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July 23, 2010 8:42:43 AM

iv been planning to get a better computer then the old one i got atm. itll be mainly used for games and kinda wanna keep it low budget ($1200ish) heres wat iv planned so far. any advice would be sweet. cheers. it is my first time trying to make a comp. so be nice. NZXT Tempest Case Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 Motherboard AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Vantec ION2 600N Ultra Quiet PSU Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB HD502HJ Corsair VS2GB1333D3 2GB (1x2GB) DDR3 x2 Samsung SH-S223C SATA DVDRW Drive Powercolor HD5850 PCS

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July 23, 2010 8:45:18 AM

If u are looking at an 890FX then logically CF @ 16/16 is on the cards but that Vantec PSU blows alternatively why not 955BE + HD 5870 in single GPU config?
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July 23, 2010 8:51:08 AM

I would recommend you drop your CPU and go with a Phenom II x4 955. The 6 core processor will offer no benefit to gaming so it is essentially money spent for nothing.

I would suggest you get 4gb of RAM as 2gb nowadays is on the low side. I would recommend G Skill Eco 1600mhz CL7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You want at least 750W PSU assuming you plan on one day Crossfiring with 2 graphics cards, if you don't plan on Crossfiring you can get a cheaper motherboard
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July 23, 2010 10:30:00 AM

batuchka said:
If u are looking at an 890FX then logically CF @ 16/16 is on the cards but that Vantec PSU blows alternatively why not 955BE + HD 5870 in single GPU config?
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-1145.jpg




so u reckon keep everything the same but upgrade to the 5870 and downgrade to the 4 core CPU?
and a much better PSU?
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July 23, 2010 10:35:00 AM

Ya a better GPU/955BE = instant gains in frames in your games and a beefy 80+ bronze 650Watter is a mainstay i would say for many an upgrade cycle for a single GPU set up and a sound investment ^^
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July 23, 2010 10:43:40 AM

So im now looking at
-Sony AD7240SGB 22X DVDRW Black OEM -Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB HD502HJ
-AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition -Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 Motherboard -Corsair VS2GB1333D3 2GB (1x2GB) DDR3~(X2) -XFX ATI Radeon HD5870 -Antec Neo Eco 620C 620W Power Supply -NZXT Tempest Case.
This sound alright or still anything you'd change?






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July 23, 2010 10:47:57 AM

Antec Neo ECO is fine but i would rate the XFX 650 a better PSU As said if running a HD 5870 with no intention to crossfire hit an 870 chipset else bump to a 750W 80+ for CF
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July 23, 2010 10:56:57 AM

got that now. so if i wanted to crossfire in the future would i need to upgrade the CPU or motherboard? or will that all handle it?
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July 23, 2010 10:58:50 AM

Just a 750W 80+ PSU would do ^^ The Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 is already a fine 16/16 board
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July 23, 2010 11:01:33 AM

alright sounds good. thank you so much man.. and i dont think the upgrade will be for a while. im broke now.. haha ty again.
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July 23, 2010 11:03:57 AM

You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
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