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August 10, 2010 11:02:49 PM

I am building a desktop primarily for gaming, and was looking for some advice. To start, here are my components:

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4 GHz

Mobo:
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM:
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM

Graphics Card:
Radeon 5850

Hard drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

Optical Drive:
ASUS Black something or another

Case:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel

Power Supply
Corsair 750TX

I am not planning on over-clocking, but crossfire is a possibility.

Im sort of a noob at this, so I would appreciate any advice on making it more cost effective. Feel free to change stuff completely, but keep it AMD/ATI thats all. I am not on a super strict budget but around 1500 dollars would be nice. Also, do I need a separate CPU cooler?

Thanks in advance.

btw the OS is windows 7

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August 11, 2010 12:12:58 AM

You will need a CPU cooler if you're going to overclock by a medium to high amount or if the stock one is too noisy for you.

The 965 is just a factory OCed 955, so you should get that instead.

The WD FALS is not a good choice as it is $5 cheaper than the faster Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB, and it is more expensive than the also faster Samsung Spinpoint F3.

A system with two 5850s will only need a 650W PSU, so you could save a few dollars getting either of these:
XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W 80Plus Bronze Modular $100 ($20 rebate, $2 shipping)
Antec Truepower New TP650 80Plus Bronze Modular $100 ($20 rebate, $2 shipping)
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August 11, 2010 3:18:56 AM

A quick question: Is the motherboard good enough?
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August 11, 2010 12:06:21 PM

$1200AR?
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August 11, 2010 10:03:36 PM

sorry guys, im new to this site and didn't know about the request form. well here it is:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: 1500-1600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: high end gaming, multitasking,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS (windows 7)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: antec 900 case (its super awesome), HD monitor in the 21-25 inch range, i hear AMD is more cost effective but if your intel build is awesome then id be happy to do that. just want the best gaming pc for my budget. my build was just a suggestion.

OVERCLOCKING: maybe later

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: yes in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: highest

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: fairly quiet, monitor suggestion would be nice,
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August 19, 2010 12:16:07 AM

Best answer selected by broccoli21.
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