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#1 foyker1981

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:37 AM

hey all. looking to get a new comp. dont know much about em. was wondering if this setup is decent. not looking to spend more than what this setup cost. its between 700 and 800, without adding in the memory. was just wondering if its ok. anything noncompatible, will it all fit, anything better for the same price. thanks in advance.

Case: COMPUCASE (HEC), 6C28B Black Mid-Tower Case, No PSU, ATX

Power Supply: HEC, X-Power 585 Power Supply, 585W, 24-pin ATX12V, Dual 80mm Fans

Socket AM3 Phenom II DDR3 Motherboard: GIGABYTE, GA-MA790XT-UD4P (rev. 1.0), AM3, AMD 790X, DDR3-1666 (O.C.) 16GB/4, PCIe x16 CF/2,
SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5/8, HDA, GbLAN, FW/3, ATX

Socket AM3 Desktop Processor: AMD, Phenom II X4 965 Quad-Core 3.4GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 4x 512 KB L2+6MB L3 cache, 125W, 45nm, Black Edition

CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK, H.D.T. HDT-S1283 CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink, 120mm Fan, Copper/Aluminum

DDR3-1333 Non-ECC DIMM Memory: ???

PCI Express x16 Video Card: SAPPHIRE, Vapor-X Radeon HD 5750 710 MHz, 1GB GDDR5 4640MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI/2, DP, HDMI

SATA Hard Drive: HITACHI, 500GB DeskStar P7K500 (HDP725050GLA360), SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache

DVD Burner Drive: LG ELECTRONICS, GH24NS50 black 24x DVD+R/RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA

Network Card: Integrated Network Controller

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:33 PM

was wondering if u plan on getting a graphics card for ure pc....just thought u would since u are getting such a powerful cpu but wasnt sure cuz it wasnt listed in ure post...and if u do need one what is ure price range for one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...0-396-_-Product

here is a good 1gb card if u need one.

and also what r u planning to do with this pc like game, work, photo stuff??

thanks!

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:45 PM

Are you planning on building this PC yourself or are you going to buy it pre-built?

(Deciphering Blaze's post)

That's not a good card at all, even at the low end. The Radeon 5570 can probably do better for a slight increase in price. But as Blaze pointed out, finding an appropriate card depends on use and the price you are willing to pay.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 11:27 PM

was planning on buying it built. i did have my doubts about the graphics card, cuz that was the default one that comes at the start of the build. i figure to get a decent card would be, what, around 150-200 bucks??. i know its all a matter of opinion, but what would be the recommendations for the price range i listed? thanks again!

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 05:32 PM

If you're going pre-built, coming up with a parts list is largely pointless as OEM's usually limit the amount of customizing you can do. Boutique OEM's cater to the high-end gaming market and do allow for more customization, although they are more expensive. For an AMD AM3 system, I would budget $700 to $800 for a mid to upper-mid range PC. One of the best cards right now is the ATI Radeon 5770, it has excellent value to performance and is between $150 and $175. If you're going pre-built, there is a separate section on the forums for that where you could start a new post. Personally, I would not buy a pre-built PC as you can often build one yourself for about the same and use higher quality parts.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 09:05 AM

hey all. looking to get a new comp. dont know much about em. was wondering if this setup is decent. not looking to spend more than what this setup cost. its between 700 and 800, without adding in the memory. was just wondering if its ok. anything noncompatible, will it all fit, anything better for the same price. thanks in advance.

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Socket AM3 Phenom II DDR3 Motherboard: GIGABYTE, GA-MA790XT-UD4P (rev. 1.0), AM3, AMD 790X, DDR3-1666 (O.C.) 16GB/4, PCIe x16 CF/2,
SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5/8, HDA, GbLAN, FW/3, ATX

Socket AM3 Desktop Processor: AMD, Phenom II X4 965 Quad-Core 3.4GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 4x 512 KB L2+6MB L3 cache, 125W, 45nm, Black Edition


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Who's the vendor on this? I've never heard of HEC. Link(s) please :)

Something to consider.. A lot of Phenom II's (especially Black Editions (BE)) in the X2 (dual core) and X3 (triple) versions are 'quads in disguise'.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/unlock...om-ii,2273.html
http://www.bing.com/search?FORM=VUZTDF&...cking+Phenom+II

A lot of this is fairly old, but I did this about a month ago for myself (March 2010)

It worked for me, an X2 545BE (3 ghtz) came up as a X4 945BE on an ASUS mobo similar to yours, model M4A78T-E.
After updating from BIOS ver 1605 to current ver 2503, the splash screen now said "Press 4 To Activate 4 Cores".
I did, it did. Me happy :wacko: :blink:

I don't know if Gigabyte is so 'blatant' about this as ASUS is...
http://usa.asus.com/FeatureList.aspx?PG_ID...m&F_ID=7131
but it's worth looking into.

You'd cut out about $70 this way judging by current Newegg prices
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....amp;srchInDesc=
http://snipurl.com/vrysp [www_newegg_com]



Something you may want to consider:
Get the 790GX version (onboard graphics, ~ ATI Radeon HD 3300) of either brand mobo.
Gigabyte GA-MA790GPT-UD3H or ASUS M4A78T-E.
You'll pay maybe $20 more for the mobo, but you can put in 4 (or more) gigs of RAM *NOW* and put off buying a fancier video card till later. The ATI Radeon HD 3300 graphics ain't a killer on hi-end games, but you could probably get by by turning off a lot of "eye candy" for now. It'll do just fine for everything else, including BluRay/HD video playback.




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