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November 1, 2010 3:39:11 PM

I am building a new system, and havent done so since the days of Athlon XP 2000+ so I'm sure that a lot has changed. Anyway I am looking to spend about $800-$850 bucks on a system including Windows(I'll buy a monitor later). Ive got my parts selected but now I'm looking on advice as to if I have too much money spent somewhere or not enough spent somewhere else.

Here is the rundown:

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz $152 (I plan to try overclocking)

GPU:
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB $180
VisionTek 900338 Radeon HD 6870 1GB $240

MoBo:
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX $95

Power Supply:
APEVIA ATX-JV650W 650W ATX12V $55

Case:
NZXT GAMMA Classic Series $40

RAM:
Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $130
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $80

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM $40

OS:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $100

Plus a generic keyboard and optical drive.

By my math that all comes out to about $801 but i have a little wiggle room which is what I wanted. So let me know what you think. I'll include a link to my wishlist on newegg so you can have quicker links to all the specs if you feel like digging a little.

Thanks in advance.

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November 1, 2010 6:40:02 PM

Ok I did a little research and found that 6Gb of RAM is pretty worthless unless your Mobo has triple channel support, which the one i have selected does not. So im going to go with 4Gb for $80 and upgrade to a AMD Radeon 6870 for $240. Adds $10 to the price but thatll make me happy i think in the end.

Anything else I'm missing?
November 1, 2010 6:46:56 PM

What do you plan do use the system for?
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November 1, 2010 6:52:32 PM

Mostly Gaming. Some Internet and HTPC type stuff, streaming videos to TV and whatnot.
November 1, 2010 6:55:10 PM

What resolution?
November 1, 2010 6:55:27 PM

get a 6850 instead of the 6870 and just OC it

also get a Hyper 212+ HSF if you wanna OC your CPU...with the money saved get a HAF 922 case for better airflow and more room for future crossfire.

im not to sure about that PSU though.....
November 1, 2010 7:04:57 PM

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November 1, 2010 7:06:42 PM

cjp3212006 said:
What resolution?


It will be 1900 X 1080 when i get the monitor later this month.

I do need a cooler thank you for reminding me jason. Do you have a Power Supply you'd suggest for around the same price?
November 1, 2010 7:10:13 PM

I apologize i thought I had covered most of this stuff in the post but here goes:


Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks


Budget Range: 800-850 usd Before rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, HTPC type stuff


Parts Not Required: Mouse, Monitor


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: by brand or type AMD CPU but im open after that


Overclocking: Yes / Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
November 1, 2010 7:25:50 PM

ok so get the 6850 instead of the 6870 and save $

the 6850 is a BEAST overclocker and the 6870 doesnt OC well at all...without increasing my voltages on my XFX 6850 i have it running at over 6870 speeds. (950/1040)

as for a PSU

these are a tiny bit more expensive but they are 100x better and will crossfire for you in the future as well as save on your energy bill

650TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 650w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise your build looks good....i would probably recommend getting the HAF 912 or 922 case though
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