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November 12, 2010 2:00:50 AM

This is my first ever PC build (first time actually posting on a forum as well) and I am selling my weak HP machine to make some cash to build this machine. I have come up with this build so far and have priced it on Newegg with all rebates and discounts included and I am currently at 489.83. I still may have to find a copy of Windows to put on the machine so this is pretty much the max cash I have at hand to build a complete system.

I currently have all extras (peripherals) and am only building the tower with no OS needed at this time. Also a big note::: I am planning to upgrade eventually to the new hexa core AMD line and possibly even to crossfire as well which is why I picked this board and the 5770 to go with the PSU so that I may upgrade when I have more green to spend.


AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ****http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASRock M3A785GXH/128M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard ****http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Green Series RG700-S12 700W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified,Single 12V Rail,Active PFC"****http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ****http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel ****http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ ****http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM ****http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



What do you think? Any suggestions to save cash or anything I am missing?

Thanks ahead of time for any feedback given.


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November 12, 2010 2:31:42 AM

@zooted - then he won't have the nice 8x/8x crossfire if he wants to add a second card down the line. 16x/4x crossfire combinations do not produce great results. Anyway...

Good choice on the board. The only problem is that it doesn't support your chosen CPU yet

http://www.asrock.com/mb/cpu.asp?Model=M3A785GXH/128M

I'm sure a BIOS update for the 450 will be coming soon enough, but as it stands now your system may not even POST! Always make sure when you guy a board and CPU that your system will be able to POST with the initial BIOS. If not, you will have to borrow a CPU so you can update the BIOS. You can chose a different CPU that will have a better chance of working (they should ship with at least a P1.20 BIOS by now) or you may want to look at this instead though it costs a little more.

ASRock 870 EXTREME3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.asrock.com/mb/cpu.asp?Model=870%20Extreme3

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November 12, 2010 2:41:56 AM

Wow I need to open my eyes...I didn't even see the crossfire request. Sorry in that case yes go with the asrock 870 as recommended above =]
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November 12, 2010 6:11:46 AM

SLI motherboard and PSU in the $500 bracket: when you want to have your cake then eat it twice over.

Here is my recommendation which manages to just squeeze in under $500 after rebates.



ASRock Extreme Motherboard will meet all your CrossFire and OC'ing needs.

650W Corsair PSU to power your eventual setup, because that 700W Rosewill PSU has an absurdly high fail rate.

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November 12, 2010 3:48:35 PM

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November 12, 2010 3:51:02 PM

Thanks for all of the help. I appreciate the feedback about the MOBO megaman. I would not have known that had you not pointed that out. Also to General moon I am probably going to end up switching out half of my parts now for some of those you pointed out as well. I have to run down to my local microcenter to check and see if I can save some addtl cash as I am pretty sure I saw an ad with the HDD and the case for lower prices than Newegg.

Again, thanks to all for the feedback. It has made my first post pretty fun and definitely helpful
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November 12, 2010 4:06:33 PM

Wow, Newegg reviews generally aren't a great source of information, but a failure rate that high ends any hope I may have had that Rosewill was finally going to provide a decent PSU. Even the review at HardwareSecrets was decent, but of course does not test longevity.
I'd get a Seasonic X-650. Plenty of power, and still over 88% efficient at 9.6% load.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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November 12, 2010 9:52:01 PM

So this is what I went with:: After buying the case (which is the thermaltake v4) at my local microcenter for 40 bucks and getting a 10 dollar rebate with that... as well as 65$ worth of rebates from the items listed below I should be at right about 482$ which is pretty sick. Now I just have to wait until they arrive around tuesday and hope nothing is DOA and that I can actually put it together without breaking something...


1 ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157198
Standard Return Policy $109.99
$99.99

1 XFX HD-577X-ZMF3 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814150501
VGA Standard Return Policy $154.99
$144.99

1 CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
Item #: N82E16817139005
Standard Return Policy $119.99
$89.99

1 AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103872
CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $78.99
$73.99

1 Patriot Viper II Sector 5 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PVV34G1333LLK
Item #: N82E16820220431
Memory Standard Return Policy $79.99

1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Standard Return Policy $54.99

1 LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289
Standard Return Policy $16.99

1 DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #541085 -$17.00
1 DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #547603 -$15.00
Subtotal $528.93
Tax $0.00
UPS 3 Days $2.90
Promo Code -$14.50
Order Total $517.33
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