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June 24, 2010 11:29:34 PM

Hello, I recently finished choosing the parts for the pc I'm assembling, and I need to shed a few bucks off to keep up with my budget. Here is my build:

The goal of this build is to run the latest games on Medium - High settings.


Cpu: AMD Phenom II Black Edition ($160)

I chose this CPU because its performance is great for its price, and it can be easily overclocked.


Gpu: Radeon 5870 2Gb ($480)

Well, the decision was between the 1Gb and 2Gb versions of this gpu. The 1Gb version was around $80 cheaper But in the end, I decided to splurge on the Gpu. After all, it is a gaming rig.


Mobo: GA-770T ($80) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't know much about choosing motherboards. I just heard that this one was good. I'm open to suggestions.


RAM: Corsair DDR3 6GB ($170) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was told that the game I want to play is very RAM and CPU intensive and that I need at least 4GB of ram, if not more.


PSU: Sunbeam ECO750 ($80) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I realize that 750 watts is a bit over the top, but i read that this PSU was very good. It was also a lot cheaper than similar PSU's.


Chassis: CoolerMaster RC690 ($80) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I did a lot of research on cases. I decided that I didn't mind if it was a little noisy, as long as it kept my system cool. This case has plenty of room, and space for up to 7 fans (though I doubt I will use that many).


HDD: Western Digital 7200 RPM 640GB ($70) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't know too much about hard drives, but this one got great reviews. Plus, 640 GB is much more space than I will ever need.


Monitor: Viewsonic VX2433wm 23.6" 5ms ($200) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also did a bit of research on monitors, and read that Viewsonics are great for Gaming. For $200 I think this is a great monitor. But I have a question: Will I have to lower the resolution while gaming because of the size of this screen?


OS: Windows 7 ($120)
I've heard that people on college campuses can purchase copies of windows 7 for $5. I have a few friends in college, does anyone know more about this?


Total: $1500.00

I'm trying to lower it to $1200 - $1300 or lower without losing too much performance. My original build was $900, but i spent too much time looking at parts online and got greedy :??: 

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June 25, 2010 2:15:30 AM

Save about $160 by getting an HD 5850 instead of an HD 5870. Verify that your CPU selection will run on the board without a BIOS update (see the newegg reviews). Other components look good to me.
June 25, 2010 2:37:12 AM

RAM - Go with either 4GB or 8 GB for AMD, as it's dual-channel. This G.Skill ECO series is pretty good.
Mobo - that board cannot do CrossFire, if you have any interest in that in the future, but it's a fine board.
HDD - The fastest current hard drives are 500 GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12, or 1 TB of the same & Western Digital WD1002FAEX SATA 6 Gb/s. All of those drives use 500 GB platters, which means that they pack data more densely than drives with smaller platters.
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium is $100 at newegg.

Otherwise, it looks pretty good.
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June 25, 2010 2:47:45 AM
June 25, 2010 4:13:22 AM

Thank you for the advice. A couple questions.

Can you recommend a motherboard that is able to crossfire? I am interested in doing that in the future.

How much of a downgrade in performance is the 5850 from the 5870 2GB?
June 25, 2010 4:25:00 AM

the mobo i recommended can not only do crossfire, it can do quad fire. and the 5870 1 gig and the 5870 2 gig dont give that different of performance, and the 5850 is plenty strong, you will see a 10-15% loss in performance at most.
June 25, 2010 4:26:08 AM

You're going to have to pay a little more for Crossfire, but not too much.

Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 - $110, free shipping, $15 MIR - includes SATA 6Gb/s & USB3
or
MSI 890GXM-G65 - $130 + fress shipping, $10 MIR - SATA 6 Gb/s & USB3, mATX size, may not be ideal

I'd recommend the Gigabyte of the two above. I was trying to stay near your original mobo price.

EDIT: D'oh, beaten by ares1214. The 890FX series is the newest, most expensive motherboard chipset from AMD, but it has a lot of features. You could also go with a 790FX chipset if you want to pay a little less, though still more than what you were at.
June 25, 2010 4:34:55 AM

Avoid the 2gb 5870 unless you are running eyefinity.

Get a 500gb 7200.12 seagate hard drive for $54
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I like this case $29.00 and free shipping (i own this one and a haf922)
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...

Forget the GHETTO amd CPU's and get an i5 750 with the money you just saved on the HD and Case.

i5 750 $200

5870 can be purchased for $300 at around 5:40pm central standard time on Newegg.com

using google chome as your browser
here is how. go on newegg.com and search "open box video card" then sort by highest price, once it is sorted bookmark the page.

now you have one click access to the open box video cards. They update throughout the day but around 5:40pm central time there seems to be the most activity especially on mondays. I picked up two 5870s at $100 off each because they were open box.

June 25, 2010 4:53:55 AM

Okay thanks guys, its down to $1262

Changes:

Downgraded GPU to 5850 ($294)

4Gb Ram Suggested by coldsleep ($110)

Switched HDD to 500 GB Samsung Spinpoint F3

Upgraded mobo to 890FX combo with my cpu suggested by ares1214 ($145 after discounts)

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