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April 29, 2010 5:24:25 AM

Hi, this is currently my planned build.

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU RADEON HD 5850
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The RAM was recommended to me by a forum member, but it's currently unavailable at my preferred retailer, so I would like some suggestions for alternate RAM as well as a 1TB Hard Disk Drive.

Also, is the recent TOP model of the Asus EAH5850 DirectCU Radeon HD 5850 significantly better than the reference model, for $20 more? I really don't want to have to ship my regular model back to the retailer's warehouse, but I'm willing to if it's worth the price.

ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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April 29, 2010 5:56:06 AM

Save money and go with the AMD Phenom II X4 955. The 965 is the same chip just with a factory overclock.

Save even more money and go with the HAF 922. It's still very spacious and looks like the 932.

That's $80 dollars saved right there.

Here's a good HDD at a nice price. Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

As for the GPUs, the difference is the core clock. The regular model is clocked at 725mhz while the TOP model is clocked at 765mhz. Dunno if the difference is really worth the extra money though.

However, if you make the changes that I listed with about 20-30 more you can get a 5870
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April 29, 2010 6:14:04 AM

^Agreed
The Directcu version also has voltage control so you can overclock more.
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April 29, 2010 6:33:08 AM

So if I OC'ed the 955 to 3.4Ghz, it would be exactly the same as the 965 (ie. same spec's)? Thank you for money-saving tip!

Will the HAF 922 fit dual GPU's? Will there still be enough airflow even with my power supply cables?

I have the DirectCU model, just not the TOP model with the higher core clock speeds. Well for such a small difference I don't want to go through the hassle/restocking fee. Is the speed difference just like the Phenom 955 vs. 965? That is, the spec's are identical but one is factory OC'ed? Or is the TOP actually faster at normal clocking speeds?

I noticed that the Samsung Spinpoint is an OEM Bare Drive. What other components do I need to connect to the Motherboard? Can you give me some suggestions for those as well? Thanks a bunch! :) 

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April 29, 2010 8:49:17 PM

Bump. Sorry if this is not allowed ): I'm really short on time (sale ends soon!)
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April 29, 2010 9:05:22 PM

onlineguy said:
So if I OC'ed the 955 to 3.4Ghz, it would be exactly the same as the 965 (ie. same spec's)? Thank you for money-saving tip!

Will the HAF 922 fit dual GPU's? Will there still be enough airflow even with my power supply cables?

I have the DirectCU model, just not the TOP model with the higher core clock speeds. Well for such a small difference I don't want to go through the hassle/restocking fee. Is the speed difference just like the Phenom 955 vs. 965? That is, the spec's are identical but one is factory OC'ed? Or is the TOP actually faster at normal clocking speeds?

I noticed that the Samsung Spinpoint is an OEM Bare Drive. What other components do I need to connect to the Motherboard? Can you give me some suggestions for those as well? Thanks a bunch! :) 


You could OC the 955 well past 3.4ghz, but for safety, I'd get an aftermarket cooler like the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+.

I've read that the HAF 922 is almost is big, if not, as big as a full tower case. So I'm sure it'll fit two GPU's.

Can't really answer that question about the different GPU's. But I'm guessing the TOP version is also just a factory overclock.

You motherboard should come with enough cables to suit your needs. Unless you're getting more than the average computer would need, ie something like 3 HDDs, 2 ODDs.
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April 30, 2010 12:12:47 AM

Best answer selected by onlineguy.
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