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September 23, 2010 3:37:15 AM

Hello Tomshardware community. I've been trying to put together a decent gaming computer for around 700-800 dollars. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for making this build better as I can go about 50 dollars more. Also if you can spot any incompatibility with the parts I picked now.


Budget Range: 700-850 incl tax but after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Starcraft 2, WoW, newer FPSs), hd movies, web browsing, some video editing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS(windows 7 64bit)

Location: California, USA

Parts Preferences: AMD cpu, no preference between Radeon and the GTX 400 line but I went with the 460 since I'm not sure if i'll go crossfire

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not likely; I may crossfire down the line if I settle on a 5830 or 5850 but I picked the 460 for the price/performance of a single card.

Monitor Resolution: 1920*1080


Here's the parts in my cart now

Optic

Case + Ram

PSU + Hard Drive

MoBo + CPU

GPU gtx460

It totals up to $760 after tax is included and rebates


Since the graphics card isn't tethered with combo deals I'm thinking a 5850 might be worth it just for the crossfire possibility. I think the 650w should be able to handle the crossfiring 5850s if I eventually add another 5850. I ran a psu calculator and said the setup should only take 452w.

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September 23, 2010 5:21:14 AM

Thanks for the input on the psu and hard drive. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go for the 5850 just to keep the dual card option open. It seems like people have been okay with fitting the 5850 in the lian li case so I should be fine there.
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September 23, 2010 5:25:49 AM

For crossfire you need a mobo with two PCIex16 slots working at x8 x8, that MSI is working at x8 and x4 so it isn't good. For SLI you need some special AM3 mobos that don't have SATA3 and USB3.

Crossfire ready:

GIGABYTE GA-890XA-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 965 + XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill DESTROYER + LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$832.92 before the rebates.

Or you can keep your case/RAM combo and get a DVD writer separately.

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October 4, 2010 6:47:22 AM

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