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August 20, 2010 4:14:24 PM

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-car...


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=N82E168...

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR2250 Dual TV Tuner Board
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

LG UH08LS10 Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...


Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

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=N82E168...

Ultra X4 1050-Watt Modular Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

I think I've covered all my bases. Thanks in advance. :D 

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August 20, 2010 4:27:17 PM

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.
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August 20, 2010 4:33:11 PM

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-plat...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/balanced-gaming-pc,...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/balanced-gaming-pc-...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/balanced-gaming-pc-...

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.
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August 20, 2010 4:33:18 PM

your blu-ray drive will play/burn to dvd/cd, so you don't really need the sony dvd drive
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August 20, 2010 4:35:20 PM

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?
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August 20, 2010 4:36:23 PM

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

That should serve you well.
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August 20, 2010 4:43:40 PM

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.
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August 20, 2010 4:48:18 PM

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.
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August 20, 2010 4:52:34 PM

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.
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August 20, 2010 7:36:47 PM

+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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