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January 28, 2012 6:37:24 PM

hey guys im new to the site.

i need all the help i can get before i make this purchase,
these are the items ive chosen through newegg for my first build.
If you know of any better motherboards, pcu's, video cards ( etc. ) that
will preform better than what i have posted please let me know i need all the advice i can get
P.S. my budget is 900$


HIS Radeon HD 6790 H679F1GD Video Card with Eyefinity
$124.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
$99.99

CASE ROSEWILL | FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99

GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 ATX AMD Motherboard
$89.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
$18.99

HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers
$119.99

LOGISYS Computer PS550ABK 550Watts Power Supply With SATA and 20/24 Pin connectors.
$20.99

HITACHI 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$79.99

PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
$44.99

AMD Phenom II X4 960T 3.0GHz Socket AM3 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
$124.99

GIGABYTE GM-M6800 Noble Black Wired Optical Dual Lens Gaming Mouse
GIGABYTE GK-K6800 Glossy Black Wired Professional Multimedia Keyboard
$28.99


Grand Total: $813.89

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January 28, 2012 6:47:44 PM

While the Phenom II X4 Is a good buy, is old tech, you Can get a stronger Cpu For 110 Dlls right Now, The I3 2100.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get 1333 Ram 4 Gigs is Enough for Gaming
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Solid H67 Motherboard with usb 3.0 and Sata III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Gpu is Ok but i would rather Go With a Gtx 550 Ti, its equal to the 6790.

The psu is a Nononononono, Follow this rule : ANTEC,CORSAIR,SEASONIC. Period. 500W psu is enough for a I3 and gtx 550 ti system.

If you Can get an SSD Sata III, you will get amazin speeds theres one for 89 dlls OCZ in neweeg I got it and i think its the best Component of all my pc.
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January 28, 2012 6:51:59 PM

I see a recipe for disaster here. The power supply is extremely unreliable, and chances are, it isn't even a real 550W PSU. If you really have to, save your money to get a better power supply since the PSU is the "heart" of your computer and if it fails (which it just might with the LOGISYS PSU) then it could potentially damage your computer such as HDD, motherboard, RAM, and CPU. I would go with a minimum of the power supply to be safe:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would go with this build for $900:

OS: Win 7 HP 64bit $90
http://www.outletpc.com/c5740.html

Monitor: Acer 20" $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Seasonic 520W $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: NZXT Gamma $35
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...

HDD: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink+Fan: STOCK $0

DVD-ROM: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other:
GIGABYTE GM-M6800 Noble Black Wired Optical Dual Lens Gaming Mouse
GIGABYTE GK-K6800 Glossy Black Wired Professional Multimedia Keyboard
$28.99

Total: $863
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January 28, 2012 6:56:03 PM

chulex67 said:
Some Cpu benchmarks
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...

And my Bad, Im Intel Fanboy, so I got that wrong, 6790 Is a Better gpu than Gtx 550 ti, Go for The Amd!!!!

Intel is also a great way to go! OP can go Intel by changing the CPU to the Intel i3 2100 @$110:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and a Z68 mobo for upgrades later on @$122:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 28, 2012 6:57:03 PM

I agree with roaring dragon, the PSU is the weak link in your build.
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January 28, 2012 7:01:38 PM

I should also elaborate more on why I said " chances are, it isn't even a real 550W PSU" in case you didn't know:
Power supply companies can brand their power supplies almost anything. The wattage (550W in this case) is what the company brands as the maximum output of the power supply. This output is in extreme circumstances which is almost never reached in a home scenario. Most of the unreliable PSUs are just rebranded 250-300-350W models. If you want to know which PSUs are reliable from their wattage output, look for 80+ certification. 80+ means that a power supply has been deemed able to output 80% of the said wattage at 20% and 100% load. If you want reliable power supply brands, then Seasonic and FSP are the best to go with. Corsair and Antec are generally good, however, some of their products are not
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January 28, 2012 7:14:08 PM

wow im not the most computer literate man around but i never knew the PSU would be the weak link... does the GTX 560 Ti blow the radeon 6790 out of the water?

thanks for all the input fellas, i really appreciate it
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January 28, 2012 7:21:38 PM

my last question is, with my CPU, ram and motherboard will the GPU preform at its maximum potential? will there be anything holding back any component of my computer? thanks roaring dragon im gonna end up going with your build, being it has better hardware at almost the same price

EDIT: will i be needing any type of cooling for this build? i do not plan on OC'ing this device
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January 28, 2012 7:24:01 PM

I'm not sure about the CPU, I don't believe there will be any bottlenecks in the system, however, I can't say for sure. I would personally go with an i3 2100 and an ASRock Extreme 3 z68 for upgrade paths in the future, however, the AMD build is good too. Also, don't forget to select the best answer.
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January 28, 2012 7:25:00 PM

liveon3 said:
wow im not the most computer literate man around but i never knew the PSU would be the weak link... does the GTX 560 Ti blow the radeon 6790 out of the water?

thanks for all the input fellas, i really appreciate it


Without a good power supply, your other components will likely end up in the garbage.

The 560Ti will soundly beat the 6790, but the equivalent 6950 will do the same with less electricity for those of us who pay our own electric bills.
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January 28, 2012 7:25:13 PM

Best answer selected by liveon3.
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January 28, 2012 7:27:38 PM

tlmck said:
Without a good power supply, your other components will likely end up in the garbage.

The 560Ti will soundly beat the 6790, but the equivalent 6950 will do the same with less electricity for those of us who pay our own electric bills.

The power difference is really negligible
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January 28, 2012 8:15:20 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
The power difference is really negligible


Not according to Ohms Law. Plus, why would anyone want to buy older outdated tech?
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January 28, 2012 8:29:16 PM

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