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My first build for Crysis 2

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March 4, 2011 12:23:05 AM

I've been looking around a lot on newegg, tigerdirect and so far this is what I've come up with. My budget is $800 and most of the stuff I found were on Amazon which offers free shipping.

GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black) ($40)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UDK9U6/ref=ord_car...

MSI AM3 AMD 870 125W-CPU Support 2 PCIEx16/1 PCIEx1/3 PCI 870-G45 ATX Motherboard ($64)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UT0S1E/ref=ord_car...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition ($140)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TQYUAE/ref=ord_car...

Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5 ($110)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X2677A/ref=ord_car...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB ($40)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Q82PIQ/ref=ord_car...

Corsair CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9 Vengeance 4GB DDR3 RAM - PC12800, 1600MHz, 1x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered($40 after rebate
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Sapphire 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5($180 after rebate)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Samsung 2333T 23" Class Widescreen LCD HD Monitor - 1080p ( $150)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

About $750 with shipping

As far as the build I'm pretty sure its capable of running Crysis 2 on 1920x1080 on max admirably. I'm still unsure whether its a better idea to get a better card and get a cheaper mobo and psu to only support one gpu. But will all these parts be compatible and if there's any other recommendations, thanks in advance.

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March 4, 2011 1:42:31 AM

I'm going to be honest, I am simply not motivated to sift through all your links.

It's recommended you edit the links to display the product information as such:

GAMMA Classic Series ATX tower 39.82

This is done by typing a [ followed by url=(then cut and paste the link) closed with another ] Then type the name in followed by a [ then a /url ending with a ]

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March 4, 2011 4:54:06 AM

That 23" LCD $149.99 looks a good deal so stick with that but for tower

$629AR
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March 4, 2011 4:50:01 PM

Keep an eye out for deals. I daily check bensbargains.com

Yesterday Newegg had a 600w Corsair PSU and 4gb of DDR3 Corsair for $64 AND a 15% off promo code AND free shipping. You can't beat that.

I'd probably go with a little bit beefier video card. My hd5850 overclocked is probably a little slower than a stock 6950 1gb and for comparison purposes I get

Min, Max, Avg
37, 64, 47.783fps on "Hardcore" setting of Crysis 2 Demo. Keep in mind I'm running a Q6600 at 3200mhz which is probably a little slower than a PII 955.

***EDIT*** The above benchmark was done at 1680x1050, not 1920x1080.
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March 4, 2011 5:28:47 PM

I'd definitely go for a x4 925 if there was any that is on sale or sold cheaper than the 955. Which oddly I have yet to find... If anybody can link me a 925 I'd do that get perhaps settle for something better.

As far as what batuchka says I think I'm better off with that ASRock mobo but I prefer to get a 750 watt corsair so in the future I can get a crossfire/sli setup. I like the case I picked out since it can hold 6 120mm-140mm fans and it comes with a 120mm(its also cheaper). The memory I chose is cheaper, and 6970>6950 so I won't go with that.
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March 5, 2011 8:08:37 AM

Well thing is both that MSI and the Asrock specified is 16/4 in CF so CF is not recommended...and correct 6970 > 6950 but u specified a 6870
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March 6, 2011 3:12:12 PM

Yes you want a board that has xfire at 8x/8x which is better than 16x/4x.
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March 6, 2011 5:31:40 PM

geekapproved said:
Yes you want a board that has xfire at 8x/8x which is better than 16x/4x.


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


This seems like the best choice for me. It has 2 x16 slots and an ide slot so I don't need to buy a new sata hard drive.
I have a couple noob questions concerning fans. The 8 pin cpu power connector is for the cpu fan right, and can I use a 4 pin fan? Also where do I install a case fan on this mobo I'm looking at this one.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...



Thanks for dealing with me guys.
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