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April 6, 2010 9:49:55 PM

Hello,

I haven't bought a computer in ages, and have always gotten the preconfigured models. Since getting an xbox I've found reasons to stay away from having a powerful PC. But no more! I've saved up enough cash to get something decent and have been reading up on the current tech for days. Below is my planned configuration. If you have an extra moment, I would very much appreciate some feedback and advice. I've like to bring the price down but don't want to loose a platform that will be easy to keep up with current tech on.

Building a gamer box which will also be used to edit some video and extensive photoshop/illustrator.

GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

D Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W

SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA

Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready

Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe

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April 6, 2010 9:55:02 PM

What resolution do you plan to play at? You have a few very nice parts in there an then a few that are lacking relative to the rest. The WD 500GB drive is a few years old now, you can get the Samsung F3 for $55 and its significantly quicker, and is single platter so its quieter too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 5750 will be fine for gaming up to about 1680x1050, but above that it will leave you wanting at times, i suggest dropping down to a 790X board and picking up a 5850 instead.
April 6, 2010 9:57:49 PM

Thanks hunter315, the 5850 would handle 1920x1080 res?
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April 6, 2010 10:01:43 PM
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You could easily save some money by going with a cheaper motherboard, hard drive, power supply, and case. It would help if you gave us all the information in the "How to ask for new build advice sticky". Are you trying to leave the option of Crossfire open? Even if you are, you don't need anywhere near 850W.

A 5750 isn't a gaming GPU. I would take some of the money from my recommended changes and pick up at least a 5770. What resolution does your monitor run at? That's the #1 deciding factor when picking a gaming GPU.

Here's some suggestions:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $299.98 - $15 MIR (AMD Phenom II X4 955 + GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 + free Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Coupon)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $119.94 (Antec Three Hundred + Antec EarthWatts EA-500D 500W80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply combo)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $54.99

Edit: Beat to the punch by hunter315! :) 
April 7, 2010 10:14:04 PM

PsyKhiqZero said:
The antec p183 is way overpriced IMO. It's also very cramped to work in. I would suggest either the Cooler Master CM690 II Advance or the older CM690 if you looking to save some cash.


Thanks!
April 7, 2010 10:23:10 PM

hunter315 said:
What resolution do you plan to play at? You have a few very nice parts in there an then a few that are lacking relative to the rest. The WD 500GB drive is a few years old now, you can get the Samsung F3 for $55 and its significantly quicker, and is single platter so its quieter too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 5750 will be fine for gaming up to about 1680x1050, but above that it will leave you wanting at times, i suggest dropping down to a 790X board and picking up a 5850 instead.



1920x1080
April 15, 2010 3:34:22 PM

Best answer selected by mrzima.
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