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November 20, 2010 10:35:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: before or on Black Friday

Budget Range: ~$600 before rebates

System Usage: Primarily gaming with the occasional dvd movie/stream

Preferred Places for Parts: local Fry's and Newegg.com

Parts Preferences: AMD cpu & gpu, Cooler Master HAF case

Overclocking: perhaps in the future

Crossfire: eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 on a Samsung SyncMaster 220wm

Additional Comments: After surfing these forums and researching online I have put together a rig for purchase in the next few days. Would it be worth waiting that much more to see the Black Friday deals on Newegg? After running on a single-core cpu for years, I suppose a few extra days wouldn't hurt. The one thing I am worried about is that the PSU isn't enough to Crossfire two 5850's in the future however, the GPU and PSU have a nice combo right now that shaves off a good amount of cash though I believe it ends tomorrow, the 21st. I'd also prefer that combos and free shipping be taken advantage of.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black ATX Mid Tower
PSU: XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
Mobo: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel
GPU: XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
CD/Dvd: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C

Total: $611.93
November 20, 2010 11:13:57 PM

Looks solid to me. If you are planning on CFing, I would probably get a 750W psu just to be safe. Consider the Radeon 6870, scales better than the 5850 and you are more likely to find one down the road if you are considering crossfire.
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November 20, 2010 11:28:25 PM

Everything looks almost perfect really. Looks like somebody's been doing his research :) 

Just one thing though. On that resolution, you'll barely need a 5770 or at most a 5830, forget 'bout a 5850 xfire system. So unless you're looking to upgrade to a full HD monitor, you can drop the card and drop down to a more reasonable PSU. And if you are looking at a monitor upgrade, I'll seriously look at something from the 69xx range as well.
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November 20, 2010 11:52:20 PM

Thanks for the speedy replies. Eventually the monitor will see an upgrade, but not for a while. I'll probably swap down to a 5770 and save a bit of cash considering that I'll only run CoD:BlOps and WoW for now. I could just CF them if I need to upgrade.
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November 21, 2010 12:15:13 AM

Absolutely. Neither are too gfx intensive. So even with a monitor upgrade, a 5770 xfire system should be more than enough - and certainly better in terms of the price performance ratio.
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November 21, 2010 4:20:08 AM

wilskar said:
Thanks for the speedy replies. Eventually the monitor will see an upgrade, but not for a while. I'll probably swap down to a 5770 and save a bit of cash considering that I'll only run CoD:BlOps and WoW for now. I could just CF them if I need to upgrade.


If u are thinking CF that Asrock 770 is 16/4 so is not recommended so hit a 790X/790GX/Asrock 870Extreme3
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November 21, 2010 5:21:19 AM

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 + GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
AMD Athlon II X4 640 + Kingston HyperX 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 + dvd-rw
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$562.92
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November 27, 2010 11:01:24 PM

Best answer selected by wilskar.
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