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December 14, 2010 10:48:03 PM

Hey guys,
I've been setting up this build of mine, but I need to know whether I've created bottlenecks or incompatibility somewhere, and I'd love to hear any advice you guys might have on alternative parts. Unfortunately, prices on newegg don't nescessarily mirror the prices in Denmark, hence exact prices on parts can't really be compared unless you check a Danish site, so it's gotta be in general terms (i.e. "the 6870 is about the same price as the 5850" - they are in DK, anyways).
I especially need help with choosing RAM and a monitor. So here I go:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1st halft of January.

Budget Range: Around 1500$, but that doesn't nescessarily get you the same in Denmark as it does in the US.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Will be used for gaming, watching films, a little bit of encoding.

Parts Not Required: Do not need keyboard, mouse, speakers or an OS.

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

Country of Origin: Denmark

Parts Preferences: I would prefer an LED screen for the low energy consumption, and a silent case is very important.

Overclocking: Maybe some time in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Quite possibly later on. Hence the big PSU.

Monitor Resolution: I like high resolutions, but I haven't had a desktop for years, so I don't really know.

Additional Comments: Quiet case, preferably without any bling at all.

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RIG: - I've converted the prices from DKK to USD.

Case: ANTEC MIDTOWER P183 ATX BLACK - 179$

PSU: XFX CORE EDITION 850W PSU - 139$

MOBO: ASUS M4A78T-E 790GX AM3 ATX - 136$

CPU: AMD PHENOM II X4 955 BE 3.2GHZ 8MB SOCKET AM3 - 187.5$

GPU: ASUS RADEON HD6870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E DVI/HDMI/DP - 321$

RAM: OCZ DDR3 PLATINUM XTC 4GB PC3-10666 (2X2GB) LOW VOLTAGE - 107.5$
or
CORSAIR 4GB DDR3 AMD DOMINATOR DHX+1600MHZ CL9(2X2GB) - 136$

HDD: SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F3 1TB SATA/300 7200RPM 32MB - 78.4$

DVD: SAMSUNG DVD±R/RW/RAM DL 22X SATA - 26.8$

Monitor: SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER BX2335 23" WIDE TFT LED - 250$

Total comes down to 1425-1453$



Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.
December 14, 2010 11:00:45 PM

Seems pretty good to me...
December 15, 2010 12:00:56 AM

Find a MOBO based on 870/880/890 AMD chipset. OCZ RAM is fine. 750w PSU is enough for it even with 2x6870's, see if u can find Corsair 750w PSU.

If you can post some websites dat would help us find better components in same budget.
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December 15, 2010 10:18:37 AM

mianmars said:
Find a MOBO based on 870/880/890 AMD chipset. OCZ RAM is fine. 750w PSU is enough for it even with 2x6870's, see if u can find Corsair 750w PSU.


MOBO: What about the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO USB3 890GX AM3 ATX? (Roughly 23$ more, but has Sata6 and USB3)

RAM: And the relatively low clock on that RAM won't be an issue (10666), and 4 GB will be enough?

PSU: I can get a COOLER MASTER GX ATX12V 2.3 750W for 102$
or I can get a CORSAIR TX 750W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V for 143$
the XFX I first listed is around 139 $


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If you can post some websites dat would help us find better components in same budget.

I'll happily post the website from which I will most likely be purchasing, but it is in Danish. www.dustinhome.dk
Feel free to link to newegg or whatever, just know that rebates aren't applicable, and prices might differ from here.

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December 15, 2010 12:35:13 PM
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^ get this RAM http://www.dustin.dk/pd_5010331603.aspx , its higher clocked and bit cheaper then the OCZ. Dont get confused by the i5/i7 in its name as its just a marketing crap.

Get the Corsair 750w, its better and i donno how but its listed cheaper then XFX, anyways XFX Black edition PSU are known well but have no idea about the core edition. Rather be safe and get Corsair as i am using the same and its well known quality PSU.

Get the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO mobo.
December 16, 2010 7:25:40 PM

Thanks a lot for the replies, they are much appreciated.

I'll follow your advice mianmars, and get the Corsair RAM and PSU, as well as the ASUS mobo. Otherwise, the rig remains the same.

RIG: - I've converted the prices from DKK to USD.

Case: ANTEC MIDTOWER P183 ATX BLACK - 179$

PSU: CORSAIR TX 750W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V - 139$

MOBO: ASUS M4A78T-E 790GX AM3 ATX - 178.5$

CPU: AMD PHENOM II X4 955 BE 3.2GHZ 8MB SOCKET AM3 - 187.5$

GPU: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO USB3 890GX AM3 ATX - 321$

RAM: CORSAIR 4GB DDR3 XMS3 INTEL I5/I7 PC12800 1600MHZ CL8 (2X2GB) - 101.5$

HDD: SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F3 1TB SATA/300 7200RPM 32MB - 78.4$

DVD: SAMSUNG DVD±R/RW/RAM DL 22X SATA - 26.8$

Monitor: SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER BX2335 23" WIDE TFT LED - 250$

Total comes down to $ 1461

Again, thanks for all your advice guys. Really appreciate it.
December 23, 2010 10:04:38 AM

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