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April 7, 2010 4:21:16 PM

Hello Netizens! im planning to build a semi-budget pc but im new to this so i would really appreciate your thoughts about my configuration :) 

so heres some info :

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS - Doesnt matter

MB - M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - AMD PHENOM II X4 955 BLACK EDITION
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video - ATI Radeon HD5770 GDDR5 SDR 1024MB/256bit
(planning to add a second one at some point)

HDD - 2x WD CAVIAR BLACK 640GB in raid 0

PSU - ANTEC PSU 750W 12CM ATX 80+ EPS CBL.M BL
(some spare watts for the future upgrading/oc )

Memory - DDR3-1333 4GB in dual channel..not sure which brand to use (??)

Case - ?? i have no idea what case to buy im lost on this one ( i dont fancy those flashy "kool gamerz rig" looks, would prefer simple and functional one )

Usage : im planning to use it for quite a while (3-5 years) ; primarily for games, music production/recording and general stuff like web surfing, watching movies, music ;
im not a very hardcore gamer ( i am in regards with starcraft:broodwar but i dont think it matters :D  ) but i really wanna try out gta4 and maybe some other demanding games. it wont be an issue if i couldnt run my games at best resolution and settings, im more of a gameplay quality over cool graphics kind of guy. :) 

thinking to oc it a bit later on ( prolly when cpu/ram warranty expires )

parts not needed : keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, audio card

going to run it with win7 64bit @ 1280x1024 res (maybe a bit bigger res)

price range is quite irrelevant here as prices in my country differs quite a bit, but i think this configuration would cost around 800USD so i would like to try to stick to this price.

looking forward for any sort of input from you guys ! cheers

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April 7, 2010 4:43:23 PM

This Gigabyte has same specs but is $25 cheaper after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5770 and Phenom II x4 combo here: $289.99 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD
Go with 500 GB spinpoint F3 or 7200.12 or 1TB Spinpoint F3 instead. Much better performance for a lower price.

RAM
This G Skill Kit has great timings, low voltage and a decent price, $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
Probably best bet is an Antec 300 Illusion $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 7, 2010 5:05:38 PM

thanks, banthracis! case and hdd advices are interesting, definetly will do more research on spinpoint and seagate! but as im from lithuania special deals doesnt concern me, hehe ;] and asus mb is actually cheaper than gigabyte at my place, but i appreciate your help! oh and btw, g skill runs at 1600mhz, will it operate with this configuration? this mobo doesnt seem to support it..
April 8, 2010 3:12:46 AM

Yes the MOBO will support it. However, you'll need to go into the BIOS and manually set the RAM speed to 1600. Think it defaults to 1333.
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