$1500 Gaming -Component Check-

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:

As soon as build is finalized.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:

Gaming, Net, Writing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:

Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Soundcard, OS
Parts will be going into an Antec 900 case.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:

Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES:

AMD

OVERCLOCKING:

Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION:

Currently 1680x1050
Soon to be 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Mainly concerned that this rig can currently handle Vanguard and Battlefield BC2 as well as easily be able to handle Star Wars Old Republic Online. Oh and by handle Im looking for destroy :sol:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
AMD Phenom II x 4965 Black Edition 3.4 Ghz

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130223
MSI 790FX-GD&0 AM3 AMD 790 FX ATX

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145284
Corsair Dominator 8gb 240-PIN DDR3 1333

OS HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227528
OCZ Vertex2 50GB SATA II Internal SSD

2nd HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200rpm

Video: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150487
XFX HD-587X-ZNDC Radeon HD 5870 XXX edition

CD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030
Sony Optiarc 24x

CPU Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019
Zalmann CNPS9700 110m

So how'd I do? Can I pull the trigger on this? :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: My only concern that I am aware of is with the 1333 RAM... should I go up to 1600 or more or stay at the 1333?
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  1. Maybe type out the components so we don't have to click on every link?
  2. Done. Kinda a pain to type all that on an Iphone but I aim to please.
  3. Up the RAM to 1600mhz.
    G Skill Trident - $149.99 for CL 7-7-7-21
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231360&cm_re=g_skill_ddr3_1600-_-20-231-360-_-Product

    Or G Skill Ripjaw $114.99 CL 7-8-7-24
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=g_skill_ddr3_1600-_-20-231-303-_-Product

    I wouldn't go with more than 4gb as you won't get any benefit going above that for gaming. You could change the OS to 955, my understanding is the 955 is identical to the 965 once you adjust one number in the bios.

    I don't know much about the HSF, but there was another thread where these alternatives were mentioned:

    Quote from: KyleSTL

    'Zalman = loud, expensive and dated design. The 9700 is definitely NOT worth the price tag.

    Choose any of the following coolers/brands:
    Xigmatek S1283 or S963
    Scythe
    Cooler Master Hyper TX2 or 212
    OCZ Vendetta/Vendetta II/Vanquisher
    AC A7Pro
    Sunbeam CCF
  4. Low power and fast RAM, check out the G. Skill ECO RAM Series

    AMD chips can't handle 7-7-7-21 timings as far as I know @ 1600MHz. You will need to check RAM compatibility with your MB.

    Also, be advised: Extra tall RAM heat sinks may collide with your choice of CPU cooler depending on board spacing.

    I picked up a Cooler Master GenimII S heatsink for my Intel Core i5 750 build two weeks ago. It keeps that chip at room temp when idle. I'm not sure how well it will work with the X4 965/955, but it's another choice. It also has enough clearance for RAM on my board (too lazy to look up the exact MB model).

    With the XFX 5870 card, I notice some lag when playing STALKER Clear Sky @ 1920x1080 with MAX settings and DX10.1. Makes me kinda want to throw in a little more for a 5970 card, which may be possible if your build if you stick with 4Gb of RAM for now.

    Also, just my 2 cents, there is really no tangible benefit of getting an SSD on gaming performance IMHO. I'm assuming it will be your system disk, so you will get faster boot times, etc., but that's why I use the sleep function of my computer... Could ditch the SSD and get a monster of a graphics card.

    Note: I have 8Gb of G. Skill ECO RAM @ 1333MHz @ 7-7-7-21 timings @ 1.4V. I use 1Gb of RAM for a RAM drive. Most games I know of do not require beyond 4Gb of system RAM, but it is nice to have more just to have it.
  5. Drop the 50GB Vertex 2 for a 60GB Vertex 2.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550

    Do you already have a power supply? If not, you can get a Corsair 750W PSU and Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB for $150. That doesn't include the $20 MIR!!!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.413551
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