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PPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, ms office work, media server

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, US

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference, whatever works

OVERCLOCKING: Probably

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 (Upgrading monitor soon)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first build and I need your collective wisdom to ensure success. I'd really appreciate any tips about any obvious bottlenecks, or mismatching parts. I also have a couple general questions for you all:
1. Is it better to get one pretty decent graphics card, or two lesser ones?
2. What are the hardware requirements for multi-monitor support,?
3. Do I need to buy a CPU cooler, and going along with that, are there other necessary accessories I'm looking over, I'm thinking case fans, etc..?
4. Is the PSU sufficient?

Feel free to make tweaks and suggestions, my budget has room for any obvious improvements conversely I wouldn't mind paying less if you have any money saving ideas. Thanks in advance to the kind soul who decides to burden themselves with this massive query.

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz

Mobo:
MSI 880GMA-E45 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA

Graphics:
MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770

Memory:
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

HDD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

Optical:
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W

Case:
XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish
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  1. Phenom II run on dual channel, so you'll want a 4gb RAM kit. Anything over 4gb doesn't do anything for gaming anyway.

    Case isn't the best.

    1. 1 decent is worse price/performance usually, but allows possibility of future upgrade. 2 worse is better price/performance, but means no future upgrading.

    2. A GPU with that can handle more than 1 monitor (which is basically any discrete one)

    3. Yes if you wanna OC a lot.

    4. Depends on what GPU you get. Bit low, IMO though.

    Best gaming performance for $1k would be this

    HD
    F3 500gb $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    Mobo
    GA 790 UD4 $140 w/ $15 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128416

    Case/OPtical
    Antec 300 Illusion and Lite on $74
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.435636

    CPU/GPU
    Phenom ii x4 955 and 5870 $520
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.435996

    RAM/PSU
    Ripjaw 1600 cas 7 and Corsair 850TX $210 w/ $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.432133

    Total: $999 before $25 MIR
  2. I think I've overstated my gaming priority a bit there, but thanks for the info on the other questions and about the RAM
  3. So to re-iterate my main questions here, will this build work together? Will it perform highly? Are there any noticeable bottlenecks (I will drop down to 4 gb as banth suggested)?
  4. JohnFlavius said:
    So to re-iterate my main questions here, will this build work together? Will it perform highly? Are there any noticeable bottlenecks (I will drop down to 4 gb as banth suggested)?

    anything more than 4gb for gaming is unless besides the ones u mentioned are triple channel kit on a dual channel mobo and it would have worked as single channel
    here is a build for $998.92 before mb and $978.92 after rebate

    cpu & gpu: the same combo mentioned earlier x4 955 & hd 5870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.435996

    case & psu: lian li lancool pc-k62 & xfx 750w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.440220

    ram: g.skill eco 4gb 2x2gb ddr3 1600mhz cl7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    mobo: gigabyte 890xa ud3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128438

    hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    odd: asus dvd burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


    also if u want your cpu cooler and the build quieter get this
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1GS3Y1EN8A3Q0PP7899Q&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846
  5. Ok heres what I'm looking at now, gaming is not my main concern but I like the idea of having a decent GPU so I can dabble. If you guys could just take a look at this build and tell me if it would work, and if the PSU is sufficient I would greatly appreciate it. As long as I get the all clear and there are no extreme benefits from switching components, I'm going to pull the trigger on this setup.

    ODD: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Case: XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103011

    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

    CPU Cooler: Rosewill RCX-Z5 92mm Two Ball Bearing
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200038

    GPU: MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127490

    Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130275
    (The mobo and GPU are a combo deal)
  6. Best answer
    $739AR, hit a nice juicy 23-24" lcd?
  7. Thanks batuchka, looks good, I think I'll place the order today.
  8. Best answer selected by JohnFlavius.
  9. You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
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