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$1500 Gaming -Component Check-

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June 4, 2010 10:19:58 AM

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=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II x 4965 Black Edition 3.4 Ghz

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI 790FX-GD&0 AM3 AMD 790 FX ATX

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Dominator 8gb 240-PIN DDR3 1333

OS HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Vertex2 50GB SATA II Internal SSD

2nd HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200rpm

Video: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX HD-587X-ZNDC Radeon HD 5870 XXX edition

CD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sony Optiarc 24x

CPU Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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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June 4, 2010 10:27:25 AM

Maybe type out the components so we don't have to click on every link?
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June 4, 2010 10:39:39 AM

Done. Kinda a pain to type all that on an Iphone but I aim to please.
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June 4, 2010 10:55:42 AM

Up the RAM to 1600mhz.
G Skill Trident - $149.99 for CL 7-7-7-21
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or G Skill Ripjaw $114.99 CL 7-8-7-24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
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June 4, 2010 2:38:50 PM

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.
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