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1st time gaming rig build

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January 20, 2011 4:28:56 PM

This is what i have going so far,
ASUS M4A89GTD pro/USB3.0 AM3 890 ATX mobo
Phenom II X 6 1090T black edition cpu
Hitachi 7200 rpm 16 mb cache 500 gig HDD x 2
Kingwin 750 watt atx crossfire x ready psu
ati radeon HD5770 video card x 2
Coolit systems ECO liquid cpu cooler
Windows 7 64 bit
antec dreamer mid sized case.
What would be good memory to go with this set up? cant decide on 6, 8, or 16 gig. what would be good thats not massively expensive and compatable? Budget is 1000.00.

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January 20, 2011 4:43:49 PM

Is this just a gaming computer? if so, check out Sandy bridge, or changing to a phenom 955....

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Hitachi 7200 rpm 16 mb cache 500 gig HDD x 2
I assume the X2 means you are doiing RAID.... first, don't get Hitachi! get spinpoint F3... second, a SSD with a larger storage drive would be smarter!

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Kingwin 750 watt atx crossfire x ready psu
I don't really like Kingwin... I'd go for a corsair 650 watt PSU, make sure it is certified, but that is a minimum, I'd still say go for 750+ watts... make sure it is certified..

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ati radeon HD5770 video card x 2
One higher end GPU would be better because later on you can do crossfire...

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Coolit systems ECO liquid cpu cooler
if this is your first build, stay away from Liquid... I'd go for a coolermaster H212....

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antec dreamer mid sized case.
full size case... antec 300 is good...
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What would be good memory to go with this set up? cant decide on 6, 8, or 16 gig. what would be good thats not massively expensive and compatable?
=o, you don't NEED more then 4 gigs, if you are going to do video editing(not just the occasional vid), then look at more... 6 gigs is for core i7s... 4 gigs 1600mhz g.skill RAM is great!
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January 20, 2011 4:52:49 PM

The reason for the 2 hd5770 cards is that i have one already. i thought i would crossfire 2 of them. it would be cheaper than buying a 6000 series card. As for the HDD's, the hitachi's had very good ratings and a great price for 2 500 gig drives. 80.00. i am a building noob so i must ask, what is RAID and SSD? sorry.
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January 20, 2011 4:58:49 PM

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The reason for the 2 hd5770 cards is that i have one already. i thought i would crossfire 2 of them. it would be cheaper than buying a 6000 series card.
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As for the HDD's, the hitachi's had very good ratings and a great price for 2 500 gig drives. 80.00. i am a building noob so i must ask, what is RAID and SSD? sorry.
no problem dude, Hitachi has a.... reputation for being junk, and spinpoint F3s are reliable, plus have good performance. Raid is Redundant Array of Independent discs... check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID . SSD is Solid State Drive, basically a Harddrive, but more expensive, and VERY fast... usually used for OS and a few games.. I recommdend one with Sandforce firmware, and around 60 gigs... that is about 150$ish, definitly worth it, mine installed windows 7 in 10 minutes, and 12 seconds... lol I clocked it.


Edit: I think spinpoint drives are cheaper tooo...
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January 20, 2011 8:56:37 PM

ALSO, NO. RIG IS NOT JUST FOR GAMING. ALSO PICTURES, MOVIES, MUSIC AND GENERAL WEB SURFING.
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January 20, 2011 8:57:12 PM

oops, sorry about the caps.
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January 20, 2011 10:12:43 PM

thanks for the heads up on the spinpoint and SSD. all over it.
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January 21, 2011 2:13:14 AM

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ALSO, NO. RIG IS NOT JUST FOR GAMING. ALSO PICTURES, MOVIES, MUSIC AND GENERAL WEB SURFING.
so general use, but gaming is the most intensive? usually I just call it gaming, because we all do that sorta stuff...
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January 21, 2011 2:48:43 AM

that is so true. gaming is the biggest part of it.
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January 22, 2011 11:45:04 PM

=D
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January 23, 2011 2:42:17 AM

=o meanie! lol
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January 23, 2011 2:43:55 AM

haha you know me. Damn your making me want to stop playing TF2 right now and play some BCBF2 with your avatar hah.
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January 23, 2011 2:45:50 AM

lol dude, the bc2 online servers have been down for like a month....
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January 23, 2011 2:49:52 AM

WHAT WHY?!
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January 23, 2011 2:54:14 AM

idk.... they won't tell me... lol
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