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August 2, 2010 8:06:21 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Trying to nail the back to school specials newegg runs, so within the next month or two.

BUDGET RANGE: $800-$900 (if I get a significant difference in performance by adding some more(ex $100) to budget I could consider that)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS, HD, CD drive, Case (though my case only has slots for 4 80mm fans mid tower so if overheating is known for certain components I might find a new case for that reason feel free to recommend without compromising build *I will add funds if needed if cooling is an issue I should be concerned with). I am currently running a 550W PSU depending on the build I should probably buy a new one.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've used AMD in the past, but if intel has something I want, I have no problem using intel.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Either or doesnt matter. I'd rather focus on a single card if I get just as much bang for the buck as dual.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, though I run dual monitors and like to multi-task while gaming a lot (sometimes like to dual box my games one on each monitor) Though the other monitor is 1280x1024.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Games I like to play: Starcraft 2 and I want to run as high settings as I can with new build, WoW, Dragon Age, Fallout 3, and other games of similar content. Was suppose to be an upgrade build, but components have changed in the 3 years since I build this, I basically need new everything. Components I am upgrading or could consider upgrading (if you think I should stick with items I have, which I don't think I should, let me know):

MOBO: Asus SLI M2N Deluxe
GPU: dual SLI configured Geforce 8600GT
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ 2.6GHz
RAM: 4gb DDR2
PSU: 550W

Upgrade will need to last me 3 years

This is what I got so far:

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

Could consider going for the Geforce GTX470 for similar price as well, would have to switch from ATI board though, and as my understanding is if using ATI it is probably best to stick with AMD since they are basically the same company now yes? Feel free to tear my build apart and make new recommendations, thanks!
August 2, 2010 8:38:32 PM
August 2, 2010 9:14:12 PM

dont get the msi... get or asus or gigabyte (recomend asus)
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August 2, 2010 9:36:00 PM

Theres nothing wrong with MSI.....
August 2, 2010 9:38:39 PM

yes.. they have less stuff and thay are smaller
August 2, 2010 9:43:59 PM

Um, that board has anything he could ever want. It overclocks well and has a core unlock feature. Not much more you could use. And size? what difference does size make? As long as its functional, and it is. That is a perfectly good board.
August 2, 2010 9:50:52 PM

2 words lol: M4A89GTD PRO/USB3=BETTER
August 2, 2010 9:55:07 PM

Its also a ton more expensive. I used that board because its a good board and its a good combo
August 2, 2010 9:57:35 PM

Most asus motherboards have bugs. Usually on AM3 are good. Gigabyte has very few bugs. MSi are also good boards, not all but most.
It depends on the model and socket type. It is better to chose the best quality product witch offers the best value for the money.


The 6gb Kit is used only by Intel chips on socket 1366 so that goes out of the question.
It does not matter if you use AMD CPU's with ATI or Nvidia cards.

Here is what i recommend:

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

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -it has dual 16x sli

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

Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -these are the higher quality from corsair and can run with your system 2 video cards.

Video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -this has a dual fan cooler and will stay cool even in SLI. Also great product, 5 egg ratings on new egg.

Hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -a 1Tb HDD will suffice your needs, at list for now.


This brings you to Grand Total:* $829.94



Now it is your choice what you decide to to. Remember that in the near future you might want to buy a second video card like the one you have because it scales very good in SLI.

Keep your old PC as a backup or sell it and get another gtx460 and put them in SLI.



If you do not plan on a dual video card setup i could try to get you a 5870 in the 900-1000 budget, by getting a cheaper motherboard suitable just for one video card.

August 2, 2010 9:58:52 PM

^Thank you.
August 3, 2010 1:21:39 AM

First, not sure if you meant to, but why would you recommend an ATI supported Mobo and a Nvidia graphics card?

What do you think of this option as an alternative:

Take my CPU down a notch to something in the 3 core range to possibly like the Phenom X3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

If I eliminate the case, optical drive and hard drive (I have those, though I will consider a case upgrade later cause I do like the one you suggested, but I won't include it in this budget atm).


Puts me at $829, is this a worthwhile option or am I shooting myself in the foot downgrading my CPU as much as I am and or Mobo.
August 3, 2010 6:18:56 AM

Ah..i did not checked for SLI, got used with x58 chip sets that support bout. Was a few ores past my bad time..sory.

Edited above with new components.
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