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July 20, 2010 7:22:07 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next two weeks (moving next week)

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) 400-500$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (TF2 Fallout 3 FarCry, surfing, video watching

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have monitor, Speakers, wireless card Mobo and mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: ( 1280x1024)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't want to have to upgrade for 3 years, I don't need things to look AMAZING just be able to play them without using the lowest possible settings.

The MoBo I have right now is: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What I have been looking at getting:

Ram: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P2000LV4GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100289L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

@ 360$ Depending on video card.

Thank you.
July 20, 2010 7:37:28 PM

Your [current] monitor resolution is pretty low, but given that 1) there's another $140 in your budget, 2) you want this to last a few years, and 3) you may at some point upgrade your monitor, I would suggest nothing less than a HD5750. The PSU you've chosen is a good one, and could handle that.
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July 20, 2010 7:55:41 PM

I've got a pretty good setup up there (I believe) but I really just need to make sure the PSU and the graphics card will be compatible with the rest of the system.

As for my monitor I might be replacing it soon, but I will do that after I get the computer system together.
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July 20, 2010 10:03:23 PM

That Corsair would have no difficulty with either of those cards. The HD5670 doesn't even need a power connector.
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July 21, 2010 4:53:41 AM

Change your ram, those timings are garbage. Go for a set of Crucial with a CAS latency of 7. You lack a level 3 cache on that processor so CAS latency becomes important.
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July 21, 2010 6:16:54 AM

mailmanlove said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next two weeks (moving next week)

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) 400-500$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (TF2 Fallout 3 FarCry, surfing, video watching

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have monitor, Speakers, wireless card Mobo and mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: ( 1280x1024)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't want to have to upgrade for 3 years, I don't need things to look AMAZING just be able to play them without using the lowest possible settings.

The MoBo I have right now is: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What I have been looking at getting:

Ram: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P2000LV4GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100289L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-or-
HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

@ 360$ Depending on video card.

Thank you.


just want to suggest reading all of Tom's do it yourself builds. Thats what I did and its all working well. I pretty much followed the $1500.00 March 2010 build minus 1 video card. I figured its a good safe "recipe" to follow. They also have lower budget builds compared.
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July 21, 2010 3:47:42 PM

Okay I will look at different RAM, but what about the CPU is the one Ive chosen any good?

And batchuka's setup is the video card a good one for what I want?
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July 21, 2010 4:09:45 PM



15 dollars special on the hard drive
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July 21, 2010 4:16:57 PM

opps, do u need a case?!

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July 21, 2010 4:23:43 PM

Where does that coupon come from and what is the best cpu out of the three listed?

Thanks for responses!
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July 21, 2010 11:49:44 PM

Batuchka has another nice build, except that the OP already has a mobo.
The HD4850 is stronger than the HD5670.
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July 22, 2010 3:09:19 AM

Best answer selected by mailmanlove.
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July 22, 2010 9:43:27 AM

Glad to help.
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