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1st Gaming Build opinions/advice please?

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May 14, 2010 10:04:09 PM

Hello everyone, hope you are all well :) 

I am going to buy and build this computer asap, should be within a month.

I will use it mainly for gaming on my 1440 x 900 monitor ( although I may be getting a HD one fairly soon ), internet use, watching video's and television with a tuner card, and doing all my essays for Universities etc.

I play games such as; MW2, Far Cry 2, Crysis, Fallout 3, WOW, etc.


Just to note that this is my first build and I can't wait. :D 

Case Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Midi Tower Case - Black

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+T...

Cost £68.14 inc. VAT

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H AMD 890GX (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards...

Cost £104.56 inc. VAT

CPU AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition 125W C3

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/CPUs+%2F+Pro...

Cost £117.49 inc. VAT

Ram CZ Gold 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/...

Cost £91.64 inc. VAT

PSU Antec TruePower New Series 650W Modular Power Supply

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Suppli...

Cost £87.44 inc. VAT

GPU Asus ATI Radeon HD 5770 "CuCore" 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Car...

Cost £135.11 inc. VAT

TOTAL PRICE (INCLUDING SHIPPING) £624.61

However my friend is buying my old GPU (A HD 5670) and my DDR2 Ram for £80 which I will put towards this making it really cost £544.

Questions that I want to ask you lovely people are:

1. Are all of parts worth the money that I am paying for them?
2. Is my system going to be future proof for at least 3 years? (I appreciate for improved graphics I might want to crossfire)
3. Will it play all the games above on max settings at my current resolution, and also the majority of new titles coming out?
4. Are there any better alternatives I could get out there for a similar price for the computer that I am after?

I hope that I have given adiquate information, I know that there is nothing worse than someone asking question but not giving half the details that are needed for answer :kaola: 

Thank you for taking the time to look, and I look forward to hearing your opinions.
:D 










May 15, 2010 10:33:49 AM

Personal preference, I would rather get the HAF-922 or HAF-932 over the Antec 900 case. I own the Antec 900-2 and although well built, it is a bit cramped inside. my GTX 260 barely fitted in there (and I mean barely, I had to twists cables out of the way for it to fit). Moreover, the Antec 900 don't have air intake at the bottom for the PSU, I had to mount mine upside-down (that was probably the biggest FAIL of that case, still considering modding that case to add the feature myself :-/ ).

With a case with good cable management like the HAF-9XX, modular PSUs are not really necessary, get an equivalent non-modular, you can probably save a few pounds; the Corsairs are good PSUs, the 650TX is 10 pounds less.
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May 15, 2010 11:18:19 AM

Looks pretty good. I would change the RAM out for this more reliable set though.
https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Memory/DDR3/...

1. Yes, looks pretty balanced.
2. Very hard to say... If you keep that resolution it will run fine for a good while, but if you upgrade to 1080p then you may need to crossfire that 5770 after a bit. Whether or not the CPU is upgradeable depends on AMDs future CPUs' backwards compatibility.
3. I would say so.
4. See above.
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May 16, 2010 7:00:17 AM

cmcghee358 said:
I recommend: Antec Nine Hundred Two


are there any reasons for recomending that version of the case when its around £30 more, what extra features does it have?
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May 16, 2010 10:55:22 AM

If you want it too last a few years and assuming you are goingto upgrade your monitor soonish, I would find the money for the 5850 GPU instead. On the other hand if you will still haveyour monitor for a decent while the 5770 should be plenty
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May 16, 2010 3:43:24 PM

The Antec 900 Two has a gap behind the motherboard tray for wire management as well as dust filters over the intake fans. You'll definately appreciate it.
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