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Requesting aproval $850 Mid High Gaming rig

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July 13, 2010 9:13:30 AM

Hello and thank you for reading, I'm working on replacing the home computer that is long over due. My tech level is pretty high as I have built computers for other people, worked in I.T. and researched many rigs on paper. The current computer is pushing 8yrs and has issues with mobo capicitors and PSU problems, gonna get some money later this week and will be using it to put together a new rig. I'll be buying all the parts @ newegg to cut down on shipping, the device will function as an all around home computer; high end gaming down to low end, internet usage (now maybe I'll be able to enjoy Web 2.0!), document, image, sound, and video manipulation, nothing professional just what I need for my data, eventually media center to run cable to a flatscreen, for movies

Right now the parts that are not required are determined but what I plan on adding to it as it ages. I'm trying to "future proof" it to make sure it lasts as long as the last one, 6-7 years. i will be building this up to a full rig in three stages, the first stage is to build the box, second to add accessories, third upgrade the box. To me a computer is CPU, mobo, other than stock CPU fan, ram, video card, hard drive, power supply, case, and disk drive, I already have about 4 monitors stashed around my house, sadly they are still all CRT, but I'm old school, I don't always like an LCD. and I also have a dvd/cd burner and a cd burner, both PATA, and I could choke a horse with all the KB's and mice I have sitting around

as I had said, i will be buying all the parts from new as the parts I am interested are all at their lowest price at that website. it is an AMD based system with an Asus mob, g-Skill Ram, wester dig HDD, and corsair PSU

I might go for a full overclock on this rig, in the beginning I was planing on doing a light OC, then as it becomes time to upgrade the proc, do the hard OC to get to it's limits, since heat equals death, I dont want to put too much demand on the electronics for the start. As as for Xfire, when i need it I can add two card s at PCIE 2.0 x4, I will just be using a couple of 17" monitors till I can drop 200 on a 23" flat screen, for now it will just be 1280X1024, I dont care about a quiet pc, I even have a vantec tornado I use in the summer, but I do want to keep it cool,

here is the parts list, I have a budget of $850

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 ***newegg**
F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM G.SKILL Ripjaws http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Phenom II 945 Deneb 3.0GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sunbeam CR-CCTF http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
WD1002FAEX 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ***Newegg**
Rosewill CHALLENGER ***Newegg**
windows 7 Home Premium ***Newegg**

$832.91
$23.33 shipping

$856.24
- $10 promo code before 7/15
- $35 rebates

$846.24 @ checkout

$811.24 after rebates (I never trust rebates)


Ive researched all the parts and know they are compatible.

My main question is, the PSU has 33A on the +12v and 20A on the +3.3v and +5v, I been following and I know the move is to more rails but I think this will power everything, it's rated 450 watts and by my PSU calculations I get about 325 watts needed so at 80% efficiency, I should be ok, do I need 2 rails since the card requires 75W, (it's the lowest wattage the card manufacturer suggests, but then again it is corsair, the good guys) or is two rails better for when you have many individual devices?, the other one I was thinking of is the Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W for the same price

any comments are appreciated, let me know if I missed anything like incompatible physical dimensions ( always hard to know before hand) and if there are any known bugs or issues when these parts are slapped together.
July 13, 2010 9:22:34 AM
July 13, 2010 9:42:37 AM

^ The parts are good, but I would suggest you not to go Crossfire with that board...The PCIe x4 slot's bandwidth would bottleneck that card...
And have you checked for combos ??
Get this Gigabyte board as it offer eSATA and IEEE1394a
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Other cheaper options,..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - A very good alternative...
CM Hyper 212+
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

HDD - SATA 6GB/s doesnt offer any significant performance increase for mechanical drives...
Get the F3, cheaper and equally good...
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD103SJ&title=Sa...

PSU - If you want a cheap, high quality, then this would be a good option...
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W - 40A at 12V rails
Doesnt come with power cable, but I dont think it would be an issue for you...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 13, 2010 9:58:22 AM

more proof I need to build again links arnt working for this page, can you post the model #'s for those?
July 13, 2010 10:06:17 AM

that Antec PSU is a much better option for me, as technically I'm trying to hit <$800 will be dipping into money I dont really have after that

I wanted to 955BE but since in a year/year and a half, I'll be looking at a chip that will be much more ready for overclock like a better 6 core or even 8 core if the bios supports by then

that gigabyte board looks pretty nice as well

really no benefit to sata 6? need SSD to really get something out of it then, I figured, with the 64mb cache, it gets me something better than sataII, anyone have another opinion about that?
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