$1350 Gaming Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next few days
BUDGET RANGE: Around $1350

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Key Board, Case, Mouse and Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, ncix.com, directcanada.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Will in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
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So far i have come up with a build, i just want it looked over and any suggestions or modifications are welcome

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

MoBo: BIOSTAR TA890FXE

Video Card: XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Monitor: ASUS MS Series MS228H Black / Blue 21.5" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LED Backlight LCD monitor

All of this together adds up to $1523 with taxes and shipping. My budget is around 1350 without taxes, but the max i can spend with everything included is $1582.
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  1. Drop the AMD 965 to a 955. It's the same chip and you can adjust it to 3.4 GHz(965 stock) without adjusting the voltage.

    An 890 FX motherboard is kinda expensive but you've gone with a 2nd tier brand. I'd try to swing a ASUS/Gigabyte 880 board for a bit cheaper

    I'd swap to an OCZ 700W ModXstream PSU it's far less expensive and an awesome PSU

    You didn't include an operating system. That will cost 100 CAD.
  2. cmcghee358 said:
    Drop the AMD 965 to a 955. It's the same chip and you can adjust it to 3.4 GHz(965 stock) without adjusting the voltage.

    An 890 FX motherboard is kinda expensive but you've gone with a 2nd tier brand. I'd try to swing a ASUS/Gigabyte 880 board for a bit cheaper

    I'd swap to an OCZ 700W ModXstream PSU it's far less expensive and an awesome PSU

    You didn't include an operating system. That will cost 100 CAD.


    Thanks for the idea with the 955.... I wanted the 890 FX for the 6.0 gb sata, and the 42 lanes of pcie because i plan to crossfire..... And i dont need an operating system either
  3. Lemmie link you another motherboard. How much did that 890FX cost?
  4. cmcghee358 said:
    Lemmie link you another motherboard. How much did that 890FX cost?

    It costs 156.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138193
  5. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631 149.00

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128438 149.00

    Both of these have USB 3.0 and SATA III. They also have 2 PCIE 2.0. Single at 16x and dual at 8x/8x.

    Running 8x/8x only results in a performance decrease of 4% and thats only in high end cards that can use all the bandwidth
  6. They are also better manufacturers than Biostar imo.

    But an 890FX board is better than what Ive linked, I just don't trust Biostar.
  7. cmcghee358 said:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631 149.00

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128438 149.00

    Both of these have USB 3.0 and SATA III. They also have 2 PCIE 2.0. Single at 16x and dual at 8x/8x.

    Running 8x/8x only results in a performance decrease of 4% and thats only in high end cards that can use all the bandwidth


    Thats only a 8 dollar difference.... so i dont really think its worth downgrading
  8. Like I said the specs are better on the Biostar, but Biostar isn't as reliable as Gigabyte and ASUS.

    I would also strongly look at the OCZ ModXstream 700W price difference with the 750 Corsair
  9. cmcghee358 said:
    Like I said the specs are better on the Biostar, but Biostar isn't as reliable as Gigabyte and ASUS.

    I would also strongly look at the OCZ ModXstream 700W price difference with the 750 Corsair


    I was going for the Corsair cause i was planning on doing a Crossfire with them. And i thought you needed 4 6 pin pcie connectors (http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5870/Pages/ati-radeon-hd-5870-system-requirements.aspx) and the OCZ only has 2
  10. How about My i5-750 Wishlist?

    With combo deals (that can't be saved in a wishlist) you can save more! The i5-750 beats the Phenom II X4 965 on most tests. :sol:
  11. Noshuss said:
    I was going for the Corsair cause i was planning on doing a Crossfire with them. And i thought you needed 4 6 pin pcie connectors (http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5870/Pages/ati-radeon-hd-5870-system-requirements.aspx) and the OCZ only has 2


    Considering that right now you are only using a single Graphics Card, you can later on get some 4-pin molex to 6 pin PCIE adapters if you so decide to actually Xfire.
  12. DXRick said:
    How about My i5-750 Wishlist?

    With combo deals (that can't be saved in a wishlist) you can save more! The i5-750 beats the Phenom II X4 965 on most tests. :sol:


    I cant look at your wish list btw.... Need to be logged in on your account
  13. I would suggest you get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB, which is faster than the WD, & around the same price.
    Also you seem to have forgotten an optical drive. Ubiquitous, but still required (unless of course, you already have one).
  14. Noshuss said:
    I cant look at your wish list btw.... Need to be logged in on your account



    Apparently, someone at NewEgg has to do something for a public list to actually show up.

    Here it is now: My i5-750 wishlist.
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