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April 20, 2010 6:18:24 PM

I built my computer based on the recommendations from this forum last time, cause I know you guys really know your stuff! I love my computer, and I'm trying to help a friend put his together. This is what I came up with for him...

- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ~ $109.99

- Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B ~ $21.99

- SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ~ $439.99

- Thermaltake LANBOX Lite VF6000BWS Black SECC Japanese steel Gaming Cube Computer Case ~ $78.49

- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ~ $89.99

- MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard ~ $124.99

- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX ~ $159.99

- OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply ~ $79.99

Grand Total: $1,105.42

He really wants a good gaming PC that fits in a microATX case for LAN gaming. This is the system I came up with. Do you guys have any changes, recommendations, or size/heat/compatibility concerns with this build? I know sometimes there is an issue with components in a microATX case, so I wanted to get feedback from you guys first.

Thanks so much in advance and for the past help with my build! You guys are amazing!

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April 20, 2010 6:59:34 PM

I would be surprised if the 5870 fits into a mATX case. The card barely fits in some great ATX cases. Assuming you've acutally looked into it and it fits, I still wouldn't pay for the Vapor-X version. It doesn't do anything for you. Instead, check out this combo: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5870. You get a 5870 and better RAM at a great price.

If the 5870 doesn't fit, check out the 5850 or 5770. Both of these would give great gaming performance, but are smaller cards (the 5770 especially).

I would also spend $5 (counting the rebate) more and get an Antec Earthwatts 750W. It's a lot higher quality.
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April 20, 2010 7:35:15 PM

There's a newegg reviewer (02-02-2010) for that case that says he got a 5870, actually 2x in xfire, to fit by removing the internal 3.5 bays. If you are OK with that it should fit.
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April 20, 2010 7:40:49 PM

And if you actually trust Newegg reviewers. If you get one GPU to fit, you'll get two.
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April 20, 2010 9:30:31 PM

Thank you so much for the responses MadAdmiral and rwpritchett! Based upon your suggestions, I made some changes. If the 5870's difference won't be that noticeable than I'll go with 2 cheaper and hopefully easier to fit crossfired 5770s. Here is my new updated build. This sound good? And honestly, it won't be running anything more than one monitor 1080p....

- Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM ~ $21.99

- Thermaltake LANBOX Lite F6000BWS Black SECC Japanese steel Gaming Cube Computer Case ~ $78.49

- MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard ~ $124.99

- COMBO: ~ $314.98
+ XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
+ AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W
Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX

- COMBO: ~ $219.98
+ SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
+ OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI
Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC

- FREEBIE: OCZ Diesel 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model OCZUSBDSL4G

- COMBO: ~ $280.98
+ XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
+ OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3
12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK

Subtotal: $1,041.41

That's the updated version. Thoughts? Recommendations? New compatibility/heat/space issues?

Thanks.
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April 20, 2010 9:59:33 PM

The difference between the 5770 and the 5870 IS great. I simply stated that if the 5870 wouldn't fit, you would need to get either the 5850 or 5770, which are both good cards. And I would only drop to the 5770 if the 5850 didn't fit (it should). The 5770 will need to have the details lowered on a 1080p monitor to be playable. The 5850 would be good for that resolution, with the exception of Crysis. The 5870 is good at that resolution with no exceptions.

Anyway, on to the build. It's decent except for the huge, extremely slow HDD, and the low quality RAM. OCZ RAM is very hit or miss. I would avoid them at all costs. That HDD is a 5400 model. That means it's not only old, it's super slow.

I would stick with the original build (with my changes) as long as the 5870 fits. If the 5870 doesn't fit, switch it for a 5850.
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