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May 11, 2010 12:27:22 AM

I have had my dell for a while and its time for an upgrade. I plan on buying between the end of May and beginning of June. Heres the list of components I have come up with using the charts on here and I plan on ordering all from Newegg. Please point out any problems and feel free to make suggestions being that this is my first completely custom PC.

*I plan on buying another 4890 and crossfiring them by the end of summer just not right away because I can't fund it. This may also pose a problem because the 4890 is an older card so if you have a better alternative which is around the same price and I can crossfire please let me know.*

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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750– 199.99

MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard- 139.99

XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16– 199.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)- 104.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready- 89.99

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case- 89.95

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM- 99.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive- 55.99
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Total: 980.88

(I have already implemented the rebates offered because my parents may pay for those upfront and take rebates later)

(I don't need monitors, mouse, keyboard, speakers)

(Monitor res is 1920x1080 and 1680x1050)
a b B Homebuilt system
May 11, 2010 12:37:20 AM

You are right... It will be very hard to find an 4890 at the end of the summer. You would be better off getting an ATI 5770 (little less performance & cheaper) or upgrading to an ATI 5850 (better performance but costs more).

I would switch your hard drive to either the Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 500GB drives. These drives are faster and at the same price of the WD "Blue".

Rest of your build looks good :) 
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May 11, 2010 2:03:44 AM

Sounds good, made the HD change and I think I'm making the upgrade to 5850 and then maybe crossfire. Can these components handle 2 5850's?
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 11, 2010 2:18:57 AM

Yes...

Motherboard runs at x8,x8 during Crossfire, which is acceptable
Corsair CMPSU-750TX PSU will have no issues with two 5850's.

Side Note:
Do you plan to overclock at any point in time? If so, I would recommend adding the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus to your list. It is a great cooler for the price!
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 11, 2010 9:55:40 AM

Definately spend the extra cash on a 5850, delay XFire for as long as you need to. The 5850 will handle most things for a while, personally XFire is never something I look for right off the bat, it is an option further down the line if required - though even then I prefer to hold out and buy a better single card
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