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Old November 16, 2009, 09:58 PM
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I have been planning on building a PC for some time now, but I'm not really sure where to start. As suggested by my title, the PC will be for gaming.

I have selected the following core components.
  • Antec 900
  • AMD Phenom II X2 545/stock HSF
  • 700W FSP-Power Group PSU (modular)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM, 1333 MHz (G. Skill)
  • 750 GB Western Digital Caviar Black
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (torn between 64 or 32 bit)
  • I am honestly not sure what to pick for a motherboard. I was thinking something by Gigabyte, possibly. I would prefer a 790X chipset, but that is not completely necessary. As long as the MOBO is reliable and has a 16x slot where a single really good video card can run.
Could I get feedback/suggestions? Thanks


EDIT: I'm adding in the template from the sticky.

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Gaming, web browsing/web games, email, *minor* photo and video editing.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
$1000.00

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Canada.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
I have no realistic preferences, as long as the drivers, price, and performance are right.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
I have no current parts for a desktop other than a mouse. :|

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
I haven't searched through threads. >.>

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
Default speeds.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
In 2 months, around new years.

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Old November 17, 2009, 05:14 AM
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what game do you play/planning to play? What is your current budget(check our the sticky)?

I would use 4870 or 4890. 5770 are inferior then 4870 in current game since dx11 is still some time from being mainstream. And you save extra money.
IMO the first jump from 4 series should be 5850, unless you really eye yourself on dx11 game.

I've used gigabyte 790x and 785gx recently, both are very stable in stock. Are you planning to OC?
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Old November 17, 2009, 06:30 AM
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You can save a few $$$ on the psu and a wd black 500gb you don't need a 700watt for your build..

Also this deal is pretty good amd p2 955 be + 4 gb a-data ddr3 1600 for 250..

NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition CPU & 4GB A-DATA DDR3-1600 C9 - 955-4GB-1600-C9 In Canada.

If you like Asus you can try the M4A79XTD EVO it has the 790X chipset you're looking for..

NCIX.com - Buy ASUS M4A79XTD Evo ATX AM3 790X DDR3 2XPCI-E16 2XPCI-E 2XPCI CrossFireX SATA Audio GBLAN Motherboard - M4A79XTD EVO In Canada.

Also I believe the 5770 is suppose to be as good as a 4870 but lose to the 4890.. I could be wrong though..
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Old November 17, 2009, 07:46 AM
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Make sure you get the 64 bit version of Windows 7 if you're planning to use more than 3 GBs of RAM.
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Old November 17, 2009, 08:55 AM
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get the 640gb black by western digital it is very fast because of its dual 320gb platters, in fact it is as fast as the older non veloci raptor hdds
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Old November 17, 2009, 01:39 PM
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Well, looks like I have a few questions to answer

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what game do you play/planning to play? What is your current budget(check our the sticky)?

I would use 4870 or 4890. 5770 are inferior then 4870 in current game since dx11 is still some time from being mainstream. And you save extra money.
IMO the first jump from 4 series should be 5850, unless you really eye yourself on dx11 game.

I've used gigabyte 790x and 785gx recently, both are very stable in stock. Are you planning to OC?
I plan on playing games such as Crysis, Call of Duty, etc. Lots of FPS games, probably even some older adventure games like Dungeon Seige. :P But most likely games like Crysis/Warhead and Crysis 2 when it comes out. I'm also looking forward to DX11 titles.



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You can save a few $$$ on the psu and a wd black 500gb you don't need a 700watt for your build..

Also this deal is pretty good amd p2 955 be + 4 gb a-data ddr3 1600 for 250..

NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition CPU & 4GB A-DATA DDR3-1600 C9 - 955-4GB-1600-C9 In Canada.

If you like Asus you can try the M4A79XTD EVO it has the 790X chipset you're looking for..

NCIX.com - Buy ASUS M4A79XTD Evo ATX AM3 790X DDR3 2XPCI-E16 2XPCI-E 2XPCI CrossFireX SATA Audio GBLAN Motherboard - M4A79XTD EVO In Canada.

Also I believe the 5770 is suppose to be as good as a 4870 but lose to the 4890.. I could be wrong though..
Thank you for the links. :)


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Make sure you get the 64 bit version of Windows 7 if you're planning to use more than 3 GBs of RAM.
I know that a 64 bit OS is required for more than 4 GB of RAM, don't worry. The only thing is that I was also considering using a 32 bit OS and 2 GB of RAM. I am not sure about compatibility with various programs with a 64 bit OS.


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get the 640gb black by western digital it is very fast because of its dual 320gb platters, in fact it is as fast as the older non veloci raptor hdds
Why not the 750 I have selected?
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Old November 17, 2009, 02:36 PM
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$112.99 AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 3.1GHZ 7MB Cache 80W Retail Box SKU: 39335
$132.99 Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P AMD790X ATX AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E SATA2 RAID Sound GLAN Motherboard SKU: 36174

Get that processor, and that motherboard....

I've been having a lot of luck unlocking that dual to quad using that combination.....

....and then it typically overclocks to 3.8ghz as well.....
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