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October 17, 2010 11:11:02 PM

I've been tasked to build a PC specifically intended for gaming. But I'm not really a gamer... The PC should be able to run games at highest settings comfortably for at least a year.

I've tried to include updatability. I'm using ATI cards for this AMD set-up. But is crossfire as flexible as SLI? Meaning can I just put in any ATI card in a year and will it work in crossfire or will I have to use a similar card?

The budget should be about € 700 (about $ 977) but must include a legal Windows version (not my call) so that's only € 600 ($ 877). Feel free to use $. Tho note that I of course can't do rebates and such.

I use newegg links for your convenience but I will be getting the parts elsewhere.

Thanks in advance.

ASRock 890GX Extreme3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X3 445 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire HD5770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 4 GB DDR3-1600 Kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung HD502HJ 500 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec BP550Plus 550 Watt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung SH-S223C http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is about € 690, including OS.

Any comments? Will this suffice?
a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 8:27:29 AM

Too mobo heavy/GPU lite for the green - BP series Antec is also not 80+ certified IIRC

Off Ebuyer UK @ 457 pounds




Upgrade to the next bang for buck single GPU solution later down the road

On second thoughts
Quote:
But I'm not really a gamer... The PC should be able to run games at highest settings comfortably for at least a year.


Hit an IGP based mobo and when u do want to game your $$ could get ya better/more frames/efficient tech
a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 1:31:53 PM

Do you have some sites we can work with?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 1:44:41 PM

I agree with mosox.
If you are using neweggs price as references for european market, than you are way lost.
Things are way more expensive in europe than in US, especially than newegg.

Hmmm...
Where do you come from?

For Germany :
www.alternate.de
www.kmelektronik.de
www.atelco.de
www.arlt.com
www.mindfactory.de

(Note) Most of the time :
Basically if you found USD300 in newegg, you will find also at least €300 in europe (or even more expensive).
The USD977 to €700 conversion is mostly only in your dream, at least it is so in Germany.

a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 1:47:05 PM

Example
neweggs X3 445 = about USD75
kmelektroniks = about €80
see what I mean?
October 18, 2010 7:43:14 PM

BTW, I'm thinking of getting an EVGA GTX 460 in stead of the 5770. Only issue is the expandability later on. I mean, SLI won't work on this mobo and the site I'm using doesn't offer acceptable SLI capable motherboards.
a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 8:27:08 PM

SLI is not possible on AMD boards. single cards work just fine.
October 18, 2010 9:16:22 PM

There are some AM3 motherboards which support SLI. But either they're not available to me or they're not good enough.
a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 10:13:32 PM

the only ons are the 750a and 980a which are both really just am2+ boards with DDR3
a b 4 Gaming
October 18, 2010 11:13:11 PM

For now I got this, I'll look into it more tomorrow (cheaper case/PSU)

Asrock 870 Extreme3
Athlon II X4 640
Samsung spinpont F3 500GB
Sony AD-5260S-0B DVD writer
Corsair 4G DDR3 1333
Antec 300
Corsair 450VX
Asus EAH5770 CuCore

€ 614,38 on alternate.be (Netherlands)




October 19, 2010 5:54:58 AM

mosox said:
For now I got this, I'll look into it more tomorrow (cheaper case/PSU)

Asrock 870 Extreme3
Athlon II X4 640
Samsung spinpont F3 500GB
Sony AD-5260S-0B DVD writer
Corsair 4G DDR3 1333
Antec 300
Corsair 450VX
Asus EAH5770 CuCore

€ 614,38 on alternate.be (Netherlands)


Any reason for the rise in CPU from X3 445 to X4 640? I was under the impression the X3 445 could pretty much play any modern game.
a b 4 Gaming
October 19, 2010 6:36:03 AM

If have decided to go with mosox built, I wanna comment something about that :
1. The fourth core could be activated in X3, but no guarantee the unlocking will be succeeded, but if you get directly a X4, then you will have 4 cores with guarantee.

2. Corsair 450VX has only 1PCIe power cable, this will be difficult if you wanna replace your GPU even with a single HD5830 or GTX460, which requires 2 PCIe cables. Please reconsider this.
I have replaced my 450VX with 750HX because I wanted to replace my HD3850 with a HD5850 (a second HD5850 is coming next year along with new proc, mobo and RAM).

3. AsRock is a price/performance monster but it is on my second Tier of mobos, if you can still afford it, ASUS, Gigabyte, or MSI is better.

The rest is OK.

Prices are somehow a bit lower in Netherlands than here in Germany.
a b 4 Gaming
October 19, 2010 1:46:24 PM

In a few days new cards are showing up, can you wait, the prices for the current video cards should drop.

Found some other site:

ASRock 870 Extreme3
http://azerty.nl/8-1126-277361/asrock-870-extreme3-moed...
AMD Athlon II X3 445
http://azerty.nl/producten/product_detail/1184/277391/p...
Kingston ValueRAM - Geheugen - 4 GB : 2 x 2 GB - DIMM 240-pins - DDR3 - 1333 MHz
http://azerty.nl/8-749-80156/kingston-valueram-geheugen...
Samsung SpinPoint F3
http://azerty.nl/8-857-232977/samsung-spinpoint-f3-desk...
Sony Optiarc AD-5260S
http://azerty.nl/8-862-286252/sony-optiarc-ad-5260s-sch...
OCZ Fatal1ty - Voeding ( intern ) - ATX12V 2.2/ EPS12V - 550 Watt
http://azerty.nl/8-1073-204333/ocz-fatal1ty-voeding-int...
Cooler Master Elite 335
http://azerty.nl/8-1044-92113/cooler-master-elite-335-m...
ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU/2DIS/1GD5
http://azerty.nl/8-970-266900/asus-eah5850-directcu-2di...

603,95

LE I see the site is down for now.







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