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#1 Jul 23 2010 at 6:47 PM Rating: Decent
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Case
COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $39.99
Motherboard
MSI 790X-G45 AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - $99.99
Graphics Card
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - $169.99
Power Supply
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply - $34.99
RAM
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) - $81.99
Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz - $159.99

Total Cost - $586.94


I already have a DVD drive, HDD and Windows 7 64 bit. Benchmark expectations? Suggestions?
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#2 Jul 23 2010 at 7:20 PM Rating: Good
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That's a very similar build to what I'm running. Right now, I'm scoring an average of about 2500 on high, 3000 on low, with the cutscene running very smoothly. We're anticipating running at full screen at medium settings right now, but until we can actually get into the game, it's a guessing game. It should be a decent rig to start with. We're planning on picking up another 5770 to Crossfire later on down the road which should give us the most bang for our relatively meager buck.
#3 Jul 23 2010 at 7:40 PM Rating: Decent
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I would cut a bit on the processor, maybe a x4 945. And invest the money on the better performing GTX 460 video card. (or AMD 5830).

My 2 cents.
#4 Jul 23 2010 at 8:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Try the sticky, I'm sure there's more/better feedback available there.
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#5 Jul 23 2010 at 11:07 PM Rating: Good
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For $20 you can move into:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

For another $30 you can move into:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125317&cm_re=5830-_-14-125-317-_-Product

For an extra $50 you get a better binned proc and a slightly more robust GFX card.

And the one place you absolutely *DO NOT* wanna cut costs is on the power supply. Unstable rails or voltage drops/spikes can do nasty things to a system.

Bare minimum [again, if it were MY build] I'd go with:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341019

and ideally:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194067

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#6 Jul 23 2010 at 11:22 PM Rating: Good
That's almost exactly mine, but I got a little cheaper video card-- will be saving for a newer one when it's time.
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#7 Jul 23 2010 at 11:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Ok changed some things around a but. Changed out the MoBo so I can support the new X6 AMD's should I want to, also adds PCI 3.0 compatibility and a bunch of other features to make sure I wont need to upgrade the MoBo for another 3-4 years

I went with the 955 over the 965 since on a price bases with OC ability its a much better processor for the money. Also per recomendation I upgrade the power supply as well, and since I'm only running with the 5770 should be more than ample needs for right now.

Case
COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $39.99
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H - 114.99
Graphics Card
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - $169.99
Power Supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX - $79.99
RAM
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) - $81.99
Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz - $159.99

Final Price $646.94
#8 Jul 24 2010 at 12:16 AM Rating: Decent
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Serielley wrote:
That's a very similar build to what I'm running. Right now, I'm scoring an average of about 2500 on high, 3000 on low, with the cutscene running very smoothly.


I have a Phenom II x4 925 and a 5770 and I'm getting 2600/4000. That you're scoring 1000 less than I am on low must mean there's some major difference.
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you should get a better graphics card
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#10 Jul 24 2010 at 7:13 AM Rating: Good
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Mikhalia wrote:
Serielley wrote:
That's a very similar build to what I'm running. Right now, I'm scoring an average of about 2500 on high, 3000 on low, with the cutscene running very smoothly.


I have a Phenom II x4 925 and a 5770 and I'm getting 2600/4000. That you're scoring 1000 less than I am on low must mean there's some major difference.


Nah, you're right. I misremembered the number, as I just ran it again in low and got 4273.

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ASUS ATI Radeon 5770
#11 Jul 24 2010 at 7:48 AM Rating: Decent
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Not to **** in on the OP question, but below is what I've decided for a build. Does this look promising for a 2500 benchmark score or higher? The CPU is a Dual core, but it is capable of being unlocked to a Quad core (which I will be doing as well as attempting to OC it)

Case
NZXT M59-001BK M59 Gaming Mid Tower Case - ATX, mATX, Baby AT, Black

Motherboard
Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H Motherboard - AMD 785G, ATI Hybrid CrossFireX, PCIe 2.0, USB 2.0, RAID, HDMI, DVI, VGA

CPU
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1 GHz 2x512 KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor (Unlocking to Quadcore Phenom II B55)

Graphics Card
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card 100283-3L

Power Supply
Diablotek PSDA600 DA Series 600W ATX Power Supply - ATX, 600 Watts, 2x 80mm Fans

Memory
PNY Optima MD4096KD2-800 4GB 2x2GB Dual Channel Kit DDR2 800 MHz CL 5-5-5-15 PC2-6400 Desktop DIMM Memory Module

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM

HDD
Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM

Optical Drive
MSI DH-18D5S 18X DVDROM Drive - DVD-ROM 18X, CD-ROM 48X, SATA

CPU Cooling
Cooler Master RR-910-HTX3-G1 Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler - 92mm, LGA 1156, 775, AMD 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM3

Thoughts?
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#12 Jul 24 2010 at 8:03 AM Rating: Decent
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Unlocking STABLE cores isn't always a guarantee which I'm sure you are aware. Ask yourself if the money is worth the chance or just upgrade to an X4.
#13 Jul 24 2010 at 8:42 AM Rating: Good
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BunnyFufinator wrote:
Unlocking STABLE cores isn't always a guarantee which I'm sure you are aware. Ask yourself if the money is worth the chance or just upgrade to an X4.


^^This, especially when trying to unlock two cores on one CPU. Hubby and I picked up triple cores and were both able to unlock the fourth core easily. Both cores are stable, but we also understood the risks going in. With a triple core though, at least you still have 3 cores instead of just two if you don't get that fourth stable core unlocked. It's something to think about and look into if you're just looking to save a little money.
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Serielley wrote:
BunnyFufinator wrote:
Unlocking STABLE cores isn't always a guarantee which I'm sure you are aware. Ask yourself if the money is worth the chance or just upgrade to an X4.


^^This, especially when trying to unlock two cores on one CPU. Hubby and I picked up triple cores and were both able to unlock the fourth core easily. Both cores are stable, but we also understood the risks going in. With a triple core though, at least you still have 3 cores instead of just two if you don't get that fourth stable core unlocked. It's something to think about and look into if you're just looking to save a little money.


Thanks for the replies ^^!

Yes, I'm aware unlocking isn't 100%. I made the purchase on Amazon and received an e-mail from the supplier informing me that the CPU had been successfully unlocked to Quadcore Phenom II B55 and put back into its original packaging. I've done research on the Motherboard to do the unlocking and have been directed to one of the many that could... the Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H Motherboard - AMD 785G, ATI Hybrid CrossFireX, PCIe 2.0, USB 2.0, RAID, HDMI, DVI, VGA
So i'm hoping I will be able to get the bang for the buck on the CPU.
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#15 Jul 25 2010 at 7:52 AM Rating: Decent
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hmmm, no other thoughts?
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#16 Jul 25 2010 at 8:18 AM Rating: Decent
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Change the GPU if you have the budget.

5770 good for budget builds but if you can stretch to a GTX 460 or HD 5850 all the better.

Edited, Jul 25th 2010 4:39pm by Kreisash
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#17 Jul 25 2010 at 1:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Very similar to what I've been looking into as well. But I need OS, HDD, ODD, and went nuts on the GPU with a 5870 so it's double your amount. Which may be stretching my budget way too much. Might have to dial it down a notch, but once ya stick that high-end gpu into the cart it's hard to remove it...
#18 Jul 25 2010 at 2:53 PM Rating: Good
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I hear ya. I was originally going for an HD 5830 then got the idea of the 5850 in my head and haven't been able to look back.

HDD are fairly cheap atm, the Samsung F3 series are fairly fast and quiet.
500gb for $55 on newegg (£30 on scan.co.uk special)
1TB for $75 on newegg (£45 on scan.co.uk special)
Or just use an old SATA (as long as as it's not clicking...)

As for the OS, over here at least, we can get OEM versions of OS as long as we buy hardware at the same time. These versions are a little cheaper than retail.

Lucky(?) for me I bought my win 7 last year on the pre order promo, still sat in its celophane box but at about half the cost they are today.
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#19 Jul 25 2010 at 3:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Yeah I'm digging those samsung hdds, have the 500GB one in my list, but didn't bother to notice the 1TB was a little bit more. Might look into that if I feel the need.

So far I'm looking at Windows 7 in a nifty little combo deal with a cheap case that's making me happy. It just looks better combined with something else, slightly disguising the price.
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