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Old June 6, 2009, 08:14 AM
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Heres some of the hardware for my new build, i havent really decidded on a case yet but might be going with some acrylic mid-tower. I just want to get some opinions/ suggestions on what I've chosen.
I plan on w/c so no aftermarket HSF nessessary. Also can u guys suggest some good cdn sites to buy the waterblocks+pump.


Any info is welcome thnx :)

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard -

GIGABYTE GV-R487D5-1GD Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9 - Retail


OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail



AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
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Old June 6, 2009, 08:47 AM
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Get 2 XFX 4870's, better warranty.
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Old June 6, 2009, 08:53 AM
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Looks good but that GPU requires 2 6-pin power right off the bat. The PSU you chose has 2 so you are limited to using a single card. That is totally fine if you are not considering Crossfire later on so you are good up to that point. If you think you will consider Crossfire have a look at these;
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - CMPSU-750TX In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 750W ATX V2.2 EPS12 24PIN Active PFC Power Supply Blue - PPCS750QBL In Canada.
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Old June 6, 2009, 09:34 AM
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im not sure if its worth crossfire for gaming on a 19" lcd, but its definantly got me thinking for the near future, this mobo wont run 2 cards at x16 though, but will tun 2 @ x8. maybe its worth the extra 15 dollars to get the
GIGABYTE GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail


over the
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

to have the option to run crossfire @x16 in the near future when i could afford the extra card.(and new monitor)
And also get the apprpriate power supply. :)

what do u guys think?
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It is still good to run 2 cards @ 8x but you are right that for it to be justified you will have to look for a bigger monitor. It is nice to have some options open.
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Old June 7, 2009, 07:53 PM
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The 4 J-Micron Ports on the GA-MA790FXT-UD5P are currently useless in port expander mode just to inform you.

Otherwise I'm very happy with this board
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Do you have to go AMD? Your picking such an expensive phenom board that, building this vs an i7 is the same.

i7 overclocks better on air and water, and performs better too. I have't seen a 4 ghz stable phenom II on water.
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Maybe you're right i was looking at x58 boards and a 920, it might be worth it for the extra cash.
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so what are you getting then?

By the way PII 955 OCed 4Ghz - Guru3D.com Forums so much for the claims of 4Ghz on air lol. Although this was ice cold water.
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