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January 8, 2011 6:43:18 AM

Sorry I know you guys answer these a lot, but I really want to make sure I maximize my system for somewhere around 800. Already have Operating System and DVD drive.

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hec Zephyr MX-750 750W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified Active PFC HYBRID-SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: 723.92 so I still have room to expand and reselect components, please help!

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January 8, 2011 6:55:12 AM

Do you intend to crossfire in the future? If yes, that mobo will bottleneck another 6850 coz it runs in 4x mode. Get this Asrock mobo instead:
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-...
Everything else seems fine.
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January 8, 2011 6:58:08 AM

Thanks, the last system I built was in 06, so I'm a little rusty :/  Could I maybe drop a better card and stay under 800?
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January 8, 2011 7:15:39 AM

Yes ofcourse you could get the 6870 or even a 6950 maybe with some savings on case. Question is do you really want to? What resolution do you intend to play on?
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January 8, 2011 7:31:35 AM

Would it be dumb to say 1900x1200? Haha
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January 8, 2011 8:06:21 AM

Why would it be dumb. :p  LOL. Anyway, thats a good resolution. You might indeed make good use of a single 6950 or 2 6850s.I suggest, you get 2 6850s for that. I understand, it would go over 800$. But then thats upto you. I suggest you could go with one 6850 now and the get another one in 6 months. Mind you, at that resolution, you will need another 6850 in 6 months for sure if you want play everything at max settings. So, errm, dunno. Go with a single 6870. You can get away with a single one for a year maybe. So, there are your 2 choices:
single 6850 now but will need another in 6 months(est 175$ 6 months later)
single 6870 now but can get another card after a year(est 200$ 1 year later).
GL and hf :) 
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January 8, 2011 8:36:33 AM

Thanks!!
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January 8, 2011 3:54:46 PM

I would start with a single card, and expand later if you have to.
AFAIK, Hec is not known for quality PSUs. For a single card, 550W-600W will be enough. Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax all have models in that range that have received excellent competent technical reviews.
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January 8, 2011 6:41:52 PM

What would you suggest as far as a brands of PSUs? I'd appreciate a few links but if not its cool.
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January 8, 2011 7:03:10 PM

I noticed you're planning on keeping your DVD drive. If you do decide to go with the AsRock Extreme3, make sure your drive has a SATA connection, because AFAIK the AsRock 870 Extreme3 doesn't have the old IDE/ATA port. Made that mistake myself and was forced to switch motherboards. I was still researching parts at the time, but I'm just glad I caught it early.

If your drive does have an IDE connection, you can buy a SATA DVD drive for <$20.

For PSUs, the usual recommendations around here are PSUs from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, and perhaps Xigmatek. There may be some other companies I left out, though. I'm not too sure about HEC's PSUs.

The Antec Earthwatts 650W PSU seems like a nice one. I'm planning on using it in my build.
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January 15, 2011 11:41:32 AM

Best answer selected by hcstnfrd.
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