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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Xerphon, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Xerphon New Member

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    My current system is getting dated and I'm looking to build a new one. My current system is an upgraded Gateway GT5032.

    Current System: (CPU) - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+, (RAM) - 2GB DDR PC3200 Dual Channel, (GFX) - Sapphire Radeon X1950 512MB DDR3, (Mobo) - Cheap Gateway Board, (PSU) - Xclio 500W.

    Now I'm looking to spend around $1,000 or so on the new system. I was looking at the AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0Ghz Deneb Black Edition CPU. From what I've read it's very close the the performance of the i7 when you consider the prices. As far as the video card, a Sapphire 4870 1GB DDR5 Toxic Edition. Add in 4GB of Patriot Extreme DDR2 1066 and so far I think it's looking pretty good. However, I have been out of the loop for the past year or so, so before I pull the trigger I'd really appreciate some advice from people. Am I looking at some good stuff here? If you had to build a system for roughly 1k what would you be building? Thanks for any and all help!
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    good choice on the cpu...
    get a new PSU though
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    I plan on going with a 750w to 1000w PSU, but other than that everything looks good? Oh and if anyone could suggest a mobo...
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    Its a nice choice, keep it up!!
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    try msi dka790gx platinum if you don't want to oc
    or the asus m3a32-mvp deluxe
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    CPU: Phenom II 940 BE
    GPU: Sapphire 4870 1GB Toxic, if you don't overclock then the toxic version is pretty useless, get a normal 4870.
    RAM: 4GB Patriot Extreme DDR2 1066
    Motherboard: Get H3llb3nd4's suggestions.
    PSU: Corsair 750TX or PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W

    That should do it!
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  7. Xerphon New Member

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    Thanks for the help guys, much appreciated!
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    The Toxic is the same price as the regular, is it an inferior card? Cuz I thought the toxic was the better of the 2 and for the same price I figured i'd just go with that...
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    The Toxic has better cooling and overclocks better. If it's the same price then defintely the toxic. BTW where'd u find them at the same price??? link?
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    On newegg...

    SAPPHIRE 100243-1GTXSR Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $229.99

    SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $224.99
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    gosh! all you rich bastards!! :laugh:
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    If the Toxic is the same price as the regular, just go with the Toxic.
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    Last question, since I don't plan on using dual vid cards or anything would I be required to upgrade the PSU now from the Xclio 500W? Keep in mind I don't have all kinds of extras in there, 1 HDD, 1 DVD Burner... and that's pretty much it besides the core components. I would like to just upgrade the PSU later if I can get away with it... and I know the 4870 requires a 500W PSU.

    This is my current PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817189005

    Also I've decided to go with the ASUS M4A79 Deluxe Mobo...
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    Seriously, unless it's a crap brand, you can easily handle this with 750w.
    If you want a PSU upgrade, get a good brand 700~750w PSU and you will be fine.
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    Would I have to upgrade from the 500w? Link in last thread
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    I'd upgrade that Xclio either way and go with something like a Corsair 620w. Very decent stuff.
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    I would just get either the corsair 750 or the pc power and cooling 750 both are great psu's and would deffently power anything you throw at it. Unless you decide to do dual 4870x2's and a gtx 285 for physX! :roll:

    But with a grand you could. Build a nice intel & nVidia build!
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    Seems like the grand isn't going very far lol... thats why i'm so hung up on the PSU situation... A new PSU puts me over my limit, which is why I wanted to try and use the 500w PSU that I already have for a few weeks before upgrading to a new PSU. Based on the replies though it seems like a 500w won't power that system so everything is on hold for now
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    good! wait till you get enough cash and buy a 1100W psu LOL :laugh:
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    Why the 1100watt? The corsiar 1000 watt is more then enough. Right now I believe buy.Com has em cheapr then newegg rite now
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    I would upgrade the PSU if possible. I don't think that PSU will be enough because of it's effiency rating. You want atleast a 80% effeicy rating.

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    Thanks for all the help guys
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    howh about i7 (920) and a 4850?
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    Are you still looking for motherboard suggestions? I've had the DFI 790GX and the MSI 790GX Platinum and I loved both. They both are essentially the same but the MSI has better cooling and layout. The DFI, admittedly, had a better bios. The MSI is WAY more user friendly and is still a pretty good board. As for video card.. Go with this HIS card:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161269
    My buddy just got the 512mb version in the mail and it runs really cool. Although it is slightly loud, it works very good. It's also cheaper!
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    what is your current display? let me build you a good i7 rig... I've been following it VERY closely since Jan, and I know the best bang/buck... would just help to know your display... PM me for any questions or if I forget to post the system I suggest tomorrow :)

    EDIT:

    CPU+MOBO

    here's the link

    for RAM: OBVIOUSLY this... OC like Hell too

    nice bang/buck this 4850x2

    thats 745$- 30$ MIR = 715$ sooo about 300$ for the rest

    if you need monitor : This is the bomb

    905$ after monitor... ~100$ for case HD and DVD-RW? Ok...

    HD: 500gb on a SINGLE PLATER (makes it much faster)

    DVD-RW: basic

    Case and cooling left? well there's about 15~20$ left on a 1k budget, so you might want to bump your budget up

    will find you a solution and put everything together tomorrow, but I'll suggest a good case + fans, and if you don't want to go past budget too much, You can buy the CPU cooler later on...

    for CPU cooler: this

    so talk to you tomorrow!

    EDIT2:

    I just thought about it, you could step down the GPU ... so the 4830 is a great card... Here it is...

    That leaves ~130$ for case left including the CPU Cooler...

    as I said, I'm on it tomorrow and I'll show you the final price in a shopping cart

    EDIT3: actually, I'd suggest to to bust your budget to get the 4850x2... or get 4830 first, then buy 4850x2 when you got $$ and put the 4830 on your current rig
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