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Need advice / confirm before I order, $713 gaming PC build...(links)

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August 22, 2010 1:21:47 PM

Looking for your opinions on this build before I confirm the order. I just want to make sure there isn't some glaring error that I'm missing, or something that may cause me trouble that I don't realize. I plan to add another 5770 and crossfire in the (near) future.

CASE:Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $55 +$20 ship = $75

PSU:Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply $90 minus $20 MIR, free ship = $70

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $105 + $7 ship = $112

MOTHERBOARD:ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard $128 minus $20 MIR plus $12 ship = $120

GPU:ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $166 minus $20 MIR plus $12 ship = $158

MEMORY:Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGV34G1333ELK $87 minus $20 MIR plus $10 ship = $77

PROCESSOR:AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX Might or might not come with a MW2 coupon code? Thought it mentioned that in the search page but can't seem to find any referance to it anymore.. hmm. $86 + $5 ship = $91. This is the only part that isn't on sale or doesn't have a MIR, maybe there's something else I should be looking at? Suggestions?


So there is it ... how does it look overall? Am I missing anything? This will mainly be for gaming and basic computing.. Hoping to get SC2 at least close to max settings, and run most newer games above medium, is this realistic with my build?

Any other tips, advice, warnings, suggestions are GREAT appreciated, thanks a lot !! :) :) 

Edit: Forgot to mention that I already have a hardrrive. I'll be purchasing (most likely) a 24 inch monitor to go with this when I find a decent one in the $200 range.

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August 22, 2010 6:07:42 PM

Hey sp12, what makes that mobo better than the one I had picked? Just curious :)  Also I cant order from newegg.com, gotta use .ca, so trackinng that one down would probabally end up costing more, is it worth the upgrade? ty
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August 22, 2010 6:10:54 PM

The PSU isn't necessarily better it's cheaper and modular. With 550W you can run two HD 5770. You can get the Antec though if it's in your budget. The GPU is factory overclocked and has high quality components. That one is also good:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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August 22, 2010 6:19:43 PM

mosox said:
The PSU isn't necessarily better it's cheaper and modular. With 550W you can run two HD 5770. You can get the Antec though if it's in your budget. The GPU is factory overclocked and has high quality components. That one is also good:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Alright good to know! The reason I had picked the asus 5770 is just becuase asus always seemed like a good name to me, I'm really not familular with videocard companies tho
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August 22, 2010 6:21:18 PM

jaybot3000 said:
Hey sp12, what makes that mobo better than the one I had picked? Just curious :)  Also I cant order from newegg.com, gotta use .ca, so trackinng that one down would probabally end up costing more, is it worth the upgrade? ty


USB and Sata 3, 800 series chipsets, some newer peripheral integrated chips (lan/sound). It ends up being 13 CAD more, which IMO is worth it.
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August 22, 2010 6:29:19 PM

Alright, switched the PSU for the OCZ one to save about $30.. I'll think more about the mobbo, other than that does everything seem compatable and stuff ?
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August 22, 2010 6:31:46 PM

Asus is a good brand, I just don't like some customer reviews in there and the total rating - could be better. Sapphire only makes ATI cards and they're pretty good at them, I own one myself. The Gigabyte is also good (Japanese solid capacitors, Ultra Durable technology, etc etc), you can look up for reviews on the net.
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August 22, 2010 8:03:29 PM

I'll keep this up for the rest of the day and unless anyone sees anything terribly wrong with it, I think this is what I'lll go with. First time build, really appreciate the replies everyone :D 
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August 23, 2010 2:07:01 AM

I noticed on the description for the ram it says "The Patriot PGV34G1600ELK DDR3 memory comes in a triple-channel configuration designed specifically for Intel’s new Core i7/i5 processor/P55 chipset-based platforms. "

Does that mean it will only work with an intel system, or that it will work with AMD but its just optimized for intel?
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August 23, 2010 7:06:40 AM

Yep, that's the combo I decided to go with, as with the ASUS 5770. A few pretty good deals here between the mail in rebates and combos I think.. Checked all the rest of the components for combo deals and couldn't find anything, so it looks like I'm good to go!

Thanks again for all your help everyone!

It's so nerve-wracking to click the button and finalize the order.. =) Really hope I'm not missing something and that all these parts are going to be compatable.
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