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Gaming Rig for $800

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June 5, 2010 11:46:50 PM

Hi everyone, :hello: 

Looking forward to building my first ever PC. I am looking for a rig that could run games on medium/high for the next 2 years. Priced under $800 CAD. I got myself the following setup.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
$172.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
$69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
$113.49
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
$169.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
$189.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Im reusing an old Dell computer case.

The only thing I am missing is a good power supply,
Please suggest a RELIABLE power supply under $100. I am looking for a PSU that lets me Crossfire a 5770.

Any suggestions for better parts are welcome.
An I just want to say that I just love tomshardware forums!!!!! :D 
MOST HELPFUL FORUMS EVAA :D  :D 


oh an I got the OS, its Win7 64bit

More about : gaming rig 800

June 5, 2010 11:54:01 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:this week hopefully

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Gaming
Internet
Movies


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca..or is there something better? (note: .CA)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada eh!

PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer reliable and newbie friendly parts

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Quiet PC if possible
June 6, 2010 3:20:17 AM

(gentle bump)!!
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June 6, 2010 8:12:11 PM

I got the MSI hawk 5770 because of the guru3d review:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-r5770-hawk-review/
its supposed to be able to ba OCed up to 20%, anyone here who has a msi hawk 5770 can comment on it?

I like those PSU, but is there a cheaper (less than $70) yet reliable (wont fail within a year) alternative.



June 6, 2010 8:36:16 PM

You don't really need that 790FX board unless you really do plan on going trifire or quadfire sometime in the future.

This board has USB 3 and SATA III capability and is cheaper.

Also, like the above poster mentioned, you could go with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 they run just as good, if not better as that WD HDD.

If you plan on overclocking and crossfiring two 5770s, you might want a good 650w or 750w PSU. The Corsair 650TX or 750TX would be able to hold up.

Also, if you plan on overclocking anything, I'd suggest getting a cooler case. Dunno how the temps will be in that old Dell case of yours. I'd also suggest an aftermarket CPU cooler like the Hyper 212+
June 6, 2010 9:52:33 PM

Hi, eh.

Did you get the 955 IBox or MBox? Apparently the MBox has an unlocked multiplyer which allows you to over-clock up to 4.5 Ghz some are claiming, with better cooling of course. I got mine and an XFX HD4890 from Newegg.ca for $360. combo deal. I'm just deciding on a MBoard, memory and SSD. I've decided to go with the 890GX chip set for Sata 3 6 Gb, USB 3 5 Gb and just trying to decide on Gigabyte or Asus. I'll probably go with Giga as the Asus forces you to use the bottom PCI e slot and a wierd link card in the top slot to get X16. The reason I mention this is the Giga MB was on sale for $140 and $5 shipping at the Egg.ca, however it just went up to $150 so am waiting for a new sale or a coupon from their newsletter. Also I notice that at Newegg.ca the MSI 790FX MB is actually $179.99 + $4.99 shipping. I would recommend the Gigabyte 890FX UB5 if you think you need 2 16X PCIe slots and is only $7 more with shipping with this promo code CEMCYTYN35. If you don't I would go with a Giga 890GX MB for $40 less and invest in a SSD which will give you the best improvement in performance.

Giga 890FX UD5
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Giga 890GX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Newegg.ca just changed their shipper, Purolater instead of USP and they are slapping some excessive charges on if you are the slightest bit rural. I did complain when I added some items to my shopping cart and found these extra shipping charges which I had never been charged in the past 2 years of purchases and they did give me a $25 discount amounting to the extra charges. This is doubly weird because in the past, USP would hand-off to Puro at some point and I had to pick up my deliveries at Puro's depot. Now I still have to pick up at Puro's depot, but now I have to pay for the privilege. Sorry to go on about this but you did give the Egg a glowing endorsement. If you are in a city this change in shippers might not affect you. Suddenly NCIX.ca looks competitive to some of your country cousins, eh.

June 6, 2010 10:03:39 PM

That Gigabyte mobo is very good. He will be fine with 550W even with crossfire, the PSU calculator gave me less than 400W with OC on the CPU and CF but if he wants more wattage he can get that one:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Gunner4250, any RAM will work at 1333 unless you OC it, so you can get this one:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

And you can OC the CPU without OCing the RAM too, it's a black edition.
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