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$1100-$1400 Build needs a lookover

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August 9, 2010 4:14:48 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) 1100-1400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Watching movies, doing work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, audio equipment

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or amazon

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.

PARTS PREFERENCES:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM



OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Will my power supply be enough? Even if I added a second card in the future?
What Should I improve?
What items are overkill?


August 9, 2010 4:16:27 PM

That kind of budget u should not have to compromise down to 8/8 boards hehe
$1200AR, +$100 for OS
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August 9, 2010 4:33:21 PM

I also wanted to get onboard graphics. I might not get the 5970 just yet. I dont think any of the fx mb have onboard graphics. Also I read somewhere that it 8x/8x isn't a whole lot away from 16x 16x.
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August 9, 2010 6:33:16 PM

I think only two things need to be addressed with your build.

The first is the cooler: the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is not worth $50, either get it from somewhere else or get the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B $35 ($7 shipping) if you want a cooler that is a bit quiet. Or the Scythe Yasya $55 ($7 shipping) for worse noise at full fan speed, but better cooling and includes a fan control dial. With either of these coolers you would probably want to use RAM without tall heatspreaders. Such as G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO or this GeIL Value PLUS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) GVP34GB1333C7DC.

The second is that for a system with two (non-OCed) 5870s I would recommend a good 750W PSU. Probably an 850W one if you were going to be OCing your graphics cards. Batuchka already came up with a really good suggestion for a 750W unit.
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