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July 29, 2010 12:40:09 AM

Ok here's the deal, I have around 800 dollars to spend and I have been shopping extensively along newegg and tigerdirect for the best deals to build a budget upgradeable pc for my brother. I'm going to list the components I have selected and I want to know if what Im picking is going to be cheap, stupid, or can be upgraded at the same price to something that works better.

1. AMD Phenom 940 Black 3.0ghz 2mb L2, 6mb L3, 125W = $120
2. OCZ Gold 4GB DDR3 1333MHZ (Because MOBO likes it better :)  ) = $70
3. MSI NF750-G55 SLI = $100
4. Case - I dont really care = $50ish
5. Rosewill RV2 - 700W SLI PSU = $50
6. I Inc 28" 3ms HDMI LCD Monitor = $250
7. Speakers - Ill get em some other time
8. Mouse/Keyboard - whatever we got in the house
9. Hard drive - 800GB 64mb cache = $60

For the GPU Im considering two 9800GTX 512mb GDDR3 with the SLI interface. Im not sure if thats the most budget friendly solution from where Im shopping. If someone can send me a link to a cheaper pair of cards that operate at the same frames in games like crysis, l4d2, HL2, and TF2 at a x1200 resolution then I will love you! :love: 
I found 1 for $120 on Tigerdirect.com.

Any advice on how I can be more budget friendly and increase performance please let me know because I want to build this rig before August 4th.

Thanks a lump! :sol: 
a b Î Nvidia
July 29, 2010 12:50:40 AM

First off, hell no to the rosewill PSU, there is no good 700W PSU for $50.

After that your parts seem a bit convoluted and wont work. You have DDR3, an AM2+ CPU that can only use DDR2, an 800GB HDD(never seen 800GB didnt know that was possible), and planning to start with SLI?

Not good picks at all, sorry. I will try to put together a better one for you.
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July 29, 2010 7:13:03 AM

I'm bored i'll take a shot:

Motherboard - ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - 99.99$ +2.99$ shipping.

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz - 159.99 + Free Shipping (Black Edition processors are great for over clocking.)

Memory - Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - 99.99 +free shipping (I personally own this, scores a 7.5 in Windows Experience Index, great memory for the price!)

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Green 800gb - 59.99 + Free Shipping (You might have listed this already, not sure, great deal in my opinion.)

Case - XCLIO A380BK - 79.99 + 19.99 shipping (I personally own this case too, and I have to say Full ATX is HUGE, but if you want room to expand and upgrade later you can't go wrong, I love this case.

PSU - COOLER MASTER GX Series 750W PSU - 69.99 + Free Shipping

GPU - SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - 194.99 + 6.98 shipping

All this gives you roughly close to 800$.

Edit: Sorry just seen you were interested in SLI. If you're just playing those games SLI might end up costing you more for just a slight edge in performance. If you're wanting to go with the 9800 GT's I would just go with the 5770. But if possible the 4870 or 4890 pair would be really awesome =] But would be overkill for those games, I use just one 4890 and play most games with full settings on a 1680x1050 resolution. Judgement call on your behalf =] Try going to Youtube and looking up game videos with the cards you are interested in.
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July 29, 2010 8:03:06 AM

You say you have $800 to spend and yet the items you listed total $940 with the 2 9800GTXs.
Here is a build that is actually $800 with some parts that are notably better;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Actual AM3 Phenom II x4 + cheap case(you said you didn't care and it will do the job.)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Decent modular 600w PSU + GTX 460(when OCed it should rival SLIed 9800GTXs while using much less power, having no SLI scaling/heat/airflow issues and providing DX11 compatibility.)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
2 x 2GB DDR3 1333 + a motherboard with the latest chipset including SATA 6g/s and USB3.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3. Much faster that the drive you were looking at and larger as well. It is the fastest drive you will find at a reasonable price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
23.6" 1080p 2ms monitor from a good brand

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

Total = $845 before rebates and $805 after
I don't think you are going to do much better than this for that kind of money.
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July 29, 2010 9:43:38 AM

^+1
Nice build, jyjjy... :) 
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July 29, 2010 10:50:06 AM

^^+2 :D 
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July 29, 2010 11:07:29 AM

maybe have a look at the gtx 460?
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July 29, 2010 2:26:03 PM

jyjjyjjyjjyjyjjjyjyyjjyjj's build seems 100x better then your planned build. Go with that.
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July 30, 2010 5:45:06 PM

Best answer selected by mrv1991.
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July 30, 2010 5:46:13 PM

omfg jyjjy you are the bomb man. How do you find these deals Dam! Im going to order this right away and start building. Thanks to everyone I now see that my build is garbage and you guys rule. Ill see you in the troubleshooting threads ;) 
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