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Budget gaming build

I'm currently looking for a gaming/office pc. My budget is 600-750. I most likely won't be overclocking as I don't wanna have to worry about temps.

CPU: amd 955 or 965
Ram: 4 gb's 1333 mhz or whatever speed is best not really sure.
OS: windows 7 64 bit
Mobo: possiblity of SLI/Crossfire. Not sure what mobo's are best, but I don't need onboard video.
GPU: ati 5570-5800 series or maybe a nvidia.
PSU: depends on what GPU's I go with.
Items not needed: Monitor, Keyboard/mouse, speakers.
Optical drive: Sony optiarc.

To clarify windows needs to be included in the price which is 100 dollars for oem.

My gaming is at 1920 resolution with settings around medium/high. I only play games like wow, aion, eq2 ect. I'm just looking to get the best performance for my money.
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  1. I'm thinking I will just go with a crossfire ready mobo, but not sure which yet. It's possible I can just buy the second card in a few months as well as long as everything is set up to crossfire. Going with one card for now would allow me to see if I even need a second card right away.

    I did forget to mention I need a case and hard drive to. For the mobo what is better a 790gx or something in the 800's? I'm not familiar with the different models of amd mobo's.
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    ASRock 870 Motherboard + Windows 7 64 home Premium $180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437524.13-157-198

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Case + Phenom II 955 $165
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.493015

    4GB G.Skill Eco 1600 cl7 Ram $96
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    Power Supply + 500 GB Samsung F3 Hard Drive $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492759

    Gigabyte HD 5770 Video Card $150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125327

    Asus 24x DVD Burner $19
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    total: $709 before taxes/shipping

    That motherboard supports crossfire 8x, 8x, you'll be able to crossfire 2 5770's with that power supply as well.
  3. Thanks for your input. Do you think the ram is good enough?
  4. zephyr948 said:
    Thanks for your input. Do you think the ram is good enough?


    The timings on that ram are 7-8-8-26 and uses 1.65v

    This ram is at 7-8-7-24 and uses less voltage @ 1.35v

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321&cm_re=gskill_eco_1600-_-20-231-321-_-Product

    Either way, I think you're still good to go, those timing differences aren't a big deal and you wont notice the difference in real time.
  5. Ok, and I have one last question. I'm not going to oc anything, but is my stock cooling enough? So far I figured I have 3 case fans, the fan from the 650w psu, and the fans from the 5850.
  6. zephyr948 said:
    Ok, and I have one last question. I'm not going to oc anything, but is my stock cooling enough? So far I figured I have 3 case fans, the fan from the 650w psu, and the fans from the 5850.


    The cooler that comes with the 955 is pretty good for being stock. The only bad thing is that it gets pretty loud when it's at full speed. Sounds kind of like a blow dryer. If you're looking for an aftermarket cooler a hyper 212 plus should be great http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212_-_-35-103-065-_-Product
  7. Ok, is the stock thermal paste good enough? I'll try for that cooler, but may not be able to afford it right now.
  8. zephyr948 said:
    Ok, is the stock thermal paste good enough? I'll try for that cooler, but may not be able to afford it right now.


    It's decent, yes.
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