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Checking Final Gaming Build - Opinions/Critique Needed Please

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September 28, 2010 5:13:45 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $700-$1,000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo editing, media streaming and storage, gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, and monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD 965 BE processor with AM3 mobo

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not currently

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Prefer serious consideration for future upgrades

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Hello all, I would like to start by thanking you all for your knowledge and time. I am looking to build a rig for photo editing and gaming. I plan to set up home media network to stream my videos to my family room television downstairs. I do not require extreme performance but would like a computer that i will be satisfied with for several years. For this reason I have loosely chosen to go with AMD. I have put together a cart with the parts i am considering.

1 COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh
Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
-$20.00 Instant
$109.98
$89.98

1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
$109.99

1 SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI
Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
Combo with: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754

-$15.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$269.98
$239.98
1
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

COMBO WIth: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
-$30.00 Instant
-$40.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$254.98
$184.98

1- GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD
Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
COMBO WITH:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

-$15.00 Instant
-$25.00 Combo
$349.98
$309.98

Subtotal: $934.91


I am also considering the GeForce GTX 460 GPU and this mobo with my CPU(price= $320):
ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 ATX AMD Motherboard

If anyone could provide some info on why i would want this mobo or whether its worth the $$, i would greatly appreciate it. I was also considering a 790FX mobo but dont have much knowledge on the matter.

Is my power supply a suitable size? Is this roughly the size i want should i decide to crossfire my GPU in the future?

Thank you all in advance for reviewing my post! Im very grateful.
September 28, 2010 5:18:30 AM

for photo editing, you should consider a 6-core, as most intense editing programs like as many cores as they can get.

a HD 1075, with a 1 TB HD, 4 GB RAM and a HD 5770 or GTX 460 should be in your price range. You might even squeeze in an ssd

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September 28, 2010 3:43:29 PM

You will NOT be able to crossfire with a GTX 460. on that mobo as it is an AMD chipset,
6 cores for PHOTO editing ???, VIDEO editing surely, I do not think 6 cores needful for photo editing, rendering maybe, your psu should be plenty strong for your current and intended uses...:) 
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September 28, 2010 6:41:59 PM

Yes, i feel pretty confident in the CPU choice. My biggest concern is that im overspending on the MOBO and that my PSU is too large. Any comments?
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September 28, 2010 6:44:58 PM

fpr a single 5770, yes, you probably are.

do you plan to crossfire eventually? If so, keep the 890. If not, step back to an 880 GMH, for about $89, and lower the PSU to a 550-600W. the money saved could get a 5850 or GTX 460 easily.

If you plan to eventually crossfire 5770s, you won't need more than a 650 PSU
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September 28, 2010 11:41:05 PM

Using the 880 GMH- Can i still use 1600 DDR3 ram to its fullest efficiency?
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September 29, 2010 12:45:42 AM

yes, but depending on the model of 880
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