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September 26, 2010 11:47:53 PM

Hi, this is my first build. I'm trying to keep the build around or below $800 Any advice you all have would be appreciated. I'm going to stick with a monitor that I already own for now. Ill be buying on the 27th. All of the part information is from

Rosewill RNX-G300EX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP ...
Item #: N82E16833166020
cost: $14.99

ASUS EAH5830 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814121367
cost: $209.99 before $20 mail in rebate

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
Item #: N82E16817341018
cost: $84.99 before $25 mail in rebate

Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
Item #: N82E16823109149
cost: $18.99

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9A G
Item #: N82E16820145251
cost: $84.99 before $10 mail in rebate

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147144
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136073
combo cost: $79.98 before $15 promo code on the hd

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103727
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131646
combo cost: $262.98

The motherboard I chose has an ATI Radeon 4250 video chipset already in it. I'm a newb; will I be able to put the radeon 5830 in there and connect them to get dual card performance or should I just get a different motherboard?

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September 26, 2010 11:51:30 PM

You can not "crossfire" a high-end card and an IGP. Even if you could the point is moot.
Also that board cant crossfire either, X16/X4 is really a bottleneck.

Is this for gaming? If so what monitor do you have and what games do you play?
September 27, 2010 12:47:52 AM

K, I'll choose a different motherboard then. Any suggestions on a good cheap one?

Ya I'll be using this computer for gaming. Starcraft 2 for sure, diablo 3 when that comes out, maybe WoW if the next expansion is good, the total war series is always good, and I'll probably pick up an fps or two when I can afford to throw some more money around.

I have a samsung syncmaster 192mp monitor with a tv tuner (

Its far from the ideal gaming monitor but I was planning on seeing how everything looks on it and if it is ok then Ill be able to save some money and space by not buying a new monitor. Do you have a recommendation for a monitor if I do decide to pick one up?

Thanks for the feedback

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September 27, 2010 10:19:11 AM

Crossfire ready but it's $2 over your budget:

Phenom II X4 965 + XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850


Or you can get this PSU/CPU combo:

September 27, 2010 11:11:37 PM

Awesome, thanks for the help!
October 2, 2010 5:53:31 AM

Alright, got the thing built no troubles and it all works perfectly. This is crazy!