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Old 05-15-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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Ok, I'm planning to build a computer once I can get the money together, but first I wanted to ask if there were any problems with what I've picked out or if I picked some unnecessarily powerful things

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103847

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231193

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182200

ASRock M3A785GXH/128M AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157167

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147144

2x HIS H485FM1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161296

I was planning on Crossfiring the graphics cards, but when I looked back at the motherboard specs it said that even though it had 3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, they were in x16, x8, and x4 modes. Does this mean I can only have one graphics card?
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Old 05-15-2010, 02:59 PM   #2
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Looks good. All parts are compatible.

That motherboard supports 3 way Crossfire (3 video cards). But I think you would be better off buying one faster card like an HD 5850 than running two HD 4850's in Crossfire. The HD 5850 also overclocks on par with HD 5870 performance. Plus, the HD 5000 series cards DirectX 11.
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Old 05-15-2010, 03:13 PM   #3
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Looks good. All parts are compatible.

That motherboard supports 3 way Crossfire (3 video cards). But I think you would be better off buying one faster card like an HD 5850 than running two HD 4850's in Crossfire. The HD 5850 also overclocks on par with HD 5870 performance. Plus, the HD 5000 series cards DirectX 11.
Yup. Definitely go with an HD58XX card instead. The 5770 is also a fantastic option, it's a very powerful card. But the 5 series are more power efficient, cooler, and faster, not to mention they have DX11 and EyeFinity (can use 3 monitors from one card). I was always an Nvidia guy, but this last series of cards really switched me over.
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:38 PM   #4
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Ok, thanks for the advice, how's this?

SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-881-_-Product

It's expensive, but I figure it will be able to keep up for longer.

Another question, is my PSU excessive? Could I get away with a less powerful unit?

EDIT: Another question, will the graphics card even fit? The case is a mid-size, and the card is 10in. long
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That's a nice choice. Sapphire makes a great video card.

Your PSU is fine, and at that price, it's hard to beat.

Yes, the card will fit. The Rosewill Destroyer case has plenty of room for that card.
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Old 05-16-2010, 12:21 PM   #6
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Alright, well thanks for all the help, now I just have to wait for enough money.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:36 PM   #7
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Just thought of another question, if I get a processor that I can unlock two more cores on will it halve the processor speed?
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No it won't half the speed but it is not a guarantee that it will be able to unlock the other cores. It is kinda luck of the draw with that, they lock them because they are faulty but sometimes people get lucky and get good cores locked. They will run at the same speed as long as they are stable and in many cases you can overclock them more too. But like I said it is all luck of the draw
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:56 PM   #9
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The processor that I think I might switch to is a "Black" Edition of the processor that I already picked.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103846

There it is
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