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August 20, 2010 3:18:09 AM

Hi. This is my first time trying to build my own computer and I want to get as much feedback as possible on the set-up before I make the purchase!! My purposes for the computer are gaming, specifically FFXIV, and general use (internet, word, etc.). Here's the build that I have so far. Any advice on improving it would be greatly appreciated (I'd like to keep the build below $650).

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
GPU
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5770 GV-R577SO-1GD Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
Motherboard
MSI 770-G45 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
PSU
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W Power Supply compatible with core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
HDD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
DVD/CD Drive
LITE-ON 22X DVD Writer Black IDE Model iHAP422-98 LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
Memory
A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
Case
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

This comes to about $650 before $50 in mail in rebates

One thing that I need to make sure will work properly is crossfiring 5770s in the future (is this a good enough/high enough wattage PSU?) Thanks in advance for helping and making my build better!!!!!!

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August 20, 2010 5:12:35 AM

^ That mobo doesnt have x8x8 Crossfire and also that 700W PSU is not a good performer...

Here is a build...
X4 955 + XFX 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Lian-Li K58 + 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASRock 870A Extreme - Does x8x8 Crossfire and also SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
$20 off with promo code EMCYWZV45, ends 8/23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$645
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August 20, 2010 5:22:14 AM

Do you have a link for the PSUs poor peformance?
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August 20, 2010 6:20:51 AM

Interesting read. The 600W ModXstream got glowing reviews from Johnnyguru.com

Also that XFX is a beast
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August 20, 2010 8:59:57 PM

Wow, thanks a lot for the help. I just have a couple questions. Someone told me that if I were to crossfire the 5770s I would need a 700-750w PSU? Is that not necessarily true, will the one you suggested be more than sufficient?

Also, will I need extra cooling with this build? If so, what would you recommend (again, if I'm going to crossfire eventually, will the cooling be necessary?)

Thanks a lot for your suggestions, you've already been very helpful.
Lastly, will this set-up let me use HDMI to connect it to my T.V. to use as a monitor?

Edit: also, should I just fork out the extra $12 to get the x4 965 processor instead of the x4 955? would it make enough of a difference? Thanks again.
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August 21, 2010 5:27:41 AM

^ With that PSU, you can even run 2x HD 5870s...

As for cooling, maybe additional case fans for exhaust and intake when you go Crossfire...CPU cooling if you will be overclocking...

Yes, you should be able to connect via HDMI...

And after the price cut, the 965 looks fine...
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August 24, 2010 7:37:50 PM

Best answer selected by potpies4you.
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