Opinions on mATX gaming build

I've decided to go with these specs:

Phenom II x4 965 + 4GB DDR3 1600 Kingston HyperX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.555574
$221.98 -$25 MIR

Corsair 550VX PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004
$79.99 - 10% -$20 MIR

MSI GTX 470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127501
$254.99 - 10% -$35 MIR

MSI 890GXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130269
$119.99 - $20 -$10 MIR

ASUS 24x Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
$19.99

Antec P180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129044
$79.99 -$25 MIR

TOTAL: $723.43 - $115 = $608.43

+ 2x Samsung Spinpoint F3's
http://www.superbiiz.com/desc.php?name=HD-HD103SJ
$109.98 -$5 Promo

GRAND TOTAL:

$713.41 after rebates.

Anything you guys would change?
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  1. ^ Good build...
    How about this combo?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.553617

    With that board and the above PSU, adding 1 more HD 5850 is pretty much possible...
  2. gkay09 said:
    ^ Good build...
    How about this combo?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.553617

    With that board and the above PSU, adding 1 more HD 5850 is pretty much possible...


    I want CUDA for photoshop, and I really would rather go with a single GPU.

    Also, I'm looking at my power supply wattage requirement list, I believe I would be able to sub out a 580 in the future if I need it (or if the price drops radically).

    Mine is about $10 cheaper too, but that power supply is really nice.... decisions, decisions.
  3. if you're going single GPU, you have no reason to get an 890 motherboard.

    the AS Rock 770 Extreme 3 should be all you need, at $74.99
  4. ^ Actually Photoshop uses Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 2.0 for GPU accelerated features, which will also work with ATI cards, but just make sure though...
  5. ScrewySqrl said:
    if you're going single GPU, you have no reason to get an 890 motherboard.

    the AS Rock 770 Extreme 3 should be all you need, at $74.99


    I need a micro for that case... :/

    Maybe I should just opt to a 750W PSU in case I want to SLi in the future. I think I just might. The 10% is off of any PSU.

    CS5, Premiere Pro + CUDA info:
    http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/performance/

    I found a winner:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025
  6. if you need a micro, then go with a 785 or 880, then. Both are solid, with a single x16 graphics slot
  7. I wanted the option of switching to SLi in the future though, so I just upped the PSU. The case has room for it.
  8. Ya, I'd rather mod a board with nice features then get stuck with an overpriced, inferior nforce board, in case you were wondering screwy.
  9. Im using that case with a mATX gaming build, that CPU aswell, and I absolutely love it.

    I would highly suggest a 6870, but if you insist on your CUDA, then well, go for it!

    btw, there are micro ATX mobo's that have 2 PCI-e slots, so you can do SLI.
  10. ^ Just for the record, that board doesnt do SLI, but only Crossfire...

    And forgot to mention, better to search for a modular PSU as it would help reduce unused wire clutter inside that case also would help in better airflow...
  11. gkay09 said:
    ^ Just for the record, that board doesnt do SLI, but only Crossfire...

    And forgot to mention, better to search for a modular PSU as it would help reduce unused wire clutter inside that case also would help in better airflow...


    I can make it SLi :) (it's also my only choice considering there are no micro nforce's with 2 pcie's)

    And this PSU is modular, it just had 1 or 2 too many hardwired cables.
  12. ^ Which PSU are you talking about ? AFAIK the 550VX is not a modular PSU, am I missing something ?
  13. gkay09 said:
    ^ Which PSU are you talking about ? AFAIK the 550VX is not a modular PSU, am I missing something ?


    Yes, a couple of posts down I decided to go with an antec 750: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025
  14. ^ Oopsy, my bad dint notice that...The Antec TP is indeed a pretty good PSU and that is a good deal...
  15. Oh yes! Definitely go with a modular PSU! With this case, it is nothing short of a pain in the ass if you don't get a modular PSU!

    I don't know about the antec PSU (if its modular at least) But I would try having a look at the Cooler Master Silent Pro M700. Modular and powerful, good quality and yet very affordable.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171037
  16. Actually now that I see the $25 difference with the antec unit, and that the antec unit is also modular, go with that!

    the 750watts continuous will come in handy at points.
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