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May 20, 2010 7:42:53 PM

Hi Guys, I've been reviewing the other post on this forum and it has helped a ton. I'm hoping some of you #1 system builders can give me a good critique of my build.


BUDGET RANGE: Around $800.00 (I'll be using my current GeForce 9600GT until I can buy a Radeon 5770)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Adobe Flash/Photoshop, Gaming, Flex Builder, WampServer.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (There's also a Fry's Electronics down the street)


OVERCLOCKING: I would consider it if I can find a good online tutorial and there's no chance I'll melt anything.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in the future.


I'll temporarily be using my old computers GeForce 9600GT until I can buy a new GPU. I'd like a machine that can easily handle running multiple Adobe applications at the same time AND play games at high graphic settings after work.

Here's what I'm thinking:

Combo Deal Link
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Case - Antec Nine Hundred
PSU - Antec EarthWatts 650W

Motherboard - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 790X ATX

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600

HDD - Samsung Spinpoint 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0/GB

Drive - Asus CD/DVD Burner

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, OEM

Eventually I'd like to get this GPU...

GPU - SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16


Total without GPU: $708.00
Total with GPU: $883.00

I'd especially like to know if you guys would recommend a different Motherboard or GPU in the same price range.

Thanks for your help!

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May 20, 2010 7:52:49 PM

You do realize that you've mixed Canadian and US links to Newegg, right? You can't buy from both...

Assuming you're in the US:

Mobo/GPU: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 and HD 5770 $250 after rebates. A more future proof board. I'm also not a fan of the Vapor-X's price and what you get for it. I posted the combo because if you can scrape a little more together (or leave out the HDD and optical for a bit), you can save a bit of money.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB. It's only $15 more than the 500 GB modelwith the promo code.
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
May 20, 2010 7:57:10 PM

You don't actually need the vapor-x version, the $15 price premium over the standard sapphire 5770 isn't worth it.

MOBO wise, this GA board has USB 3 SATA 6 and support for hexacores processors. Also is cheaper due to free shipping and $15 off with code EMCYSZR45

Also your links are to the newegg canada site.

HD wise, the 1TB F3 is currently $70, only $15 more than the 500.

edit: gah got beaten by Mad >.<
May 20, 2010 8:02:01 PM

Hey MadAdmiral! I was hoping you'd be one of the people who responded. You've had solid responses in other posts. I have no idea how that Canada link got in there but thanks for noticing.

That Motherboard/GPU combo looks excellent and I'll keep it mind. If I don't mind eating Ramen noodles for a week I could probably go ahead and get the GPU along with everything else.

Thanks again!

Edit: Banthracis, you were typing while I was typing and gave much the same information as MadAdmiral (who is speedy it seems). Thank you for your advice too.