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April 16, 2010 1:56:58 AM

Hello,
This is my first build for a computer. I currently have an '06 macbook, and am a world of warcraft player. I'm getting sick of 1-7fps in major populated areas. So I figure its time for me to start my own rig. I am going for a mid-tower desktop.
I originally was going to Xfire 5850x2. However I asked around, and apparently that would be a bit over kill if all I'm doing is listening to music, and playing a low end game such as WoW. So, here's my current setup, I hope that it will work =D

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor - 3.20GHz

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

RAM: CORSAIR TW3X4G1333C9A 4GB (2x2GB) PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333) Dual Channel Memory Retail

HDD: Western Digital 300 GB VelociRaptor SATA 10,000 RPM 16 MB Cache

Graphics Card: XFX HD577AZNFC Radeon HD 5770 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI

Power Supply: Tuniq Potency PSU-POT650-BK 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Case: LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Monitor: Dell ST2410 24” Full HD Widescreen

OS: Windows 7 Professional Full Microsoft 64-bit

Total estimate: $1200
Note: I plan to start with one video card first, then configure Xfire when I can afford the next 5770.

Thanks for any/all of your input, Let me know what you think!

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April 16, 2010 2:17:48 AM

I would suggest not getting a raptor. The newer 7200rpm HDDs have similar read/write times and are much cheaper (Samsung F3/Seagate 7200.12). The next step up would be to get a SSD for your OS/Apps if you were looking to improve boot/access times.

You can use that money and purchase a better graphics card etc.
Also I would suggest buying a PSU from a more reliable brand. Corsair/Antec/Seasonic/PC Power and Cooling make some quality PSUs. It it reduce any risks in the long run.
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April 16, 2010 2:25:57 AM

For the HHD, I can get a discount from a buddy i know at WD. Any other recommendations from them? About the PSU, It was the only one I found with a bronze 80+ for $50. Every other PSU was $90+. Do you think it is a decent build, i'm trying to go for the most bang for the buck. I'm also very unsure about monitors, I hear Dell is good, but some of the monitors are questionable. Thanks for the input!
~Proc
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April 16, 2010 2:34:11 AM

I think going with the 955 would even be a little overkill if all you're playing is WOW. IF the price is right though, go for it, if not there are definitely some other viable options. You can get an Athlon II triple core processor for under $100. In terms of gaming there isn't much of a performance increase when you jump from a triple core to quad core and listening to music shouldn't be enough to be an issue either.
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April 16, 2010 2:35:46 AM

Stick with a Corsair 650TX, which is your best PSU around your range.

How much of a discount?? Others would be the 1TB Black SATA III or 640GB Black. If you get a goid enough discount, you can get the 2TB Black.
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April 16, 2010 2:38:50 AM

Perhaps start with a single 5850 or get a 6- core amd processor when they are released with the $ saved by dropping the raptor.
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April 16, 2010 2:39:20 AM

If you want to save money you could use a steel case instead of an aluminum one.
Their Lancool Dragonlord series are some nice cases. PC K58/ PC k60/ PC K62

You should try to avoid cutting costs with the PSU. If anything goes wrong with it, it may end up damaging some of the other components. Though the final decision is always yours
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April 16, 2010 2:44:34 AM

I'd say in the 20% range to be safe, he didn't give me any details. And I will go with the corsair PSU, since almost every post of a build with one has them recommended over any other PSU/cooling brand...I'm aiming for a 100fps average for WoW, and I'm not sure if this rig will pull that. Especially with the new expansion and the game going through the roof with a graphics/textures redo and all. Thanks for the input!
~proc
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April 16, 2010 2:44:54 AM

tserich said:
If you want to save money you could use a steel case instead of an aluminum one.
Their Lancool Dragonlord series are some nice cases. PC K58/ PC k60/ PC K62

You should try to avoid cutting costs with the PSU. If anything goes wrong with it, it may end up damaging some of the other components. Though the final decision is always yours


Going with the most noise reduction case I can get.
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April 16, 2010 2:48:38 AM

duk3 said:
Perhaps start with a single 5850 or get a 6- core amd processor when they are released with the $ saved by dropping the raptor.

I've thought about that, Does anyone know of a remote date of the release? I would love to wait, but I'm aiming to get the computer in early June at the moment.
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April 16, 2010 2:58:10 AM

6-core AM3 is suppose to be out late this month from my understanding.

Please revisit your build a week or two before you plan to buy in June, as what we recommend today may not be the best option in two months.
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April 16, 2010 3:05:20 AM

Will do, thanks for the help everyone. Would it we a wise decision for the long run to get a 5850? just curious.
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April 16, 2010 3:10:08 AM

Yes... :) 
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April 16, 2010 3:12:16 AM

Haha. I'm looking at them right now and there's something that I just can't figure out. Some of the 5850's are $300, others can be up to a whopping $420 O.O? Am I missing something here? I know I have to be..
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April 16, 2010 3:15:52 AM

Some of them are overclocked already and different brands will use different heatsinks/coolers on their cards.

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April 16, 2010 3:17:15 AM

ah, any suggestions on brands? Leaning towards sapphire atm.
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April 16, 2010 3:18:44 AM

Can you provide links??? I would guess the difference might be factory overclocked or something.
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April 16, 2010 3:22:23 AM

Ya, it has to do with factory OC'ing and such. Common sense also kicked in that one product was a 5850, and another 5870. That would also explain the jump in price I saw, sorry for the confusion. Still new to this part of the computer world ;D
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April 16, 2010 3:34:36 AM

Expensive one = Faster core clock, faster effective memory clock, more stream processing units.

I think the cheap one will be just fine
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April 16, 2010 3:37:39 AM

Wired2k said:
Expensive one = Faster core clock, faster effective memory clock, more stream processing units.

I think the cheap one will be just fine

Agreed, although I still wouldn't call the cheaper card cheap by my standards..lol
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April 16, 2010 3:40:57 AM

oh definitely not. And I must be tired cause I looked right at the 5870 and the 5850 in the titles and they didn't register as being different at all.

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April 16, 2010 3:46:32 AM

Best answer selected by proc.
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April 16, 2010 3:46:46 AM

5870 should be faster, though I am tired to. Thank you all for the help! I can't thank you enough =)
all the best~proc
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