New phenom II gaming build - around $1100

nbyron

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week
BUDGET RANGE: 700-900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photoshop, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I want an AMD processor, and a 23-25" monitor

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want an AMD build and to have the pc (minus monitor etc) to be around 800.. I dont want to see tons of, "well if you spend 200 more you can do an i7 build.. " etc. I am open to all options but I want the best performance for my money. Thanks in advance!

What I have so far:

Case: Antec three hundred black steel midtower case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.198951
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PSU: Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.198951
Combo deal : $106.94

MOBO: ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157141R
$79.99

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.198011
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OS: Vista ultimate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.198011
Combo deal with vista ultimate/processor: $274.04

CPU Cooler:
I need suggestions for this. I want to OC as far as I can, so best cooler for the money.

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

GPU: here are what I am considering, please weigh in...
1: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102826
$250 (229.99 after MIR)

2. HIS Hightech H487QT1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161265
$184 (164 after MIR)
Id like opinions on other cards as well!

Monitor: looking for 24ish inch

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thanks!



 

drunknmunkys

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Xigmatek Dark Knight for CPU cooler.
Get a 4890 instead of a 4870.
Drop Vista and use Windows 7 RC.
You forgot the HDD: go with a WD640GB Black.

I'll put something together.
 

drunknmunkys

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Monitor - Daily Special: Acer H233Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009162
176$

CPU: PII 720 x3

MOBO: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.198615
259$

Case: CM RC-690 -> free shipping unlike Antec 300

PSU: Corsair 650W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.200608
160$

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189
60$

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
75$

Heatsink: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
40$

Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003
5$

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102830

Total: 1004.91$ (0.00$ shipping!)
 

nbyron

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for GPU:

is radeon hd 4890 1gb for $250 is better bang for buck than
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102830
radeon 4870 x2 2gb for $250?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102826

Also update:
I have added
Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835154003
5$

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319
75$

Heatsink: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029
40$


In regards to PSU/Case combo:
is the CM worth the extra 50 bucks (or perhaps 40 bucks aftershipping)?
 

drunknmunkys

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Hmm, I added the Antec 300 to my cart and it didn't charge me any shipping, so if that's the case, go with the 300.

Also, that's not a 4870x2, its a fancy 4870. 4890 has higher core and memory clocks.
 

drunknmunkys

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I'm a fan of the WD Black drives and wouldn't recommend anything else, but that's a matter of personal opinion. The 640GB drive will be the fastest non-raptor drive you can buy if you don't need the extra space.
 

nbyron

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Case: Antec three hundred black steel midtower case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198951
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PSU: Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198951
Combo deal : $106.94 (plus 19ish shipping)

MOBO: ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 813157141R
$79.99

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198011
$190

Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835154003
$5 (5ish shipping)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319
75$

Heatsink: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029
40$

Ram: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231166
$54.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102830
$229 (215 after mir)

Monitor: Acer H233Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009162
$176

Sub Total: 957.86
shipping: 25.64
Total: $983.40
 

drunknmunkys

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Your mobo supports AMD2/2+ sockets, but not AMD3. You're cutting off your upgrade path by not getting an AMD 2+/3 mobo instead. Unless you do heavy photoshopping, I think the 720 has more value than the 940, but its your call.

Other than that it looks fine.
 

nbyron

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Well I would like to stick with a 4 core for longevity. Do you have any suggestions for a mobo for 940?

thanks again
 

drunknmunkys

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I recently purchased that mobo with my 720 and have been very happy with it. Nice BIOS, easy to OC, good onboard sound and no onboard gfx to mess with.
 

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Definitely go for the hd4890 and newegg have the Gigabyte for $200 plus a $20 cash back. Also with the motherboard I would suggest going for a Gigabyte 790X-UD4P. I just think it has a lot better build quality than the Asrock. Either way it wll be a great system.
 

nbyron

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Final build:
Total Cost: almost exactly $1000 shipped

Case: Antec three hundred black steel midtower case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198951
+
PSU: Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198951
Combo deal : $106.94 (plus 19ish shipping)


MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128387
110


Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.198011
$190


Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835154003
$5 (5ish shipping)


HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319
75$


Heatsink: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029
40$


Ram: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231166
$54.99


GPU: GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4890 1GB
$200 (+20 mir after mir)


Monitor: Acer H233Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824009162
$176
 

menahunie007

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Okay here's what I did when I assembled my system.

ONE-FOXCONN DESTROYER MOTHER BOARD $165.00
This board is da bomb - read about it and you will see.
One - AMD Phenom 2 Deneb 940 3.0 ghz cpu $225.00 OC to 3.7ghz
One- ULTRA CHILLTEC CPU TEC COOLER $90.00
TWO-= NIVIDIA GEOFORCE 9600 GSO 748 DDR3 RAM in SLI $180.00 FOR BOTH MINUS $40.00 REBATE. The motherboard can run UP TO FOUR VIDEO CARDS IN SLI.
8 Gig OCX DDR2 800 type memory 4x2gig sticks $95.00
One - SATA Raptor 1 Terabyte HDD 7200rpm $129.00
One-SOPRANORS system case from bestbuy $99.00
One- 730w Power supply $140.00

Price $1083.00

If you have your own hard drive knock 129.00 off that and if only want 4 gig of ram knock another 45.00 off also.

I play Mass Effect, Bio Shock, Halo, and Crysis (HIGH setting due to using XP Pro SP3 - Vista sucks bad) all the others at max settings FPS is above 40-50 in crysis..