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May 21, 2010 4:24:10 AM

Hello, my name is Sean and I'm planning out my first custom computer build. This is the fourth version I've thought out, and I've slowly improved it with help from this site and advice from friends. I believe I have selected quality parts that will build a complete and balanced gaming computer, but before I shell out the cash I would like to run it past the expert eyes of the community. I'll probably be purchasing the parts tomorrow or the next day depending on the feedback I get here, also I would like to purchase the parts from newegg.

To begin I will explain the criteria I had in mind for this computer:

-Overclocking
-great modern gaming computer
-forward looking hardware, easily able to be upgraded in the future
-Crossfire compatible
-$1300.00 budget including OS (Not including monitor and sound system)

Now with that in mind please review my part selections for the computer and feel free to share your thoughts and tell me if I made any mistakes or share your suggestions.

*CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*Motherboard: MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

***(CPU and Motherboard are bundled on Newegg for $315 after rebate)***

*CPU Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
$28

*Video Card: Sapphire Vapor-X (Cypress Pro) Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$330

*Power Supply: Antec TruePower TP-750 Blue 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 after rebate

*RAM: G.Skill RipJaw 4GB (2x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$115

*HDD: Samsung Spinpiont F3 1TB 32MB cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70 with promo code

*Optic Drive: ASUS Black SATA OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$26

*Sound Card (YES I WANT A SOUND CARD, FOR MUSIC NOT GAMES!!!) : HT Omega Striker
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90

*Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, student price
http://store.digitalriver.com/servlet/ControllerServlet...
$78

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$10

2x 140mm Case Fan: Cooler Master 140mm Blue LED case fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$24

120mm Case Fan: Cooler Master R4 120mm case fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

120mm Fan Filter (For bottom Fan only) : Bgears 120mm Fan Filter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The fan set up in the case would be:
2x 140mm top exhaust fans
120mm rear exhaust fan
140mm front intake fan
120mm bottom intake fan (where the filter goes)
140mm side intake fan (for the GPU)

I was also going to get this monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If anyone could suggest a nice sound system for under $200 I would be thankful.

That is my build, and let me pre-thank everyone whom posts their advice and suggestions.

-Sean

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May 21, 2010 4:34:07 AM

You might want to bolt that chassis to the floor, btw.

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May 21, 2010 4:35:13 AM

Nice, finding out about those locked voltages post-buy would have cost me a hole in the wall and a bruised knuckle. Just out of curiosity what do you compare when looking at RAM? I have no clue what to look for.
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May 21, 2010 4:47:53 AM

each two steps (down) in CAS rating = One step up in Speed (1333 vs. 1600)

So .. A 1333cas7 is roughly equal to 1600cas9

YOU spec'd 1333c7 which is roughly 2 "steps" below 1600c7 (MY SPEC).

Just do it ... that is THE standard kit for 890FX/OC .

= Al =
search THG on "memory scalings"
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May 21, 2010 5:52:41 AM

Wasn't arguing, was just learning =)
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May 21, 2010 6:02:46 AM

seanr111 said:
Wasn't arguing, was just learning =)


... jus' tryin' to "head you off at the pass" ...

= Tex =
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May 21, 2010 6:08:22 AM

seanr111 said:
Nice, finding out about those locked voltages post-buy would have cost me a hole in the wall and a bruised knuckle. Just out of curiosity what do you compare when looking at RAM? I have no clue what to look for.


PS: Now that I have (successfully) warned you off of the VaporX ...

... You should know ... I did not research that alternative link that I gave you very carefully ! ...

... There are SEVERAL SAPPHIRE options, for 5850 ... look at *ALL* the SAPPHIRE 5850 options and READ ALL REVIEWS ... SORT "WORST FIRST".

Ask around and get THE right SAPPIRE 5850 ... Get other GAMERS to opine ...

... Ask in the Graphics>>ATi Forum *AND* the OC forum ... That ain't chicken feed !

= Al =
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May 23, 2010 4:08:05 AM

Best answer selected by SeanR111.
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