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$800 AMD Gaming system - Final Advice

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September 4, 2010 11:39:21 PM

Hey all,

Looking to make the purchase possibly this weekend, via Newegg.com.

Please lemme know what you think of my build. My budget is $800 solid (including tax+shipping).

I've carefully lurked and roamed these threads, and asked previously, but still was not ready to make the purchase. I think I'm almost ready now, but would like to get final advice/opinions from you all.

Here's what I've selected:

$220: CPU AMD 955 + Corsair 650W PSU combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$120: Gigabyte GA-890XA-UD3 mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$230: Gigabyte GTX 460 1gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$98: G.Skill 4gb 1600 ram, 7lat: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$75: Samsung F3 HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

After 9.75% CA sales tax, shipping $1.93, and -$15 for the EMCYWPZ27 coupon code, the total comes out to be : $800.84, which will come down later on after the MIR's.

Please share your thoughts, and advice as to whether I selected the correct parts (especially mobo) for non-SLI config. My main concern is playing SC2 on ultra, PCSX2 and Dolphin emulators, and hardware quality. I do prefer Gigabyte brand over any other brand for the mobo, as my current mobo has lasted nearly 5 years.

Thank you in advance! :) 
September 5, 2010 12:16:47 AM

heres the build im about to order, its alot better then yours and is alot les as well

Phenom 955 + MSI 5830: $280 AR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.500245

ASUS 790X Board: $70AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131402

Seagate 500GB + Nzxt Gamma: $80: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.493001

XFX 650W Modular PSU: $65AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Win 7 + 4GB OCZ DDR3 1600: $160AR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.489756

Samsung Burner $18: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151216

with all the deals and rebates, price comes out to be about: $700 after rebates, and thats including the OS and shipping. but you got to get it fast, most of the deals that make it so cheap end monday. and with out the deals it about $900

hope this helps you alot :) 

P.S. i did not come up with this rig, timop did, i asked a very simlary question on here just today, and he/her came back with that, and now im about to order it.
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September 5, 2010 12:42:39 AM

firefox77 your links are broken.

How does the 5830 compare to the 460?

This chart has a comparison between most graphics cards when running sc2

http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/features/view/64848

although it does not include the 5830 listed in firefox77 build

Second, dookie are you including a case? (firefox included one)
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September 5, 2010 12:48:34 AM

my bad, let me see if i can get some working links up
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September 5, 2010 12:54:29 AM

for the most part, the 460 out performs the 5830 but indeed firefox's build is about $60-80 cheaper. I'd still take OPs build as he has the latest 890 chipset.

i just ordered a rig very similar to OPs just lacking in a couple areas (and cause i bought off of amazon for no tax and free two day shipping :p )

amd 955be
asus m4a87td
gskill ripjaw 4gb ddr3 1600
gigabyte gtx 460 1gb
wd black 500gb (f3's are having troubles with some mobos right now didn't want to risk any headache (even if it be minor))
ocz fata1ity 550w psu

came out to $700 shipped exactly (with the memory being the only item I had to buy off newegg).

i feel pretty good about my build and seeing as how my cpu and mobo combo was ~$248 I feel like later on the road I can just spend another $3-400 and have a sweet little sli 460 setup with a newer mobo and cpu :p .

overall, cheers to two good looking builds on both of our ends!
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September 5, 2010 12:59:23 AM

dandydaniel said:
for the most part, the 460 out performs the 5830 but indeed firefox's build is about $60-80 cheaper. I'd still take OPs build as he has the latest 890 chipset.

i just ordered a rig very similar to OPs just lacking in a couple areas (and cause i bought off of amazon for no tax and free two day shipping :p )

amd 955be
asus m4a87td
gskill ripjaw 4gb ddr3 1600
gigabyte gtx 460 1gb
wd black 500gb (f3's are having troubles with some mobos right now didn't want to risk any headache (even if it be minor))
ocz fata1ity 550w psu

came out to $700 shipped exactly (with the memory being the only item I had to buy off newegg).

i feel pretty good about my build and seeing as how my cpu and mobo combo was ~$248 I feel like later on the road I can just spend another $3-400 and have a sweet little sli 460 setup with a newer mobo and cpu :p .

overall, cheers to two good looking builds on both of our ends!

He DOES NOT have the latest chipset, READ!!! Its 790x..
North Bridge
AMD 790X

Read a little, titles can be deceiving!
DO NOT GET A GTX 460! You can't SLI in the future, get an HD58XX
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September 5, 2010 1:47:08 AM

whoops ahaha i've been so used to just reading the 87,88,89 titles on the asus boards (they represent the chipsets :p ) and i instantly thought 890 with the model of his mobo being xx890x..

and if you're on a budget and can't afford the dual sli or dual crossfire cards at the moment of purchase.. i honestly don't think it'll be worth it down the road. the 10-20% increase in performance by crossfiring (don't even know if the gains are in the 10-20% just saying rough ballpark) isn't gonna be worth the $230-260 for the second 58xx (since ati has been VERY slow at dropping prices on their gpu's as well) and say if you WERE to wait until the prices drop well then by that time, you'll probably want the newer cpu/mobo combo as well. but again, just my two cents and thats all it is so take it however way you want.
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September 5, 2010 1:50:54 AM

@sp12: I've looked at the ECO ram before--is it really better because it runs on lower voltage? How's the heatsinks on it compare to the "ripjaws"? Or are they just a gimmick?? I come from a time when heatsinks were boring and bland, like the ECO one, so I wouldn't mind them if they work the same way and the ram turns out to be better :) 

@erzbe: I don't need a case, OS, nor an ODD. I already have this case, but the one without the small lights on the front: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

@everyone: I have a 1600x900 LG LED Monitor, which I bought like 2 months ago. After extensive research, I've concluded that the 460 should be fine for me. Also, from my understanding, the 460 is very close to the 5830/5850, if not better. In my OP, I already expressed that I won't be using/needing "SLI", as SC2 is the most demanding thing that I'll be playing.

So whatcha guys think? Should I change for a different mobo? Different GPU? Different PSU?

Please keep me under $800.

Thanks again for taking a look, and responding so quickly and thoughtfully!
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September 5, 2010 4:52:05 AM

Bump.
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September 6, 2010 7:23:18 AM

Sticking to my orig build, and getting the ECO series ram instead.

Thx for the help and advice, though.
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