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[Maybe Final] ~$700 Gaming Build (need input)

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May 2, 2010 5:32:16 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Between May 4th - 7th
BUDGET RANGE: ~$700 give or take (Max is $750)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photoshop, Internet Surf
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, later on
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, later on
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Reusing the following items

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JB 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16822144203

Creative Audigy 2 ZS Soundcard
http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=1&subCatID=205&prodID=4915&prodName=Audigy%202%20ZS&subCatName=Audigy&CatName=Sound+Blaster

Hannspree 1440x900 Widescreen Monitor
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Current Shopping List

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150351

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

Rosewill RTK-001 Premium Anti-Static Wrist Strap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899261001

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

Subtotal: $697.92
Shipping: $32.45
Grand Total: $730.37

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Thoughts

I plan to eventually use CrossFire, and Overclock my CPU but not just yet that will be a few months later possibly when i do ill pick up either a Coolmaster V8 or a Zalman 9900

I've heard that the ASUS board isn't always compatible with C3 AM3 CPU's hopefully by then they have a new revision out when i purchase and would it be the right choice along with the AMD 955 BE?

My HDD is ATA100 and the Mobo has ATA133 PATA, anyone know if it would be compatible? Eventually ill get a SATA HDD when im able to afford it, im just trying to get a computer up and running then expand it later

Was trying to salvage my old pc parts, and so far i have only found 2 that are good candidates
May 2, 2010 6:55:13 PM

For gaming you should go HD5770.
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May 3, 2010 2:02:09 AM

I would get a 5770 but im unable to afford it, so i thought i go 4850 in crossfire (later on) because of Tomshardware Article March 2010 $750 build

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/value-gaming-pc,2578.html
Quote:
While we have been criticized for going with dual GPUs in a value-oriented gaming machine, the fact remains that two Radeon HD 4850s offer far better performance than any single $200 GPU. To get this level of performance from a single graphics card with one GPU, you would need to spend about $100 more for a Radeon HD 5850. A well-designed $500-$600 gaming PC will more than likely sport just a single GPU, but an extra $100 or so can go a long way in terms of boosting gaming performance.


I got the AMD 955 BE, because your not always guaranteed to get the 4th core unlocked, and its lack of L3 Cash in the 435 Rana
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May 3, 2010 12:54:17 PM

If you don't want to change the case get some cheaper RAM, that 1600 RAM will work at 1333 anyway and it's no difference between 1333 and 1600.

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

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

And a HD5770:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And this CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is C3 stepping (FBGMBOX), yours is C2 (FBGIBOX).

$708.93 without shipping.
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May 3, 2010 2:40:10 PM

I second Mosox replacements.
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May 3, 2010 3:34:15 PM

I forgot to say that you don't need that wrist strap, just touch something metallic before setting in the mobo.
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May 3, 2010 3:37:41 PM

mosox said:
If you don't want to change the case get some cheaper RAM, that 1600 RAM will work at 1333 anyway and it's no difference between 1333 and 1600.

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

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

And a HD5770:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And this CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is C3 stepping (FBGMBOX), yours is C2 (FBGIBOX).

$708.93 without shipping.


well the reason why i had chosen the C2 is because the Mobo was originaly made for C2 but they have new revisions (and im not sure if they have updated their shipment to support C3) and i dont have another AM3 processor to flash the bios to get the C3 to work

other than that everything seems ok, but how is the Heat Spreaders on A-Data? from the G.skill design they seem like they would be a better choice for their heat spreaders
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