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#1 dankcik09

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 09:19 PM

Would like some input if needed. I have build all of my PCs for the past 8 years. This will be my 5th computer. I normally don't keep up with the latest and greatest like some guru's do. I typically research for a few hours before I design my next system. Some may thing this is bad, but I have had little problem with this method. Now, this computer will be for gaming as well as processing my 2D & 3D compositing work as that is what I do for a living. I need the best of both worlds. So please make any suggestions on any parts as you see fit. Also, thanks in advance for looking over my computer. Cheers!



Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$69.99

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

$379.99

Creative 70SB073A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer

$74.99


A-DATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GC4G9-2G

$249.99

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail

$79.99

LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support

$99.99


-COMBO DEAL-
Rosewill Green Series RG700-S12 700W Continuous @40C,80 PLUS Certified,Single 12V Rail,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
Rosewill FB-02 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with 1x 80mm Fan

$69.98


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MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

$339.98

Subtotal: $1,364.90

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 09:58 PM

Welcome to the forums!

Looks like a nice build so far. You don't need a dedicated sound card as one comes with the motherboard. If you use your PC for home theater with high quality speakers or do any pro-sumer audio activities, the ASUS Xonar D2 would be an excellent card. If you want a better than on-board audio solution I would get either the HT | OMEGA STRIKER or the HT | OMEGA CLARO. Unless you have high-end speakers and rip everything at high bit rates, you may not tell much of a difference. All of those cards use C-Media chips since Creative's cards and chips are banned from my computer suggestions due to business practices. If you need 8GB of RAM, I suggest the Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB DDR3-1333 which is much less expensive. Although MSI lists DDR3-1600 as overclocked memory, you can use DDR3-1333 and not have a significant performance hit. Personally, I don't think a $100 price increase is worth two extra frames per second in a game. You also need a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Now for the case and power supply. The case is too small for the graphics card. The power supply is the most important part of a PC, and you should be willing to spend more on it. For the case, you need a Full-ATX case if you are going to be using the high-end GPU's or are planning on using CrossfireX/SLI.

Cases: You need a full-ATX case. Shipping can get expensive with these and side vents or windows will make the case more noisy.

Broadway Com Corp R-900 - A basic case with an interesting internal design. $79

COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP - I really like this case, it is a premium case, but it also has an excellent layout and an elegant design. $189

COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 RC-840-KKN1-GP - A case with an all aluminum design. It looks plain from the outside but comes with free shipping. $199


Power Supply:

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W - Corsair makes some excellent power supplies. $109 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

SILVERSTONE ELEMENT ST75EF 750W - I have a Silverstone PSU and have had no problems with them. $109

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S750 750W - PC Power makes premium power supplies, this one is designed for quiet operation. $139

Edited by DJBPace07, 05 October 2010 - 09:58 PM.

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#3 dankcik09

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 10:20 PM

thanks for the response. I have an older Logitech THX 4.1 system. The base hits hard and the speakers are fairly decent. That was the only reason why I was going for something not onboard. But, I think the onboard will work fine as you stated. I believe the system is a 300watt?

The case and power supply are not what i am getting and i apologies for even putting them on there. I was looking into a 1000W power supply. Yes i need a Tall Tower as well. I just want a simple black case with good ventilation, No LEDs.

Aw ok I understand on the memory. So there really isn't much of a plus with the extra 100 dollars. Thanks for all your tips and fast response

Edited by dankcik09, 05 October 2010 - 10:22 PM.


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Posted 06 October 2010 - 09:09 PM

You also don't need a 1000W power supply unless you are running an insane setup like two Radeon 5970's, three hard drives, and an overclocked uber high-end CPU. Even then I doubt the system would draw 1000W.

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 03:51 PM

You also don't need a 1000W power supply unless you are running an insane setup like two Radeon 5970's, three hard drives, and an overclocked uber high-end CPU. Even then I doubt the system would draw 1000W.


Hard drives are negligible as they use 10W max at most. I do agree that he should only consider a 1kW PSU with Radeon HD 5970 in Crossfire. That's about 300W per card under load. The Radeon HD 5870 would be fine with a quality 500W PSU as long as it had the connectors.

One note, I would avoid anything from MSI as their warranty (RMA) support is the worst I have ever seen. They do not return e-mails and their phone rings with no answer.

Edited by JonM33, 07 October 2010 - 03:53 PM.





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