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Old 06-03-2010, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I just came over from the eggxpert forums and they were... of little help to say the least. I was hoping to get opinions on a build I'm trying for, I'm absolutely new, I don't really understand much yet in computer hardware, so this is both a learning and building experience. I have a variable budget, and I picked out a few pieces of hardware that seemed good to me. Now I don't know if they actually work together or not, so pointing that out would be great. I already have the Nine Hundred Two case, so that can't really be changed

I have been researching a bit and looking around and scooped up a bit of information and picked out some parts I thought were cheap, had good reviews and would provide the most bang

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Two - - Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

OS - Windows 7 64 Bit - - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

CPU - AMD Phenom II x4 955 - - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard - Asus Evo 785G - - ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Memory - Corsair XMS3 - - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

Power Supply - Cosair CMPSU 650tx 650w - - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Graphics Card - XFX Radeon 5870 - - XFX HD-587X-ZNDC Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) XXX Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB - - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I'll be picking up a monitor or two and a couple CD drives at Bestbuy. This is what I found to be what I seem to think are good picks. I'm not exactly sure

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Old 06-04-2010, 04:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks good. I would get a smaller WD Black for the OS drive and use a big drive (1TB+) for files and storage, though.


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Old 06-05-2010, 01:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Alright, thanks, I've been waiting for a reply for a while to say if I have a problem or not with anything that I've picked. I'll be ordering the parts on the 15th more than likely. Thanks for all your help
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list looks good.

although, if you can buy some of the parts sooner, you could take advantage of this gfx card combo with another real good psu. - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!
it includes the non xxx 5870 which is what i suggest you buy because at its regular price of $410, they would be charging you $20 extra for the xxx which comes with a minimal OC that you can do yourself.

but apparently this 5870 is on sale over this weekend for $390 so that right there would be like $40 savings from the xxx version, but you can also save another $45 with this xfx 650w modular psu.

another good combo here which might last until the 15th.
x4 955 along with a different set of ddr3 1600 ram with better cas8 timings than the corsair you listed; combo saves you $30.
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just a warning, even the 900 v2 aren't great at wire management.... Great airflow and cases, but bad wiring.

I'm with trotter, I lke 2 drives, if only for file safety. If one bonks, you don't lose evverything.
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So I bought the card/psu combo but I didn't realize the car dealership I was with didn't charge my card so now my account is in the negative. So that'll set me back a couple weeks. But not a big deal

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