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Hi, my first post and straight to the point.

I am about to buy a new PC, it is for gaming and 3D rendering purposes. The budget is already being exceeded. Djixas (my best friend) from the forum recommended me this build and I think it is pretty neat, lots of performance for a limited investment. Here it is:

Main board: ASROCK AM3 AMD770 DDR3 CROSSFIREX ATX
CPU: AMD PHENOM II X2 555 BLACK EDITION
RAM: Kingston Technology 2GB 1333MHZ DDR3 NON-ECC CL9 DIMM (now 2 units, in the future 4)
Hard drive: WD CAVIAR BLUE 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB
DVD rom: Sony DVD-/+R/RW/-RAM12X24X SATA/W/LF BLACK AD-7263S-0B OPTIARC
PSU: CASE PSU ATX 650W/FAL650FS14 TECNOWARE (not sure yet)

Here is my dilemma: All of this requires a true powerhouse PSU that would drain my money too much. I am ready to compromise crossfire function and avoid expensive PSU. Some time ago, I have seen a true bargain 500W -700WPSU 80+ yet, can't find it any more.

Any suggestions?
Edited by Soyer - 3/6/11 at 3:24am
post #2 of 6
Here is my idea behind this build:

Basically, to squeeze as much longevity as possible without sacrificing wallet to the devil itself.

Phenom X2 955 BE with plausible 2 extra cores unlock + overclocking in the future.

Crossfire for the second 5770 after 2 years of usage or so.

ASRock seems like a nice mobo brand. Considering that you get crossfire, 140W CPU support, 4 ram slots and core unlocking features, it's a good choice. Most other mobos at this price point seems to offer hybdrid crossfire only.

I did not pick a HDD, although you can always get Caviar Black or whatever and use this one as a backup drive, in case it starts bottlenecking overall performance.

To make build even cheaper now, only 2GB of ram will be ordered with 2GB extra coming few weeks later.

Another idea is to skip DVD rom for now, as most games are distributed digitally only and Windows can be installed from USB, etc.

The only issue now is PSU and price. 80+ certificate PSU is not an option, as price increases drastically. Although I haven't checked many of them.
Edited by DjiXas - 3/6/11 at 3:21am
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If this is not bought yet
1. Your 3D rendering will most likely not use the L3 cache that much; get an Athlon II x4 ~640, Phenom II x4 840 - save cash, get better performance
2. Low end/older ASRock boards not the greatest
3. If you can pick up something better than generic Kingston memory on there, that'd be great
4. That PSU...... I doubt it for quality
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looks good to me
    
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
If this is not bought yet
1. Your 3D rendering will most likely not use the L3 cache that much; get an Athlon II x4 ~640, Phenom II x4 840 - save cash, get better performance
2. Low end/older ASRock boards not the greatest
3. If you can pick up something better than generic Kingston memory on there, that'd be great
4. That PSU...... I doubt it for quality
3D rendering is not the main reason behind this build (I believe).

1. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/122?vs=88
2. What do you recommend with Crossfire, higher than 95W CPU support, core unlock and 4 RAM slots?
3. What do you recommend for lower price point?

- Kingston 0.30% (previous 0.37%)
- Crucial 0.93% (previous 0.78%)
- Corsair 1.41% (previous 1.66%)
- G. Skill 2.73% (previous 1.53%)
- OCZ 6.76% (previous 2.76%)

http://translate.google.com/translat...Ftid%3D4023114

4. What do you recommend? We are not talking about efficiency here, etc. Most W for the low price is a requirement.

Another option, (bit more expensive) is CORSAIR GS PSU 800W 14CM ATX12V2.3 80+
Edited by DjiXas - 3/6/11 at 3:59am
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post #6 of 6
1. Gaming will use the L3 cache some but still not a huge difference, with some respect to the need for 3D rendering power I'd go with a quad core over a dual core with some extra cache
2. An ASUS M4A79XTD EVO would probably be best for budget with all those features (8x-8x Crossfire, decent VRMs, core unlock, 4 RAM slots) if you can find it at a good price in Lithuania
3. I'm usually never brand specific on memory. A 1600Mhz kit in America can be usually found at same/lower prices than most 1333 generic kits, is what I mean, so if you can find something like that there it would be excellent.
4. PSU is where brand does matter. Best brands are usually Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, Delta, Coolermaster, PC Power & Cooling (pre-OCZ merger). This is the most important component of the system, do not cheap out!
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