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April 8, 2010 4:59:51 AM

Purchase Date: One Month

Budget: $600-700

System Usage: Gaming, Internet, Videos, Music

Parts not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website: Newegg

Parts Preference: AMD CPU and ATI Graphics Card

Overclocking: Maybe

Crossfire/SLI: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: First time building a system. I've tried to read up on parts so I won't be wasting anyone's time, but I don't have very extensive knowledge on the subject. My gaming consists mostly of games that aren't very taxing on the system like WoW, starcraft, and diablo. But I also like playing other games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I don't want a beastly rig, just something that can function well enough to play some games.

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Black Edition Desktop Processor - C3 Revision - Retail

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

HIS H487Q1GH Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model CT25664BA1067 - Retail

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

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 - Bulk - OEM



I know the RAM is a little low. I plan on getting more later. I tried my best the last few days to put together a list that works decently together.

I am looking for advice on the selection of all of my components. Any suggestions that can improve performance or shave some money off the price tag are welcomed. However, my main concern is compatibility. I have never built a rig before, so I don't know if I am missing some glaring detail that someone of more experience would catch. I first want to make sure that this build "makes sense" on the level of the hardware fitting together to game decently. So, any advice at all is greatly appreciated. I am completely open to changing any of these items.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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April 8, 2010 5:12:26 AM

To be down right honest, that build sucks. O:

For $600



For $700 replace GPU and ram with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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April 8, 2010 5:27:00 AM

whitefang said:
To be down right honest, that build sucks. O:

For $600

http://i41.tinypic.com/70v12b.png

For $700 replace GPU and ram with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Thank you for your response. That build would give me more ram, a better power supply, better cpu(pretty sure), and a better graphics card(I think, will check benchmarks). Also might try to work in that GPU and ram upgrade you mentioned.

And thanks for your honesty about the build. I won't learn how to do things the right way if I don't accept other's advice. So, what did I do wrong?
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April 8, 2010 5:39:22 AM

blake2616 said:
Thank you for your response. That build would give me more ram, a better power supply, better cpu(pretty sure), and a better graphics card(I think, will check benchmarks). Also might try to work in that GPU and ram upgrade you mentioned.

And thanks for your honesty about the build. I won't learn how to do things the right way if I don't accept other's advice.


Out of the box the rana 435 beats the Calisto 3.2 ghz by a good amount. If you can unlock the 3rd and 4th cores of the Calisto then your Dual core turns into a quad core AKA the Phenom II 955. Although unlocking is risky and can cause unstable system, high temperatures, and crashes. If you get lucky you could end up with a solid quad core no different then the ones they are selling on newegg =)

I bought the same processor as you, unlocked it, every thing played perfect in games but when I ran a stress test my CPU temp would get too hot and automatically shut down. I bought the hyper 212 and now idle temps are below 35C and gaming temps are below 55C when they were at 45C and 70C (70C it shut down) So it all depends on how lucky you get.
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April 8, 2010 5:48:46 AM

whitefang said:
Out of the box the rana 435 beats the Calisto 3.2 ghz by a good amount. If you can unlock the 3rd and 4th cores of the Calisto then your Dual core turns into a quad core AKA the Phenom II 955. Although unlocking is risky and can cause unstable system, high temperatures, and crashes. If you get lucky you could end up with a solid quad core no different then the ones they are selling on newegg =)

I bought the same processor as you, unlocked it, every thing played perfect in games but when I ran a stress test my CPU temp would get too hot and automatically shut down. I bought the hyper 212 and now idle temps are below 35C and gaming temps are below 55C when they were at 45C and 70C (70C it shut down) So it all depends on how lucky you get.


Yes, it would probably be best to stick with the rana then, considering I have no experience with unlocking cores. Do you know if the cpu and gpu you mentioned overclock well/easily? I might try that out later down the line.
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April 8, 2010 6:03:22 AM

Yep both the 5770 and 5830 overclock very nicely.

The Rana 435 can be overclocked to probably 3.3-3.4 ghz on stock cooling. And further if you buy a aftermarket HSF.
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April 8, 2010 8:46:48 PM

Alright. I'm planning on pretty much using the build you suggested. The one thing I was thinking, though, is that I might want to simply add in another 5770 to upgrade(if I get some extra cash sometime after purchasing this pc), rather than have to get another mobo AND second gpu. The 600w psu should be able to handle two cards. I have about $20ish(more if I need to) to play around with so I thought I might just get a crossfire ready mobo. But I don't know exactly which to get. Should I get the 790x with x8/x8? Or the 790fx with x16/x16? Any idea what difference it would make? I think the 790fxs are running at about $140 and the 790xs are about $110.
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April 8, 2010 8:49:17 PM

The Gigabyte 890Gx would be my choice, it has USb 3.0 + sata 6GB's and CFire 8x8 and it will support the hexacore processor.
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April 9, 2010 8:33:28 AM

This is the current build that I'm going with for now. I have some time to think about it, so I won't be rushing into anything.

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX....$74.99

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail....$149.99

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail...$119.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ....$109.98 for the PSU and HDD

A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - Retail....$105.99

Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail....$39.99

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 - Bulk - OEM....$23.99

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April 9, 2010 3:30:36 PM

Looks good, the motherboard basically doesn't support crossfire though. It has 1 PCI-x16 slot at x16 speed and the second at X4 speed which renders it useless.

If you want a good mobo for crossfire.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or go with the 890GX by gigabyte for the USB + Sata 6GB's.
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April 10, 2010 4:20:49 AM

Best answer selected by blake2616.
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