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[New System Build] AMD Phenom II X4 965

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April 5, 2010 10:24:30 AM

Not very great with computers but sick of paying so much for pre built gaming alienwares and finally decided to save money and make my own gaming powerhouse. Could you kind folks tell me if this sytem is a big mess or not. I have spend a few days getting to this current point in the process researching and such. I want to play Battlefield bad company 2 full graphics!

Do I have any parts that are not going to be utilized to full potential cause one part is to weak?

Are any of these parts incompatible with each other?

Can I save money by downgrading and still getting same gaming performance?

I would really like to only spend 1,200 but seem to be around 1,400 but I do not see any other way around it

I am buying all parts from newegg.

Here is link to my newegg wishlist

Windows 7
$179.99

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
$183.99

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$139.99

Memory: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK
$180.99

Video Card: EVGA 012-P3-1178-TR GeForce GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition 1280MB 448+192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
$339.99

Power Supply: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-D-B 850W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
$89.99

Computer Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$159.99

Hard Drive:Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
$74.99

DvD Drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner
$23.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound: $9.99
Rosewill RTK-045 45 Piece Premium Computer Tool Kit: 19.99

Subtotal: $1,403.89 after instant rebates

Display Already Have: Samsung 21.6" Widescreen DVI LCD, I think I may need to upgrade this to get the most out of my system but have no clue if it will work any better then another type.
April 5, 2010 10:48:15 AM

^ What is the monitor resolution ? And will you be overclocking ?
And as for video cards, you need only Nvidia or even ATI would do ?
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April 5, 2010 10:54:04 AM

I was not sure what to put for monitor resolution, currently with the monitor I have I can only go with 1280x1024 in games.If I keep my current 21 inch lcd monitor with this setup I am looking to put together would I want to keep current monitor and boost up the resolution? when I boost the resolution on my current monitor everything is really small at least for surfing the internet and basic applications.

I just checked what I can go to on my monitor by right clicking on desktop and sliding the bar over to max resolution and its max was 1600x1200
What kind of monitor would you recommend?
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April 5, 2010 11:07:08 AM

^ Right now, the wide-screen monitors with resolutions upto 1920x1080 - 1080p(Full HD) are common...and watching movies on them is a visual treat...

Actually for your budget, you can get a good 1080p monitor along with the PC too...So sell off your old monitor...
But it is also fine if you want to keep it...
X4 965 + HD 5850 - It is as powerful as the GTX 285 and is DirectX 11
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo - IMO a better choice - Gigabyte 890GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE + PSU -
Antec 1200 + Antec CP 850 - Far better quality than the Rosewill...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD - The SATA 6GB/s one ?
WD Black 640GB SATA 6GB/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - ADATA 4GB DDR3 - Dont get the Tri- Channel kit...populating 3 of the 4 slots will loose the Dual-Channel and hence the RAM bandwidth will be reduced...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WIN 7 HP would suffice...no advantage of going WIN 7 Ultimate...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor -
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Wide-screen Full HD 1080P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 5, 2010 6:28:25 PM

Thanks a ton gkay09, I am going to go with what you suggested, you know your stuff way better then I do. I am now updating everything on new egg. Ill probably have a question or 2 still so Ill be back. Thanks for your time helping me with this so far gkay09.
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April 5, 2010 8:02:25 PM

Best answer selected by emmettj.
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April 6, 2010 4:11:21 AM

^ Sure...before you finally place the order, do clear all the doubts...there are many people here to clear those doubts...
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