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#1 babicz

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 05:02 PM

My first build, so if I have some big issues, I wouldn't be surprised. Post any problems of course, along with your thoughts and/or suggestions!!! Thanks so much.
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Budget = +/- 800$
*Looking for something powerful, moderate-high gaming capabilities, multitasking, fast.

CPU
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black (**Heatsink+fan included, but should I buy separately?)
119.00$ - Newegg

UPDATE:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
$165.99 - Newegg

Board
ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
178.99$ - Newegg

UPDATE:
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$129.99 - Newegg

GPU
ASUS EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support
174.99$ - Newegg

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1200 (PC2 9600) Desktop Memory Model F2-9600CL6D-4GBRH
109.99$ - Newegg

UPDATE:
Patriot Gamer Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGS34G1600ELKA - Retail
$104.99 - Newegg

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000KSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
69.99$ - Newegg

UPDATE:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$74.99 - Newegg

Optical Drive
PLEXTOR Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD/CD Writer LightScribe Support
51.99$ - Newegg

UPDATE:
Sony Optiarc 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 DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
$27.99 - Newegg

Case
Rosewill R5717-P SL 120mm Fan Pre-Installed on the Top and 80mm Slim Fan Cooling HDD,ATX Mid Tower
34.99$ - Newegg

UPDATE:
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58 Black CECC Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$74.99 - Newegg

Power
SILVERSTONE ST50F 500W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
74.99$ - Newegg

UPDATE:
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
$99.99 - Newegg

And that's what I got so far. As it being my first build, I might have overestimated/underestimated some items, and what not.
Forget about keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, OS.

Any thoughts, tweeks, suggestions, concerns? I really appreciate it.

Edited by babicz, 06 December 2009 - 11:48 AM.


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Posted 05 December 2009 - 05:47 PM

Hey lad, for less than 800 you can get a 5770 and a PIIx4 with some DDR3 RAM.

Case - Antec 300
CPU - PIIx4
Mobo - ASRock M3A785GXH
RAM - Patriot G 2x2GB
GPU - 5770
PSU - OVZ 700 Watt
HDD - 500GB Caviar Green
DvD Rom - Sony RW

I'd suggest adding a Scythe Mugen 2 CPU cooler aswell. When it comes in stock :thumbsup:

Total w/o rebates it $743 and $703 w/ rebates. You can add a Windows 7 OEM in if you wish too.

P.s: If that build is fine for you as it is, I'd suggest going for a pricer case made by Lian Li. They have some brilliant cases and the craftsmanship is the best around!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....archResult=True

Edited by IrishGrimReaper, 05 December 2009 - 05:49 PM.

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 06:44 PM

Hey lad, for less than 800 you can get a 5770 and a PIIx4 with some DDR3 RAM.

Case - Antec 300
CPU - PIIx4
Mobo - ASRock M3A785GXH
RAM - Patriot G 2x2GB
GPU - 5770
PSU - OVZ 700 Watt
HDD - 500GB Caviar Green
DvD Rom - Sony RW

I'd suggest adding a Scythe Mugen 2 CPU cooler aswell. When it comes in stock :thumbsup:

Total w/o rebates it $743 and $703 w/ rebates. You can add a Windows 7 OEM in if you wish too.

P.s: If that build is fine for you as it is, I'd suggest going for a pricer case made by Lian Li. They have some brilliant cases and the craftsmanship is the best around!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....archResult=True

Thanks for the reply, I'm looking into that right now! And btw, my build should run ok?

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 06:53 PM

Yes it will work fine, but the one I suggested is better :thumbsup:
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Posted 05 December 2009 - 09:12 PM

Yes it will work fine, but the one I suggested is better :thumbsup:

Why is it better?

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 08:30 AM

Better CPU. The one you have in it is the Tri core- so 3 cores, the one I have is the quad core and it has a unlocked multiplier which helps for overclocking.

The GPU is better.

The RAM is also DDR3, the fact that you have DDR3 now and the AM3 socket will help you for upgradability in the future, DDR2 ram is quite expensive now as to what it once was.

The PSU is bigger, but that's not really that important for now. It is modular and there's plenty of cables for any add on card you ever want to put in it.

And the Mobo is better too since it's just the AM3 socket, motherboards that are AM2+/AM3 only use DDR2 RAM. While a mobo that is just AM3 will use DDR3 RAM.

That HDD is the Caviar Green, if you looked about you'll see that Western Digital have 3 types of that hard drive. You have the Caviar Blacks, which are the fastest; then the caviar Green which are second fastest; then lastly the Blue, which are the slowest.

Also, that optical drive you put is may have lightscribe support but surely you'll want to go with a Sata drive and not an IDE one. And it's also quite pricey for an optical drive.

Also, the Case is just a tried and tested weapon. You can check it's reviews on Newegg. Thousands of people have bought it cause it is great. Rosewill would be more of a substandard manufactuer.
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 11:37 AM

Better CPU. The one you have in it is the Tri core- so 3 cores, the one I have is the quad core and it has a unlocked multiplier which helps for overclocking.

The GPU is better.

The RAM is also DDR3, the fact that you have DDR3 now and the AM3 socket will help you for upgradability in the future, DDR2 ram is quite expensive now as to what it once was.

The PSU is bigger, but that's not really that important for now. It is modular and there's plenty of cables for any add on card you ever want to put in it.

And the Mobo is better too since it's just the AM3 socket, motherboards that are AM2+/AM3 only use DDR2 RAM. While a mobo that is just AM3 will use DDR3 RAM.

That HDD is the Caviar Green, if you looked about you'll see that Western Digital have 3 types of that hard drive. You have the Caviar Blacks, which are the fastest; then the caviar Green which are second fastest; then lastly the Blue, which are the slowest.

Also, that optical drive you put is may have lightscribe support but surely you'll want to go with a Sata drive and not an IDE one. And it's also quite pricey for an optical drive.

Also, the Case is just a tried and tested weapon. You can check it's reviews on Newegg. Thousands of people have bought it cause it is great. Rosewill would be more of a substandard manufactuer.


Wow thanks a lot, that's what I was looking for haha. Well I've updated the build, with some big (expensive) changes, hopefully for the better. I was advised against such a high-end board, and to downgrade it a little and in response, upgrade the card, which makes me feel strong on the HD 5770 (does it matter if ASUS makes the card vs SAPHIRE making the card? - 10$ difference).

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:07 PM

Well, I've personally always liked Asus! They're a well known brand, moreso than Sapphire. For $10 I'd do it!

And I know them changes were expensive, but in the long run, trust me you'll be saving money :thumbsup:
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 08:25 PM

Well, I've personally always liked Asus! They're a well known brand, moreso than Sapphire. For $10 I'd do it!

And I know them changes were expensive, but in the long run, trust me you'll be saving money :thumbsup:


I'm not saying ASUS is bad but did you know Sapphire is the leading manufacturer of ATI cards(OEM too) and reliable ones at that?

Other brands to consider for ATI cards : Powercolor & HIS

Edited by ReviverSoft, 11 December 2009 - 08:26 PM.

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:30 PM

Well...I'm willing to say that Asus is somewhat overrated in esteem by unknowing component buyers..at one time their boards may have merited the praise heaped on them..but I don't get that feeling over the last couple of years.

FWIW: Asrock motherboards (which seem to hit the price/performance mark well) are also made by same company.

Sapphire has been a main distributor of ATI products for several years now.

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