( 6 core CPUs are coming), but I highly doubt that for a regular user, I dont think those would be of any additional advantage...
Even the LGA 1156 will be good as you can upgrade to an i7 8xx CPU later on, which is very powerful...

i5 + OCZ 30GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 + Corsair 1600MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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March 18, 2010 4:27:23 AM

Xigmatec Dark Knight is ENORMOUS! I have it in my Raidmax Smilodon case and i has to remove the window fan to fit the Dark Knight. Make sure it fits in your case!
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March 18, 2010 4:31:05 AM

Lunch_Beast said:
Nice find on the mobo/cpu combo. But, why did you change the ram? The one I had selected was cheaper and had a faster speed. I'm new to this whole computer building thing, so maybe there is something I am missing here? Isn't 1600>1333? Is it the timing that makes the ripjaw one better?



No tigher timing is more important. 7-7-7-21 1333 > 9-9-9-24 1600
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March 18, 2010 5:17:11 AM

Your build looks good! Just wanna chip in some better suggestions!

Since u have said u wont crossfire (good choice), i thought i can suggest you some better mobos with excellent performance and nice value for money:

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131366

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

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128398

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130223

My personal choice wud be the first 2.

And your CPU is just one awesome chip. Just go ahead and buy it!

Rest all look good!
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March 18, 2010 8:25:26 PM

tnsantosh said:
Your build looks good! Just wanna chip in some better suggestions!

Since u have said u wont crossfire (good choice), i thought i can suggest you some better mobos with excellent performance and nice value for money:

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131366

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

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128398

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130223

My personal choice wud be the first 2.

And your CPU is just one awesome chip. Just go ahead and buy it!

Rest all look good!


Thank you sir. I think I'm going to go with the Asus M4A79XTD. It is much cheaper, and I don't plan on cross firing anyway, so the dual 8x doesn't bother me.
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March 25, 2010 6:25:37 AM

Best answer selected by Lunch_Beast.
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