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Old January 24, 2010, 05:48 PM
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Hi everyone, it's been a while since I built a new computer and a lot has changed since then.
I thought I would show my build and see if anyone has any opinions on what I have chose.

Here is my build

AMD Phenom 2 x4 black, HDZ955FBGMBOX
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb (x2, 1 for backup)
Rosewill R5717-P SL 120mm Fan Pre-Installed on the Top and 80mm Slim Fan Cooling HDD,ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
EVGA 01G-P3-1158-TR GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built-in Speakers

My budget is $1200 to $1250, and this will fit my budget,
I will run WIN 7.

Is this a good build for the price? and as a casual gamer will 4 gigs of memory be fine? or should I run 8 gigs?

Thanks,
Zeddey

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Old January 24, 2010, 07:14 PM
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Definitely consider bumping your GPU up to at least an ATI 5850. GTS 250 is old, slow, and power hungry (compared to 5800 series).

You can get a motherboard that supports USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, such as the Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 or GA-790XTA-UD4P.

Also with that budget you can also alternatively go for an Intel i5 750 + P55. In either case, 4GB of RAM is more than enough for a casual gamer.
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Old January 25, 2010, 03:51 PM
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Increase the size of your WD Caviar Blacks to 640GB. The 640GB has platters that are more dense (320GB per platter VS 250GB per platter), and will give you a little bit more performance.

I dont know much about AMD processors, so I cant help you there.
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Old January 25, 2010, 04:07 PM
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I agree with JD007 definately switch out the gpu, and I don't much about the AMD processors but I would definitely check out the i5's will look at some parts later on to see if I can find something that works with your budget
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Old January 25, 2010, 04:09 PM
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Change the HSF to a Coolermaster 212. And get a better case IE: CM690 Advance or Antec 300 w/ decent air flow.
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Old January 25, 2010, 04:13 PM
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First, swap over to a Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, or Seasonic PSU.

Second, Get a Hyper 212 Plus cooler instead of the Arctic Cooling one. Why it remains so popular is beyond me.

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A 5850 is TOTAL overkill for a 22" monitor. A 5770 is more than enough, and if he goes Xfire he'll get some of the best scaling ever. He could even scrape by on a 5750. Still, I agree that the 250 is...well...just outdated.

As for the monitor, if you can squeeze it in your budget I recommend the Dell 2209 WA. It's got an IPS panel as opposed to a TN one which will give you a better picture and much better viewing angle.

As for the case...no. Just no. At the minimum I'd recommend the NZXT Beta Evo or Gamma, but if you can spare $80-100 for the case then you'll open up a whole new world of chassis.
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Old January 25, 2010, 07:09 PM
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AMD Phenom 2 x4 black, HDZ955FBGMBOXCOOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer CaseCORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power SupplyHIS H577FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built-in Speakers

What about this? I want to stay with AMD, I have been a fan for a while :)
I really like this Gigabyte MB, has a lot of options.
I am ordering everything from newegg, They dont have dell moniters, so at the moment I stuck with the hann.
I decided to run 1 hard drive for now, I can always add another later when my budget permits.
What do you think about the HIS GPU?

This setup will run me $1251 with shipping.

Thanks for all the help :)
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Old January 25, 2010, 10:33 PM
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I was looking at these 2 mother boards incase I need to go cheaper for my budget.
Does anyone know if either one of these is a decent board?

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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Old January 26, 2010, 07:33 PM
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Both of those are very solid motherboards. Not sure how the second one is cheaper than your original one, but...

Anyway, two great choices. If you could ever see yourself Crossfiring though, don't cheap out and get the first one. It just means buying a whole new motherboard later. Also, I assume that you're changing to an ATI GPU regardless.
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