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I'm going to be building a new rig in the next week or so and I'm pretty set on these parts. Does anyone see anything worth noting problem-wise? My only concern is my PSU.

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

PSU: Kingwin 730W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121045

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

RAM: Patriot 2x2Gb DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220556

MOBO: ASUS 790x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

Debating between Crossfire Radeon HD 4890s (I already have one 4890) or single Radeon HD 6870 for graphics.
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  1. What's you're budget, also that PSU is defiantly not enough.
    Please fill this out.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    4870X2 vs 5870
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/174?vs=162

    The 5870 is essentially the 6870, as you can see, the 4870X2 are pretty much matched up so if you went 4890 CF it'd be pretty good, but power consumption and it creates WAYYYY to much heat. I think you'd better go with a new 6870.

    Here is a single 4890 vs a single 5870
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/175?vs=162
  2. Also go with this motherboard if you stick with AMD, it's newer and should perform the same. + You get USB 3 and SATA III
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198&cm_re=870_extreme3-_-13-157-198-_-Product
  3. aznshinobi said:
    What's you're budget, also that PSU is defiantly not enough.
    Please fill this out.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice


    Can you recommend a PSU in its place or tell me why it's defiantly not enough?

    Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks from today


    Budget Range: $400-$500 Before rebate (Preferrably on the low side because I am a poor, poor, college student.)


    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is really my only interest here


    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, hard drives, disk drives, monitor, and I can live on my Radeon HD 4890 for now. I'm more worried about upgrading the CPU


    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


    Country of Origin: USA


    Parts Preferences: Like AMD and ATI because of their lower prices, but definitely willing to change my mind


    Overclocking: Maybe


    SLI or Crossfire: No


    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


    Additional Comments: none
  4. The PSU is enough, however the efficiency is crap and probably doesn't even live up to the 730w it says, let alone 500w.

    Ok since you're not CFing then I'd suggest this.

    955 + MB $195
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.661562
    560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC $250 + $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565&cm_re=msi_twin_frozr_560-_-14-127-565-_-Product
    Mushkin 4GB DDR3 1333 $43
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092&cm_re=4gb_ddr3-_-20-226-092-_-Product
    Total: $489

    560 Ti OC = 570
    570 vs 6870
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/306?vs=290

    I'd suggest spending a few extra bucks to pick up this power supply for 65$
    Antec BP550
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    I know it goes over your budget, but well worth it at your resolution. I guarantee it.
  5. I'm worried about only running a 550W PSU. I can slump on a few more bucks for something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026

    What do you think? If this isn't nice enough, is there anything closer to the 750W limit that is under 100 bucks?
  6. Best answer
    Combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.644141
    +
    PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=g1gkkz14vxod
    =$65
    +
    GPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161348&cm_re=6850-_-14-161-348-_-Product

    Total=$519
    I know its about $20 higher than your budget, but i think its good enough. I'm also assuming you dont need a case, and you can use your old one. From what i have read you can OC it to 3.6 ghz without the need of an after market cooler. I also think 6850 will be better coz it will keep temps and power usage down.
    -The combo has an additional HDD, which you could probably sell later, along with the 4890 and get some cash back.

    Edit: You can substitute the 1st combo with this one too
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.644138
    Its intel's sandy bridge, thus its new, and much faster than the AMD x4 955
  7. ^ Way less performance though on the GPU side, going with an OC'd 560 Ti is a better idea for his resolution. The 6850 is a bit weak for 1920x1080.
    6850 vs 570 (Since the 560 Ti OC'd TFII = 570)
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=306

    Source for the 560 Ti OC'd = 570
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/6
    Runs cool too
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/7

    Just get this if you're willing to push your budget.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044&cm_re=650w_antec-_-17-371-044-_-Product
  8. @AznShinobi
    -i'm trying to keep it around the OP's budget
    -Your suggestion a few posts above doesn't include a PSU

    @OP
    -If you have a 550W from a good company(Antec, XFX , Corshair, etc) is better than having a 750W from an unknown company. Besides AMD's GPUs consume less power and you will be fine inside 550W
    -I suggest you take the i3-2100 as its wayyy better than the x4 955
    -Its up to you if you want to increase the budget, but its the best i can give you with in $500
  9. ^ Uhhh yes I do, afterwards.
    $489+$65=$554
    For 25$ more he can get a GPU that kills the 6850 at his resolution.

    And the i3 2100 isn't WAYYY better than the 955, though it is better in some cases and not in others, they're pretty much on par.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=88
  10. Best answer selected by mgrove91.
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