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HELP! total newcomer needing advice

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August 18, 2010 5:47:42 AM

Ok so ive decided that there is no way in hell im going to pay as much as alienware and others are asking for a gaming computer and id like to go ahead and build my own. Having said that...Ive only just started to figure out how exactly to build one. I think ive done enough research and have at least what i think are parts that all are compatible with one another and are in my price range. Heres the build i put together by roaming through tiger direct :p 

MSI 785GM-E51 Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Processor w/ Fan

OCZ OCZ3G1333LV8GK Gold 8GB PC10666 DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Upgrade - 1333MHz, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, 2x4096MB

Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM

XFX HD585XZAFC Radeon HD 5850 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI

Thermaltake Element G Mid Tower Case - Colorshift Fans, Adjustable Fan Speed, 7 x 3.5" Drive Bays, 2 x 2.5" Drive Bay

Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan


.....ok so im wondering if there are any incompatibilities or changes needed to be made...i also feel anything to give better performance from the graphics that wouldnt go over $150-200 more would be ok... Im going to be using this for gaming and programs like maya. Btw this build came to right around $1000 yet id be willing to go to 1200.

any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated :)  Thanks
August 18, 2010 5:55:02 AM

The ultra LSP750 is a let down with only 45A on its 12V rail while most good 750W units have ~60A. You can get an Antec TP-750 Blue from newegg for a good price right now

Drop the memory down to 4GB, 8GB isnt going to make a bit of difference in gaming and will drop the price quite a bit. Swap the 500GB Caviar blue for a 500GB samsung F3 for about the same price but slightly better performance

Post links to everything else so we can see where you were planning to buy from and what they would charge you. You might be able to fit a P55 board and an i7 860 in that budget with some combos.
August 18, 2010 6:07:55 AM

heres the parts and prices...all from tiger direct except the parts you just told me to switch out...i also changed the memory to 4g like you suggested, do i need to change my graphics card or do the dual graphics cards to get better graphic performance?


power supply:


graphics card:

hard drive:


cpu and motherboard:
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August 18, 2010 7:05:17 AM

August 18, 2010 7:48:16 AM

Yes - also TD has combos a tad higher than Egg and HD 5850 can be had as low as $270 on egg (the one i picked out is as such, comboed with 945) If u thinking $345 for a HD 5850 might as well hunt HD 5870 hehe
August 18, 2010 7:53:59 AM

Ok thanks for the info hehe but do u think ill be able to run pretty much anything on a single 5870?
August 18, 2010 7:57:57 AM

Really depends on kind of gamer and game u playing : for Metro 2033 example highest end single GPUs could not play on AA/very high
Then again it is the new 'Crysis' performance benchmark and most/all games currently aren't as GPU intensive hehe
August 18, 2010 8:02:34 AM

honestly i want a computer that is as badass as can be for around 1000 bucks, ill be playing things like dead space 2 and star wars the old republic when they launch but im just looking for a very solid pc cause i have a macbook pro right now and i cant play the highend games and im afraid i wont be able to multi task like i want when i get further into 3d animation
August 18, 2010 8:04:50 AM

but what would be a good dual graphic card combo that would surpass the 5870 in performance for a price that doesnt get ridiculous
August 18, 2010 8:09:44 AM

Those games u mentioned aren't anywhere near Crysis/Metro 2033 so a HD 5850/5870 would be fine ^^
August 18, 2010 8:11:20 AM

:)  perfect thanks alot
August 18, 2010 8:13:09 AM

but for the record is that build you made up there as good as the one i threw together? and is the i7 860 better than what i chose? im new if you cant tell haha
August 18, 2010 8:34:59 AM

Considering many go with just the Rana X3 440 + a beefy GPU for just games no worries ^^ You can also wish to lightly OC that 945 on stock cooler just to hit 965BE speeds (it's definitely doable)
August 18, 2010 8:40:36 AM

did u build that on td or newegg cause i cant seem to find that combo at all and you mean i could overclock that 945 to 965 speeds without any extra cooling other than the fans in the box and the fan in the card itself?
August 18, 2010 8:51:17 AM

All from Egg USA For just a 400mhz overclock ya stock cooler is fine but for best results/higher clocks get an after market cooler ^^
August 18, 2010 9:05:48 AM

k :) 
August 18, 2010 9:26:45 AM

ok so i just upped to the 5870 and it ends at $768 ar is $100 bucks worth it?