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New Build, Looking for advice on GPU (updated)

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March 24, 2010 1:44:03 AM

I am in the process of building a new desktop and hoping to get some feedback on mostly the Video card but any other feedback is more than welcome. This is where I am at so far:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Withing 2 weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming(WoW mostly), Movies, work (mostly Excel), Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor(I have a Sceptre 24" W w/VGA/AVI/HDMI), Keyboard, Mouse, OS(Windows 7 Home 64bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: CompUSA or Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am not 100% sold on anything, just looking for the best value/performance

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080


Following are the items I am currently looking at but will take any advice.

Motherboard:
Asus M4A785TD-V EVO AMD 7850G Socket AM3 Motherboard - ATX, PCIe, HDMI, TurboV, SATA
http://www.compusa.com/applications/searchtools/item-De...

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition AM3 CPU HDZ955FBGMBOX - 3.20GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Processor with Fan
http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-de...

RAM
Corsair XMS3 Tri Channel 6GB PC10666 DDR3 Memory - 1333MHz, 6144MB (3 x 2048)
http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-de...

GPU (suggested by whatelsematters)
Diamond 5770PE51G Radeon HD 5770 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI
http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-de...

This CPU/GPU combo looks like it might be a good deal:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor & Diamond Radeon HD 5770 Video Card Bundle
http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-de...


I will be using this computer mostly to play WoW and do some work on Excel. I would like to play wow with max (or close to) settings and have it last and be able to upgrade.

Thanks for any advice.
March 24, 2010 2:01:50 AM

i'm not sure your gpu is a good choice. i would consider the ati 5770, i think it's worth the extra money. it's much faster, of course, and also supports dx11. it's also quieter and uses much less power at idle and at load.

what res will you be running at? that could help with the decision, although if you're only playing wow the 5770 will be enough to run at very high res with all details max'd, it's a relatively old and well-optimized game.
March 24, 2010 2:06:54 AM

Thanks, I am not sure about the resolution yet. I have a monitor that I purchased a couple months ago when I got a good deal. I will update when I get home and check out the monitor.
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March 24, 2010 6:30:40 AM

Updated because I fail at linking and changed the GPU to the one suggested. I also failed at using the stickied format. I hope this is better and thanks in advance for any advice.
March 24, 2010 1:57:44 PM

The RAM you are planning on buying now will run in single channel mode if all is used. Single channel is slow compared to dual channel, so my suggestion is to look for a 4GB set. If you really want to use 6GB then it would be advisable to go for an i7-930 system, altho that will cost a lot more than an AMD Phenom II X4 system.

That motherboard is not worth crossfiring on. This is the same price: Asus M4A79XTD EVO and is.

For a power supply to power two 5770s you need one that can reliably supply between 450 and 500 watts. From what I looked at on Compusa, this is the least expensive one that can provide the amount of power you need (it can actually supply more than you need, but with this you have a chance of being able to take it to your next build, or power more power hungry cards) and is a reliable one XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W XXX Edition Modular Power Supply - ATX, 650-Watt, Modular, 80 Plus Bronze $70

I noticed that you haven't stated a budget. Are you looking for recommendations for other parts?
March 24, 2010 7:13:17 PM

Thanks SIlvune, I am looking to spend about $1000 and any recommendations or advice is more than welcome. I built a system about 4 years ago but that was mostly with a friends help, this is my first solo build. I am looking for as much feedback as possible, thanks.
March 24, 2010 7:24:43 PM

Not sure how much your current build is, but for a little more than $1,000 I can get you a i5-750 system with a 5850.

Put this together earlier today.


Optical Drive
Asus $23.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
HAF 922 $99.98 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GPU
Sapphire 5850 $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM
G SKill Ripjaw 7-8-7-24 DDR3 1600 $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF
CM Hyper 212 Plus $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU/HD
OCZ Stealthxstream 700W and 7200.12 500 GB $114.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
The OCZ PSU is a solid PSU for a low price. It'll handle xfire 5850's no prob. Spinpoint F3's are sold out ATM, but the 7200.12 comes comboed for a nice discount and has about the same performance for the same price.

MOBO/CPU
Asus USB 3.0/SATA 6.0 MOBO and i5-750 $374.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The new mobo I upgraded you to has xfire potential for the future, and has USB 3.0/SATA 6.0 done properly.

Total: $1063.97 before $40 MIR and Shipping

After Shipping to NYC and MIR: $1036

If you wanna knock it to less than $1k then just switch the case for an Antec 300.
March 24, 2010 7:36:40 PM

Thanks Banthracis, how do the i5-750 @2.66 compare with the 3.2 amd?
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