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March 15, 2011 11:33:33 AM

Hello,

I am working on a gaming build and wanted to get any input from the pros on this. I haven't built a computer for about 6 years, so I am not entirely up on the latest requirements in regards to power and what bottlenecks to look for. Here is what I have so far:

Case:
Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case BlacX Top Mounted Dual HDD Docking Stations VM400M1W2Z

Power Supply:
Rosewill Green Series RG700-S12 700W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified,Single 12V Rail,ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC

Mobo:
ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

Ram:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

GPU:
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

Monitor:
Acer V243HAJbd Black 24" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor

I have mouse, keyboard, and speakers for it already.

Can anyone give me any input on this build in regards to what will and won't work or suggest alternatives? This is all coming in at $805~ on Newegg and I was trying to come in with a good build for under $1000. Of course anything I can trim would be better, but if I am hitting a bottleneck and need to go bigger on something I have a bit of room for it.

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March 15, 2011 12:06:36 PM

MOBO - Might as well step up to an 800 series chipset for USB 3.0 and SATA 3. The ASROCK 870 Extreme3 is a good option on a budget, but ideally the 890 chipset is the way to go.

HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB or F4 2TB.

GPU - Good choice. Consider the HD 5830 as well...

PSU - Not bad, but I would go with Corsair or Antec.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 15, 2011 12:56:55 PM

I like the suggestions for the HD, and Mobo. Would the 5830 really make that big of a difference? Price increased to ~$850.

Just looking for more input.
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March 15, 2011 1:00:02 PM

the 5830 is severely overpriced nowadays, a much better GTX 460 768MB is cheaper
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March 15, 2011 1:47:21 PM

Correct, the 5830 was a disappointed at release, not it is the never talked of step child. A GTX 460 would be a far better alternative and also a much better choice than the 5770.

Even the 768mb GTX460 is stretching its limits at the resolution of 1920 x 1080, the 5770 is certainly unsuitable. I personally would not want less than the 1gb GTX 460 which overclocks very well and should provide thepower you need for gaming at HD
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March 15, 2011 3:02:42 PM

Looking at replacing the 5770 with this:

EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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March 15, 2011 3:10:18 PM

Looking at replacing the 5770 with this:

EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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March 15, 2011 4:22:44 PM

thats a great card. And with it you might as well stick with teh 770 (or the same-price 880GM-LE)

You don't need a 750W PSU, however. Corsair 430W would be sufficient for a single card.
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March 16, 2011 8:21:55 PM

After looking at some of the reviews here, it seems that perhaps, I could go with a core I-5 2400 to get more juice out of this build. I like the bigger PSU in case I want to upgrade with SLI in the future. The problem I am running into is that I am having a problem finding a motherboard that is socket 1155, has USB 3.0, SLI ready, and supports the memory speed I am looking at for this build, while not being priced over $150 (and in stock on new egg).

Should I just stick with the AMD CPU? If so, are there any suggestions as to an AMD Mobo that has these features and will support an SLI configuration? I know that crossfire and SLI are very specific configurations, but I had heard that some boards can support both. Is it worth it to look at the hex cores? I know a lot of games are not using it, but I am trying to look forward with this build.

Also, just because a mother board is not marked SLI ready, will it work so long as I have 2 PCIE 16X slots or does the motherboard have to support it?

Sorry to be all over the place on this, but I just don't want to regret what I buy or put down cash for components that will not be compatible.
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