Is this everything I need? 900 or less Gaming rig

armistices

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First off, thank you very much for looking at this thread and helping me out.
Anyway, school's out for summer and I'm hoping to put together my first PC. *gulp*
Here is what I have come up with and I'm wondering if its everything I need, if so I'll order it, if not I'll change it based on what you fellows say and then order it. Thank you so much for any reply.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE: 500-900 US dollars

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming and school work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, os (plan to use windows7 64 bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: no, I want to learn though, but for now I'll pass thank you.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 (current monitor max resolution)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: thank you so much for your help!

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152
$24.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
$54.95

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
$74.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007
$8.94

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166
$54.99

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134
$29.00


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
and
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.201928
$214.98

SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
and
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.199015
$354.04

Total: 860.81 - 35.00 for mail in rebates = 825.81
 

razrak

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That Fan and Heatsink stay it is only compatiable with Intel processors on newegg. Not sure if that's true or not though.
 

Cpt Deadboots

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The Dark Knight won't perform as well as Sunbeam's Core Contact - and this cooler comes with TX-2 compound:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004

I know the 750TX is comboed with your motherboard, but you probably won't need more than 650 watts. Here's a good combo with your case and an Antec 650w PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.198951

I like the CPU/GPU combo you've got - that's a good buy. For that price, I'd buy the 4890 even if you'll be playing at 1440x900. It'll leave you some headroom in case you get a better monitor anyway.
 

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For the price I think he is better of getting the 750tx, strong single 12v rail and 4 x pcie connectors, for $110 (minus combo discount) its hard to pass up.

I don't quite see how the combo deal is so good that it warrents its purchase. The combo only saves $20, essentially bringing down the cost of the 4890 to $199.99 and the mb at full price, but there are 4890's on the egg now that go for $185, which is even overclocked to 900.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131152

a 4850 will be more then enough for his current monitor, even if he upgrades to 1920 x 1200 it will still be enough for any current game (some lowered detailed then others), most will be at high or maxed settings. Later down the road he can put another 4850 and xfire if he needs more performance

If money is not a concern then yeah, go for the 4890, but I would pick up the one I linked since its cheaper then the combo discount.
 
as other have already said the 4890 is way over kill for a 19 inch monitor , and so is the 850 watt power supply .


Consider spending $150 of a 22 inch monitor
get a 650 corsair psu
and a 4870

Thats a better gaming experience in my opinion .

Either way you definitely dont need 850 watts
 

armistices

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Thank you all so much for your replies, sorry for not replying sooner as I was at work covering for a sick coworker. First, razrak thank you so much for that insight, you are completely correct! Mrbumbum, thank you for your reply as well, very kind of you. To Cpt Deadboots, thank you very much for that cooler and paste link, that looks excellent, definitely gonna get that puppy. Also you stated I should get a 4850 for future xfire, sounds good to me. Finally, Mrbumbum again thank you too, and I think I'll take your advice as well and be safe with the 750.


Okay so final build is:

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152
$24.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
$74.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
$54.95

ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121272
$65.00 (LOL)

Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004
$39.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
and
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.201928
$214.98

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail
and
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.201176
$204.04

Total: 764.87 - 60.00 mail in rebate = 704.87

Just making sure before I buy all this nice stuff, that is the correct video card right? :sweat:

Future recommendations: Get a better monitor for higher resolution, get another 4850 for xfire. Thanks again for all the help, you guys rock! :D

 
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Why do you need an aftermarket CPU cooler?

You're not OCing, the stock CPU cooler that comes with the Phenom should be more than adequate.
 

waynec121

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I would definitely overclock. It is free performance and it is extremely easy. I would read up on it either here on the Overclock forums or around the internet. Overclocking = more performance for less money!!!
 

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Tell ya what, I'll think about the overclocking especially when I need to upgrade, waha. Anyway I bought the parts yesterday and will get them early next week. I'll let ya'll know how it goes. Thanks again for all the help! :D
 

armistices

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Just wanted to give a big thank you to everyone in this thread. Yesterday I got all my parts, installed em (took a couple tries to get it to boot, hehe), and installed windows 7. Then today I overclocked the video card, and atm I'm overclocking the processor. I'm trying to hit 3.7ghz but it appears the cooling just isn't sufficient to reach that high of a clock without getting a bluescreen. I'll have to get some more fans I suppose, well thanks again. ^^
 

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If you're bluescreening, it's probably lack of voltage, not lack of cooling. If you're bluescreening from lack of cooling, you definitely need to back off on the OC.