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November 24, 2010 4:51:20 AM

Hey Guys!
This is my very first build ever. Can you check/give recommendations before I buy? I’m well within the range of my budget of around $700. Right now, my concern is the quality and compatibility with the components of this build. (I based most of my decisions from the reviews off newegg, so hopefully I picked some good stuff.)
Approximate Purchase Date: By December

Budget Range: Around $700

System Usage: Watching Movies at 1080p, SC2

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Frys

Country of Origin: US

Overclocking: Maybe, if I find myself needing it or have the time to do it

SLI or Crossfire: I would like to have the crossfire option available

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

CPU – AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
VIDEO CARD - MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
RAM – G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS

Case: Antec 300 (I like how it has good airflow)
HD: 500GB HD Samsung or WD not really important

Additional Comments:
I have a few questions also:
1.) MB – I was looking at the M4A78TD-V Evo as well and it’s about 20 dollars cheaper but it doesn’t have usb 3.0 as far as the major difference between the 78 and 88. Is it worth getting the 88?
2.) PSU – I believe this is well within the range of what I need. I plugged my specs into a PSU calculator and it estimated my minimal PSU needed would be around 500w. Is it ok to use a higher watt PSU right?

Thanks for all your help,
I’ve been learning a lot from reading these forums.

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November 24, 2010 5:04:02 AM

^ Some suggestions - Here is a rebuild
X4 955 + Wintec 4GB DDR3

Mobo - The you have chosen would not be a good option if you want to Crossfire...Get this
ASRock 870 Extreme - x8x8 Crossfire

XFX HD 5770 + XFX 650W PSU

HAF 912 + Samsung F3 1TB
November 24, 2010 11:36:53 AM

Thanks gkay09,
I like your recommendations. The only thing I’m concerned about was the XFX HD 5770 and XFX PSU combo. I read the reviews there were some complaints of the PSU clicking and I’ve been reading everywhere that when it comes to PSU it’s usually best to go for Cosair or other top brands. How’s this?

ASRock 870 Extreme - x8x8 Crossfire + SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770
Corsair 650w

HAF 912 + Samsung F3 1TB [...] mbo.543371
X4 955 + Wintec 4GB DDR3 [...] mbo.556157

I don’t know much about video cards, what should I be looking for? Here are other video cards that are available with the motherboard combo.

Thanks for your help!

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November 24, 2010 12:27:08 PM

Wow thanks for your quick reply. Thanks for the links, it helped ease my mind about the PSU. I think I may actually give it a try.

Lol, Well it looks like I'm probably going to go with your original suggested build. Thanks for addressing my concerns.
November 24, 2010 12:27:32 PM

Best answer selected by chifish3.
November 25, 2010 2:03:39 AM

^ Good Luck with your build...
November 25, 2010 12:22:23 PM

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