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Old August 14, 2009, 01:46 PM
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Default New mid-range build, ~$1,000

Hi everyone, first post but long time lurker... :-)

Just putting together what can be a graphics/mid range gaming machine. Trying to keep the price around $800-1,000. I do intend to overclock, but only for value reasons, not maxing anything out. Would like to make this a several year purchase, and just upgrade as needed down the road, so futureproofing is prefered. This is the first system I will be building in about 2 years now, and my first ever AMD, but I feel I just cannot over look the performance per dollar ratio AMD is offering right now. Anyways:
  • Antec 300 case -- $54
  • 2x Noctua 120mm fans -- $36
  • AMD Phenom II 720BE -- $149
  • Samsung SH-233Q dvd-r -- $26
  • WD Caviar 1TB Black -- $98
  • OCZ Vandetta 2 -- $37
  • ThermalRight AM2 bolt through kit -- $9
  • Corsair XMS3 DHT 2x2GB kit -- $109
  • Corsair TX650W power supply -- $105
Now for motherboards I need some advice on what would be best of what I listed or if there is something else that would be recommended. Trying to decide between the following:
  • Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H -- $98
  • Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P -- $130
  • Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P -- $175
And for video cards I'm totaly lost. My old rig is still running on an old Ti-4400, lol. So given my budget and goals, would the 4850/4870/4890 be a good choice? How significant would the differences between the 50/70/90 be for this rig? Also based on the power supply and mobo, I'm trying to stay open to a possible crossfire setup down the road, esp after the 5xxx series comes out and the 48xx drops in price. So which between these:
  • XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB DDR3 -- $130
  • XFX Radeon HD 4870 1GB DDR5 -- $155
Also, is it wise to build now or better to wait another month or two (after intel's new offering and the 49xx/5xxx release)? Would the price drops be that significant?

Thanks for all your help everyone, I appreciate your help and guidance.
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Old August 14, 2009, 01:55 PM
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Get some Yate Loon fans, Noctua's are too expensive for that budget. I would look at the GTX260 by BFG on sale for $150 after MIR at NCIX.
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The MA790XT-UD4P motherboard would suit you perfectly IMO.

Heatsink wise, I'd consider the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. Seems to be the best cheap heatsink right now with the possibility for dual-fans too.

And yeah scrap the Noctuas, grab some Scythe S-FLEX "E" if you need silence. Should be cheaper.

I'd bump the processor up to a Phenom X4 940BE or 945. Obviously having the black edition will help ease your overclocking, but the choice is yours. I think they're roughly the same price.

Video card, either the HD4870 or HD4890. Wouldn't really bother with the HD4850 right now unless you can't afford the higher end cards. I'd be careful with the XFX HD4870 though since there's reports of them using a cheaper cooler which sucks more than the reference one.

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