Help with this build please.

Hello everyone, I'm looking to build a gaming computer for around 750 dollars. This will be my first build so I am looking for a bit of advice. Here are the parts:

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136177 $17


SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908 $180

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
combo with
NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514332 $116.98

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
combo with
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514469 $115

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
combo with
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.526569 $235

Windows 7 OS $100

=773 with shipping
+45 dollars in mail in rebates cards
=728

Now I am wondering if there is anyway to stay around 750 while upgrading to a 6870 card and keeping a motherboard brand that I have heard is reliable(Gigabyte and Asus). Thanks in advances for any answers or comments.
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  1. Doubtful, looks like a good build as-is.
  2. Proxi, how does this CPU compare performance wise with the build you're helping me with? There aren't a lot of differences except the processor is totally different...
  3. Quote:
    Now I am wondering if there is anyway to stay around 750 while upgrading to a 6870 card

    $727 with just the one HD 6870 1st hehe
  4. AdamOnFirst said:
    Proxi, how does this CPU compare performance wise with the build you're helping me with? There aren't a lot of differences except the processor is totally different...



    The i5-760 is a stronger processor. The Phenom II X4 955 and 965, 970 are not too far behind it. If you would like to trim down the budget it's a good way to go.

    There are more differences in the build than you think though.

    -No USB 3, SATA3
    -550W PSU instead of 750W
    -CL9 RAM instead of CL 7
  5. How is this motherboard compared to the one in the original build?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131647
  6. Better in that it has newer features. Worse in that it is not a crossfire board. If you aren't going to run two video cards it's the better choice.
  7. Hello, proximon is right the mother board has a newer features but it's not a crossfire board. So i did a little research. In the first meseage you found a deal: Processor: amd phenom ii x4 955 BE and a mobo for $235.
    Well i found the same processor for $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&cm_re=amd_phenom_ii_x4_955-_-19-103-808-_-Product
    and a way better mobo that has new features and also supports crossfire: MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130269R for $96
    Together: $236
    I think you should change the processor and mobo u showed for the ones i found, with the rest of the parts you showed it shall be a good build.
  8. Thanks for all the answers and advice,one more question.
    Would it be worth changing the sapphire 6850 to the asus 6850?
    This one-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121399&cm_re=6850-_-14-121-399-_-Product

    I have read it has more performance and it is the same price
  9. Well about the 6850 from sapphire you get Core Clock: 775MHz, and the asus is a bit overclocked to Core Clock: 790MHz. So yes for the same prize you get a BIT more performace. But for your advise 6850 is $200 and 6870 is $230, so if i would be you i would go for the 6870.

    Also before you choose the best answer and close this thread tell us what system you decided to go for and why.. thanks
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