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Trying to build my own gaming rig.. help needed..

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June 13, 2010 12:29:40 PM

hi guys, i'm looking to build my first rig.. i wish for it to be game and video oriented and good enough to run daily processes such as microsoft office and web browsing..

i roughly have an idea what i wan to get but i wish to get your much valued opinions on my build.. i'm presently extremely addicted to fps games such as l4d, l4d2, cod, modern warfare etc.. thing is my current laptop is have an extremely hard time coping with these games and i am unable to run these games at max settings and honestly i'm enjoying the game alot more playing at LAN shops than at home.. i would say that my budget is under 2000.. but that being said i dun wanna spend a bomb getting an i7 or smth like that which is a way overkill for my needs.. btw i also wish to run this setup with two monitors and i do not require any monitors, mouse, nor keyboard..

what i have in mind is:
processor: amd965 or amd955 black edition
hdd: western digital 1.5tb black for storage( two sets of this)
hdd: a 60gb ssd for loading games and programmes and booting up faster
gpu: single 5850 or 5870 (i will be running crossfire in the future if i do get abit more dough for the second gpu)
mobo: asus crosshair IV
case: coolermaster haf922 (as i might change to water cooling in the near future)

what i do not know is:
1: ddr3 ram (most people recommends 4gb but i think i would be running 6gb just to be safe.. but i do not know what speed etc i have to look out for or dual channel or triple channel)
2: psu

i do not have an issue with what dvd drive nor os(64bit) as i think i can easily get one of these without much understanding..

well let me clarify that i based all these parts that i think is what i need from what i read on the forums and web reviews.. i do not specifically know how well they'll perform so do let me know what you think.. i intent to overclock this setup but i have no actual idea how to do it so i'll be playing ard with it.. i hope to get a build which can max out my video settings namely on l4d2 and modern warfare.. i wish for the setup to be able to last me with games for ard 1.5yrs hopefully and i wish that none of the components will limit the rest.. as in if the amd965 will bottleneck the 5870, then i will probably use a less powerful gpu.. i wish that everything will be compatible and not bottleneck one another.. another factor is that i wish to overclock my processor so i dunno if the asus crosshair 4 is a good overclocking motherboard..

feel free to voice your opinion.. i'll greatly appreciate everything and value all your suggestions.. thank you..
June 13, 2010 12:31:51 PM

oh btw i was recommended this mobo too.. can u guys tell me which will fare better? as in overclocking and stuff..

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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June 13, 2010 12:33:17 PM

1. 955BE would do nicely
2. Having seen the HDD benchmarks consider 2 x Samsung F3 1TBs?
3. Consider 870 chipset + HD 5870 and single GPU solution?
4. AM3 is dual channel so 2 x 2 for RAM
5. Related to point #3, a beefy 650W like Corsair 650TX is all u need
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June 13, 2010 12:34:21 PM

actually i was recommended this from a fellow forumer, cmcghee358.. i greatly appreciate his help but i did some changes as i'm not sure as to how great a performance i'll get from his recommendation.. still i do value his opinion and would like to hear others.. thank you..

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June 13, 2010 1:00:15 PM

Not sure how much those would cost but for $898AR
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June 13, 2010 1:10:41 PM

hi batuchka, thanks for your input.. btw for your pt 3, i dun quite understand what u mean by 870 chipset and all.. mind elaborating? thanks.. and for pt 4, do u mean i cant run a 6gb or 8gb ram with it? or will it be an overkill.. cos i heard that ram is important if i intend to run a number of apps at the same time..
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June 13, 2010 1:12:09 PM

er batuchka, for your second post are u listing down a recommended build for me/?
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June 13, 2010 1:29:30 PM

1. No need to get a pricey board for Crossfire and stick to single GPU solutions. The 870 chipset offers this
2. You could do 8GB RAM but gaming rigs do fine on even 2 so 4 is good to go
3. Just an example
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June 23, 2010 12:10:56 PM

Best answer selected by AstonG.
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July 11, 2010 2:59:59 PM

Im in the same boat. my only question is why go with a cas latency of 9 when you could find 8 or 7. Do you want higher or lower cas latency for gaming?
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