My revised system

Ok, after a few revisions, I think that I am ready to build my new pc. Here are the specs for it. Tell me what you think.

Case: CM Storm Sniper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131644

Western Digital Caviar Black WD10000LSRTL 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive X 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product


XFX Radeon HD 5970 Graphics Card
http://www.buy.com/prod/xfx-radeon-hd-5970-graphics-card-pci-express-2-0-x16-2-gb-gddr5-sdram/q/loc/101/214938288.html


CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145303

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR2250 Dual TV Tuner Board
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4146201&CatId=4548

LG UH08LS10 Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5644359&SRCCODE=WEBLETBP017&cm_mmc=Email-_-WebletMain-_-WEBLETBP017-_-Deals


Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126087

Sony Optiarc 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 DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=5592441&sku=N126-1024&srkey=Noctua%20NH-D14%20CPU%20Cooler

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor ADX620WFGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103706&cm_re=amd_athlon_ii_x4_620-_-19-103-706-_-Product

Ultra X4 1050-Watt Modular Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4558889&csid=_25&body=MAIN#detailspecs

I think I've covered all my bases. Thanks in advance. :D
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  1. Why are you pairing top-end parts with a budget PSU?
    I would also suggest a better PSU, as you can get better ones for the money.

    Also consider dual HD5850s, close performance for a lot less.
    Finally, scratch the dual HDs, get a single Samsung F3 or WD FAEX, then a SSD.
  2. An Athlon II x4 2.6GHz and a dual-chip 5970? Unless you are overclocking... you'll have some gaming problems...
    Actually, nevermind that. I have no personal experience with the x4 and bottlenecking and the above is just a repeat of what others have said. Wait for someone else on that issue. In the meantime, check out this article:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-balanced-platform,2469-8.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/balanced-gaming-pc,2477-8.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/balanced-gaming-pc-overclock,2625-8.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/balanced-gaming-pc-overclock,2699-8.html

    Especially the last article since it shows the hit of the less cache of the Athlon II and how it will impact your game.

    I actually don't even recommend the 5970 because crossfire doesn't produce 1+1=2 performance. You will get a gain but not worth $700. And if you don't have the money to spend on a good CPU, don't spend that much on a graphics card.
    The radeon 5870 is a good single card that I recommend.
    That said, take it with a grain of salt because I am biased and stay away from multi-card/chip configurations.

    Anyway, if you are getting the Athlon 2.6GHz because you intend to upgrade to Zambezi when AMD comes out with them, than good temporary choice but I would go with a cheaper, higher clocked, Athlon IIx3 for gaming as most games still cannot use more than 3 cores.
  3. your blu-ray drive will play/burn to dvd/cd, so you don't really need the sony dvd drive
  4. Timop said:
    Why are you pairing top-end parts with a budget PSU?
    I would also suggest a better PSU, as you can get better ones for the money.

    Also consider dual HD5850s, close performance for a lot less.
    Finally, scratch the dual HDs, get a single Samsung F3 or WD FAEX, then a SSD.



    How about a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition instead?
  5. bigdog3421 said:
    How about a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition instead?

    That should serve you well.
  6. enzo matrix said:
    That should serve you well.



    Ok, the
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition it is...As far as crossfire, I only plan to get 1 5970.
  7. bigdog3421 said:
    Ok, the
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition it is...As far as crossfire, I only plan to get 1 5970.

    The 5970 is basically 2 cards in one. It runs in crossfire with itself. Each of the two chips is above the performance of a 5850 chip and below a 5870 chip.
    You will need to enable crossfire in order to get better than the performance of one chip.
  8. enzo matrix said:
    The 5970 is basically 2 cards in one. It runs in crossfire with itself. Each of the two chips is above the performance of a 5850 chip and below a 5870 chip.
    You will need to enable crossfire in order to get better than the performance of one chip.



    Thanks..I didn't know that.
  9. +1 Phenom II 955. I'd take nothing less from AMD to pair with the 5970.

    Also, change that PSU, like has been mentioned. Get a higher quality brand in the 750w range.
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