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May 11, 2011 10:45:39 PM

I would like to have everyone's thoughts on a possible pc build I've created. My desire is to have a good platform for current MMORPG gaming with maximum reliability and upgradability.

Budget Range: $600 - $800
System Usage: Gaming (MMORPG), Internet
Parts Not Required: monitor, printer, keyboard, mouse, OS
Preferred Website: any
Country: USA
Part Preference: any
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (I don't plan to use it immediately but would like the option for the future)
Monitor Resolution: ? (my monitor is 22")


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: $140


Asus M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard: $89

*This is the part I'm most uncertain about. I'd like to have onboard graphics to save power when I'm not gaming and to assist my graphics card, and would like the ability to add a second graphics card in the future.


G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL: $40

Power Supply

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply: $90

*I'm also uncertain about this part. I would like enough power for two graphics cards in the future, but don't know how strong of a PSU I really need for that.

Hard Drive:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive: $60

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: $21


BitFenix Shinobi Computer Case: $60

*I haven't read much about this case, but love the look*

Video Card

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity: $125

*I'm looking for the best performance for under $150

I'd love to hear any and all suggestions, and really appreciate the time you all take to view and respond to these threads!

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May 11, 2011 10:58:23 PM

I'd suggest an AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 board over the 790.

alternately, I'd say wait a month for Llano and Bulldozer.
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May 11, 2011 11:04:14 PM

i agree with screwy.

i also think a sandy bridge build is warranted because it'll perform on the level of a phenom but cheaper and leaves room for a better gPU, i cant post benches right now since im on my g2 but uhh check out my build guide in my siggy for 600, just go with the i5 2400 like i say in my build.
May 11, 2011 11:13:06 PM

Thanks for the replies! I read a little about Bulldozer, though not Llano, but there wasn't much information on how the new chipsets would perform or what they would cost. Since I'm on a relatively tight budget, do you think they would likely be a good option for me?

I was also curious about Intel Sandybridge CPU's. The benchmarks I've read have it significantly beating AMD CPU's, but is it possible to build an system based on that technology for a maximum of $800? If so, I might revise this completely with and Intel build.
May 12, 2011 3:34:36 PM

Best answer selected by dcointin.