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April 7, 2010 5:15:39 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In 2-3 Weeks BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1200 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the internet, Watching movies, Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft Office)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com(I also have a local Frys here and MicroCenter isn't that far also) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: What goes here? USA?

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe(enlighten me on advantages/disadvantages) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I currently have a HP f1905(1280 × 1024) Unsure if I'm going to get a new monitor, what will be the best with the configuration given?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet PC, window(optional), watercooling(Do not include the pricing in budget) or just fans?, All I need is a PC to run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 , World of Warcraft: Wrath of Lich King at Max settings and hopefully for the next expansion(World of Warcraft: Cataclysm). I know that these games don't require much so if you can get a cheaper budget, that would be great. I also want the system to be upgradeable in the future(so I can upgrade for the latest games).

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April 7, 2010 5:23:50 AM

Here is a decent AMD build for $1320($1300 after rebates) with a monitor, about $1150($1130 after rebates) without it.
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April 7, 2010 7:41:34 AM

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Here is a decent AMD build for $1320($1300 after rebates) with a monitor, about $1150($1130 after rebates) without it.

Considering the OP has said they donot require a monitor or an OS your build is not very well optimised.

CPU: $105
AMD Phenom II X3 720
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: $110
ASUS M4A79XTD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: $93
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $100
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $55
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: $26
LITE-ON DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF: $35
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You don't require water colling.

Graphics: $420
XFX HD5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
For the case it is mainly your choice, have a look around and see which ones you like. Here is one to complete the price:
$140
COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This case is quiet and has good cooling, however it is rather big and if this is a problem you can have a look at its smaller brother the 922.

Total: $1084

Note this dosen't include postage but should still be positioned in your price range.

This is a nice build with serious gaming performance however it is overkill for your games and it will be way overkill if you don't get a new monitor with a higher resolution. So instead you could go with the HD5850 for $110 less and it will still be very good for your needs. I'd say this would be better as you could save the money to buy a bigger monitor. It is shown below.

Graphics: $310
XFX HD5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $974

This is a very nice price and will suit you well.

As for upgrading in the furture either of these graphics cards will do well as you can just add in another which will boost your performance majorly. As with overclocking it is not required but it may give you a bit of a performance increase, the heatsink selected will do well for overclocking.
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April 7, 2010 8:46:13 AM


ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG Black 22X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W+Antec Nine Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total 1028,91

And I would get a new monitor, here is a cheaper one, full HD:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 7, 2010 9:34:41 AM

Your build has some flaws, the quad core CPU adds expense which is not necessary for gaming. The RAM has CAS9 where has the memory I picked is CAS7 and mine is cheaper, Corsair seems to charge a premium for their name. The motherboard you picked is 890GX meaning it has integrated graphics which is not needed and has SATA/USB 3.0 which doesn't take bandwidth from the graphics cards. This expense is only needed if the user requires these, which not many people do.
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April 7, 2010 10:05:47 AM

wertyxhts said:


MONITOR RESOLUTION: I currently have a HP f1905(1280 × 1024) Unsure if I'm going to get a new monitor, what will be the best with the configuration given?


For just 1280 x 1024 @ $489 AR including ship:


If you are looking to upgrade to a Full HD then ya +1 HD 5850

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April 7, 2010 10:27:02 AM

He's may want to CrossFireX/SLI, and an even AMD's fastest Phenom II X4 965 will hold back any decent graphic cards in CrossFireX/SLI, by a lot in some games. Considering that he does live near a MicroCenter, he could pick up a Core i7 860 or 930for a $200 - around $20 more than a Phenom II X4 965. Want proof?

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_...

If he wants to use more than two cards in CFX or SLI, then he should go for the i7 930, for the X58 chipset, otherwise, P55 can handle two way CrossFireX just fine, and 8x/8x bandwith won't limit any graphic card except the dual-gpu single card graphic cards. (i.e. HD 4870X2, HD 5970 and GTX 295)

Intel Core i5 750 - $200 OR
Intel Core i7 860 - $200 (MC only, check site for more details)

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - $189.99 (Has SATA III and USB 3.0, great for futureproofing and expandability, and does not have the bandwith issues that other P55 boards have.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR3 PC3-10666 1333MHz CL7 RAM - $112.99 w/o rebate, $92.99 w/$20 rebate (Low latency RAM, high speed is pointless apart from benchmarking, and I doubt OP would be doing this, as he has not previously overclocked before.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerColour PCS+ AX5850 Radeon HD 5850 - $309.99 w/o rebate, $299.99 w/$10 rebate (I don't feel $100 more justifies the HD 5870.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 7200RPM 1TB - $89.99 (One of the fastest HDDs you can get atm.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair HX650W PSU - $119.99 w/o rebate, $109.9 w/$10 rebate (Modular, better cable management, 650W is more than sufficient for two HD 5870s with an o/c Core i7 @ 3.5GHz, and considering the i7 860 has a lower TDP, it would use even less.)

Cooler Master HAF 922 - $89.98 w/o rebate, $79.98 w/$10 rebate (Case with great airflow and plenty of space.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - $34.99 (With this very cheap cooler, you can get some very decent overclocks.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total w/o rebates = $1146.06
Total w/rebates = $1096.93

Note that I have not included a DVD drive, but you could just get any one, as long as it works for pretty cheap.
That price also does not include a monitor, but you could max out every game I reckon at that resolution with an HD 5850, and if/when you do upgrade your monitor, you could also upgrade your graphic card at the same time, and HD 5850s in CFX would perform around the same as an HD 5970, which can max nearly everything at 1080p resolution.

As for overclocking - it's fine, if you follow the safety guidelines and make sure that your temperatures aren't too high, to ensure your chip isn't killed prematurely.

Personally, for those three games he mentioned, this system is overkill, but will allow for a lot of expandibility, and would help in case World of Warcraft Cataclysm is graphically demanding, or later games OP plays are resource demanding.
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April 7, 2010 10:36:06 AM

Wolygon said:
Your build has some flaws, the quad core CPU adds expense which is not necessary for gaming. The RAM has CAS9 where has the memory I picked is CAS7 and mine is cheaper, Corsair seems to charge a premium for their name. The motherboard you picked is 890GX meaning it has integrated graphics which is not needed and has SATA/USB 3.0 which doesn't take bandwidth from the graphics cards. This expense is only needed if the user requires these, which not many people do.


Thank you for your interest. More and more games will use four cores, the OP asked for a system that can be upgraded for the latest games. With that CPU he won't have to upgrade the CPU any time soon. Also the Phenom II X3 720 has no warranty whatsoever.

The difference between CAS 9 and CAS 7 is trivial but you might notice that the RAM you picked is overvolted and that would explain a lot.

The integrated graphics on a mobo is no reason to reject it. The ASUS M4A89GTD PRO, for only $20 more sports the latest AMD chipset (possibility of upgrading to the future new AMD processors), SATA3 (no big deal) and a better sound card. There are some other good mobos out there, some cheaper, some more expensive but this one is one of the cheapest with the latest chipsets.






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April 7, 2010 10:42:11 AM

What proof is that? Only at resolutions that someone with that kind of graphics power will never use there is a cpu bottleneck. Anyone willing to spend that much on 2 5870's will definitly get a monitor capable of resolutions high enough to make the gpu a bottleneck once again as stated in the link you provided:
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Now at 2560x1600 the average frame rate of the Phenom II processors matches that of the Core i3 and Core i7 at frequencies above 2.4GHz. Even the minimum frame rates are very close, though the Intel processors do have an advantage here once again.
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April 7, 2010 4:03:04 PM

wertyxhts said:
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1200
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes


I don't think you can get a good SLI or Crossfire configuration with that budget. For example: two HD5850s will cost you $600 or more.
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April 7, 2010 4:18:07 PM

hasappra said:
I don't think you can get a good SLI or Crossfire configuration with that budget. For example: two HD5850s will cost you $600 or more.


One good graphic card will do fine for now. As long as the system runs the games mentioned at max settings, I will be fine. But in the future, I want my system to be able to run SLI or Crossfire and expandable so I can run future games at the best settings.
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April 7, 2010 7:07:00 PM

I am now thinking of getting a new monitor, hopefully one that will be HD so that I will utilize my cards fully. Out of the three builds which one suits me better for gaming and expandability in the future. I will be playing future FPS games also.

System Build 1:

Quote:
Considering the OP has said they donot require a monitor or an OS your build is not very well optimised.

CPU: $105
AMD Phenom II X3 720
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

MOBO: $110
ASUS M4A79XTD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

RAM: $93
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

PSU: $100
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

HDD: $55
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Optical: $26
LITE-ON DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

HSF: $35
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065
You don't require water colling.

Graphics: $420
XFX HD5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Case:
For the case it is mainly your choice, have a look around and see which ones you like. Here is one to complete the price:
$140
COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product
This case is quiet and has good cooling, however it is rather big and if this is a problem you can have a look at its smaller brother the 922.

Total: $1084



System Build 2:

Quote:
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131633
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103846
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145278
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152181
LG Black 22X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136167
POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814131351
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W+Antec Nine Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.359961
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065

Total 1028,91

And I would get a new monitor, here is a cheaper one, full HD:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824254045


System Build 3:

Quote:
Intel Core i5 750 - $200 OR
Intel Core i7 860 - $200 (MC only, check site for more details)

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - $189.99 (Has SATA III and USB 3.0, great for futureproofing and expandability, and does not have the bandwith issues that other P55 boards have.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

OCZ Platinum 4GB DDR3 PC3-10666 1333MHz CL7 RAM - $112.99 w/o rebate, $92.99 w/$20 rebate (Low latency RAM, high speed is pointless apart from benchmarking, and I doubt OP would be doing this, as he has not previously overclocked before.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227478

PowerColour PCS+ AX5850 Radeon HD 5850 - $309.99 w/o rebate, $299.99 w/$10 rebate (I don't feel $100 more justifies the HD 5870.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Samsung Spinpoint F3 7200RPM 1TB - $89.99 (One of the fastest HDDs you can get atm.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Corsair HX650W PSU - $119.99 w/o rebate, $109.9 w/$10 rebate (Modular, better cable management, 650W is more than sufficient for two HD 5870s with an o/c Core i7 @ 3.5GHz, and considering the i7 860 has a lower TDP, it would use even less.)

Cooler Master HAF 922 - $89.98 w/o rebate, $79.98 w/$10 rebate (Case with great airflow and plenty of space.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - $34.99 (With this very cheap cooler, you can get some very decent overclocks.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Total w/o rebates = $1146.06
Total w/rebates = $1096.93



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April 7, 2010 7:21:49 PM

Here's several builds that might work for you.


1. Without monitor.

$957 (buy Core I-7 920 or Core I-7 930 For $200 at your microcenter, $1157)

Make sure to add instant $10 off promo from PSU.



2. With 23" monitor 2MS 1920 x 1080

$1,157 Total, 1,127 after MIR's.

Make sure to add instant $10 promo code from PSU.



Whatever build you go for, make sure you get the following.

1. The lowest latency and CAS ram you can get BESIDES OCZ, because they are known to have a lot of problems. (7-7-7-22 timing or better with CAS 7)

2. Make sure you get the Spinpoint F3 HD's, they are the fastest HD's available.

3. Hyper 212 for cooling, none else! the Hyper 212 is the best cooling for under $80.

*EDIT* All of the above builds are decent, however they all have things that can be improved.

On build one. it has the best GPU but is sacrificing CPU and Mobo power. The 890 GX and Phenom II 955 are the best mobo + processors. it also has incredibly bad ram, don't get OCZ at all.

Build 2 is almost identical to the build I suggested however it has a 100W more powerful PSU, and a slightly worst case. Nothing wrong there, although you can get the 955 + the Powercolor GPU and save $25. And spend $5 more for better timing ram. Get this ram instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Build 3 has the most powerful processor, but yet again, it has OCZ ram which you must get rid of right away.

Out of the three, the 3rd one is the best (but the most expensive) But you need to switch the Ram to G.skill Ripjaw with Latency of 7 and timing of 7-7-7-21.
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April 8, 2010 6:04:03 AM

whitefang said:
Here's several builds that might work for you.


1. Without monitor.

$957 (buy Core I-7 920 or Core I-7 930 For $200 at your microcenter, $1157)

Make sure to add instant $10 off promo from PSU.

http://i39.tinypic.com/s42t0j.png

2. With 23" monitor 2MS 1920 x 1080

$1,157 Total, 1,127 after MIR's.

Make sure to add instant $10 promo code from PSU.

http://i43.tinypic.com/28jjp6o.png

Whatever build you go for, make sure you get the following.

1. The lowest latency and CAS ram you can get BESIDES OCZ, because they are known to have a lot of problems. (7-7-7-22 timing or better with CAS 7)

2. Make sure you get the Spinpoint F3 HD's, they are the fastest HD's available.

3. Hyper 212 for cooling, none else! the Hyper 212 is the best cooling for under $80.

*EDIT* All of the above builds are decent, however they all have things that can be improved.

On build one. it has the best GPU but is sacrificing CPU and Mobo power. The 890 GX and Phenom II 955 are the best mobo + processors. it also has incredibly bad ram, don't get OCZ at all.

Build 2 is almost identical to the build I suggested however it has a 100W more powerful PSU, and a slightly worst case. Nothing wrong there, although you can get the 955 + the Powercolor GPU and save $25. And spend $5 more for better timing ram. Get this ram instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Build 3 has the most powerful processor, but yet again, it has OCZ ram which you must get rid of right away.

Out of the three, the 3rd one is the best (but the most expensive) But you need to switch the Ram to G.skill Ripjaw with Latency of 7 and timing of 7-7-7-21.



okay now now which build would you choose between Build #3 and the ones listed above?
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April 8, 2010 8:18:06 AM

The socket 1156 is the new budget Intel socket (LGA 775 is already dead) and it will be the next one to go. Futureproof = AM3 or 1366.

I5, I7 are no better than the Phenom II for gaming or usual applications but they cost more.

Due to the CPU memory controller, all RAM work at 1333 MHz unless you overclock the memory and that goes for Nehalem too. The only reason to get higher frequency memories - they perform about the same - is the fact than when you overclock a CPU who has a locked multiplier (Intel, AMD non BE) you need to up the FSB and OC the RAM too, so you should get a RAM with higher frequency.

If you don't overclock or if you have an AMD Black Edition, no need for such RAM, you can OC a Black edition without tampering with the RAM.



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April 8, 2010 3:30:42 PM

I am currently looking at this build, please let me know if I should change anything. Also, please note what's in bold.

Quote:


Intel Core i5 750 - $200 OR Intel Core i7 860 - $200 (MC only, check site for more details) Which should I choose for futureproofing? Looking to run CFX or SLI later....


ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - $189.99 (Has SATA III and USB 3.0, great for futureproofing and expandability, and does not have the bandwith issues that other P55 boards have.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail Will these work with the mobo above?


PowerColour PCS+ AX5850 Radeon HD 5850 - $309.99 w/o rebate, $299.99 w/$10 rebate Should I stick with this GPU or go to the 5870 or some other option?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Samsung Spinpoint F3 7200RPM 1TB - $89.99 (One of the fastest HDDs you can get atm.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Corsair HX650W PSU - $119.99 w/o rebate, $109.9 w/$10 rebate (Modular, better cable management, 650W is more than sufficient for two HD 5870s with an o/c Core i7 @ 3.5GHz, and considering the i7 860 has a lower TDP, it would use even less.)

Cooler Master HAF 922 - $89.98 w/o rebate, $79.98 w/$10 rebate (Case with great airflow and plenty of space.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - $34.99 (With this very cheap cooler, you can get some very decent overclocks.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product
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April 9, 2010 1:19:12 AM

Hello, can someone view my build in the above post? I would like to begin purchasing parts.
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April 9, 2010 3:33:39 AM

To be honest I would go AMD right now over the I-5. The motherboard that supports the I-5 is a dead socket. They won't be upgrading it at all. The 955 and I-5 are almost identical in performance in gaming. The i-5 is only better then the 955 in rendering and stuff etc.

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April 9, 2010 4:09:32 AM

whitefang said:
To be honest I would go AMD right now over the I-5. The motherboard that supports the I-5 is a dead socket. They won't be upgrading it at all. The 955 and I-5 are almost identical in performance in gaming. The i-5 is only better then the 955 in rendering and stuff etc.

http://i39.tinypic.com/rr6mu8.png


actually scratch that post lol, sorry I made a mistake. I was thinking of getting an i7 instead. Between the AMD Phenom II vs Core i7 860 or 930? **Edit** I don't mind adding a few more hundred bucks in there..
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April 9, 2010 4:40:57 AM

wertyxhts said:
actually scratch that post lol, sorry I made a mistake. I was thinking of getting an i7 instead. Between the AMD Phenom II vs Core i7 860 or 930? **Edit** I don't mind adding a few more hundred bucks in there..


Phenom II 955 + 5870 will beat the I-7 920-930 + 5850. If you can fit in a 5870 + 930 that would be the best setup you can get.

The core I-7 860 isn't that great of a deal because it's still on the old socket. If this PC was purely gaming I would take a Phenom II 955 + 5870 in a heart beat, if you didn't care as much about gaming, then maybe the 920-930 + 5850 is for you.
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April 9, 2010 5:08:15 AM

whitefang said:
Phenom II 955 + 5870 will beat the I-7 920-930 + 5850. If you can fit in a 5870 + 930 that would be the best setup you can get.

The core I-7 860 isn't that great of a deal because it's still on the old socket. If this PC was purely gaming I would take a Phenom II 955 + 5870 in a heart beat, if you didn't care as much about gaming, then maybe the 920-930 + 5850 is for you.


Whitefang,

Okay, I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on the build you listed here, but few questions is there anything you are willing to change(I can squeeze in a few more hundred dollars)? I notice you used an XFX GPU instead of Powercolor this time........whats the difference? I'll take the Phenom II 955 + 5870. Please let me know. Also, is that mobo usb 3.0? **Edit** What monitor do you recommend, I want to utilize the 5870 fully, I'm not buying it to use it on a cheap monitor lol.
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April 9, 2010 5:12:07 AM

wertyxhts said:
Whitefang,

Okay, I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on the build you listed here, but few questions is there anything you are willing to change(I can squeeze in a few more hundred dollars)? I notice you used an XFX GPU instead of Powercolor this time........whats the difference? I'll take the Phenom II 955 + 5870. Please let me know. Also, is that mobo usb 3.0? **Edit** What monitor do you recommend, I want to utilize the 5870 fully, I'm not buying it to use it on a cheap monitor lol.
http://i39.tinypic.com/rr6mu8.png


if you have a few more dollars then I would look into a modular PSU and slightly higher wattage.

Here's an excellent PSU. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And here's the 5870. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I used the XFX gpu because it had a combo, both of the video cards are identical.

*EDIT* Didn't see that the mobo didn't have USB 3.0, here's the same mobo made by gigabyte with both Sata 6GB's and USB 3.0 for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a LCD it depends on how big you want it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 9, 2010 5:40:43 AM

whitefang said:
if you have a few more dollars then I would look into a modular PSU and slightly higher wattage.

Here's an excellent PSU. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And here's the 5870. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I used the XFX gpu because it had a combo, both of the video cards are identical.

*EDIT* Didn't see that the mobo didn't have USB 3.0, here's the same mobo made by gigabyte with both Sata 6GB's and USB 3.0 for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a LCD it depends on how big you want it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



What would be the benefit of that XFX PSU over the last PSU? Just curious? This is the build I'm going with, let me know if that looks good to you. **EDIT** As far as expandability and future upgrades go, would you say that this system is capable?

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April 9, 2010 3:26:37 PM

Looks excellent.

That PC has every option for upgradability.

The motherboard has a second PCI-x16 slot which will run at dual 8x8 for crossfire.
The motherboard also will support the new hexacore 6 core processors.
The case is one of the best mid tower cases and will fit several of the biggest video cards.
I chose the powersupply over the other one because it's 100W higher in power, has a bigger single rail, is modular, and looks awesome. And is made of very high quality.

There's nothing in the above build that I would change, looks beautiful :p 
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April 9, 2010 11:24:43 PM

Nice combos there, looks nice. Switch them out and your good to go.
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April 10, 2010 5:37:43 AM

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