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February 21, 2011 6:22:45 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $600 AR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming. Going to playing mostly Rift, WoW, SC2, and EVE. Just RTS and MMORPG games. No FPS. Thats what the ps3 is for.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, speakers, monitor. Going to be using my 23in LED tv as a monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, and probly amazon.com

Parts Preferences: AMD processor, ATI GPU, at least 4 gigs DDR3

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: Its a 23in LED tv 1080p

Additional Comments: Looks dont matter. My biggest thing is the video card, processor, and MOBO. Everything else can be as cheap as possible. If I do get a decent graphics card, I guess I can settle for a single card MOBO but if not then a SLI/crossfire capable MOBO is ideal. I will also be putting windows 7 64bit in.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9

Sony Optiarc Black CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Would like the Radeon 6850 but I think it may be a bit overkill and its also 50dollars more. Not sure about a case and Power supply either. Probly going to need a heatsink and fans too right?

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February 21, 2011 6:25:07 PM

Too mobo/RAM heavy and compromising on GPU for 1080p gaming so

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February 21, 2011 6:36:51 PM

Wow you blew my overpriced system out of the water lol. Im new to building computers and i've always used a laptop to game on but the one I have is horrible now with all these new games coming and having integrated intel card was the worst thing I could have did when I bought this laptop 2 years ago.

I knew the MOBO was pretty overkill but I googled everything and did research and that was the best bang for the buck with lots of room to play with. I guess if I'm not going to use the room now its not worth it just yet? The Ram was a decent price too. 75 Dollars for 6 gigs? but your getting me 2/3 that for half the price so i guess yours is better. The stock fans in the case should be suffice without it overheating and what not too?
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February 21, 2011 6:39:49 PM

Yes but you could always get after market case fans when u have more funds and even u looking for a CFable mobo you'd be better off with the Asrock 870Extreme3 as one is paying a premium for 890GXes with its HD 4290 IGP which is over ruled when slotting in a discrete GPU For tight price points best to hit as big frames/$$ ratio rather than CF/SLI for best results ^^ Lastly AM3 is dual channel so 2 x 2 or 2 x 4 for RAM
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February 21, 2011 6:53:39 PM

I didnt see the card in there is the 6870 1 gig card so I guess I'd be alright playing on a 1080p screen so I dont really need a CF able mobo. I guess I'll run the computer first and see how hot it gets and see if I need to get something more.
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February 21, 2011 6:55:05 PM

Ya - personally i have used Yate Loon D12SL-12 for my cases and loved em ^^
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February 21, 2011 7:31:18 PM

well you pretty much sold me on this build so I will go to newegg right now and order. Thanx so much for your help batuchka.

P.S. I love this site.
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February 21, 2011 7:51:10 PM

quick question. Is the XFX 6850 card better then the HIS one? I also read the AMD Phenom II x4 955 is the best CPU for the money. The 970 is not worth it. I see a combo

XFX 6850 and AMD Phenom 970

The 955 is 140$ and the HIS 6850 is 220$ w/ 20$ MIR so it is cheaper but is the the 970 worth it w/ a XFX 6850 card?
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February 22, 2011 12:10:20 AM

Also in your build batuchka you have 4 gigs of patriot ddr3 1333 ram. I can put ddr3 1600 ram in thought because thats what my MOBO can hold? Whats the best out of these

Patriot Memory
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February 22, 2011 5:39:39 AM

Nah with unlocked multi no point going higher than a 955BE and i would stick to HD 6870

Mobo supports DDR3 800 - 1600 but go as per budget and Black Editions clock fie with value RAMs too thanks to that unlocked multi ^^
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February 22, 2011 6:18:55 AM

Pretty much your build batuchka. I get 30$ MIR so Im down to 570$ in the end. Unless someone says otherwise, this is the build I'm ordering tomorrow. well today as its 3am and I've been reading about computers for like 18hrs straight.

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February 22, 2011 1:02:11 PM

hehe yea, an extra 100w for 5$ cant go wrong there. I got that one instead. Thanx.
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February 22, 2011 3:14:17 PM

Yep u are welcomed ^^
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February 27, 2011 9:47:47 PM

Best answer selected by calmlemon.
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