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What to finish out the build
11-28-2010, 07:21 PM,
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What to finish out the build
Had some fun with Newegg on BF. They initially sold out of the MB I wanted but spent the extra $30 and went to a recommended one on the $500-700 list

Went with the AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz $129 and comes with $15 newegg credit
and then ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 for $79.99 on black friday. Newegg then gave $20 off for the combo. $189 for the pair + $15 in a credit.
Got the $35 Antec Two Hundred V2 case and the Antec Earthwats 650W PSU for $40 after rebate
Combod the case with Windows 7 home premium for only $75 and I'm pleased with that
Finally grabbed the ASUS combo DVD RW drive
So I'm at $357 after rebate with $15 in newegg credit.

Whats the best RAM, HD, and GPU option?? (I'm thinking 5770 and then pick up another in 6-12 months to crossfire (MB supports it))

I'm half kicking myself for not picking up the X3 740 instead of the X4925. The heatsink that will come with the retail 925 is I guess utter crap so if I want to OC it will be tougher than with the BE 740.
Any idea if the cheap Coolermaster Hyper 212 will fit in that Antec 200 case and does it work well with AM3 MB?

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11-28-2010, 09:51 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-28-2010, 09:51 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: What to finish out the build
RAM: For the price, this is unbeatable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6820144478

HD: Go with either Samsung F4 320GB, Samsung F3 500GB/1TB. Samsung offers some of the best prices, with great performance, high reliability and low temperatures/noise.

GPU: GTX 460 768MB is the way to go. It's barely more expensive (+$10-$20) than a Radeon HD 5770, yet way faster. ASUS offers the best deal atm, with their GTX 460 768MB going for $150, or $130 after Mail-In Rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814121390

The heatsink that will come with the retail 925 is I guess utter crap
In short: Yes.

Any idea if the cheap Coolermaster Hyper 212 will fit in that Antec 200 case and does it work well with AM3 MB?
Yes and yes. You can also add a second 120mm fan on it to improve its performance.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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11-28-2010, 10:44 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-28-2010, 11:15 PM by Rook.)
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RE: What to finish out the build
Thanks for the update.

Will probably jump on at least RAM this evening.

Probably do the coolmaster 212 as well since its only $15 after rebate

Now didn't I just shoot myself in the foot with buying a nice big 8x/8x crossfire motherboard and then go pick up a decently priced Nvidia 460.

I guess the board is decent either way it goes and the combo price with the CPU wasn't half bad but having 8x/8x slots just screams crossfire in the future or is the gains from doubling the cards in the future not worth it and its better to ditch the old card for a newer gen card in 1-2 years?

Digging around on Newegg for RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6820144461
The 1600 version of the recommended Geil 1333 and for $5 less any reason not to go for it. I believe the 870 Extreme supports the 16000
or go with the GSkill 1600 ripjaws for $50 with free ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6820231277
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11-28-2010, 11:43 PM,
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RE: What to finish out the build
Go for that 1600MHz Geil RAM, less expensive and higher performance. Avoid that G.Skill kit, the tall heatsinks on the sticks can prevent the CPU Cooler from being installed.

Now didn't I just shoot myself in the foot with buying a nice big 8x/8x crossfire motherboard and then go pick up a decently priced Nvidia 460.
Not really, nothing prevents you from using a Geforce GTX 460 on that motherboard.

Sure, you can't SLI a second one, but you'll most likely be better with replacing that card down the road anyway.

Point being that Crossfire and SLI don't always offer the best value, sometimes it's just better to stick to a single card. The 5770 was an excellent choice for Value Crossfire before the GTX 460 arrived, especially after the price cuts on the GTX 460.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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