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March 13, 2011 8:09:51 PM

Hello community, I was recommended here by a friend. I am currently attempting to build my first computer. I am trying to build the best computer around $700 (not including OS, monitor, or peripherals). Here's my latest selection. Would love to know what people think and if there is anything I may need to change.

Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case: $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX: $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VPU: PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity: $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard: $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL: $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply: $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive: $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM: $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows-7 Ultimate 32-Bit Software (already own)

The main jobs I will be doing are running Photoshop CS5 and running recent games (Left 4 Dead 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2...etc). I'm also trying to build it so it can last me a couple years and then be able to upgrade in the future. I don't plan on overclocking my system so am not too worried about overheating the CPU. (If I can afford it I will get a CPU cooler...possibly: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). Thanks in advance for any and all comments!
March 13, 2011 9:06:10 PM

I personally love my 790FX-GD70, but when it doesn't have USB3 and SATA 6 but costs so much. Your better off going with this Asrock Extreme3 870.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Great overall board for only 90$, that 60$ can be put towards this, a 6870.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't know if the 6870 would fit in the blackbone though. So It's kind of meh there.

I don't trust Raidmax PSUs at all. You should get this instead. Cooler Master Silent Pro 600w 80+ Bronze.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's modular and REALLY quiet. I can't hear it in my case (700w version) plus it's 80+ rated so you know it's a good deal, rather than one with none at all (your current choice.

Change the HDD, this is a better choice. Samsung F3 1TB. Faster and cheaper by 10$.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 13, 2011 10:35:15 PM

Thanks for the comments aznshinobi. I will definitely make the change to the Samsung HDD, but in regards to the Mobo and the VPU what are the major differences between the two? One of the issues it looks like with the Asrock MOBO is that there are quite a few more DOA's reported with it. And beside the 3.0 USB connections, is there really any other major difference between the two (for better or for worse)?

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March 13, 2011 11:02:05 PM

VPU? Are you taking about the GPU?
6850 vs 6870
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=290

As for motherboard, the 870 Is the one I'd recommend because it's cheaper and you really don't need a 790FX-GD70 unless you plan to do CRAZY overclocks as it is pretty good for it. But in terms of performance the 870 is good enough. It overclocks really decently as well. DOA is just the unlucky ones. I don't understand how that is a valid review when many Asus and Gigabyte boards DOA just the same.

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/asrock_870...
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March 14, 2011 12:29:44 AM

Lol, sorry, meant GPU. Thanks for the website links! Gave me a good alternative to think about for these. Also, reviewing products based on how dependable they are to work when first received may not be the best scale to judge on; however, an extra $10/shipping will add up quickly and by the time you get a working one, the price difference may not be so different and could have been worth it just to get the higher end product if more reliable.
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March 14, 2011 12:34:29 AM

^ Yet your board w/o MIR is already 170. Even with the added 10$. You save 70$. If you could the MIR then you still save 50$ which is enough to put into the GPU. The GD70 is reliable don't get me wrong. But the 870 is a great value and very reliable.
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March 14, 2011 1:32:18 AM

That is true..plus it would be one less rebate to take my chances on. I think you talked me into it :) . I do have one more question...After doing some more reviews I see what you mean about the PSU and how it doesn't seem the most reliable. Do you think 600W will be enough power for the machine? I was debating if it may be better to do 650W-700W?
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March 14, 2011 1:51:54 AM

500w would be enough for CF 6850 and your build. But 600w is the safe side (fact that's recommended for 6870 CF) so on that note your set if you go with the Cooler Master 600w. The reason why I recommended it is because I have the 700w version and it is quiet as it is reliable. Plus the cables are long and sleeved and it is modular so ease on the cable clutter.

600w is enough. Source:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/301853-33-6850-crossf...

Guru recommends 650w, but their system consumes much more power than yours.
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March 14, 2011 4:07:38 AM

I just wanted to say thank you aznshinobi for your very helpful suggestions. I did in fact change most of my selections you recommended. Now I just have to worry about putting it all together when it gets here.
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March 14, 2011 4:31:42 AM

Well you could just check out my siggy then. In the first half that is mostly spent on putting it together. Just check out the video I link. It is a good guide. Putting the computer together is easier than most think.
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