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$900 budget Gaming build! Please help me finish the build!

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June 3, 2010 9:10:25 PM

the budget is $900 so an i7 is out of the question

i have choose to go with 955 build.

heres the parts i have picked out. but i am quite unsure which ram kit to get, also at a loss for video cards as well. This pc will be used for gaming majority of time, along with some video editing, i hope it will last for the next 4 or 5 years w/o upgrade.

GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Subtotal $470

so i have another 400 to spend on gfx card, ram, case and psu.

looks like it will not be enuf, so i plan to find 2nd hard parts for psu, gfx card and ram.

but for now, please critique my build so far and help me pick a ram.

also, prolly wont be doing much

Thank you!!

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June 3, 2010 9:32:44 PM
June 3, 2010 9:35:50 PM

What resolution monitor will you be using?
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June 3, 2010 9:39:45 PM


I'm not so sure I like that choice of HSF mate.
June 3, 2010 9:46:46 PM

Fill out the form, link in my sig.

Specifically, any plans for Overclocking? SLI/xfire?

Also resolution as asked already.

Do you need an OS?

A gaming build would be

Optical $20

Spinpoint F3 $55

GA-UD4 $140 w/ $15 MIR

G Skill Eco DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 $115

Antec 300 illusion and Antec 550W $120 w/ $20 MIR

Phenom II X4 955 and 5850 $450

Total: $899.92 before $35 MIR and shipping
June 4, 2010 3:23:01 AM

most like ly 1920x1080 as my monitor, around 24 inch

not much ocing, prolly not much xfire/sli either.

but usb3 is important for this build.

also, no need for OS, have an oem copy of win 7 pro

i found a zalman9700LED for $20 off a hardware forum, sales pending
June 4, 2010 2:18:32 PM

@ 1920x1080 a HD 5770 will be a good choice.
The HD 5850 would be a nice upgrade, especially if you're not considering a Crossfire HD 5770 in the future.

If you can cancel that Zalman 9700LED purchase - go ahead and do so.
It's not that great an improvement over the stock AMD cooler. FrostyTech showed these cooling (rise above ambient temp) and noise level measurements (dba):
Zalman CNPS9700 LED 16.5 degrees 56.5 dba
AVC Z7U7414001 17.0 degrees 63.0 dba
June 4, 2010 5:29:07 PM

ok for now ill stick with the stock hsf.

I am also in Canada , so it would be

also if i keep the mobo i picked, can I still make a good build or is it gonna make me go over budget? what ram would i get for that?

any other alternative descent mobo with full usb3 ?
June 4, 2010 5:39:13 PM

Nearly all the US parts are in the CA version of NewEgg.
Just search on the Part Number to find it in CA. Examples:
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard
part number: N82E16813131651 $100 US - $108 CAD

G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
part number: N82E16820231303 $115 US - $122.50 CAD

It's up to you to add it up and figure where you stand on your budget.