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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Bow, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. Bow

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    Talked the boss ( wife ) into a new rig. This will be my first AMD machine. I will be using this for gaming and folding, with a mild overclock.
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    In-Win Maelstrom Full Tower Gaming Case
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
    Asus M4A78T-E AM3 DDR3 790GX Chipset
    4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module
    2x ATI Radeon HD 5770
    500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
    LG 22X DVD±/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive
    Windows 7
     
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    Looks good, but personally I'd spend a little extra and get a single 5870 vs 2x 5770's. Also you didn't specify, but use the 64 bit version of Win 7.
     
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    agree on 5870, but 5850 would be my choice,,, did u say folding?if it is a priority, wait untill gtx470 :) u know it will fold waaaay better
     
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    So how are the ATI cards at folding??...I am now looking at the xfx 5850
     
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    ATI cards unfortunately are very poor Folding performers compared to Nvidia, but there is an update that will improve this although its not clear how long away that is.

    If Folding is not your top priority then I would stick to the 5series.
     
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    So maybe use the same build with a couple gtx 275's?
     
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    I think now is a bad time to buy GTX cards since GTX4xx is right around the corner. Chances are if you wait they will come down in price by a good amount. 275s are getting old, and if you game a bunch you may want to get DX11 cards for future proofing.

    Im pretty sure I will be unloading my 275s for an upgrade shortly.
     
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    5850 instead of 5770 for the peace of mind that you will not run to crossfire problems. You wouldn't be getting any points in folding though. Also, get an aftermarket cooler, it helps your temps by a significant amount. You might want to consider Sata 6Gbps and USB3, but by the time there is widespread use of both, its time to upgrade your mobo and proc anyway, so I wouldn't worry too much about that.
     

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