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September 25, 2010 7:03:36 PM

Hi,
I'm looking to build my first comp. MY current pc is a low end dell which i upgraded gfx card and power supply in.
main things i will be doning with the pc are playing video games ( ie FFxiv and other mmo's, SC2, and possibly future fps's), streaming/watching movies, surfing the internet, and homework (programming assignments) yay uni lol.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (sept 25- oct 2)

Budget Range:~ 1250 cad before rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D games (SC2, various mmo's (ffxiv, wow)), Internet surfing, streaming TV/movies, homework.


Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: have been using newegg.ca to price things out so far.


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: amd/ati


Overclocking: cpu at least


SLI or Crossfire: crossfire


Monitor Resolution:1920x1200 right now

Additional Comments:
I'm currently using 2x 24" lcd's and am looking at getting a 3rd in the near future, I would like to be able to use ati's eyefinity with this build. (max resolution across the 3 monitors would be 5760x1200).

in regards to an os i have access to win7 professional 64 and 32 bit os's through school ( MSDNAA :)  ) but would i be better off purchasing win 7 64 home?


Here's my current parts scelection

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

Motherboard: ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply *will this PSU be sufficient to support crossfired 58xx cards and possible overclocks?

HDD: 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive in RAID 0

DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM


GFX: I'm kind of stuck here, wondering whether to buy 1x hd 5850 (possibly2 depending on budget) or 1 hd 5870 (or even 2x 5750's).

RAM: also could use some suggestions here. no idea what is compatible with the mobo i've chosen or what the best speed to look for would be.

thoughts and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

Thanks Xanin
September 26, 2010 2:26:46 AM

Xanin said:
Additional Comments:
I'm currently using 2x 24" lcd's and am looking at getting a 3rd in the near future, I would like to be able to use ati's eyefinity with this build. (max resolution across the 3 monitors would be 5760x1200).

Unless one of your monitors has a displayport, you will need an active single-link hdmi/dvi to displayport adapter to add a third monitor.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

Xanin said:
in regards to an os i have access to win7 professional 64 and 32 bit os's through school ( MSDNAA :)  ) but would i be better off purchasing win 7 64 home?

Windows 7 professional is better. It has all of the features of home premium and more. You definitely want to use the 64-bit version.


You could save some money with:

MSI 870A-G54 ATX AMD Motherboard
$102 after a $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 ATX AMD Motherboard
$132
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Xanin said:
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply *will this PSU be sufficient to support crossfired 58xx cards and possible overclocks?

That's a very high quality power supply. It would be good enough for two HD 5850s or two HD 5870s.

Xanin said:
GFX: I'm kind of stuck here, wondering whether to buy 1x hd 5850 (possibly2 depending on budget) or 1 hd 5870 (or even 2x 5750's).

I would go with an HD5850. It's a better value and more efficient than the HD 5870. It also still gives you a route to upgrade unlike dual HD5750s.

Xanin said:
RAM: also could use some suggestions here. no idea what is compatible with the mobo i've chosen or what the best speed to look for would be.

4GB is plenty for all of your applications. AMD systems use dual channel kits (2 x 2GB). DDR3 1600 CL7 gives you more overclocking than DDR3 1333 kits and is a very good value. Here's a decent choice:

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CL7 Desktop Memory
$98 shipped
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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