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August 23, 2010 8:23:17 PM

My original intent for this build was gaming but I'm also looking to extend functionality (e.g. HTPC). Thanks to all for your comments!

1. Ruled out mobo with on-board GPU
2. Ruled in mobo with SATA6 and USB3.0
3. Ruled out mobo with Crossfire capability

Here are my questions:
1. Can I get better quality components for around the same cost?
2. If I wanted Crossfire, what AMD mobo should I consider?
3. What would be a comparable Intel build?
4. Though I think SSD is not cost-effectively mature, I put one in on the build. Should I save the money by eliminating SSD?
5. Any cost effective recommendations on HD monitors?

Case + PSU combo ($189.98 - $50 combo - $15 promo = $124.98)
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ( )
XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready ( )

CD/DVD Burner ($18.99)
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B ( )

GPU + Memory combo ($239.98 - $20 combo - $35 MIR = $184.98)
OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOE1600LV4GK ( )
SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ( )

CPU + Mobo combo ($260.98 - $25 combo - $10 gift card = $225.98)
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor ( )
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard ( )

HDD ($46.96)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

SSD ($133.98 - $35 MIR = $98.98)
ICY DOCK MB990SP-B Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SSD & IDE/SATA HDD Bracket ( )
Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2/64GB 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive ( )

Total ($890.87 - $110 combo/promo - $80 MIR/Gift Card = $700.87)

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August 23, 2010 8:40:54 PM

Good use of combos.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 23, 2010 10:46:03 PM

Scrap the SSD and get a HD 5850.
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August 24, 2010 5:57:49 AM

I agree with mosox, ditch the SSD, wait a year for the price to drop and capacity/speed to increase. I am running 2 HD5770 in crossfire, I got these before the 5850 was released. If I had it to do over again, would go with the 5850.

You are really looking at 25 second longer boot time, and a few seconds on loading screens in games. My mind wanders for longer than that.
August 26, 2010 1:59:08 PM

Thanks for the replies. Can someone provide an opinion on price-performance between a Radeon HD 5850 and a GeForce GTX 460? Would the GeForce work with all of the other components in this build?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 26, 2010 2:05:58 PM

The mobo has only 1 PCIe16, so yes GTx460 will work just fine, since you won't bother with SLI or XFire.
I think GTX460 is better in term price/performance than HD5850, but HD5850 is still stronger.


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a b B Homebuilt system
August 26, 2010 2:23:44 PM

Out of the top of my head the 460 is better in price/FPS but the 5850 is more powerful so it will last you longer.

GIGABYTE GA-890XA-UD3 (crossfire)
AMD Phenom II X4 955 + HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850


September 1, 2010 12:31:54 PM

I kept the SSD, sold the 5770 and I'm waiting for my Asus VH236H monitor ($158.02 - $20 MIR) and a Palit GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic Platinum ($240 - $30 MIR) to arrive over the next couple of days. After reading through Tom's Hardware forums, I realize that there have been complaints about the Palit 460s ability to stay quiet and cool but I thought the deal was too good to pass up. Including a G15 keyboard and MX518 mouse, my running total on cost is about $1150. Assuming approval on all my MIR, my total build cost should be $1000.
September 2, 2010 12:31:50 AM

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