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Hey everyone here. Just joined the site, 'cause I've been lurking around a while and I've come up with a basic build for a heavy gaming rig I want to make, and I figure you guys are the best around to ask about this kind of thing

I've spent years overclocking, tweaking, modifying cooling systems, and generally squeezing every ounce of computer power out of spare parts my friends always had lying around (to date the highest-end computer I've ever owned is a single-core 2.2 Ghz AMD rig with 1.5 gigs of pc3200 ram and an ati x1650 pro AGP). I've also helped friends build expensive computers that run like dreams come true for the past three years. But now I've finally come into a bit of extra money (read: I finally got a full-time job I can rely on), and here's what I've built so far:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x2 555BE (going to unlock this thing to 4 cores)
Mobo: MSI 790FX-GD70
RAM: GSKILL Ripjaws X Series PC3-12800 (CAS 6 stock)
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD5870 (not the overclocked one)
PSU: Ultra x4 750W

I'm assuming the other parts don't really matter, like HDD/SSD/etc.

What I suppose I'm asking is: am I going overkill on any of the parts? I don't want to go much higher if at all, and if there are better, cheaper parts out there, let me know... To be honest, I'm just excited to finally be able to have something current, rather than what some of my gaming friends call a computer I dug out of a dumpster behind Best Buy.

tl;dr I have money, specs I've come up with so far are above. Did I make an epic fail or does it win at awesome?
post #2 of 6
if you like squezing everything from ur budget build i recommend something like this :
case+dvd 53$
mobo+gpu 230$ (40$ MIR) nice little mobo , sli support and the GPU is one of the best GTX 460 to OC with
CPU 105$ (unlocking cores is a risky business it may not unlock or may unlock but then become unstable over short period of time , why risk when a quad is only couple bucks more)
RAM 45$ (20$ MIR) good overclocker , cheap price
CPU Cooler 35$ (15$ MIR)
PSU 100$ could probably go with a 650w with a future SLI in mind but a 750w if u plan for some heavy overclocks on GPU and CPU
HDD 40$

grand total 670$ shipped+taxed , 590$ after rebates
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Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Samsung SH-S223B Zalman CNPS5X Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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post #3 of 6
It all looks like win (bar one thing) just remember those X2s don't always unlock stable.

I'm guessing the PSU is for Cross fire later?
I would stay away from Ultra maybe go for Antec 650 or 750w true power.

Otherwise Win!
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2X Hitachi 1TB raid 0 Seagate Barracuda Sony DVD RW DRU 830A  Coolermaster Hyper 212+  
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@rabbitgt: pairing an AMD with an nvidia isn't somethign i necessarily want to do, and the reason i picked the 555be is because of the high clock plus the 6mb L3 cache. Even if the other two cores don't unlock stable, it'll still be a beast of a dual core that I can overclock the crap out of.

@doom: I picked the PSU for the cable management it seems to offer (what with the "plug in only what you need" deal it has), and yes I intend to get some crossfire in later because I want to future-proof this for at least a couple of years. if you don't mind me asking, why is ultra something to stay away from?
Edited by skywarp - 2/24/11 at 10:58pm
post #5 of 6
A couple of things. The ultra psus continually get poor ratings when tested (see jonnyguru.com). Msi mobos are not bad boards, but if you were able to unlock to 4 core, you wouldn't be able to oc much due to poor power phase (see xd_1771's post on MSI mobos catching fire, its a good read ),

Here are a couple suggestions:
The X4 820 that Rabbit suggested is a great cpu and you don't have to gamble with it being able to unlock, its already a quad.

Asus M4A79XTD EVO AM3 $77 shipped
OCZ modxxstream 600 psu $55 (+$6 s&h) after $15 mir.
Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $20 shipped (after $20 mir and $5 promo). Good ram, you should buy even if you don't have anything else yet)
Samsung spinpoint F3 500GB $50 shipped. This is a great HDD: reliable with very fast read/write times.
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samsung 840 samsung  Thermaltake water 3.0 win7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
viewsonic 27" Cooler master qfr cooler master 700 corsair 250d 
MouseMouse PadAudio
anker vertical ocz sony 5.25" bookshelfs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
960t M4A89GTD-proUSB3 pny 660Ti samsung wonder ram 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB Samsung F3 Samsung 840 250GB LG external DVD/R 212 evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 ViewSonic ViewSonic VX2739wm model m Cooler Master Silent Pro 700 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li A05FNB (flipped to A05NB) Razer Deathadder Black edt. OCZ behemoth Audio Technica ATH-AD500 
AudioAudioAudio
JVC HA-RX500 Dayton Audio Bookshelfs Lepai LP2020+ 
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You can get F3 500GB for just $40 shipped here
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