First Gaming Build Feedback

I use this site alot, but just now made an account to post this question about my first build.

I have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, but I'm starting from scratch with everything else.

My original plan was to shoot for right around $1000, and get a nice gaming PC that will last me a little while, but this ended up being around $1100 which is ok because I decided to go a little extra on a few components

Before spendin all that dough though I thought I'd get some feedback on the parts I chose, things to change, things that could be cheaper, things that I should probably spend a little more on to get a better value, whatever.

Alright here's what I ended up with


CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 (planning on overclocking at least moderately)

Motherboard: Biostar TA890fxe AM3

Decided to try and save some money by skipping the USB 3.0, I'm not in that much of a rush to get it but thoughts on that would be appreciated

Also NewEgg has a nice combo deal on that Mobo and Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.430451 for $270

GPU: ATI Radeon 5850 (probably XFX)
Just 1 for now, maybe Crossfire in a couple years

Combo deal with this and Windows 7 Home Premium for $385, save a little bit wherever I can
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437534.14-150-477

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 $90

Memory: 4GB Ripjaw DDR3 $100

PSU: XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W $100 (this is one of the parts I'm least sure about)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136358

Heatsink and CPU Fan: Xigmatek Dark Knight CPU Cooler $45 (for overclocking the 955)

I'm looking into a wireless card too, but haven't settled on anything yet

This puts me around 1050-1100, so hit me with any thoughts you might have!


Also, all of these prices were from today on NewEgg, if you have any suggestions on where I could get something cheaper feel free to share
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  1. Get the Samsung F3 rather than the Caviar green, it will be a lot faster for the same price
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=F3%20500gb

    If you want to crossfire down the line i suggest going for the 750W version, the XFX PSUs are all seasonic made and are all quite good so dont worry about that too much. I suggest this combo, it saves you a bit more and makes up for the price difference between the 650 and 750, and you can combo windows with your case.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.440276
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-119-197

    Which ripjaws kit are you considering?
  2. hmmm thanks for the suggestions, I'll definitely go with the Samsung

    As for the PSU, ya I was wondering if 650 would be enough, thanks for finding those combos for me that'll help alot

    The ripjaw is the G.SKILL Ripjaws Series, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277, but I haven't bought RAM in a long time so I'm not very familiar with brands anymore. I was mostly looking at specs and reading reviews

    Looking at that version of the 5850 I had a question, some have the clock speed at 4GHZ while some say 4.0 Gbps

    I'm sure it doesn't matter because it's all the same card but I was curious as to why they would write it differently
  3. XFX 5850 and AMD 955 - $424.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.432367

    G Skill 1600mhz CL7 and Corsair 850W PSU - $199.98 (after rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.432133

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb - $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

    Windows 7 and HAF 922 - $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-119-197&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3899435&SID=skim1402X558040

    DVD Drive - $22 (any will do)


    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO - $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631&cm_re=ASUS_M4A89GTD_PRO-_-13-131-631-_-Product

    Total: $1021.93

    Plus the Dark Knight Cooler for $45 brings total to: $1066.93.

    The mobo is USB3 and Sata 6gb/s, it has Crossfire at x8/x8 I believe (which is perfectly fine, any performance loss is negligable. The Biostar mobo you had picked I could not actually tell whether it ran at x16/x16 or x8/x8 the description was not very detailed.

    You have a PSU with PLENTY of power so you can XFire and Overclock everything and still be all good.
  4. hey ares that first combo link won't work for me, so I'm not sure which MoBo you chose
    same with the 5850 and 955 combo asteldian

    Ares I like alot of those choices, but I'm not sure I like the thermaltake case as much as the 922,

    And Astel, I was looking at that board before and opted to go with the biostar because it had 16/16 (I looked it up elsewhere and I think it's 16/4/16/1), but in any case ignoring that why'd you go with the ASUS over it? Just because of the USB 3.0 or other factors?

    Also is 850W a bit overkill?
  5. the v9 is just as good as the HAF in most respects. better in some, worse in others. and the first combo was a shell shocker deal, it went away, pity, 50$ off combo. it might cost a bit more, but id get this combo instead:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.430450

    or get a 890gx one.
  6. ahhh sad I missed it, ya I was hoping to stay a little lower for the motherboard, but I do really like that MSI because it has 16/16 usb 3.0 and SATA 6gb so I might throw in the extra $40 for it.

    Only downside I read was there are a bunch of bios updates, which I suppose isn't too big of a deal
  7. and as for the haf 922 it's also partly an aesthetic thing, don't really like the look of the thermaltake as much
  8. Oh and I forgot to ask ares, why'd you choose that heatsink over the dark knight? It's only $5 cheaper and doesn't seem to be as good, unless I'm missing something
  9. Thanks so much for all your help

    Would you recommend that gigabyte over the msi? with the mail in rebate and the other combos it's a $40 difference overall, so if they're pretty much even I'd go with the Giga but if the difference is worth $40 I'd be happy to get the MSI
  10. MSI FTW! especially that board. yeah, if ur willing to spend it, get the MSI all the way lol, i have the 790fx version, and i LOVE it.
  11. I was kind of hoping you'd say that haha, it looks like an awesome board, but sometimes it's just not worth the price

    Alright then I think I'll go with that setup using most of the combos you found, last question I have would be about the RAM that comes with the 5850 combo, should be good for my setup right?
  12. yeah, perfectly fine.
  13. Alright great, thanks alot
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