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Old 07-25-2008, 12:44 PM   #1
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Default Good build or Not?

Hi guys i had a coworker put together a tower for me and this is what he came up with. If anyone has any seggestions like use this instead of that i would apporeciate it. Just let me know why!!! Im trying to learn a lil why i do this. i have a budget of about $1000 and am under buget by about $150 so i can upgrade some things if needed. I am a n00b and this computers gonna be used for games like cod4/5, oblivion, crysis, wow, etc. All your help is always appreciated

AMD Phenom 9950 BLACK EDITION 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket
AM2+ 140W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

ECS A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
The first black series w/ UVD, HDMI and overclocking

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

MSI N9600GT-T2D512 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Retail

Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X
DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner -

Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Hard Drive - OEM

LOGISYS Computer CS888UVBL Blue Clear Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: Good build or Not?

If you've got more money, I would get an HD4850/70 over that nVidia 9600GT. I'm not very good with AMD processors and such so I won't comment on that. PSU looks good. RAM looks good. Overall pretty good, I would just look into a better graphics card. And if you're going to do gaming, I would recommend an E3110 (Intel) over that Quad.

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Old 07-25-2008, 04:19 PM   #3
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Yep, go with the HD 4870, you could squeeze it into your budget and it's over twice as fast as the 9600GT. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103061
You even get a combo deal with the HD 4870 + the Phenom 9950.

You can't beat the Phenom 9950 for $235 if you're not overclocking, and even if you will be, they're all hitting 3GHz+, and the gems are hitting 3.5GHz+.

I would also recommend going with a 790FX board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130136
They are much more suited to running the Phenom's than the 780G.

And you can go for some cheaper memory too if you need to: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220314
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:58 PM   #4
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yep, everything looks good, except for the graphics card.
for $5 more you could get the 8800GT, which performs way better

or the dual slot edition which i recently got

or for $20 more than the 9600GT, get the 4850

the 4850 beats the 8800GT
If you are on a budget, get the 8800GT and keep the AMD.
AMD is pretty much for people that are on a budget.
The board is okay, and not great, my friend used to have one, the chipset would get so hot, then he broke it by ocing too much and returned it to micro saying it wont post.
i would try to get more cash and get this
its the one i have, except i have V1, and it works great.
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