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Under $900 gaming desktop

Hello,

After owning a laptop for 4 years, I finally want to buy a desktop that I can play games and perform some heavy duty tasks on.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 5/21/10 if possible

BUDGET RANGE: $800-900 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (L4D2, SC2, D3 (when it comes out). I usually play mmorpgs, some current FPS titles, and rpgs), photo editing with Adobe photoshop and doing website/slide designs with illustrator and inDesign, programming, web surfing, word processing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS - I have an upgradeable windows 7 OS 64-bit cd and a windows xp cd, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCE: I've used mostly intels so I'm not sure what to expect from AMD. I also prefer ATI over NVIDIA because of price.

OVER CLOCKING: After reading Proximon's Guide to Choosing Parts, I think I will OC, but I'm not sure how to do it.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future probably...

MONITOR RESOLUTION: My current monitor is an Asus 24 inch with a resolution of 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENT: I would like a computer that I can upgrade without having to build from scratch in 2-3 years. Based on some of the research I've done, if I select a good processor, I only have to switch out the graphics card in 2-3 years. The problem is I'm not sure what would be good. This will be my first time building, so I wanted to some help in choosing parts before randomly buying shiny things online.

Thanks for the help.
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  1. Best answer
    AMD Athlon II X3/X4 or Phenom II X4/X6 depending on budget,etc
    ASUS AM3 EVO 790X if planing to get a 6 core later, else the other chipset based EVO.
    Samsung F3 500GB
    5770 or 5850 depending on budget
    2*2GB DDR3 1600 GSkill Ripjaws
    A decent case like a CoolerMaster Scout, Antec 900, HAF 922,etc depending on what GPU you plan to use,etc.
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ if planing to OC.

    All of the above should be $800-900.
  2. Thanks for the fast reply!

    For the Mother board, I'm reading the reviews on newegg the ASUS AM3 EVO 790X has some problems with CS3 Processors. I am not quite sure if this will impact me since I am thinking of going with the AMD Phenom II X4 955. Has anyone tried using this board?

    Thanks
  3. ^ Don't trust the Newegg reviews. I'v run the X3/X4 and the X6 on a build for a friend on the 790X and its worked fine.
  4. Bewn said:
    Thanks for the fast reply!

    For the Mother board, I'm reading the reviews on newegg the ASUS AM3 EVO 790X has some problems with CS3 Processors. I am not quite sure if this will impact me since I am thinking of going with the AMD Phenom II X4 955. Has anyone tried using this board?

    Thanks


    If you go to Asus's website, it provides a list of compatible CPUs. The X3/X4 are on the list, I was checking the same thing earlier (I also noticed the reviews on newegg).
  5. After going through your recommendations Shadow, here's the breakdown of the parts I'm looking at:

    CPU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

    GPU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102868 - Does this graphics card run hot? Would you recommend getting another fan to cool it?

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

    HD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096 - I am not sure if this will be sufficient for providing power to the comp and future proofing

    Case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

    Optical:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Fan:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    Cost: ~$850

    Would you recommend that I up the graphics card and get a slightly low end CPU or would that affect running Adobe photoshop/illustrator/inDesign too much?

    Thanks
  6. Looks very good. It's about the exact same thing I'm going to build. The Vapor-X is probably the quitest, coolest, and the best overclocker out of all the 5770. Great choice there.

    Next point: The 955. You chose the C2. You should get the C3 revision, it's better. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&cm_re=955-_-19-103-808-_-Product

    As for the power supply, I can't say because it has no reviews, but SeaSonic's tend to be very reliable and good PSU's. My recommendation and what I'm getting for the EXACT same build(besides the RAM), would be the Corsair 650TX. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    Get this RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303 It's faster, and cheaper(right now, since it's on sale) Everything else looks good.
  7. I had some trouble telling the difference between the C2 and C3 on newegg, but I definitely did mean to get the C3, thanks for pointing that out. I saw the ram you were recommending and some people were commenting that there needs to be BIOS tweaks since it's built for intel. Do you know if it's difficult to perform these tweaks or are they not even necessary?

    Also, I saw some motherboards offering USB 3.0. I know that they will probably be the next big thing so should I change my motherboard to one that supports 3.0 or is this something that will not happen till much later down the line?
  8. Quote:
    some people were commenting that there needs to be BIOS tweaks since it's built for intel. Do you know if it's difficult to perform these tweaks or are they not even necessary?

    These so called "tweaks" and not needed. RAM timing/speed doesn't really effect real world performance in most cases.

    @OP: The Seasonic you have chosen is a new unit and there are no solid reviews for it yet. And by reviews I don't mean Newgg reviews. I mean jonnyguru,etc type reviews. And yes, a quality 600W is more than enough for a 5770. HOWEVER, get a quality 650-700W unit if you plan to CrossFire.

    As for GPU, that is fine. As for CPU, do get the C3 version. Also, get the DDR3 1600 GSkill Ripjaws that yadumadoda linked to.
  9. Thanks for the responses. I decided to go with the 650W Corsair power supply as yadumadoda suggested and the DDR3 1600 GSkill Ripjaws.

    Do I also need to buy thermal glue for the cpu or does that come included?
  10. ^ It should come with the Hyper 212+.
  11. It's not recommended, get Arctic Silver 5, just a search on Newegg and you'll get it. That extra $10 for the thermal paste will drop some noticeable temperature.
  12. ^ Or get some IC Diamond, which is on average 2-3C cooler than the AS5: http://www.heatsinkfactory.com/ic-diamond-7-carat-thermal-compound-15-gram-p-16605.html
  13. Ok, I am going to buy my parts today from newegg and get the cooler for the cpu from amazon since newegg does not have them in stock. Thanks for you help shadow and yadumadoda!
  14. Best answer selected by Bewn.
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