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July 28, 2010 10:41:19 PM

Feel free to give advice on this build or what you think would be better. I am trying to keep it under $800... Should I go dual gpu or jus get a better single gpu, do i need a 700 watt psu (only chose it b/c it gave the most for the money). Btw I plan on playing FF XIV mostly, on low res(my hdtv 720p) and high res(1080p monitor).
2x HD 5770 1gb GPU
700 Watt PSU
8 gbs DDR3 1600 oc memory
AMD Athlon x3 440 (Plan on unlocking 4th core)
AMD 870 mobo
Windows 7 64bit
all ready have optical and hard drives

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July 28, 2010 11:11:29 PM

The 700W PSU is overkill for The 2xHD 5770 as 600 watt with two 6 pin connectors will be needed for crossfire.I think the only AMD 870 you can get for friendly Xfire layer(x8/x8) is the ASRock 870 EXTREME3.As for the +1 core unlock on the CPU you should know that there is a big chance that it will never happen.You can cut some Memory budget for a better CPU like the 955 BE or Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition .For the GPu i would rather go for single HD 5850 as it is more futureproof and since you will be running a (x8/x8) this would be more recommended. You can always Xfire the HD 5850 in the future but be aware that you will need 650 watt PSU with four 6 pin connectors to run crossfire.
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July 28, 2010 11:16:18 PM

I am going to stick with the memory and change the gpu to HD 5850. what makes the phenom better than the athlon?
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July 28, 2010 11:19:14 PM

Just newer and more reliable. For around the same price.
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July 28, 2010 11:49:51 PM

Yea i just saw the AMD Phenom II X2 555 you linked and looks much better then the 720BE
especially with that C3 revision on so +1 from me.
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July 29, 2010 12:19:58 AM

Its 10-15% faster than a single HD5770, theres a $180 HIS model, but other than that, jump to a HD5850 or stick with the 5770s.
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July 29, 2010 12:32:30 AM

The thing is my mobo only has one pcie 2.0 x16 and pcie 2.0 x4 so i am gonna stick with one gpu. so with that in mind, which is better 5770 or 5830?
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July 29, 2010 12:41:51 AM

X16/X4 crossfire sucks, in that case, for extra performance is the HD5830/5850 is your only way to go, maybe also GTX460/470.
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July 29, 2010 12:43:43 AM

Thx for the help everyone... this site is very helpful in answering all my questions!!!
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July 29, 2010 1:08:39 AM

forgot to mention windows 7 64bit
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July 29, 2010 1:11:29 AM

Why not this Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU+GPU combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a better PSU, Id suggest a even better one like the TX650 or this for more headroom to upgrade, buts its still better than that rosewill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 29, 2010 1:42:53 AM

No, Raidmax makes PSUs worse than Rosewill..
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July 29, 2010 1:52:26 AM

is 400 watts gonna be enough?
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July 29, 2010 12:54:13 PM

Depends you need for Radeon HD 5770 a 450 watt PSU with one 75 watt 6 pin PCI Express connector, but could be run on a quality 400 watt PSU. 600 watt with two 6 pin connectors will be needed for crossfire.
If you go for the HD5830/50 you need a 500watt PSU with two 75 watt 6 pin PCI express connectors for a single card.For Xfire you can run them on a good quality 600W PSU but a 650W PSU is recommended for head room.
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July 29, 2010 3:09:54 PM

For a single HD5830 its gonna be plenty. More than that, not so much.
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