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June 5, 2011 7:07:16 AM

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

PSU: Kingwin 730W PSU

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE

RAM: Patriot 2x2Gb DDR3 1600


Debating between Crossfire Radeon HD 4890s (I already have one 4890) or single Radeon HD 6870 for graphics.

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June 5, 2011 7:35:57 AM

What's you're budget, also that PSU is defiantly not enough.
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4870X2 vs 5870

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
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June 5, 2011 7:49:43 AM

aznshinobi said:
What's you're budget, also that PSU is defiantly not enough.
Please fill this out.

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:

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
June 5, 2011 9:26:50 AM

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
560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC $250 + $20 MIR
Mushkin 4GB DDR3 1333 $43
Total: $489

560 Ti OC = 570
570 vs 6870

I'd suggest spending a few extra bucks to pick up this power supply for 65$
Antec BP550

I know it goes over your budget, but well worth it at your resolution. I guarantee it.

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June 5, 2011 6:23:42 PM


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
Its intel's sandy bridge, thus its new, and much faster than the AMD x4 955
June 5, 2011 6:28:57 PM

^ 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)

Source for the 560 Ti OC'd = 570
Runs cool too

Just get this if you're willing to push your budget.
June 5, 2011 6:36:18 PM

-i'm trying to keep it around the OP's budget
-Your suggestion a few posts above doesn't include a PSU

-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
June 5, 2011 6:38:38 PM

^ Uhhh yes I do, afterwards.
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.
June 5, 2011 11:41:48 PM

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