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May 17, 2010 1:25:43 PM

Hi. This is my first post here. I'm looking for a completely new gaming build ($800 budget) (except monitor anyway). This is the last set of money I'm going to get from my dad for building a new PC. So, I won't be upgrading any component for the next 3 years except memory. So, I need the things which would last for 3 years.
So, I've planned on getting these,
1. AMD Phenom II X6 1055T.
2. Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H.
3. G.Skill Ripjaws 12800 4BNQ CL9 2X2GB 1600.
4. WDC 1TB Black.
5. Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB.
6. Corsair TX 650.
7. NZXT GAMMA Cabinet.

I'll keep on using my old 17" CRT monitor for gaming at 1280x1024. I know that the 5850 would be a massive overkill for that resolution. But, after two years, weaker cards like 5770 may struggle to accelerate, so, i've thought of this card. I'll mainly play GTA IV, crysis, MW2 on this rig for the next 6 months. So, please give your thoughts and suggestions on this rig and the areas where i should improve it. Thanks in advance.

PS: I won't overclock the cpu till a year probably.

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a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2010 2:41:05 PM

To start with, you're not getting all of that under $800. Also, it's not a great gaming build. Finally, it's completely overkill for your resolution.

Here's what I would get:

CPU/HSF: X4 955 and Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $182. The X6 is worthless as a gaming CPU. The 955 performs just as well. Unless you're encoding or doing other CPU intensive tasks, the X6 isn't worth it.
Mobo/GPU: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 and HD 5770 $250 after rebates. The 5770 is strong enough to game at max settings on a 1600x monitor, and gets decent performance at 1900x. It's way more than enough for 1280x. As for an 8xx chipset, they're really not needed. All it gives you is the ability to drop in the unneeded six core CPU without a BIOS update.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110. Faster sticks.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90. A much faster HDD. WD is losing the performance battle, especially when you figure in the price.
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $120. A higher quality case and a PSU that's just as good.
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20

Total: $772. If you need an OS, add $100 for Windows 7 Home 64-bit.
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May 17, 2010 2:45:02 PM

Thanks. I don't need OS and optical drive. I already have them. I only need the 7 components mentioned in the first post. I can stretch the budget to $900 or 950 max. But, will the x4 955 and 5770 last for 3 years? Btw, The deal of 955 and hyper 212+ is really great and so is the board and card deal.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2010 2:58:49 PM

The 955 will certainly last well over 3 years. It was AMD's flagship CPU before the X6s. Games nowdays don't even fully use dual core CPUs (with a few exceptions), and they're not exactly moving quickly towards using four. GTA and strategy games are the main exceptions.

If you were never going to upgrade the monitor, you would not need to replace the 5770 in the life of this build (5-6 years). If you were to upgrade to a 1600x monitor, the 5770 would likely last for 4 years or so. If you upgraded to a 1900x monitor, you'd get a good two years out of it (possibly more), but you also have the option of adding a second one in Crossfire, which would add another few years onto the life of the card(s).

With all of that, I have no problem saying that the above build can easily last for over three years without an upgrade, and a lot longer with some upgrades down the road.
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May 17, 2010 3:08:36 PM

Thanks a lot. I just need this rig to be with me for 3 years. So, I'll just get the components you've mentioned. Thanks a lot for your help. One question, are the add on pciex1 USB 3, SATA 3 cards like Asus U3S6 worth that money, are they of good quality?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2010 3:12:56 PM

To be honest, I don't know. I generally just recommend getting a board with USB 3 and SATA III, like the board I linked to above.
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May 17, 2010 4:41:44 PM

Oops. Sorry. Hadn't seen the 'A' in 790XTA. Thanks.
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May 17, 2010 5:14:37 PM

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