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Raised price for 955+5850 build

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May 18, 2010 6:33:47 PM

So I've posted here a couple times over the past week or two about some builds. I was having problems cause I was trying to keep the price down, but after getting all my exam grades, I'm quite proud of my 4.0 for this semester, and decided to raise my budget and spoil myself:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in the next couple days

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Programming, watching tv on my 32" HDTV and gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, monitor, hdd, optical drive, os

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com / USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD system

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I would like to have the option

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: n/a

This is what I've come up with:
Cooler Master 690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 69.99 - $10 mir = 59.99

Corsair 650 watt psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 119.99 - $30 instant - $20 mir =69.99

955BE + Asus 5850 DirectCU - 159.99 + 339.99 - $30 instant = 469.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Asus M4A87TD EVO + Patriot RAM 4gb - 109.99 + 129.99 - $20 instant = 219.98

Total after MIR: $819.94

Am I missing anything? Does anybody know of any compatibility issues, etc? Also, do you think the 955 is overkill, i.e. should I step down to a Phenom ii x3 720 w/ a nice cooler?

May 18, 2010 7:04:25 PM

Okay so, first off. That PSU won't be able to crossfire a second 5850. It lacks the proper amount of connectors. Go with the 750TX

Also, I'd wanna go with a motherboard that has at least x8/x8 for crossfire. That one does x4. The Ga-790XTA-UD4 should do good.

You can also get the G. Skill 2x2GB Ripjaws CL 7. They perform better for less.
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May 18, 2010 7:27:14 PM

csuich2 said:
If I decided that, realistically, I wouldn't crossfire, do you think that

this mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

would suffice, and the other psu would work?

Also, is that video card really worth the extra money compared to the gigabyte, xfx, sapphire versions?


Those would suffice.

IMO, the ASUS Top version just has a factory overclock. You could just buy a cheaper 5850 and OC it yourself.
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