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April 30, 2010 1:10:19 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 04/30/2010 BUDGET RANGE$200-$1300(LOL)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I want to be able to shoot people in games rather than take headshots like a champ. I can no longer be a VICTIM PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Here is what I have already purchased from Newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...] AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deeb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...] Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 650W Power Supply[/url]

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...] ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers[/url]

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...] G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ[/url]

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive[/url]

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...] Logitech G15 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard[/url]

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]
Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse[/url]

[http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...] 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[/url]
AND FINALLY

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...] Rosewill RTK-045 45 Piece Premium Computer Tool Kit[/url]
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg,amazon COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Southern California, United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would greatly appreciate your take on my selection. I originally had purchased the Phenom IIx4 940 am2+ but noticed the 965 for only a few dollars more. I did that quit a bit with this build watching savings dwindle . I would like advice on cooling solution for the processor.
Also please recommend a graphics card $200-$250.
With my motherboard it has crossfire ability to pair with PCIe board. Onboard has sideport memory (whatever that does) of 1gb for the onboard graphics and would like to use it with another board to take full advantage (of people in gaming situations)of all my resources.



April 30, 2010 1:42:17 AM

I would take a 5830 over a 5770, if I was looking to play on a 1920x1080 monitor. It will perform better than the 5770. I agree the 5850 is the better option but the 5830 fits nicely between buget and performance.

However, you (Timop) aren't the first one to say/disagree with my recommendation of a 5830, so there might be something to that.... :D 
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April 30, 2010 3:07:29 AM

4890s were out only very briefly before the 5000 series so they are much harder to find these days I think
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April 30, 2010 4:00:28 AM


I saw about 4 posts in a row submitted recently from users on newegg blasting Gskillz for a number of different issues ranging from incorrect timings matches sold as a pair, cold boot problems or BSOD etc. Four in a row back to back and responses from the RMA Dept at Gskillz after every post is odd when most of the users are complaining that their is no response to their own tech support forums when they posted questions there.

This memory is what I purchased primarily due to the fact I was racking up a pretty penny with $50 bumps in previous components but I still wanted 8 gigs. Now I'm worried about this memory.

Thinking about returning it when I get it and getting different memory. I surrendered to myself that I don't build these every year or even every 5 years so why not do it right.

So I have to add to the above parts recommendations request:

Memory 8 gigs
Cpu (low profile) cooling solution that doesn't interfere with memory slots
Graphics card

And by the way Thank You all for doing what you do. It helps a lot of novice navigate confusion of marketing with substantive information regarding real world performances.
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April 30, 2010 5:32:58 AM

You have to understand that 50% of the reviews on newegg are by people that don't know how to set timings/voltages per manufacturers specifications.

If you've already got the memory, put it in and see how it does. If it's no good, RMA it.
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April 30, 2010 8:34:07 AM

Best answer selected by godamajin.
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April 30, 2010 7:02:22 PM

I'd echo the 5850 (or 470) over the 5770....the 5770 is OK for DX9/10 but is getting overwhelmed with the newer DX11 games.
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