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July 26, 2010 9:08:05 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: hopefully by the end of this week :bounce: 

BUDGET RANGE: i have around $1800 to use

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, work, surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, cd drive, screens (but i still have a question on screens though)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I can't buy online but i normally use newegg.com to see prices and the shop i am buying from is advantionline.com (they can ship items that they don't currently have if you ask them to)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Bahrain

PARTS PREFERENCES: CPU - AMD Phenom X4 Black Edition / Case - Cooler master HAF / Hard Drive - Western Digital 1 TB / GPU - ATI 5970 (for 3 screens)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: dunno...

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: CPU - phenom 965 or 955?
RAM - ddr2 or ddr3? Which brand(s) should i trust?
Case - HAF 922 (mid) or HAF X (Full)?
GPU - Should i get the 5970 or 5870, and which version? I already have an old GTS 250 as well...mb i can use it for the physics and the 5970/5870 for graphix?
I seem to like cooler master and liked the Silence Pro Gold 700W [power supply] and the V6 GT [cooler]...what do you think of them?
Have no idea about the MoBo...

Not included in the $1800 but - if i get the 5970 it seems pretty clear it would be a waste without three screens to go with it...what brand? how big should they each be? It would be good if they have small frames so you don't notice them. I don't know how much money i will have to use on them but i'm looking for a reasonably priced set with good quality :pt1cable: 

...did i put everything?
...and thanks =)
:hello: 

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July 26, 2010 10:05:11 AM

The Phenom II X4 955 is cheaper and should overclock nearly as well as the 965.
It's best to go with DDR3 memory as it is becoming cheaper and DDR2 more expensive, so it would be more expensive to upgrade later on.

I'd go with the HAF 922 and save a bit of money, HAF X if you want a nicer case.
The HD 5970 is much faster but do you really need that power? If you do then go for it. A GTS 250 would work fine as a PhysX card although you will probably need to do some driver configurations.

Go for the CM Silent Pro Gold 800 W.

Motherboard-wise, I think one HD 5970 is good enough. Therefore I'd go with the ASRock 870 Extreme3. Otherwise you could go for the Asus Crosshair IV Formula if you want to spend quite a bit of money on your motherboard.

Not sure about monitors sorry but you will want an HDD/ODD. For an HDD a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB is good, or Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX (SATA 3) 1 TB. With the ODD anything will work really.
July 26, 2010 10:25:16 AM

Well if you are burning that kind of money, then IMO the Intel route is better suited...
Not that AMD is bad, but for high-end Intel is better...

CPU - Core i5 760

Mobo - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

RAM - Both Intel and AMD are making transition to DDR3, so I would suggest that...

CASE - HAF 922 is good enough, but if you generally keep the cases and PSUs for future builds, then going with HAF X is fine, else get the HAF 922

PSU - Though 700W would suffice for ATI cards Crossfire, but if you plan to upgrade to Nvidia cards, then 800W would be better suited...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB is a better buy...But if you want WD, then get WD Black 1TB

Monitor - The ASUS monitors that have been listed on the site you linked are very good(1080p resolution)
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July 26, 2010 2:33:35 PM

As far as I know, the i5-760 aren't binned separately from the i5-750's, so $15 more for a multiplier change isn't a very good value. The i7-930 over 920 is mainly to avoid the 920's with bad stepping.

i5-750 and asus p7p55d-e pro combo for additional savings
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Best PSU buy ATM is the XFX 750BE $85 after promo and rebates. Top rated PSU on jonny guru ATM.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitors are a mature tech, so very little difference between major brands. Just make sure you have ports you want and get the cheapest for the size you want. Get 1920x1080 monitors.

Get a F3 as mentioned.
July 26, 2010 3:21:44 PM

IMO i would do something like this

CPU: i7-930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Corsair 850w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo:ASUS P6X58D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case:Coolermaster HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram:CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD:Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler: Scythe Yasya
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive:ASUS DVD-E818A6T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All that totals up to $1150 before rebates and shipping which leaves about $600 for GPU. I personally would go with

ASUS ROG MATRIX 5870 P/2DIS/2GD5 Radeon HD 5870 Platinum 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As i have always had good experience with asus and that card has more power then you will need for the forseeable future.

Which is a grand total of $1700, under budget but with all the power i could see anyone needing for gaming of any sort. As well helping you future-proof by leaving you the option of SLI / Crossfire in the future due to the Mobo supporting it. If you wanted to at this point you could up the 922 to a 932 which is probably what i would do as i love the case but you could tinker and change whatever you wanted at that point.
July 26, 2010 6:02:20 PM

^+1 i would just swap the HDD for a Samsung F3, they're faster and less expensive
July 27, 2010 5:04:54 AM

if you stay with amd the 955 and the 965 are the same cpu but the 965 has higher multiplier preset

if it were me id go amd route because than youd have huge amount to use for gpu/s

Amd Phenom II X4 955 BE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Msi 890XA-GD70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gskill Flare 4gb(2x2) DDR3-2000(pc3-16000) CL7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Silent Pro RS850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can choose a good HDD

XFX Hd-587X-ZNDC Radeon 5870 X2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

your choice of case+fan

That build got up to 1519.94 leaving with 300 for hdd,case, cpu fan


For the rest these are my recommendations but feel free to look at other things ofcourse

Cpu Fan- not sold at newegg(or atleast i cant find this one)

Scythe Mugen-2 Rev.B $47.99
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Mugen-2-SCMG-2100-74-25CFM...


Case(choices)

Cooler Master Haf 922 $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Storm Sniper Black $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD (choices)

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500gb $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wester digital Caviar Black WD1002Faex 1tb $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PU - phenom 965 or 955?
as i answered above they are the exact same minus the multiplier

RAM - ddr2 or ddr3? Which brand(s) should i trust?
ddr3 for the speed, gskill and corsair basically the best to go with

Case - HAF 922 (mid) or HAF X (Full)?
essentially the same case but haf x is nicer but also alot pricier if it were me id go with the storm sniper i linked above

GPU - Should i get the 5970 or 5870, and which version? I already have an old GTS 250 as well...mb i can use it for the physics and the 5970/5870 for graphix?
a 5970 will not perform as good as crossfired 5870s but 2 5870s will cost about 100$ more than a 5970 the 5970 is closer to 2 5850s in crossfire. im not sure about the nvidia for physics but as someone answered earlier you apparently can


I seem to like cooler master and liked the Silence Pro Gold 700W [power supply] and the V6 GT [cooler]...what do you think of them?
i love cooler master psus and the silent pro series gets great reviews but the v6 isnt worth the money which is why i linked you to the scythe for cooling

Have no idea about the MoBo...
i linked you the gd70 as its a good make and very stable while having all the features of something like a crosshair IV for a much cheaper price with some nice blue led lights here or there ;)  and usb 3 and sata 3 in case you ever need it

the best thing about the build(if you go storm sniper) is that other than the flares and the video cards this is a blue and black build throughout the system so you will have some nice effects if you care about that sort of thing :p 
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