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MSI 790XT-G45 & AMD Phenom II X4 940 3GHz Black Edition Rig

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June 1, 2010 10:02:47 PM

I am selling my old components and building a new rig, just an entry level gaming rig. I am looking at this combination, MSI 790XT-G45 & AMD Phenom II X4 940 3GHz Black Edition.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's the rest:
Antec 902
2x Radeon 5770 Crossfire
Corsair TX650
Corsair H50 CPU cooler

What do you think guys?

THANKS
June 1, 2010 10:25:45 PM

looks good
why not just go for a 5870 or 5850, I prefer one card over two
June 1, 2010 10:31:11 PM

TheDuke said:
looks good
why not just go for a 5870 or 5850, I prefer one card over two



Those 2 5770s are not final yet, I might even go down to 4850. That really depends on my budget. But my focus, as of now, is between the motherboard and the CPU, their overclocking capabilities.

I haven't found some good reviews of the motherboard, but the black edition 940 looks good
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June 1, 2010 10:56:54 PM

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If you plan to OC, an Athlon X3/X4 would do just fine.
Thoug if you want to stick with the 940, get the OEM version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... You have a cooler already.

Do you have DDR2 RAM leftover? If not, I dont see a reason not to do the AM3 upgrade at your budget.



That's exactly what I'm gonna do, just the OEM version. I also have a 2x 2GB DDR2 800 leftover from my previous system, that's why this motherboard is a plus. I'll just OC them
June 2, 2010 1:43:51 AM

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$54.99

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV34GB1333C9DC
-$30.00 Instant
-$40.00 Combo

$175.94

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
-$15.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo

$254.98

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
-$35.00 Instant
-$30.00 Combo

$214.98

COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RA 80mm Long life sleeve bearing CPU Cooler
$14.99

Promotion Code for the Antec 902
-23

Subtotal: $695.87

then just add in an OS i recommend Win7 Professional x64 OEM
you can always add another Graphics card too depending on your budget i would say add another 5770.
all from newegg.com if you like this and need links let me know
June 2, 2010 1:58:01 AM

Generally I would recommend gigabyte or asus, however with what's left of the ddr2 am2/am2+ socket motherboards I would say this is the best possible one available. Also, I would invest in a single gpu instead of crossfire, it uses more power, generates more heat, and isn't as efficient as a stronger single gpu. Also, I can't find the info on what the bandwith of the two PCI-e slots.
Hope this helps with your decision making! :) 
June 2, 2010 2:06:44 AM

Hey...that cpu doesn't work with that mobo. CPU is AM2+ and mobo is AM3. (am3 cpus go into am2+ socket, but not the other way around).

Like others said, an athlon II x3 would work well, like the 440.
June 2, 2010 2:12:39 AM

^ its a AM2/AM2+/AM3 motherboard, It will work just fine.
btw you may want to find out if your motherboard needs a bios update before you put in the cpu, otherwise that can be a pain in the @$$!
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