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$900-1000 AMD Gaming System Advice/Suggestions

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August 12, 2010 5:44:08 PM

Good morning, everyone. (Or afternoon/evening depending on where you live.)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Around a week or two. I am receiving my paycheck this Friday and will finalize my budget.

BUDGET RANGE: $900-1000 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the net, homework.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (both)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I already have a build in mind and I'm seeking your constructive criticism and/or suggestions for upgrades.

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And here is the build I have in mind...



The price with tax, shipping, and rebates come to a grand total of $948.96.
Your thoughts?
August 12, 2010 6:07:23 PM

i think for a rig of that caliber, you should not cheap out on the psu. rosewill have horrible psu's. honestly, just go for a higher quality one liek corsair or xfx or seasonic.

case also. even an entry level antec case has good airflow. look into the 300 illusion or the 690 advanced II from coolermaster.

again, its a shame to see good parts mixed with low end parts, liek the ram. id say if your budget is really that tight, and if its mainly gaming, you wont need the 6 core. stick with a 955 or 965 and spend the extra few bucks on a better set of ram.
eg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231278 $97

other than those, graphics card, motherboard looks solid
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August 12, 2010 8:29:00 PM

This review seems to suggest that the Rosewill Xtreme series is of decent quality.
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August 12, 2010 8:49:15 PM

You don't need the 1055t, you only need a 955 for gaming.
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August 12, 2010 8:56:38 PM

Heres' my recommended build: NOTE: I did not look for combo's; The Total price could be lower...

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 - $82
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair 650 Watt - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Storm Scout - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaw - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung F3 - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD: Any for $20

OS: Win 7 Home Premium - $100

Total: $882


If you wanted to up the budget to $1150 you could drop in another GTX 460
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August 12, 2010 9:46:14 PM

Rosewill PSU's are made by ATNG...they've never made a great PSU, ever.

The only good PSU makers are Seasonic (Corsairs HX line, XFX line and their own) Channel Wells (TT toughpower, Corsair TX line) and FSP (Sparkle and OCZ). Seventeam and enhance also make good PSU's, but they're less well known and not active in US sales.

That HSF is bad. A Scythe Mugen for $40 would be much better performance, though won't fit with tall RAM.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A CM Hyper 212 plus for $30 on amazon would be less performance, but still perfectly fine and no RAM issues.

RAM you should get G Skill. Eco kit is a great buy right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As mentioned, go with a Phenom II x4 955 for gaming. X6 is actually very bad at gaming.
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August 12, 2010 10:12:53 PM

banthracis said:
Rosewill PSU's are made by ATNG...they've never made a great PSU, ever.

The only good PSU makers are Seasonic (Corsairs HX 520 & 620, XFX line and their own) Channel Wells (TT toughpower, Corsair TX & HX line - 650W and above)
Fixed.
They may not have ever made a great a PSU, but the only bad things you can say about that PSU is that it's efficiency is pretty low, doesn't come with screws, group regulated and the brand and OEM have a bad reputation.
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August 13, 2010 5:43:05 AM

Thank you for all of your replies. I made a few changes to my build based on your suggestions and explanations regarding the CPU, RAM, PSU, HSF, and case while remaining within my budget. My new build would now consist of the following...



The grand total after rebates is now $982.71

I would like to thank everyone thus far on their input. You have all given me much more knowledge pertaining to computer building, especially those who elaborated on the quality of the different kinds of PSU's, the superiority of a few computer cases, the better HSF, higher quality RAM, and of course, the CPU.

Any last minute suggestions on the parts I switched out and in?
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August 13, 2010 10:50:17 AM

Why are you getting a 5770? Why not a 5850 or a GTX 460? Both are highly overclockable and much better for gaming.
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