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$1500+/- USD Computer Build Help

By KyBrewer
Oct 27, 2009
  1. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Updated:

    PROCESSOR: AMD Phenom II X4 955

    MOBO: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    VIDEO CARD(S): SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

    HARD DRIVE: WD Caviar Black, 1TB.

    MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM

    POWER SUPPLY: CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    CASE: Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Professional

    DISK DRIVE: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner

    MONITOR: No less than 22"


    I'm at $886 before video card (not including monitor). Pretty good so far. The wife will be VERY pleased.
     
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    Great choices, good luck getting your hands on a 5870!
    About the monitor, I don't know.
     
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Hi KyBrewer.

    Since you're set on the AMD, the above build looks great.

    I'd just suggest that you look into this mobo instead. It's based on the 790FX chipset and at $140 it's a good buy.

    Also, get the Corsair 650TX PSU. It will serve you just fine.

    As for the CPU cooler I would recommend the OCZ Vendetta 2. Just ensure that it fits your case (I think it will) and that there is enough clearance over you RAM modules as it is known to cover the first RAM slot on some motherboards.
     
  4. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61


    Ahh more choices. I can find the Vendetta 2 from various sellers, but it appears to be mostly discontinued.
     
  5. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    That ASUS should serve you well and I agree with Ritwik 7 about the Corsair psu. Now find a decent monitor along with a cpu cooler and you are set to go.
     
  6. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Are there any video cards a step up that you would recommend? 5850s are pretty much unavailable too. There isn't a whole lot available now, unless I go a lot lower or a little higher in price.

    Any ideas?
     
  7. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    If you can get a 5870 I say go for it. You will have one serious gaming machine!
     
  8. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    That's the problem, nothing is available right now. I'm impatient :(

    I'm looking at 4800 or something in a totally different direction, if I want something now.
     
  9. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

  10. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    That video card you linked us to is ONE THIRD your budget!

    The ATI 4890 can be had for around $200 with options ranging north and south of that line.

    The ATI 4870 for around $150.

    * Both have received excellent reviews and you would still have a great gaming PC while the wife contunues to be pleased. :grinthumb
     
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    I think its very expensive, inefficient, outdated, and hot, but it does perform well, but the 5870 is more impressive, mostly because it's a single GPU card and runs DX11.
     
     
  12. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

  13. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    Yes and a new release compared to the 4000 series. I've ordered from ZZF and I have never had an issue. What do you think HK?
     
  14. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Only place I've found anything in stock.

    Its a little more expensive there but.... it is supposedly actually available.
     
  15. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Seems like there might be a few subtle (or not so subtle) differences. This is making my head spin :p

    There's obviously a reason it is in stock and nothing else is I suppose.
     
  16. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    Give them a call. ZZF has been known to charge on occasion and then say it is out of stock.

    Sorry to throw more confusion on the issue but I don't want to see it happen to you and as you say the 5000 series are nigh impossible to find.

    Nvidia does have some high end cards avaliable as you have already linked. Perhaps one step down might do the trick.
     
  17. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Well I ordered it. If it is out of stock, I'll cancel. And dispute the charge on the cc if I have to, as I have successfully before. I'll wait a bit and see how that goes before ordering anything else.

    Monitor suggestions are still welcome, as well as any other tweaks. I'm still not sure on cooling needs.
     
  18. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    Okay, keep us posted. I really hope you get it. By the way, on the whole monitor thing I have found I need to go see a monitor in order to get a better idea. I suggest going to Staples, Best Buy, etc. and compare and contrast.

    Dell has some sweet deals every once in awhile.
     
  19. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    Zip Zoom fly is fine, and HIS isn't bad.
     
  20. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,168   +37

    HK, quick question from something you posted earlier. My ignorance but were stating that the 4700 cards ran hot?
     
  21. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    I think I did say that about the GTX 295...
     
  22. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Well it has been packed according to ZZF, so keeping the fingers crossed.
     
  23. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Updated:

    PROCESSOR: AMD Phenom II X4 955

    MOBO: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    VIDEO CARD(S): HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 5800 Series 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card

    HARD DRIVE: WD Caviar Black, 1TB.

    MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM

    POWER SUPPLY: CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    CASE: Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 Professional

    DISK DRIVE: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner

    MONITOR: No less than 22"

    Waiting on delivery of video card before I order anything else. If anyone can think of anything or has more suggestions, please advise.
     
  24. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    I'd still ask you to go with the Corsair 650TX which will do just great. It also saves you enough to get a CPU cooler I guess.
     
  25. KyBrewer

    KyBrewer TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    It was out of stock on newegg, but I just bought it at Best Buy for $99. $9 tax for 108.99 total.

    Thanks for your help. How necessary is the cooler with my setup, and what should I look for? I've never needed one before :eek:
     
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