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Need help - $700-750, AMD/NVIDIA light gaming build

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September 2, 2010 5:31:50 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: $700-750 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General computer use, Playing World of Warcraft, very limited video encoding

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Windows 7 pro, 64bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, or others if recommended - not sure where else is good

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU & NVidia video card (gtx 460, unless it is viewed as unnecessary)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but most likely not

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like to try and make system as future proof as possible. Will not buy a new one for a while, may want to upgrade down the road.
September 2, 2010 10:30:51 PM

Could I get some advice on this build? Can you tell me if I overlooked something that will not work with this build? Not sure if the PSU is alright, or if there are better options out there.

DVD-RW
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD-RW 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

Video Card
GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Case and CPU
Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower and AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x

HDD and PSU
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM and Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified

RAM and MB
GIGABYTE GA-890XA-UD3 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard and CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Total comes to $776.85 after promo codes and shipping ($726.85 after MIR). Its a little higher than my stated budget, but it has shipping included, and a better Video Card than I was looking at so its alright.

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September 2, 2010 11:33:43 PM

Well you're going to have to hack drivers to be able to successfully SLI GTX 470s on an AMD chipset motherboard. To SLI you will need a Nvidia chipset motherboard, which last time I checked don't have SATA6G/USB3. Alternatively you could get an ATI video card. A 5850 will be plenty powerful enough at 1680x1050.

The PSU has been well reviewed at hardwaresecrets, the relatively poor/short warranty might put some people off. It is enough for one GTX 470, but would not be advisable for two.

You should get that case in combo with the 955, as the 965 is a factory OCed 955, it is the simplest OC in the world to get 965 performance out of a 955. Even if you don't do that the typical price difference doesnt justify the clock difference - in this case you would save yourself ~$15.
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September 3, 2010 2:42:01 AM

Thanks for reviewing.

So if I don't do SLI, as I would rather have SATA6G/USB3 than SLI. Also since the PSU won't have enough power for two video cards.

I would just need to get the 955 instead of the 965, then I should be good?


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September 3, 2010 2:49:43 PM

No CF/SLI hit a 870 chipset and ya 955BE would be fine
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