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In the advent of a Radeon HD 4870X2 being available for $100, I am seriously considering making a Gaming PC built around it. I want to get your opinions, including if I should change anything.

Samsung SH-S223C DVD+RW Writer: $20

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB: $40

MSI 890FXA-GD65: $145

Antec TruePower New 650W: $80

A-DATA XPG 4GB DDR3 1600MHz: $48

AMD Phenom II X4 925: $115

Visiontek Radeon HD 4870X2: $100

The case I will be buying at a local CompUSA for $50. That brings me to:

Subtotal: $598
Total: $655

Is this worth it? I want the maximum performance I can get for that much.

EDIT: also, I already have a retail copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I am getting the 890FX motherboard because I plan on adding another GPU for folding. I know that the GD-65 has an 8+1 Power Phase design, so it should be able to OC the Phenom II X4 quite well. Also, I'm banking on the possibility of upgrading to Bulldozer.

EDIT 2:

Alright, plans have changed LOL. The card sold out much faster than I would've expected.

I'd have to change the Motherboard for an ASUS M4N75TD SLI. That's $100, so $45 less.

I'd also have to change the GPU for an ASUS DirectCU TOP GTX 460 768MB. That's $140, so $40 more. Price is overall the same as before, but I'm losing some initial performance. Over-clocked to 900/1800 Core/Shaders, the GTX 460 should be within 10% of the 4870X2, plus it'll run a lot cooler and consume a lot less power. Also, I know some will mention the Radeon HD 6850, and while I considered that, the fact that AMD cards are terrible for folding makes it a deal-breaker for me.
Edited by LOL_Wut_Axel - 4/18/11 at 8:34am
    
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Looks solid to me
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How soon are you ordering? These 2 sets of RAM have code coupons good until tomorrow:

Ripjaws 1600 8-8-8-24 1.6v $55-$10 code

Ripjaws 1600 7-8-7-24 1.65v $60-$10code
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How soon are you ordering? These 2 sets of RAM have code coupons good until tomorrow:

Ripjaws 1600 8-8-8-24 1.6v $55-$10 code

Ripjaws 1600 7-8-7-24 1.65v $60-$10code
I'll be buying the card this week since it will probably go out of stock soon. The rest of the system I'll buy a month from now.
    
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Looks good, I'd be interested in seeing how far you get that 925 (your link doesn't work - sent me to the ram).


Oh so close to bulldozer Probably catch a bit of flack for not waiting a few extra weeks
    
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post #6 of 21
890FX isn't necessary, which could throw the money elsewhere
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Looks good, I'd be interested in seeing how far you get that 925 (your link doesn't work - sent me to the ram).


Oh so close to bulldozer Probably catch a bit of flack for not waiting a few extra weeks
Sorry for broken link. I fixed it now. The 925 in Newegg is a C3 revision and should be a good bin since it's 95W, so I expect to get at least 3.8GHz out of it with a Hyper 212+ I have.

In any case, the card is the only thing I'm gonna buy immediately. The rest of the system can wait for a bit longer.
Edited by LOL_Wut_Axel - 4/18/11 at 12:20am
    
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890FX isn't necessary, which could throw the money elsewhere
Well, the thing is: if I get an 890GX or 790X motherboard, I'm stuck with 8x/8x. I am planning on making the PC and adding a card for folding to the second PCI-E slot, which will force the 4870X2 to 8x. Since this is a dual-GPU card, it could prove problematic and I may lose some performance in the process.
    
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i'd get 790x and get a 5770 with that money or a 955be.
    
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I would wait for bulldozer in a months time when you plan to buy your parts you will be barely a month away, at the very least the same system should see a drop in price
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