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Old July 8, 2009, 06:02 AM
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Alright, I've been trolling quite a few forums for the past couple of weeks, trying to find info and what not about parts etc. This is my first time building a rig, so I would like some advice/tips and what not about the parts I've "chosen". I am doing this build in the UK, so conversion rate of GBP to dollars will be very high due to taxes, but the prices in the links are the cheapest in the UK. Im hoping to order parts in the next week or so, Im just waiting for my new desk to arrive :)

This rig will be for gaming!

CPU - Phenom II X4 BE - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor - Ebuyer

Mobo - Bit unsure on which one to get
Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P, AMD 790X, AM3, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1666(OC), SATA 3Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX - Scan.co.uk
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P, AMD 790FX, AM3, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR3 1666(OC), SATA 3Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX - Scan.co.uk
Asus Crosshair III Formula, AMD 790FX, AM3, PCI-E 2.0(x16), DDR3 1600(OC)/1333, SATA II, RAID, ATX - Scan.co.uk

Case - Antec 902 - Antec 902 Nine Hundred Two Black ATX Case - No PSU - Ebuyer

GPU - HD 4890 - XFX HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer
Any recommendations of brand or certain models would be appreciated! I just chose this as it is cheapest one.

PSU - Antec TruePower New 750W Blue LED Fan Modular PSU - 80plus Bronze and SLI Certified 3x SATA - Ebuyer - Antec 750W

CPU Fan - Zalman CNPS 9700 LED Socket 754, 940, 775, 939 & AM2 CPU cooler - Ebuyer - Zalman 9700

Hard Drive - Western Digital 1TB Hard Drive SATA300 7200rpm 32MB Cache Caviar Black - OEM - Ebuyer - 1TB WD Black

RAM - Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 DHX Memory Kit - Ebuyer - 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600Mhz

CD Drive - LG GH22NS40 22X SATA DVDRW/DL/RAM Black Bare Drive - OEM - Ebuyer

Think thats about it. I'm trying to keep my budget around £800~ or so (not including the monitor). So I'd most likely go for the cheaper mobo. Although I would like to leave myself open for crossfire down the line if I need it, so thats why I aint sure about shelling bit more for a FX mobo.

I do wanna ask if a FX mobo is required to use a single 4870x2 gpus. Maybe in a few years time I would get the next-next-next gen of a single crossfired gpu!

Oh I will be using a copy of window 7 RC till it comes out in the meantime.

I hope I havent forgotten anything. Your help and your time would be much appreciated! Thanks!

Oh and one last thing, any thoughts on these monitor -
Samsung SM2043BW 20" TFT Monitor 1680x1050 8000:1 300cd/m2 5ms VGA/DVI Height Adjust Black 3 Years Warranty - Ebuyer
**10 Cashback** Samsung T200 20" TFT Monitor 1680x1050 20000:1 2ms DVI/VGA Rose Black 3 Years Warranty - Ebuyer
Samsung SM2243BW 22" TFT Monitor 1680x1050 300cd/m2 8000:1 5ms VGA/DVI 16:9 Black 3 Years Warranty - Ebuyer
(not part of budget.. but I wouldnt wanna spend more then 150quid on a monitor)

Oh damn and one one last thing.. Im not sure whats a good spec for a wireless card thingy!

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Old July 8, 2009, 07:14 AM
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You don't need a FX for a single 4870X2, since the 790X use 16 lines PCI-E 2.0 in a single card configuration but use 8x/8x on 2 cards configuration, compare to the FX 16x/16x. Since it's PCI-E 2.0, it shouldn't hinder the performance.
The XFX is the best brand for ATI and it have the best warranty by far so it a great choice. Now, drop the Zalman, it suck and it's overprice, get something like this Noctua NH-U12P (Socket 754, 940, 775, 939, AM2, AM2+) aluminum with nickel plated copper base Processor cooler - Ebuyer
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Your setup is fairly similar to the one I built about 2 weeks ago. It works like a charm.

I am using the DDR2 version of the MA790XT-UD4P with a single 4890 in it. I know its not the best of the 3 options for crossfire, but I am not sure if the others would actually give u better results. Maybe they would with a next gen GPU in Xfire, but I doubt you will do that anyway. So my vote would go for the UD4P.

I don't know how the Zalman CPU cooler fares, I personally got the OCZ Vendetta II, but I can suggest you to also buy some Arctic Silver 5 or Arctic Silver MX-2 thermal paste, it would make the cooling considerably better if the thermal paste that comes with it sucks (like the one that comes with the Vendetta).

As for the GPU, you don't need Xfire to run an X2 GPU.

So basicly it looks like a great buy.
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I personally like Pioneer DVD drives and corsair PSUs.
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Get DDR2 instead of DDR3. Change the PSU to a Corsair 620HX or 520HX of possible. And get a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 or OCZ Vendetta 2 instead of the Zalman. Other than that, it looks good.
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why are you recommending Corsair PSU over the Antec one? It's one of the best PSU on the market. Antec Truepower New 750W Review
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build looks good, nice!
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Old July 18, 2009, 06:44 PM
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Thought I'd update ppl my with pics of my new setup, got new desk/speakers/mouse/keyboard/monitor along with everything :D





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got it workin now! :)
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