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Advise and Compatibility on $800 AMD build

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February 1, 2011 4:02:22 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few weeks

Budget Range: $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: N/A

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: e.g.: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, any US store or site with a good deal

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Looking at an AMD Build

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (don't think current PSU is enough)

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: Build includes Windows 7 OS.

MOB/CPU Combo: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.4GHz w/ ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM: Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: HIS Radeon HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/PSU Combo: Raidmax Smilodon w/500W power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive: ASUS Black DVD R/W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blue Ray Drive: ASUS Black Blue-Ray Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Window 7 Home Preminum 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Cost: $801.94 (includes shipping)

Total Cost: $741.94 (including rebates)

Looking mostly for any compatibilty issues, but also advise, opinions, upgrades, ...

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February 1, 2011 4:33:23 PM

my 1st thoughts would be to go with 4GB of ram and look for a better PSU...Corsair/antec, etc
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February 1, 2011 6:02:05 PM

Timings on that ram is horrendous.

Lots of options like getting this kit instead for $110
Ripjaws 8gb kit, 2x4gb.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can also go for faster speed but higher timings RAM for about same price.
In addition, you don't actually need 8gb of RAM for gaming.

5770 isn't really a GPU you want to use for 1200p gaming. 5850's are only $165 after MIR right now. That's pretty much the lowest you wanna go.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Spinpoint F3 500gb- better HD for less
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU is a joke. Get a real one. Any XFX, any corsair, and Antec earthwatts and TP line are fine.

Why are you spending so much on a blue ray drive?
February 1, 2011 6:23:38 PM

Better Build

Optical
Sony $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
7200.12 500gb $38 after promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
HD 5850 $195 w/ $30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Antec Tp 550 $65 w/ Promo code $25 MIR

RAM
Ripjaw 4gb ddr3 1333 cas 7 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CAse/OS
HAF 912 and win 7 $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Additional case fans Scythe slipstream x2 $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Those are middle of the field in terms of CFM and noise. You can choose diff ones based on CFM/noise needs.

CPU/Mobo
Phenom II x4 965 and Asus Evo $244 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Promo codes: EMCYTZT277, EMCKHKJ25

Total Including shipping $795
Total after rebates $725
February 2, 2011 3:11:10 PM

Friends don't let friends buy chokemax PSUs.

With a budget of $800, if you're not in a hurry to build, it may be worth waiting until either the SB chipset issue gets fixed, or AM3+ boards are released.
February 2, 2011 3:11:14 PM

Friends don't let friends buy chokemax PSUs.

With a budget of $800, if you're not in a hurry to build, it may be worth waiting until either the SB chipset issue gets fixed, or AM3+ boards are released.
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