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August 26, 2010 12:49:37 AM

This is my first build and I would like to make sure that I have made the best parts descisions. Thanks!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1100 max USD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Documents, Gaming, Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 16:10

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: None

AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE $152 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF 922 $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler $30(local Fry's price) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cd/dvd rom $20 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity $290 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 $100
Total- $1097

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August 26, 2010 1:05:04 AM

IMO you're overspending on the motherboard. A Ga-870a-ud3 would work just as well for your needs and allow for an X6 at the same price.

Alternatively, an Intel i5 build would only be 30$ more expensive and better for gaming.

Save 20$ and get better performance with a 470. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|14-127-501^14-127-501-S01%2C14-500-157^14-500-157-TS They've gotten 100$ cheaper and 15% faster since launch.

For 3$ this ECO kit will pay for itself over time. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU should be swapped for the XFX black edition 850watt. 5$ saved for a nicer, higher wattage unit.
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Anonymous
August 26, 2010 1:20:33 AM

An intel i5 is also an option but the 1156 slot is dead. But if I did that I could go SLI. What wattage PSU would I need to SLI 470s?
August 26, 2010 2:04:59 AM

How often are you planning to upgrade your CPU? Every year? Sure no more CPUs will be coming out for LGA 1156, but we also dont know if there will be any new ones coming out for AM3, bulldozer may or may not be but i think its more likely that it wont be. An LGA 1156 build will give you good performance now and i would consider the option for SLI or CF to be better upgrade potential than maybe upgrading a CPU down the line.

A good 750W unit will run two GTX 470s just fine.
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