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March 28, 2010 2:41:15 AM

Hi all. I have not been looking at building a computer for a few years, so I wanted to get some advice about the PC I am putting together. Here are the details:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month (end of April 2010)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, general web/office use, watching movies, music server

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Case, keyboard/mouse (details below)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Already Owned:
Case: NZXT Alpha Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Monitor: 15" VGA LCD Note: Will hopefully be upgrading soon, but not as part of this build.

Parts Required:
I'm planning to use an AMD quad core with an ATI graphics card (maybe getting a 2nd at a later date, so I'd prefer to have a Crossfire-compatible system). Here is what I am currently thinking:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Memory: Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)

Hard Dirve: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (OEM)

Card Reader: Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader

Power Supply: Undecided. Not sure if this would be enough or not: SILVERSTONE ST50F 500W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

OVERCLOCKING: Probably
SLI or CROSSFIRE: Eventually

MONITOR RESOLUTION: up to 1600x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Trying to put something together that will let me play decent current games (like Fallout 3) and HD video, with room for expansion as minimum requirements continue to rise in the coming years.

I'd like to get some feedback about the build overall. I'm at about $800 right now, and I'd really can't go much more than that.

Things I am fairly unsure about are the power supply, and the RAM (What is the '10600' stand for? I know I need DDR3 1333, but I don't know what the difference is between PC3 10600, PC3 10660, and PC3 10666).

I would appreciate feedback on the CPU/Videocard/Motherboard selection as well.

Thanks!

Also, I realize that I'll be fairly limited with my current monitor, but try not to take that into consideration, as I hope to be upgrading before long.

More about : 1000 gaming

March 28, 2010 8:55:30 AM

Hmm i feel u approach your situation in a manner much too complicated so in summary

1. Ditch plans to CF/SLI since u on such a low res display
2. Instead of getting a similar 2nd GPU for CF/SLI just get a better GPU when/if u get a bigger display?
3. Suggested config @ $492 AR

Just for your needs *now* this would suffice
Even if u do hit a 22" 1680 x 1050 lcd down the road the HD 5670 isn't terrible at this resolution either ^^


March 28, 2010 12:30:10 PM

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
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Recertified: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 HDD-ST3500630AS-R 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording) -Bare Drive
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POWERCOLOR AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
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$159.99
$149.99


Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371026
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$35.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$139.99
$104.99


Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3K2/4GR - Retail
Item #: N82E16820134792
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$104.99
$94.99


GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128415
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103808
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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-$5.00 Instant
-$49.99 Combo
$394.97
$339.98
Subtotal: $759.93

If you put 5850 it's:

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151192
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$19.99


Recertified: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 HDD-ST3500630AS-R 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording) -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148516
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$10.00 Instant
$59.99
$49.99


HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814161302
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
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-$20.00 Instant
$319.99
$299.99


Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371026
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$35.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$139.99
$104.99


Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3K2/4GR - Retail
Item #: N82E16820134792
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$104.99
$94.99


GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128415
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103808
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
AMD Gift - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Coupon - Retail
Item #: N82E16800995090
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
-$49.99 Combo
$394.97
$339.98
Subtotal: $909.93
March 28, 2010 9:06:03 PM

Fit a 5870 in here =)

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