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August 18, 2010 12:26:25 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 08/17/2010

BUDGET RANGE: 700-800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A

OVERCLOCKING: Have no idea what this means...

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire for future use... not something needed atm

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (or whatever is closest to that in widescreen standards)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I wanted to try and see if I could make a decent gaming PC for a good price and I think I came up with one but I'm not 100% sure everything works together well.

I used ASUSTeK to figure out how much power my PC would need.

I also looked at the rankings on this website to find a top video card with CrossFireX.

The thing is I do not know if all these components will work together and if they are the best for the price. Please give me your thoughts and remember this is my first time trying this so... there might be things that don't match... or things I am missing. Please let me know what you think and what needs work, thank you!


SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache EIDE/ATAPI 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

Western Digital Caviar Green WD8000AARS 800GB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOE1600LV4G

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7

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August 18, 2010 4:28:01 AM

How about this build...

IMO the 955 is a better option...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

A very good combo -
ASUS 870A + Mushkin 4GB DDR3
Why not go with a single powerful graphics card ? By the time you need mor power, there will be newer cards then you can replace to that...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ Fatality 550W + Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD - Get SATA DVD - Thinner cable less clutter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$724 | $704 Including rebates...
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August 18, 2010 4:42:37 AM

I'm not up to date with pretty much anything computer related besides some basics. What would be the difference between the 955 or the 965? I'm more curious why it makes a better option.

I will use that DvD as you suggest it has thinner cable and that would prove useful!

I like the idea of cross firing because later down the road it would be cheaper to just get the same video card and put them together... rather than buying a really expensive one now and then buying a really expensive one later.

p.s. would my HD2600 card connect to a HD5770? I know it sounds stupid but thought I would ask since I currently have that card in my PC

I like your build I just don't know if it has a lot of room for expansion. I really don't like the idea of not having the extra pcie slot just in case down the road i want to link them.



EDIT: Also I forgot to ask... my build everything would fit and match together so I didn't goof anything up?
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August 18, 2010 4:44:27 AM

Agreed, You'll get more use out of a Radeon 5850, and you can always get a second one later and do Crossfire.

gkay09 is right, the Phenom II X4 955 is a very good processor.

Overclocking is the art of making a computer part run faster than it's advertised speed. However, I would get a few more builds under your belt before doing any overclocking.
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August 18, 2010 4:59:34 AM

@warv1 even though now you will be spending higher on the graphics card, but the overall build costs less compared to the one that you have linked...

But its your call though...
As for the parts that you have linked, they are good and are compatible, but get a different PSU...The lower powered OCZs are fine, but that 700W is not a good performer...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - OCZ RAMs nowadays are pretty flaky and many users complain it being very unstable...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 18, 2010 5:38:08 AM

I was rethinking your build gkay but came too a conclusion there is only a minimum of power supply for the rig (with the card all that it comes out to 550W exactly which is the minimum requirements.)

What if I did this combo instead... along with the other suggestions you made?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Anything wrong with the Rosewill 630W?
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August 18, 2010 9:02:13 AM

+1 i felt Gkay's going with the one beefy GPU is always a more sensible route and better for the $$, netting one instant gains in games

Also since u stated
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OVERCLOCKING: Have no idea what this means...


A cheaper, stock to light OC build (still a better gaming rig than your original config)
$627AR
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August 18, 2010 1:39:18 PM

Best answer selected by warv1.
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