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k_ozz
01-27-10, 11:31 PM
I am considering building a new computer, here is what I have started looking for some suggestions please.

Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:P183
Item #:N82E16811129061
$179.99 -$30.00 Instant $149.99

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #:M4A78T-E
Item #:N82E16813131366
$139.99 -$10.00 Instant $129.99

BFG Tech BFGEGTX260MC896OCDE GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail
Model #:BFGEGTX260MC896OCDE
Item #:N82E16814143189
$179.99 $179.99

Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with ... - Retail
Model #:CP-850
Item #:N82E16817371024
$139.99 -$30.68 Instant $109.31

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
Model #:HDZ955FBGIBOX
Item #:N82E16819103674
$165.99 $165.99

OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3OB1600LV4GK - Retail
Model #:OCZ3OB1600LV4GK
Item #:N82E16820227495
$109.99 -$10.00 Instant $99.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:ST3500418AS
Item #:N82E16822148395
$59.99 -$5.00 Instant $54.99

LITE-ON 24x DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DH-24AAS - OEM
Model #:DH-24AAS
Item #:N82E16827106339

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Model #:FQC-00765
Item #:N82E16832116758
$139.99 $139.99

Thanks.

K

Shamrock
01-27-10, 11:49 PM
If you can afford it, I suggest going bigger on video.

I have a PhII 955 and my EVGA 260GTX is a huge bottleneck.

ragejg
01-28-10, 12:09 AM
Personally at this time I'd save cash on the cpu and apply it to a 5850.

Like an Athlon X4 for 90 something or an x3 720 Black (cache per core advantage FTW) for just a bit more.

Or just stick with the build you're looking at, but yeah, get a dx11 card.

My $0.02. :)

CaptNKILL
01-28-10, 02:07 AM
You could save a pretty good chunk of change by going with a cheaper motherboard. Gigabyte's 785G boards are really nice and cost $40 less than the 790GX.

Try this one, its not Micro-ATX so you still have plenty of expansion slots:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128395

I'd also go with a Corsair PSU. I used a 400W Corsair unit in a gaming system I built for someone a few months ago and I was extremely impressed. The packaging, the build quality... and the fact that it ran a 4870 with an overclocked Core 2 Duo in Crysis for several hours without even getting hot. Its been running WoW pretty much 24/7 for the last three months now too.

Unless you plan on going SLI or Crossfire, don't bother with anything over 700W. This Corsair 650W would be perfect:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

The CPU and RAM look good, and I love my GTX 260 but if you're going to be putting that much money into a system you can do better. A Radeon 5850 would be excellent, and the $80 you'd save by getting the board and PSU I recommended would almost balance out the price. If you still want to keep the price down a tad, sacrifice the case a bit. That's a reaaaally expensive case for an Antec. It isn't that much different than my P180B and that cost me around $110 like 4 years ago. Its a nicely built case and its served me well but it can be really cramped and difficult to work with at times. They've probably improved the cable management a bit, but I had to take vice grips to the chassis to get things organized properly. :lol: Coolermaster, Antec and several other quality brands have some nice cases in the $100 price range.

All that said... a Core i5 750 and Gigabyte P55 board would cost about the same as the board+cpu you chose and it'd be faster with a huge amount of overclocking head room.

Muppet
01-28-10, 02:15 AM
You could save a pretty good chunk of change by going with a cheaper motherboard. Gigabyte's 785G boards are really nice and cost $40 less than the 790GX.

Try this one, its not Micro-ATX so you still have plenty of expansion slots:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128395

I'd also go with a Corsair PSU. I used a 400W Corsair unit in a gaming system I built for someone a few months ago and I was extremely impressed. The packaging, the build quality... and the fact that it ran a 4870 with an overclocked Core 2 Duo in Crysis for several hours without even getting hot. Its been running WoW pretty much 24/7 for the last three months now too.

Unless you plan on going SLI or Crossfire, don't bother with anything over 700W. This Corsair 650W would be perfect:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

The CPU and RAM look good, and I love my GTX 260 but if you're going to be putting that much money into a system you can do better. A Radeon 5850 would be excellent, and the $80 you'd save by getting the board and PSU I recommended would almost balance out the price. If you still want to keep the price down a tad, sacrifice the case a bit. That's a reaaaally expensive case for an Antec. It isn't that much different than my P180B and that cost me around $110 like 4 years ago. Its a nicely built case and its served me well but it can be really cramped and difficult to work with at times. They've probably improved the cable management a bit, but I had to take vice grips to the chassis to get things organized properly. :lol: Coolermaster, Antec and several other quality brands have some nice cases in the $100 price range.

All that said... a Core i5 750 and Gigabyte P55 board would cost about the same as the board+cpu you chose and it'd be faster with a huge amount of overclocking head room.

That is good advice there. An I5 setup with 5850 and Corsair PSU would be a great PC.

CaptNKILL
01-28-10, 04:30 AM
If you are not planning on SLI ever, then there is no point in that motherboard OR the power supply being that expensive. Use the difference by getting a better video card.

That board won't do SLI anyway, its an AMD board.

Madpistol
01-29-10, 09:59 AM
Do you ask for Pepsi or Coke when eating out? SLI/Crossfire...same difference. Dual card is so...politically correct.

yea, but Captnkill is correct. The AMD boards only do Crossfire. They aren't compatible with SLI. It does make a difference.

Maverick123w
01-29-10, 11:48 AM
-I can't see getting a GTX260 when the 5850 is out.
-850 Watt PSU? You can get a nice OCZ modular 700 for much less
-I think there are better motherboards out there for the $$$

IMO you're doing something similar to what I did when I built my core i5 system. I spent a lot of money on things I didn't need and less money on the more important things. If I was was building your machine I'd get a case that was $50 cheaper, I'd save $30 on the board, I'd save around $40 on the psu.

Thats already $120 more. Which gets you a 5850 and much better performance.

Edit** and I'd get a samsung spinpoint F3 500GB that drive is fast.

k_ozz
01-30-10, 01:49 AM
Thanks everyone.

FYI, I do plan on going SLI at a later time and I am partial to Nvidia, I did not notice that was a AMD board.

Time to think..

CaptNKILL
01-30-10, 01:57 AM
Thanks everyone.

FYI, I do plan on going SLI at a later time and I am partial to Nvidia, I did not notice that was a AMD board.

Time to think..

I wouldn't bother with SLI.

Just buy a faster single card. The only SLI-capable chipset I'd consider buying is the X58 and that platform will cost you significantly more money.

k_ozz
02-04-10, 01:14 AM
Thank you all for providing input, for sadly the project had been scrapped for now, fell pray to a new TV for the bed room.....

CaptNKILL
02-04-10, 01:41 AM
What's the matter with you people? Simply replace the words SLI/Crossfire from my post and replace it with the phrase "dual card". I used the wrong term because when I think dual card, I think SLI. Cola = Coke.

I knew what I meant :) And so did everyone else I'm sure. Everyone knows SLI is nVidia and AMD uses Crossfire...many people simply refer to it as SLI erroneously of course, but everyone naturally assumes the proper cards for the mobo in question. Surely that wasn't too hard to grasp was it?

Considering that he was planning on using an nvidia card, I assumed that you were referring to SLI... since that's what you said.

Also, notice how later on he mentioned that he didn't realize it was an non-SLI capable AMD board. By making the distinction between SLI and Crossfire we helped him out.

I can't say I've ever seen anyone on this forum interchange the names SLI and Crossfire, but still... there's no need to get defensive about it. No harm done. :o