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May 9, 2010 4:37:56 AM

Cpu- Phenom ll X4 955
Graphics- ATI Radeon HD 5770 1 GB
RAM- G Skill 6 GB 3 x 2 GB sticks
Motherboard- Gigabyte AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6GB/s, USB 3.0
Power Supply- Thermaltake 600W ATX
Computer case- Cooler Master HAF 922
Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 GB/s
Optical Drive- Sony Optiarc 24x DVD/CD Rewritable drive

Please give me all the feedback you can. This computer is also going to be used for primarily gaming, but will be used for other functions as well.

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May 9, 2010 5:07:50 AM

Welcome to the forum. Please fill out the build advice form in my signature. You don't want 6GB with that motherboard, you want 4. You don't want that power supply either.
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May 9, 2010 5:12:26 AM

I think your system looks great. The 955 is a very nice cpu, 6 gb ram is plenty, the psu is a good mfg, and has plenty of watts. I have the HAF922 and LOVE IT. I also have a WD black, but in 500gb. Nice HDD. I have had 2 Gigabyte MB and a few of their GX cards. They make good stuff. I cant see how you could go wrong with that build. The 5770 is the weak link, but it has enough to play new games, and as prices drop you can add a second.
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May 9, 2010 5:14:17 AM

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No on the RAM, why would you put triple channel in a dual channel board.

No on the PSU, thermaltake only has one good PSU series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

His WD is different from yours "6 Gb/s" It's a bit high in price, but it offers good performance, to save a few buck you could get an F3.

GPU depends on resolution.
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May 9, 2010 10:47:28 AM

Yeah, I had thought I overlooked something, I did not notice the difference in channeling. And to my graphics card, it was the one I wanted due to my budget. Thanks to both of you for the info.
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May 9, 2010 12:16:44 PM

I recommend a better GPU, since it'll be the slowest part of your system. If budget is an issue, you can buy one 5770 now and keep in mind you'll need another one in the future (CF) to unlock the full potential of your system in gaming.
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May 9, 2010 4:55:28 PM

My appologies to you for not catching the dual channle support on AMD MB. I went and checked the specs and they are correct. It only supports dual channle in ddr3. 4 GB (2x2) sticks is what you want to enable to dual channle support. Sorry dude. I should have checked the specs on the board before typing you out a reply. I guess by stupid luck I built mine with 2gb x2 sticks.
In terms of the PSU, the one below is just an example. But it ia 89.99 with a 15.00 MIR on new egg.
Brand OCZ
Model OCZZ650
Series Z-Series
Spec
Type ATX12V 2.2/ EPS12V 2.91
Maximum Power 650W
Fans Ultra-Quiet 120mm Thermally-Controlled Fan
PFC Active
Main Connector 24Pin
+12V Rails 4
PCI-Express Connector 1 x 6-Pin, 1 x 6+2-Pin
SATA Power Connector 4
SLI Certified
CrossFire Ready
Efficiency over 88%
Energy-Efficient 80 PLUS SILVER Certified
Input Voltage 100 - 240 V
Input Frequency Range 50/60 Hz
Approvals FCC, CB, CUL, CE, RoHS
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 5 years limited
Labor 5 years limited
Might be a batter choice. Has 4 rails with 18amps on each and 650 watts. If 4 SATA are enough for you?
The people on this site are all very knowledgable and provide excellent advice and help to new guys like us.
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May 9, 2010 10:09:20 PM

avatar_raq said:
I recommend a better GPU, since it'll be the slowest part of your system. If budget is an issue, you can buy one 5770 now and keep in mind you'll need another one in the future (CF) to unlock the full potential of your system in gaming.


Well I would like to crossfire in the near future but can my motherboard hold the two? Also will I be able to hook other cards in the pci slots around it?
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May 9, 2010 10:52:00 PM

I made a change to the RAM set I am getting; I really liked the G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory.
Since I am changing from a (PC3 12800) to a (PC 16000), what will that do for me exactly?
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May 10, 2010 10:37:03 AM

Someonelse said:
Well I would like to crossfire in the near future but can my motherboard hold the two? Also will I be able to hook other cards in the pci slots around it?

What's the exact model of your mobo? Generally speaking, to CF 2 cards you'll need 2 PCI-e x16 slots one slot (preferably 2 slots) apart.
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May 10, 2010 1:59:14 PM

avatar_raq said:
What's the exact model of your mobo? Generally speaking, to CF 2 cards you'll need 2 PCI-e x16 slots one slot (preferably 2 slots) apart.


I am getting the GIGABYTE GA-790XT-USB3 AM3 AMD 790X USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard. It says it has 1 PCI e x16 slot and 1 PCI e x8, how much less of performance will my graphics cards do if I did crossfire?
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May 10, 2010 4:05:36 PM

You still did not specify the model, you skipped the suffix UD-something which differentiates GB mobos. Nonetheless you mentioned the slots and I believe electrical 8x PCI-e v2 is more than enough bandwidth for the 5770, the question is: Is the 2nd slot 16x physical or 8x? If 8x it should have an open end to hold any 16x card (gfx card for example).
Another point to consider is the spasing between the 2 slots. As I mentioned 1 is mandatory, 2 are better, 3 or 4 are deffinitely better but you'll need a longer than usual CF bridge.
Hope that helped.
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May 10, 2010 4:12:14 PM

avatar_raq said:
You still did not specify the model, you skipped the suffix UD-something which differentiates GB mobos.


Technically, there is no UD-something on the Gigabyte GA-790XT-USB3. Try looking it up first before telling someone that they haven't answered the question.

The board has 2x PCI-E 2.0 slots that operate at 8x when both are populated.
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May 10, 2010 4:19:34 PM

I gave him some general info about CF, no more no less. Instead of giving him a fish, I tried to give him a tent so that he can go fishing, and it's up to him to do his research!
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May 10, 2010 6:22:32 PM

I have been doing my research and I just needed some help making sure of a couple things. Does anyone have any suggestions on some great 4 GB (2 X 2 GB) dual channel memory sticks? My one stipulation is that I need them to cost between $150 and $170. I have been trying to look up what would be the best but I always seem to come up missing certain details. I am only trying to find the best memory for my motherboard.
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May 11, 2010 2:23:02 AM

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The Ripjaw 1600 CAS7s are your best choice right now, like i said before, its on newegg for $140.


I like the specs on those sticks but I am curious if they would be the best for an AMD processor, any thoughts?
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May 11, 2010 6:33:20 PM

Someonelse said:
I do like that it is cheaper but they are PC3 10666, shouldn't I be looking for a higher number?


Not really, there won't be any noticeable difference unless you plan on doing a heavy overclock. Still, those Ecos that avatar linked are a good deal.
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May 14, 2010 9:22:54 PM

Hey everyone, I got another question. Where do most pf you guys go to get software that tracks the performance of applications and games while you are playing them?
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May 15, 2010 4:38:56 AM

You can also use MSI afterburner (Rivatuner engine) to monitor FPS, GPU temp, usage and clocks while gaming, dll it from MSI site and set the OSD settings to your liking..You can even install a sidebar gadget (modified GPU monitor) to monitor those values at the desktop.
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