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Hi I'm new to the site and new to building my own computer and starting off things seem to be kind of everywhere when it comes to certain compatibility and desires for equipment. As a rough idea without knowing for sure if these things will be good I came up with this so far and would like any input from some experienced PC builders. Thank you very much for any help! ---A.)AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor ---B.)ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard Xtreme Design w/ CrossFireX, DDR3 1800 ---C.)Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGV34G1333ELK (don't know if this ram is compatible with my gear) ---D.)KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-700MA1S 700W ATX / BTX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply ---E.)Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ---F.)HP Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 24X Multiformat DVD Burner LightScribe Support ---G.)SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ---H.)Thermaltake Element G Mid Tower Case - Colorshift Fans, Adjustable Fan Speed, 7 x 3.5" Drive Bays, 2 x 2.5" Drive Bays ----If there is anything I don't have or if there is something that is not compatible please let me know. Everything except the case I have looked at on Newegg.com, and the case is from tigerdirect.com. Thank you everyone who helps!

Edited by Punisher511, 21 February 2010 - 03:35 PM.

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Hi Punisher511,

Please answer me these questions...

Are you dead set on AMD?
What about Intel?
What is your budget?

Everything looks pretty nice at first glance as far as a nice gaming computer, but if you are dead set on AMD can you provide me the links to each item? That makes my job much much easier. After that, I'll only need a few minutes to confirm compatibility and make suggestions/improvements.

Thanks. :)

EDIT: Had to clarify something...

Edited by Ferrari, 21 February 2010 - 04:18 PM.

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Ive been planning on AMD I just have preferred them for a while nothing against intel because they are good too...just a personal preference thing I guess. Here are some newegg addresses for what I've been looking at... http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103674 , http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131402 , http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102849 . If you need more than that let me know. My budget is pretty much whatever I want but I'm just trying to be sensible keeping it around 1000 or a little over probably. Thank you very much.

Edited by Punisher511, 21 February 2010 - 05:08 PM.

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I just have preferred them for a while nothing against intel because they are good too...just a personal preference thing I guess

I understand completely.

I think the mobo, cpu, and video card you linked to are fantastic choices. The Phenom 955 is just one step down from their best processor the 965, not a real huge difference between them either. Motherboard looks great, the 4870 is a very very nice card. The newest version of that would be the 5770, I've read one review that says it scores a little under the 4870, but it was dearly noted that ATI's 5000 Series GPU's support DirectX 11, and the 4000 Series does not... so in the future when DX 11 is utilized more, the 5770 is the better card.

What about memory? I think the memory you mentioned in your first post would work just fine, but is was 1333mhz, and your board will handle 1600mhz just fine... it wouldn't cost much more to get those speeds.

Anything else?

Edited by Ferrari, 21 February 2010 - 05:23 PM.

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http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150462 I think I'll go with this one than as long as it checks out. As for memory, I wouldn't mind getting better memory...any suggestions?
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Yeah that 5770 looks fine. Saphire makes one identical spec wise, but some would say a better looking card if you care... http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102858

And here is the 1600mhz version of the Patriot RAM you linked too, I think it looks great... http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820220436

I took a quick look at the Kingwin PSU you had in your first post. It is not 80 Plus Certified meaning 80% efficient providing clean and stable power, even under load, especially when gaming. It is always best to go with a good power supply. Corsair is the best (many agree) followed by Antec, Seasonic, and OCZ. You'd be very happy with room to upgrade with this one... http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139012 A cheaper alternative would be... http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341023

I also noticed the hard drive you selected was a caviar blue, Caviar Black's are known to be a bit faster and is the better line in the Western Digital Series, so here is the 500gb Caviar Black... (which happens to be sold out on Newegg) http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136320

Edited by Ferrari, 21 February 2010 - 05:59 PM.

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Nice, thanks! I appreciate all the help, I think that's all the questions I have on the subject, but feel free to throw any other thoughts in if you get any. Thanks again!
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You are welcome :)
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