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November 26, 2010 2:29:09 PM

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System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet browsing, office-based tasks, gaming. Basically my parents' PC that I'm buying into for a little bit of gaming, with the 5770 and possibly a little more on the mobo than necessary for their purposes.


Parts Not Required: OS.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: N/A (using local store).


Country of Origin: Australia


Parts Preferences: None.


Overclocking: Maybe in a few months, no need to plan ahead for it in particular.


SLI or Crossfire: No.


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 probably.


Additional Comments: Would be nice to trim down the price wherever possible, as opposed to filling up the US$900 with better parts. Planning to keep this build for 2-3 years - while it may fall out of touch gaming-wise, as long as it's still performing well generally, that's ok. While I've planned an AMD build, I'm more than open to an Intel-based one instead.

Budget Range: ~$AU930 = ~US$900 (+$70 for assembly/testing: while I would like to do it myself and learn a little, there's the warranty to think about...) All prices US from here on out.

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Here's what I've got so far (apologies for the lack of links, I'm in a hurry):

CPU: AMD X4-955, $148.
Is the drop in performance with an X2-555 worth the $50 saved?

MOBO: Really stuck here, I'm wading through reviews and whatnot but not achieving much. Don't suppose there's much point in trying to future-proof it, as it seems like the gains with an X6, for what I'd be using it for, are negligible. No CrossFire planned, SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 would be nice, but not entirely necessary. Looking at spending about $120 (less if possible).

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, $55. May throw in a SSD in a year or two if prices drop enough, but not worried about that yet.

GFX: Powercolor 5770, $133.

RAM: 4Gb G-Skill Ripjaws 1333, $70. Thinking of going to 6Gb for $104 - worth it?

PSU: Antec EA-650, $98.

Case: Antec 300, $56.

Monitor: either 23” 5ms DVI Acer G235HBMD for $136 or 24” 5ms Acer G245HBMID for $154. They're not getting too big for the 5770 to be able to handle, are they? Max resolution of the 24" is still only 1920x1080.

Optical: Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Drive, $57.

Input: Logitech MK250, $30.

So taking the X4 and the 23" monitor, the total comes to $782, without the motherboard.

Any help with this build would be MASSIVELY appreciated! Criticism, suggestions, whether they be improving performance or cutting price, all welcome. Thanks in advance : ).

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November 26, 2010 3:02:47 PM

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stick with the X4 over the X2, more cores=better performance. yuo *MIGHT* unlock more on the X2, but the $50 is worth the guaranteed cores

for the mobo, I'd get an AS Rock 770 Extreme 3, which has USB 3 and SATA 3, solid capacitors and great value. If you need to trim money, the basic model of the 770 is inexpensive.

Stick with 4 GB of RAM for now. the 6 GB kits are for the triple channel Intel 1366 boards only.

If you can swing it, look for a GTX 460 if you are running 1920x1080. 5770 struggles with that resolution in games.

do you REALLY need a $30 keyboard?
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November 26, 2010 3:27:11 PM

I have a $50 keyboard.. Nice for gaming because on cheap one the keys "ghost". For instance mine will recognise up to 6 or 8 keys at once, not sure, cheap ones will recognise probably up to four or five I guess.
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November 27, 2010 12:26:36 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
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stick with the X4 over the X2, more cores=better performance. yuo *MIGHT* unlock more on the X2, but the $50 is worth the guaranteed cores

for the mobo, I'd get an AS Rock 770 Extreme 3, which has USB 3 and SATA 3, solid capacitors and great value. If you need to trim money, the basic model of the 770 is inexpensive.

Stick with 4 GB of RAM for now. the 6 GB kits are for the triple channel Intel 1366 boards only.

If you can swing it, look for a GTX 460 if you are running 1920x1080. 5770 struggles with that resolution in games.

do you REALLY need a $30 keyboard?


Thanks a lot! I might stick with the 5770 - this is a family internet/office pc first and foremost, and I won't be shattered if i have to play at 1680x1050 or on lower quality. That being said, there's a possibility that I would chuck in another 5770 in CF if I can get one on the cheap in a year or so - should I then go with the Extreme 3 over the vanilla 770? And in general, what advantages would I be looking at if I go for the Extreme 3?

And the MK250 is a cordless kb/mouse combo, so perhaps slightly less extravagant : P.
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November 27, 2010 12:36:03 AM

the extreme 3 770 has USB 3 and SATA 3, but bth the regular and extreme models are 16x/4x for the video card ports. It can work, but it loses about 10% compared to 16/16

if you look into crossfire, AS Rock has the 870 iCafe with just SATA 3, or the 870 extreme 3 which does 16x or 8x/8x in crossfire (which loses only 2% vs 16/16).
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