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My first build (~$900) Will it work? Ideas Performance/Cost increase?

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May 17, 2010 8:04:24 PM

I’m trying to build my own PC for the first time.

I use my computer for both play (games: TF2, TW series, Civ4, etc. etc.), and work (non-intense) .

I really liked all the comparisons/studies on tom’s hardware. I see the biggest performance/cost weakness to my build as the Phenom II X 6 instead of the Phenom II X4 3.4 for about $130 less. While this is a comp for mostly me it is also for my girlfriend and son. She really wants a six core, so I’m locked into that.

I plan to set the BIOS to utilize the Hybrid Crossfire with the on board (128mb) and the UMA buffer 256mb (settings).

Any other Build or BIOS suggestions?

Thanks in advance!


Build:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard... $125

Processor: AMD HDT55TFBRBOX Phenom II 1090T Black Edition Six Core Processor - 3.20GHz, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Socket AM3, Processor with Fan… $300

RAM: Corsair XMS PC12800 RAM - 4GB, (2x2GB), DDR3, 1600MHz, DIMM, Class 7… $100

Video Card XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB PCIe DDR5 Display Port/HDMIGraphics Card:… $160

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive… $105

Power supply: RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply… $40 ($80combo with case)

Case: RAIDMAX Quantum ATX-798WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $40 ($80 combo with case)

DVD/CD: Some old ones…. Free
Operating system: Windows 7…. Free
Monitors: Some old ones…. Free
May 17, 2010 8:09:27 PM

Forgot the Links to parts....


Build:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard... $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: AMD HDT55TFBRBOX Phenom II 1090T Black Edition Six Core Processor - 3.20GHz, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Socket AM3, Processor with Fan… $300
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM: Corsair XMS PC12800 RAM - 4GB, (2x2GB), DDR3, 1600MHz, DIMM, Class 7… $100
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Video Card XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB PCIe DDR5 Display Port/HDMIGraphics Card:… $160
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive… $105

Power supply: RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply… $40 ($80combo with case)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case: RAIDMAX Quantum ATX-798WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $40 ($80 combo with case)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD/CD: Some old ones…. Free
Operating system: Windows 7…. Free
Monitors: Some old ones…. Free
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May 17, 2010 8:09:52 PM

downgrade the cpu to 955 or so and upgrade the gpu to whatever you van. And get a psu from a real brand.
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May 17, 2010 8:12:48 PM

seriously bad psu's can screw up an entire system. Antec, corsair and seasonic are all good brands.
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May 17, 2010 8:24:46 PM

I understand what you are saying about the CPU. However, I really can't downgrade the CPU. She has her heart set on 6 core, and I don't want to go with the slower AMD 6 cores.

I always thought a psu was a psu. I made sure to find one with at least 2 12v rails. Perhaps I can save some cash by downgrading from 700 watts?
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May 17, 2010 8:28:11 PM

Yeah I agree the other 6-core isn't worth it. A 6-core is useless in games though a 955 will outperform the thuban in games.

And I also thought that but sadly that isn't the case. Just 600w from one of the brands I mentioned will do.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this is good if you can afford it :( 
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