New Build ($700 -ish)

Making a new build to replace Dell XPS. Will use existing hard drive and DVD drive.
Resolution is a non-issue (any GPU better than my current will do what I want).

Here's my build. I'm pleased with it, but wonder if there are ways to cut price without losing performance.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 $89.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

Mobo: ASRock 880G $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157191

RAM: GSkill 4GB (2GB x2) $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

CPU/PSU combo: AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black / XFX 650W $214.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514398

GPU: Palit GeForce GTX 470 1280MB $259.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261070

Total: $759.93
After Rebates: $729.93

I know I could get the XFX 750, but I think the discount from the combo makes up for the 100W loss.

So, how's it look? I don't want the price to go higher, and cheaper is better.
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  1. A 6870 would be better performing, lower power, and cheaper as a single card. If you plan on adding a second card (or if you really want to stay with Nvidia), I would get a 460. It'll probabaly be enough, and if you find that it's not, you can SLI another one down the road.
  2. Your mobo
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 + Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514568
    XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514542
    XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

    $734.94

    LE You can't SLI on that mobo, only crossfire.
  3. USB/SATA 3.0, Crossfire capable

    $727 with *one* HD 6870
  4. etk said:
    A 6870 would be better performing, lower power, and cheaper as a single card. If you plan on adding a second card (or if you really want to stay with Nvidia), I would get a 460. It'll probabaly be enough, and if you find that it's not, you can SLI another one down the road.



    I wondered what the feedback would say about the 6870. I was willing to let the free game persuade me to the 470, but I also forgot that my mobo only does CrossFire, not SLI.

    With all the "good" stuff sold out, the new question is....which brand: HIS, PowerCooler, or Sapphire?
  5. Not PowerColer, idk between the other two.
  6. +1 for batuchka's build (with one 6870 of course). The only change I would make is spend the extra $15 and get the Samsung F3 1TB drive -- double the space for $15.
  7. mosox said:
    Your mobo
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 + Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514568
    XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514542
    XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

    $734.94

    LE You can't SLI on that mobo, only crossfire.



    It seems I may have missed the immediate boat on the 6870 at Newegg (unless I want a HIS, PowerCooler, or Sapphire which I am not confident with any).

    So, what comparable SLI mobo would you suggest for the AMD 955 CPU?
    I could do the GTX 460 instead and get what I would need in a GPU. But on that note, would the extra $10 be worth the upgrade to a 465 instead?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121383&cm_re=gtx_465-_-14-121-383-_-Product
  8. batuchka said:
    USB/SATA 3.0, Crossfire capable

    $727 with *one* HD 6870
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-1750.jpg



    Since the Gigabyte is out, what do you think of the HIS, PowerCooler, and Sapphire gpu's?
  9. Not many SLI mobos on AM3 and they lack many features.

    Get the 6850, you have crossfire on that Asrock mobo and next year you can add another one, in the meantime one is powerful enough.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150505&cm_re=hd_6850-_-14-150-505-_-Product

    Look what two of those can do:

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ATI/Radeon_HD_6850_CrossFire/8.html

    Also the 6850 overclocks past the GTX 470.

    Sapphire is an excellent brand but only the XFX is in stock - anyway you have Lifetime warranty on XFX.
  10. etk said:
    A 6870 would be better performing, lower power, and cheaper as a single card. If you plan on adding a second card (or if you really want to stay with Nvidia), I would get a 460. It'll probabaly be enough, and if you find that it's not, you can SLI another one down the road.


    2 Questions:
    Is the 465 worth the few extra bucks?
    What SLI mobo would you suggest?
  11. mosox said:
    Not many SLI mobos on AM3 and they lack many features.

    Get the 6850, you have crossfire on that Asrock mobo and next year you can add another one, in the meantime one is powerful enough.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150505&cm_re=hd_6850-_-14-150-505-_-Product

    Look what two of those can do:

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ATI/Radeon_HD_6850_CrossFire/8.html

    Also the 6850 overclocks past the GTX 470.

    Sapphire is an excellent brand but only the XFX is in stock - anyway you have Lifetime warranty on XFX.



    If Sapphire is good, then I might as well get the 6870 now rather than the 6850.
  12. Sapphire only makes ATI and they know their business

    http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-radeon-hd6850-and-hd6870-review/

    The GTX 465 is a really bad card.

    But IMO two 6870 is overkill, you want to start with two cards?
  13. A GTX 465 wouldn't be worth it for $.01 more that a 460. A 6850 would be faster. If you are happy with components other than availability, just tough it out for a few days, refresh the newegg page, and when the one you want is in stock, order it. Your mobo has an integrated video card to start off with and verify nothing came DOA. You can order everything else now, put it together, install your OS and start to download flash, mozilla, cpu-z, adobe, etc. Migrate your files to the new drive and all that good stuff. It'll pass the time. It would suck to deal with a lessor card for a couple of years because you didn't want to wait a couple of days, trust me, I've made that mistake.

    Edit: didn't notice the change from 880g to 870, no IGP on that one, did your xps have a pcie card you could run for a couple days?
  14. pottsy523 said:
    Since the Gigabyte is out, what do you think of the HIS, PowerCooler, and Sapphire gpu's?



    Yep have a look at the manufacturer's website - study cooling solutions, etc and make a call ^^
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