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Noob Builder Seeks Pro Help

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May 24, 2010 5:46:40 PM

Hello, and thank you in advance for any help you may offer. I have been trying to round up the best parts and prices, coupled with quality. This will be my first built system. Needless to say, your help is both needed and greatly appreciated. Here is what I have so far:

Mobo: MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX $180
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB $110
PSU: Ultra LSP750 750-Watt $60.
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 $180.00
HDD: 7200.12 ST3750528AS Barracuda
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 $170.00
GPU: Radeon 4890 $200.00
OS: Windows 7 $110.00
DVD rom: Optiarc DDU1681S-0B 18x DVDROM Drive $20.00

I have found these prices through a variety of websites. I was wondering both if my parts seem to be compatible for gaming, and if there are any revisions you would suggest. I read multiple benchmarks and did my best to create a balanced system. As far as pricing goes, I would like it to be at or under $1,000 dollars.

As far as importance goes, I would like to stick to a Mobo I could Crossfire with in the future with the new PCI 2.0 slots. Also, memory expansion is important to me as well. I do not plan on overclocking in the beginning, but rather once I have expanded my memory and crossfired my cards in the future. Thanks again, and I look forward to hearing your helpful criticism.

P.S. I am okay with 4GBs of 1333MHZ memory. That seemed to knock off a fair amount of cash from my budget. Please tell me if this is a hazard to my system balance!

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May 24, 2010 5:50:40 PM

Full build I made earlier today. Tack on WIN 7 OEM version for $100 and you'll be at about $1k

Full Build
Optical LG $20

Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 $110

HAF 922 and 7200.12 $120

5850 and GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 $410 w/ $15 MIR

Phenom II x4 955 and OCZ 700W $225 w/ $15 MIR

Total: $$863.5 after MIR and Shipping to NYC
May 24, 2010 5:53:14 PM

Thank you, sir!