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September 1, 2010 11:22:56 PM

I've been looking at building a new system for a bit now, but have been out of the game for a LONG time (haven't had a home computer in a few years).

After doing some research, I've compiled the following system, but wanted a second opinion (OS = windows 7 home 64-bit):

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG M2362D-PM Glossy Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD TV Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$20-25 dvd burner. Haven't decided if I want blu-ray or not.

any recommendations/changes? Do I need a heatsink/fan beyond the stock one? should I grab another fan for the case? What cables would I need to buy that wouldn't be coming with the components (dvi/hdmi?) Anything I could/should potentially downgrade to save some $?

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September 1, 2010 11:32:39 PM

downgrad 965 to 955 you can over clock. get one 5850 or 5870 instead of crossfired 5770. you never want crossfired in the begining of a build. um switch to samsung f3 spinpoint 1tb its better.everything else looks good. you don't need heatsink/fan unless your are doing serious overclocking. fan wise you are good. i would buy everything then see what you need because on my computer i got things that weren't listed.
September 1, 2010 11:40:32 PM

My budget is somewhat nebulous. I'm aiming for about ~1300 or so after taxes/shipping. I was opting for 2 lower end cards but crossfired at first but wasn't really sure where to begin on that (was looking at some 4650s or something earlier).

I was originally looking at a i5 760 originally actually. I still have the configuration saved at newegg. it was running me about $300 more give or take. I can prob trim that one just as well, but I'm still leery of Intel's Board of many Sockets...which one is the one that will be used longer, etc.
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September 1, 2010 11:48:28 PM
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rook1138 said:
My budget is somewhat nebulous. I'm aiming for about ~1300 or so after taxes/shipping. I was opting for 2 lower end cards but crossfired at first but wasn't really sure where to begin on that (was looking at some 4650s or something earlier).

I was originally looking at a i5 760 originally actually. I still have the configuration saved at newegg. it was running me about $300 more give or take. I can prob trim that one just as well, but I'm still leery of Intel's Board of many Sockets...which one is the one that will be used longer, etc.



You should be leery of Intel's many Board Sockets. LGA 1156 (the socket of the i5-760) is going to be ditched next year when Sandy Bridge arrives, after barely a year of being on the market. There won't really be any LGA 1156 processors worth upgrading to from the i5-760, either.

I also wouldn't spring on any Radeon graphics cards until the HD 6XXX series comes out in the next couple months. You will be able to get a much better deal on the HD 5XXX parts then if you still want them.


As for your build, I agree that there isn't much point in getting the Phenom II X4 965 unless you are completely opposed to overclocking. Both the 955 and 965 have unlocked multipliers, so they're the same thing under the hood. All you have to do is change the multiplier on the 955 to get the same performance as the 965.

That is an awesome set of memory. You could probably save some money with the use of combo deals.

The 750W power supply would be sufficient for anything you could possibly fit in the case (I'm thinking even an overclocked Phenom II X6 & Dual 5870's).

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB drive that samdsox mentioned is a great deal right now at $60 after a promo code.

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

You should also consider picking up an SSD for your boot drive if you're going to spend that much on your computer. Tom's Hardware and other hardware sites are really praising the performance of the latest generation of solid state disks. The Crucial C300 drives have incredible read speeds and are a slightly better value than Sandforce based drives.

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

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 2, 2010 5:32:51 PM

turns out the motherboaout of stock. Should I wait for a restock, or does anyone have any other recs?
September 2, 2010 5:55:16 PM

There's no guarantee that newegg will restock that motherboard, and even if they do, the price might not stay the same. That was definitely the best deal on a new motherboard with a dual PCI-E x8/x8 mode. You would have to step up to the 890GX model for $128 to get the same functionality.

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


or you could go with this Gigabyte 790X motherboard for $105 after a $15 rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 2, 2010 11:14:24 PM

rook1138 said:
I've been looking at building a new system for a bit now, but have been out of the game for a LONG time (haven't had a home computer in a few years).

After doing some research, I've compiled the following system, but wanted a second opinion (OS = windows 7 home 64-bit):

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG M2362D-PM Glossy Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD TV Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$20-25 dvd burner. Haven't decided if I want blu-ray or not.

any recommendations/changes? Do I need a heatsink/fan beyond the stock one? should I grab another fan for the case? What cables would I need to buy that wouldn't be coming with the components (dvi/hdmi?) Anything I could/should potentially downgrade to save some $?


I have recently had a PC made (I too was in the land of limbo, but only for 3 or so years) and just picked it up yesterday (check my sig for details). I too was thinking 5770 crossfired, but decided to go the 5850. I also opted for the 955, as I had also heard that there was minimal difference in performance vs $, and I haven't overclocked anything, I also have room for 2 more fans for when the summer heatwave hits!

And though I only played it a little last night, crysis was sweet (all settings on high- auto detected), however, once i quit the game windows (64 bit Professional) advised that i run in basic mode to better use the resources. I don't know how that will go as I went to bed, I'll see tonight i guess.

All told i spent $2000(Australian) on my PC (and that's with someone else doing the hard work of putting it together), but it could have been trimmed by about 500 bucks i reckon (smaller case, cheaper monitor, etc.). These days it seems to be all about GPU rather than CPU as the games don't seem to be keeping up with machines.

On a side note, my xfx 5850 came with assassin's creed (nice surprise as i was going to buy it anyway).

All the best, and I hope this helps

EDIT:Hmmm... seems my sig don't work...

AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition CPU 8mB cache/Gigabyte 880-UD3 Motherboard/4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600Mhz/1TB Western Digital HDD/
XFX ATi Radeon 5850 ddr5/Antec 750watt True PSU/Antec 902 Gaming Case/BenQ E2420HD Monitor/Windows7: Professional 64 bit
September 3, 2010 12:04:31 AM

UG! totally forgot I need to get an office chair to go with the new system since my wife broke the last one we had. That will limit my budget a little more for the computer. =(
September 10, 2010 12:02:55 AM

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