Suggestions for new AM3 system?

bfanboy

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Greetings all....I have been out of the technology loop for quite some time being deployed overseas for almost a year, but I will soon be home and need to build a new PC to play the newest game in my favorite game series of all time, Empire Total War. I have done a fair amount of research in the past week and think I have finally decided that I want to go with the AM3 socket and the Phenom X3 720. Any suggestions for this build on how to make it better or to save a little bit of cash? It will mainly be a relatively high end gaming PC. Thanks for the tips :)

CASE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147105
MOBO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128378
PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009
RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148261
HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.177117
HEATSINK http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.177117
GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.180877
CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.180877
 

nate1554

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I would spend a little more cash on a better Video card also I read some things about the Western digitl Caviar black 1tb HDD being better than the green and it is only 5 bucks more. Also with the size today's video cards are getting I would go get a full atx tower for better upgrade options in the future.
 

xthekidx

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The PSU you chose is overkill. If you will just use that one 4850, then a 650tx would be enough, for just that one 4850 then a 500w PSU is plenty.

Do this instead:
mobo/CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.182106

Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227293

GPU: Xfire 2 of these, it will give you performance similar to a 4890 or GTX 275
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550vx
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010