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March 22, 2010 12:37:40 AM

Well I guess you could call me an "enthusiast" gamer. I ain't one to play all night on a new game for play for too long but I like to play stuff maxed all the bells and whistles. Now what I am determined to do is make a computer that will last. I want to be able to beat most stock desktops 3 years from now (as my laptop now has done in most categories), I want to be able to play the top games at maxed settings DX11 one year from now before I crossfire my card, and I want to be able to overclock the CPU and GPU. Of course I want to keep the price tag as low as possible. This totals to a little over $1200 after shipping, probably 1300 with tax. As for suggestions on saving money, I'm kinda fixed on my CPU and GPU choice so you'll have to give some good reasons to make me reconsider those.


I would like to ask you for feedback on my build and/or and suggestions or changes.




MOBO: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX950-S-B 950W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case - http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tow...

HDD: HITACHI500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 22, 2010 12:58:24 AM

woodyhd said:
Well I guess you could call me an "enthusiast" gamer. I ain't one to play all night on a new game for play for too long but I like to play stuff maxed all the bells and whistles. Now what I am determined to do is make a computer that will last. I want to be able to beat most stock desktops 3 years from now (as my laptop now has done in most categories), I want to be able to play the top games at maxed settings DX11 one year from now before I crossfire my card, and I want to be able to overclock the CPU and GPU. Of course I want to keep the price tag as low as possible. This totals to a little over $1200 after shipping, probably 1300 with tax. As for suggestions on saving money, I'm kinda fixed on my CPU and GPU choice so you'll have to give some good reasons to make me reconsider those.


I would like to ask you for feedback on my build and/or and suggestions or changes.




MOBO: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX950-S-B 950W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case - http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tow...

HDD: HITACHI500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Research is good.
First thing, AM3 mobos are for AMD processors. This really isn't something you want to mess up. You want one of these.
Second, if you get an LGA 1366 board to accommodate the i7-930 (which you should), you want to get triple-channel memory, most often found in 3x2GB sets. I recommend this one.
Third, if you want this rig to last, consider a PSU from a more reliable manufacturer, like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, or OCZ.
Fourth, there are better HDDs than that Hitachi. I recommend this Seagate.

If you make these changes, which for the most part are necessary, the cost if going to be more like $1500. If that's over your budget, get a 5850 and find some good combos, or consider an i5 or Phenom II build.
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March 22, 2010 1:03:14 AM

One MAJOR issue... You have an AM3 motherboard and an Intel Chip. They don't work together so you have to choose... AM3 or LGA 1366.

I would go with a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or a Seagate 7200.12 hard drives of the one you picked.

The Rosewill PSU is good for Rosewill but I would recommend either a Corsair HX or SeaSonic X model of PSU, as they are considered by most to be the two best models on the market.
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March 22, 2010 1:23:49 AM

tecmo34 said:
One MAJOR issue... You have an AM3 motherboard and an Intel Chip. They don't work together so you have to choose... AM3 or LGA 1366.

I would go with a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or a Seagate 7200.12 hard drives of the one you picked.

The Rosewill PSU is good for Rosewill but I would recommend either a Corsair HX or SeaSonic X model of PSU, as they are considered by most to be the two best models on the market.

Are my posts invisible today or something?? :sweat: 
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March 22, 2010 7:35:06 AM

blackjellognomes said:
Are my posts invisible today or something?? :sweat: 

Nope... I was out and about at the time and was killing sometime, so I posted on my IPhone, which takes me a little longer to respond. I started typing about the same time your post probably went through and I didn't see it.... You aren't invisible
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March 22, 2010 7:00:12 PM

Made the changed blackjellognomes suggested. switched ram and all that. New MOBO is EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel and I also switched to a 750W Corsair PSU.

New rig is stackes up to probably close to $1300 (just leanred no tax on newegg since i aint in CA so that's a plus). So that ain't too bad but I still aint got the money yet.

Edit: Close to $1500... forgot to account for some things
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