Gaming Computer, what do you think?

Jatga

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Hi, I'm going to build a new gaming computer that should be able to run new games properly. And it should last 3-5 years. So do you think this package would last so long?


Mobo: MSI 790FX-GD70
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 55nm SuperClocked, 896MB
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 32MB SATA2, 640 GB
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600
PSU or PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700 W or Antec True Power Trio 650 W
Case: ATX Midi Thermaltake V9

$ 900 in Newegg.com I think that's all. (Games: FPShooters, Far Cry 2, GTA:IV, World In Conflict, etc...)

Questions:
1.Is this good?
2.Does these parts fit together? (I think so..)
 

xthekidx

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The mobo you chose is an xfire mobo, you chose an SLI card. Either get a much cheaper mobo, or get a GPU that is xfire supported like a 4870 1gb, which is roughly equivalent to that GTX 260: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801

I would also pick an AM2+ mobo instead of AM3 since there is no real world performance gain going with ddr3 instead of DDR2. Get this ram and cpu/mobo instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.165025

Get this PSU to support xfire later:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

Or if you won't xfire/sli, then do this (and you can use either nvidia or ATI GPU with this mobo):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022&Tpk=550w%20fatal1ty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131325
 

MykC

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ASUS M3A78-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131330

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 Plus Cert $100 - $20MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $45 - $20MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler $36 - $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

Overclock the CPU, its so easy your mom could do it.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-overclock-athlon,2161.html

I'd forget planning for SLI unless your confident that you'll need or will buy another EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 55nm SuperClocked, 896MB before you can't buy this exact GPU anymore, which will probably be about a year.

Its not worth it moving to DDR3 boards.

Otherwise, how much are you paying for the option to move to SLI in the future, how much more is the PSU costings and motherboard?
 

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MykC

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SLI or CrossFire
From what I've read crossfire is better than SLI from compatibility to stabiltiy. But they are the same thing from different manufactuers. Nvidia GPU's are SLI and AMD/ATI's GPU's are Crossfire. I personally think that spending money to planning for crossfire provides no return for most people.

I'm not sure which lasts longer, if your referring to the availability of the GPU that you would need to complete your crossfire/SLI system. I think the 8800GT came out around the same time Crysis (1.5 years ago) came out and you can't find an 8800GT anymore let alone the exact same model/manufactuer.

Crossfire is a bit easier as you can match any manufactuer and cards in the same series 48xx with another 48xx or a 38xx with another 38xx but not a 48xx with a 38xx. However, if you match a 4870 with a 4830, the 4870 downclocks itself to the 4830 level. Also, I do believe you can match manufactuers with crossfire.


I'd go with the ASUS M4A78-E from the ones you listed. However, if you don't go or plan for crossfire then stick with a 780 board.