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July 20, 2010 6:10:59 AM
July 20, 2010 2:36:45 PM

What's the budget? You might want to take a look at the guidelines from the link in my signature.

My main problems with the build are the HDD and the RAM. That WD drive is going to be slow. OCZ's RAM is known to have many issues. I try to avoid them at all costs.

Judging from the parts, I'd guess the budget is about $750 for everything. Here's what I'd build:

CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and HD Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $183 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
GPU: HD 5770 $145 after rebate
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB and Corsair 650W $135 after rebate
Case: Coolermaster Elite 335 $40 after rebate
Monitor: Asus 21.5" 1080p $150 after rebate

Total: $758.

I went cheaper on the CPU, as it doesn't impact gaming that much. I also choose the 5770 because of the price. What these two changes did is allow me to include a high quality, USB 3/SATA III, Crossfire board and a higher resolution monitor. This build gives you a lot more room to grow into the build. You can easily drop in a second 5770 and have a high performing gaming build.

If I guessed at the budget wrong, swap the RAM for these sticks: GeIL 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 9. You can also get a cheaper monitor, but I'd want a 1080p one. There are a few other changes you could make, but I'm hesitant to suggest them until I get a full budget...
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July 20, 2010 2:37:56 PM

You should also fill out form in sticky, link in sig.
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July 20, 2010 9:21:07 PM

lol thanks guys



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next week

BUDGET RANGE: under 750

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type none really

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: IDK

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: NEED A MOnitor In budget plz, I heard that the hd 5770 starts to fail at 1920x1080
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July 20, 2010 9:31:08 PM

someone on the fourms told me that gigabyte did something so that AAC wont unlock dormant cores on the x3 440, this true?
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July 20, 2010 9:40:22 PM

I haven't heard anything about it.

The 5770 doesn't really fail at 1080p, it just needs some details turned down. Regardless, I wouldn't buy a monitor under 1080p right now. You can always throw another 5770 into the build and any problem with running games goes away.
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July 20, 2010 10:39:31 PM

so you reccamend the hd 5770 over the gtx 460?
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July 21, 2010 12:07:19 AM

No, but I recommend the 5770 and the ability to add a second one later over the GTX 460. The cheapest 460 (the 768 MB version) will cost around $200. That means you'd need to cut the board down to a single PCIe 2.0 slot board and the PSU down to a 450-550W unit to save the money for it. That wouldn't last you in the long run.

Neither the 5770 or 460 are powerful enough by themselves to turn up the details on at 1080p resolutions. However, both would be able to if a second one is added. Unfortunately, if you were to put the 460 in the build, you wouldn't be able to do that due to the extra costs of Crossfire/SLI.
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July 21, 2010 12:39:08 AM

Alright then, thanks again for all your help, I have decided to go the 460 becuase I don't intend to play uber graphic games. maybe some WoW or COD MW2 here and there, so no need for crossfire.
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July 21, 2010 1:50:32 AM

Ok. I'd switch the board to the Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 and drop the PSU to a 400-550W unit. I believe there might be a few decent ones in combos with the F3.
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