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May 6, 2010 6:56:57 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 Weeks BUDGET RANGE: $600-$700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the Web, Gaming, Movies/Music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 19" LCD (Kinda old but it does the job)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't play many hardcore games. Just Aion and occasionally WoW.


CPU- AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO- GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C7D3K2/4GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEO CARD- EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD DRIVER- LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE- AZZA Helios 910 Black Japanese SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If someone could give me input on this build and suggestions if something needs to be changed it would be greatly appreciated! I put 2 CPU's because I was wondering which one would be better for the job.
May 6, 2010 8:05:36 AM

Personally I would look to see if there is a good deal on the ATI 5770, it is a better card than the 9800 (newer, Direct X 11 compatible, faster) and of similar price (at least without rebate discounts)
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May 6, 2010 8:32:29 AM

I just bought the x3 440 and same mb. No complaints so far.

The video card in your build will be the weak link. As the post above has recommended to you, I bought a 5770 to go with my build.

You could have a 4850 for same ~price as 9800, or buy cheaper memory and take the $30 saved and put it towards a 5770.
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May 6, 2010 8:39:56 AM

I'd say you should be looking for a different GPU also.

The CPU really depends on what games you play, as multi-threaded games will run better on the Athlon. I'd say go with the Athlon.

A 650W PSU is overkill for your build, heres a 500W Seasonic for $62
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your system is pretty nice then, Hope I helped.

[EDIT]
Above:

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 is a better HDD.
I FAIL to see why a 790X board is required.
The PSU has a lot more power than is required.
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May 6, 2010 8:40:09 AM

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Model #:F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Item #:N82E16820231277
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$109.99 $109.99

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:SGC-2000-KKN1-GP
Item #:N82E16811119196
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$99.99 -$20.00 Instant $79.99

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:M4A79XTD EVO
Item #:N82E16813131402
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card13-131-402

$118.99 $118.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD5000AAKS
Item #:N82E16822136073
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$55.99 $55.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #:D RW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$24.99 $24.99

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX
Model #:ADX435WFGIBOX
Item #:N82E16819103724
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock

$74.99 $74.99

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
Model #:EA650
Item #:N82E16817371015
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$99.99 -$25.00 Instant $74.99

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Model #:HD-577A-ZNFC
Item #:N82E16814150447
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$169.99 $169.99

Subtotal: $709.92

I know it goes over your budget by a few dollars, there has been alot of bad reviews of the Samsung Spinpoint F3 where they fail alot, i've always stuck with Western Digital i havent had any problems with them they are good HDD

I would pick up some Artic Silver 5 thermal compound because AMD has pre-applied thermal grease and its not that great

I found the CM Storm Scout mid tower to be really great the carrying handle at the top was very useful for me because i was moving to a new house etc, and plan to move agian at the end of this year so.. Plus the air filters and it coming with 3 fans installed, tool-less design etc and i liked the fact i could turn off the LED fan lights by a press of a button on top of the case near the ports which won me over due to late nights so i didnt wake up my wife while playing games if i had woken up due to insomnia

If your budget gets real tight i would just drop down to a XFX 4850 Radeon, its adequate to play World of Warcraft just fine at 19" widescreen (mine is 1440x900)
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May 6, 2010 9:29:04 AM

(Note prices quotes in Can $s)

Here is psu I bought:

COOLMAX CU-600B 600W ATX 12V V2.2/EPS 12V V2.91 Modular Power Supply ($55can)

and video card:

POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card ($149can)

2x2GB of 1333 can be had for as little as $102, leaving you more for a 5770.

Hope this helps. My system has been up for about 2 weeks, works great. Going to OC a bit this weekend.
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May 6, 2010 3:34:10 PM

Hopefully that POS Chokemax PSU won't explode on you.
BUT, for the OP, that doesn't mean more wattage is needed, but more quality. For a HD5770, although you could "get away with" a 380W Antec Earthwatts, for some headroom and longevity I'd recommend a 430W-500W Antec Earthwatts, or the Seasonic that the_punkinator linked.
I would not get a dual-core CPU any more, even for games. There is no such thing as future-proof, but you may get greater future-resistance with a X4.
Actually, in your place, if you're not going to upgrade your monitor any time soon, drop the video card back to a HD5750 (or even a HD5670; absolutely sufficient for your games at 1440x900 or 1280x1024), but get a mobo that will support X6 CPUs. When games start incorporating more AI threads, or additional [kinds of] interfaces like VR headsets, you'll be able to pop in a CPU that can handle the new workload.
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May 6, 2010 3:45:38 PM

-------Updated Parts-------

XFX HD-577A-ZHFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Decided to go with the x3 cpu. Also jtt283 from what I've read I think the mobo I have supports x6.
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May 6, 2010 3:57:51 PM

rgholmes08 said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 Weeks BUDGET RANGE: $600-$700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the Web, Gaming, Movies/Music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 19" LCD (Kinda old but it does the job)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't play many hardcore games. Just Aion and occasionally WoW.


CPU- AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO- GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C7D3K2/4GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEO CARD- EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD DRIVER- LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE- AZZA Helios 910 Black Japanese SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If someone could give me input on this build and suggestions if something needs to be changed it would be greatly appreciated! I put 2 CPU's because I was wondering which one would be better for the job.



Get the 955 BE.
The 9800 GTX+ is dated. Get the 5770 512 MB instead. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The PSU's overkill. A 500W works just as well. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 6, 2010 4:53:55 PM

Those choices should do nicely then. It's more power than you need now, but would support even a space heater Fermi if you upgrade later.
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