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<Need Advice> $1000 AMD/ATI Gaming Rig

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July 5, 2010 1:54:42 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: Under USD$1000 w/ Windows 7

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Nope

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The desktop may primarily used for hardcore raiding in World of Warcraft and some FPS like Battlefield BC

Here is what I came up with,

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...

SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model SH-S243N/BEBS LightScribe Support - OEM

XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case





I'm worrying about the compatibility of my motherboard, power supply and my system, and also looking for a more performance rig with the same budget. Hopefully you guys can give me some advice, thanks !

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July 5, 2010 2:45:55 AM

Better Combo: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE and XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB - The X4 965 is basically an overclocked version of the X4 955, so it really isn't worth the extra cost.

Better Combo: Antec 300 and Antec Earthwatts EA-650 and pick up the DVD by itself.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM for a little more money the Cas7 memory will perform better.

MOB0 / OS Combo: ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 & Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


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July 5, 2010 4:16:09 AM

tecmo34 said:
Better Combo: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE and XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB - The X4 965 is basically an overclocked version of the X4 955, so it really isn't worth the extra cost.

Better Combo: Antec 300 and Antec Earthwatts EA-650 and pick up the DVD by itself.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM for a little more money the Cas7 memory will perform better.

MOB0 / OS Combo: ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 & Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


Thanks for reply.

By the way, I'm also considering between these two power supplies.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...

After combo, their prices are almost the same, so which one is better ?

One more question,
I heard AMD Phenom II X4 is pretty hot, so do I need to buy an extra CPU cooler ? Any suggestion ?

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July 5, 2010 4:33:48 AM

The Antec is the better PSU.

If you aren't overclocking, the stock cooler will be fine. If you will be overclocking, I would look at the Sunbeam CCTF from Newegg or the Cooler Master Hyper 212 + from Amazon or Microcenter (cheaper than Newegg).
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July 5, 2010 4:49:23 AM

$920AR featuring HD 5870 That is kinnda pricey 870 chipset hehe

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July 6, 2010 5:39:57 AM

Best answer selected by krgordonho.
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