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Evalute this gaming build please

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May 6, 2010 12:57:21 AM

My earlier plans got waylaid by life so I'm back with a new build I'd love to have critiqued. Any help or ideas are greatly appreciated.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next couple of days preferably.

BUDGET RANGE: I'd like to keep it under $1300.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming rig, mostly MMO's with some RPG and first person shooters

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Optical.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com as I use them most, but willing to use others.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've used AMD for the last couple years but have no particular preference.

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not. Never done it before.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not at this time.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 or 1680x1050 generally because of my current card.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I also need to get Win 7, This rigs still has Win XP 32-bit on it. Is the case large enough and is the PSU powerfull enough if I decide to go crossfire?

This is what I'm looking at:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full

Thanks.

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May 6, 2010 1:16:05 AM

My main suggestion would to be drop down to a 5850, since your monitor resolution is 16x12. The 5870 is a better option with 1920x1080 or higher.

Also, you can drop down to an Antec Earthwatts EA-650 or Corsair 650TX, since you don't plan to Crossfire.

Make sure to check out the Newegg combos for additional savings.
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May 6, 2010 1:32:55 AM

I'm not going to crossfire at this time, but I may decide to go there a little down the road. I want to make sure I have enough growing room for it if I decide to.

I'm also looking into a new monitor, but it will also be down the road a bit once the fund regen a little.
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May 6, 2010 1:35:17 AM

I had the other one listed as it was recommended to me back a month or so ago. I assume the 890 is a better MB than the 790.
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May 6, 2010 1:55:04 AM

Yes... The 890 is a newer motherboard which is has better support for the newer chipsets (II X6).

If you plan to upgrade your monitor & possiblely Crossfire down the road, your choices from your original components are acceptable. :) 
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May 6, 2010 2:15:48 AM

At $1300, I'd do an Intel i5 build
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May 6, 2010 6:58:56 PM

Why would you go Intel over the AMD?
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May 6, 2010 7:25:54 PM

I agree with tecmo34 that you can lower a few things and still get good results. If you need to save money, even a HD5770 is likely to provide good performance. I play the same types of games (e.g. Guild Wars, Sacred 2, a little UT), and I have everything maxed and even some AA thrown in using a HD5770 on a 1920x1080 monitor with smooth play even in big battles.
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