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May 16, 2010 9:06:46 PM

I just need something to play RoM, Wow, and DDO and less demanding games and they dont have to be at max settings, but thats a + of course. This is what I put together. I have a monitor/keyboard/Os already. Any info appreciated, especially ones to save some cash.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM [...] 6827135204

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case [...] 6811129042

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive [...] 6822148445

GIGABYTE GA-MA78LM-S2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard [...] 6813128408

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card [...] 6814102864

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 [...] 6820145184

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX / OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... [...] mbo.392560

Grand Total:* $607.88

I think thats pretty good, but im no expert. What do you all think?

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May 16, 2010 11:27:17 PM

As far as the 7200.12 HDD ... Step up to the 1TB model, or down to the 500GB model.. These are 500GB platter tech and will out-perform the 750GB model.

I think you might be able to get better IGP / more modern mobo, for that money.

GPU card is great.

The Athlon-II x3 435 proc is much better suited (and more balanced) ... has a higher clock and you are likely not to *ever* use/need that 4th core.

PSU looks ok

May 16, 2010 11:48:42 PM

I would get an AM3 ATX mobo like the GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 and DDR3 RAM like A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 or G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333.

You can get this case:

and a PSU.

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May 17, 2010 4:19:25 PM

Thanks for the feedback, so is all that atx compatible?
May 17, 2010 8:41:52 PM

Ok, heres the new build...Grand Total: $601.73 and thats including shipping. It appears to me thats more speed and power for less dough thanks to everyones advice. Any more tweaks needed? For that price I may have to splurge on a new 25 inch monitor!

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
May 17, 2010 9:45:07 PM

Perfect !!! If DirectX 11 is not the "end-all-be-all" of your requirements, you might (WELL) take a lookie, at this critter ... A SUPER DEAL ... outruns the 5770 handily and will let you do hi-rez with games that 5770 cannot.

XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Double Lifetime Manufacture Warranty
You Save: $10.00
$199.99 [...] _-14150438 [...] 621-6.html

Radeon HD 4890
Excellent 1920x1200 performance in most games

The Radeon HD 4890 has reappeared on our radar in limited quantities, and remains a fantastic buy at the $200 price point. If the Radeon HD 4890 looks good to you, you may want to act quickly, as stock can't possibly last for much longer.

May 17, 2010 9:58:10 PM

I appreciate the advice/info, but the 5770 is already going to surpass what i need atm...and with the crossfire option I can just add another card when/if needed. I am so freaking excited to get this thing together!! Thanks for all the help! One more i need a sound card for that setup?

Of course any more advice/opinions greatly appreciated.
May 17, 2010 10:34:37 PM

Tim ... That is a misleading statement ... The mobo he spec'd DOES SO HAVE "REAL CROSSFIRE SUPPORT" ... AND ALSO HAS HYBRID xFIRE TOO ... What is your agenda, here? ... I am pretty sure you know better ... but maybe you "dint".


Brand ASUS
Model M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3

... ~~SNIP~~ ...

Features Core Unlocker – Unlock extra cores for true core performance

TurboV & Turbo Key II for Easy O.C. – Simple and real-time O.C. tuning in OS environment; one button levels up the system performance

USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s RAID Support – Fully unleash USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s bandwidth

MemOK! – Enhance memory compatibility

ASUS Express Gate – Instant Online! Instant Fun!

ASUS EPU Engine – Energy Efficiency & Noise Reduction

Support ATI CrossFireX and Hybrid CrossFireX Technology

May 17, 2010 10:44:56 PM

Ohhhhh .... GOOD POINT !

exCUUUUUUSE ...... ..... .... MEEEEEEE !!

= What HE said ! =

May 18, 2010 1:44:05 AM

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor

Thats the CPU Im getting, as recommended

and is x8/x8 really better? couldnt tell if that was sarcasm or not.
May 18, 2010 1:53:44 AM

Grand Total: $664.81

I forgot to add in the cpu...thats the new total including shipping...a litle higher than I wanted.
May 18, 2010 2:10:33 AM

Well, yes ... symetrical distribution of bandwidth ... 8x8, ...

... That was a "good catch" by Timop, I *do* stand corrected.

And, you will be much the better FOR it, if you do xFire.

... BUT ... While we are on the subject ... I hate to open yet another can of worms ...

You should know ... That Antec PSU *IS* a good one ... BUT ... It is *NOT* xFire ready.

If you are really thinking that you may want xFire as a "built-in option" (Any gamer should), then you prolly WILL want a corsair 650W PSU ... This one.

May 18, 2010 2:36:47 AM

The Antec has two 6 pin connectors and anyway the video card comes with an adapter.
May 18, 2010 5:00:40 AM


Model CMPSU-650TX
Type ATX12V / EPS12V
Maximum Power 650W
Fans Thermally controlled 120mm fan
PFC Active
Main Connector 20+4Pin
+12V Rails Single
PCI-Express Connector 2 x 6+2-Pin
SATA Power Connector 8
SLI Ready
CrossFire Ready
Modular No
Efficiency > 80%
Energy-Efficient 80 PLUS Certified
Over Voltage Protection Yes
Input Voltage 100 - 240 V
Input Frequency Range 50/60 Hz
Input Current 10A
Output +3.3V@24A,+5V@30A,+12V@52A,-12V@0.8A,+5VSB@3.0A
MTBF >100,000 Hours
Approvals UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC
Dimensions 5.9"(W) x 3.4"(H) X 5.9"(L)
Connectors 1 x Main connector (20+4Pin)
1 x 12V(4/8Pin)
8 x peripheral
8 x SATA
2 x Floppy
2 x PCI-E
Features Ultra-quiet 120mm double ball-bearing fan delivers excellent airflow
80%+ energy efficiency at 20%, 50% and 100% load condition for less heat generation and lower energy bill
99% Active Power Factor Correction provides clean and reliable power to your system
Universal AC input 90~264V automatically scans and detects the correct voltage
Dedicated single +12V rail offers maximum compatibility with latest components

Compatible with Core i7
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 5 years limited
Labor 5 years limited

Okay, it's a power supply. Not much excitement there unless it starts smoking, right? But this one is so cool, it's smokin'! Like the 52 Ampere +12V rail (and there's just the one +12V rail, so you don't have to balance your power needs by hand.). How about the ability to auto-sense your input voltage from 90Vac to 264Vac, 50/60Hz? No more voltage selector switches!

Run cooler, too, because it can be up to 80% efficient (tested at 20%, 50% and full load), meaning less waste heat from the supply. Compatible with both ATX 2.0 and ATX 2.2 systems, it includes long cables for even full-sized tower installations. Nvidia SLI support. It includes power connections for eight SATA drives. A 120mm variable speed fan with double bearings gives good airflow with minimal noise. Active power factor correction helps deal with inductive loads (drive and fan motors, mostly).

Give your computer a power supply that can keep up with the times.
ATX12V and EPS12V Compatible
Compatible with the ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V standards, the Corsair CMPSU-650TX provides maximum power stability to drive the latest Intel and AMD processors as well as other components for desktop and server computer systems.

650W Maximum Power
A maximum power of 650W delivers safe, reliable output for high-end PC systems.

Highly Efficient
Delivering over 80% efficiency, the Corsair CMPSU-650TX power supply saves energy and may even reduce your electric bill!

NVIDIA SLI Certified
Featuring two 6+2-pin PCI-E power connectors, the Corsair CMPSU-650TX power supply has gone through a series of rigorous NVIDIA SLI certification tests for maximum system stability when building NVIDIA SLI PCs.

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Quick Specs
+12V Rails Single
Efficiency > 80%
Input Frequency Range 50/60 Hz
Input Voltage 100 - 240 V
Main Connector 20+4Pin
Maximum Power 601 - 700W
PCI-Express Connector 2 x 6+2-Pin
PFC Active
Type ATX12V / EPS12V

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