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the 5770 is faster than the 9800GTX+ by quite a margin, and there's ~$55 in rebates
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you wont need 1000W power supply. 600w-700w is maximum. you could do with a good 450-500w PSU unless you spend more on the GPU and get a more demanding one.

i urge you to go with the current generation GPU. a 5770 is $155-$175 new and is on par with the GTX260 and blows away the 9800GTX+, but has support for DX11, eyefinity, and other new features. along with this, i suggest a crossfire capable board. the 5xxx series has eyefinity, which supports multiple monitors without extra hardware
    
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Originally Posted by IntelConvert View Post
you wont need 1000W power supply. 600w-700w is maximum. you could do with a good 450-500w PSU unless you spend more on the GPU and get a more demanding one.

i urge you to go with the current generation GPU. a 5770 is $155-$175 new and is on par with the GTX260 and blows away the 9800GTX+, but has support for DX11, eyefinity, and other new features. along with this, i suggest a crossfire capable board. the 5xxx series has eyefinity, which supports multiple monitors without extra hardware
I would also suggest sticking to a Crossfire board and get some ATI hardware. If you are hell bent on building SLI right out of the gate, order a pair of These for their sli goodness. I can all but guarentee that's the most GPU for the dollar. The issue is that it isn't expandable at all.

I myself think you should invest in current technology. The pair of them together you're looking at about $130 out the door. I know there is a GTX260 in the Online Deals section for like $155 after MIR. I would get one of those for now, and get another next month, or whenever you can afford the upgrade.

Hope I helped.
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also, I'd like to do an SLI rig, just so I have plenty of room to upgrade next month...
SLI with 2 low end cards is like dating 2 fat chicks. Sure, there's 2 of them, but neither are worth keeping. It makes much more sense to get a single card of a higher caliber. SLI doesn't always work and isn't as dependable as a single card solution.
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SLI with 2 low end cards is like dating 2 fat chicks. Sure, there's 2 of them, but neither are worth keeping. It makes much more sense to get a single card of a higher caliber. SLI doesn't always work and isn't as dependable as a single card solution.
thats almost worth being put in my sig! i might do that still! lol!


but its tru, 2 low end cards, like 8800GTs just wont get you anywhere in the future. for now they are ok and can compete with a GTX260 in most scenarios, but when you want to upgrade, you have to try to sell 2 very old GPUs and buy a whole new GPU setup.

i recommend a 5770, if you are only looking at nvidia and SLI, then get nothing less than a GTX260 or you will be stuck with old, old tech.... the GTX2xx cards are getting old now even.. GTX4xx will be out sometime soon, and the HD 5xxx are out and performing wonderfully.

@ karther

-i dont trust that PSU, i have a very similar one, but 550w and i have already overloaded it
-the OP said he wants Phenom II X4 ONLY
-DDR2 is old and expensive compared to DDR3
-stock CPU cooler = no overclocking on the Phenom II!?!? thats insulting to a Phenom!


i like the gigabyte board, but get a similar one with AM3 and DDR3. im also really liking the 5770, mine is performing awesomely!
Edited by IntelConvert - 2/8/10 at 5:41am
    
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post #17 of 28
Athlon II X2 240
HD 5750
ASUS 785G ATX motherboard
2 GB DDR3 RAM
BFG 550W PSU
Antec 300
WD 320GB Green/Blue

That'll run a little under $500

Just buy the Antec 300 used from OCN or from Microcenter for $50

As for the OS I'm guessing your current rig came with one.
Edited by SilverPotato - 2/8/10 at 5:52am
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i wrote up a buget/build list the other day......i used newegg for examples.....didn't labor to find the absolute best prices so the budgets could be improved with a little shopping around......Hope this helps

http://www.overclock.net/amd-general...ml#post8384470
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post #19 of 28
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So I've taken into consideration of all the feedback, and took another look at what I'd like.

nVidia is great, but it can't get me what I need for "less". I've decided to go with a AMD / ATI build this seems to fit my budget correctly but also gives me plenty of room for improvements later down the line.

Also, 1000W PSU seems like overkill, but keep in mind, I'd like to do a crossfire set up later down the line. and yes I'm ok with 2 fat chicks... plenty of folds, and plenty of fun for a lot less....(rofl.. couldn't say that with a straight face)

I've decided to do a quick review of what I wanted and needed...
(worse possible thing to do is to cut down your own list of wants)

but I've come to the conclusion of :

GPU -
Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 1GB 128-bit DDR5
or
Sapphire Radeon HD5750 1GB DDR5

it's about $140 + $30 for display port to DVI with shipping either way, (and I now must have a radeon card that supports eyefinity since you guys had to kill me on SLI / triplehead =[ )

Sticking to my CPU of a Phenom II x4 955 3.2 BE, for $160 free shipping.
Motherboard MSI 770-G45 Motherboard - AMD 770, Socket AM3 $87.55 with tax & shipping

Now this is where I need your help yet again...
What would be the most cheap / effective ram I could use on this set up? I'd like atleast 4gb. And what about PSU? or could I stick with the 1000W corsair that I linked previously. ( I want to run Crossfire later on) but I'm also running 2 140mm fans / 3 120's, 1 optical drive and a (free) NXZT Sentry 2 touch screen fan controller.

I'm sitting on $470-ish with those current parts, I need to squeeze out a PSU and memory for the final 130~180 =[


I know I'm being fickle, but thank you once again.
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post #20 of 28
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Athlon II X2 240
HD 5750
ASUS 785G ATX motherboard
2 GB DDR3 RAM
BFG 550W PSU
Antec 300
WD 320GB Green/Blue

That'll run a little under $500

Just buy the Antec 300 used from OCN or from Microcenter for $50

As for the OS I'm guessing your current rig came with one.
Ok, you know what. I got myself all lubed and ready to go to set you up a build but this may pretty much do it. Pitch in some more money for a 720x3 cpu for better gaming performance and you're set. But keep in mind the Regors OC quite nicely.
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