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800$ 720p gaming build complete

johnnyblazzwa

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well she's complete, my first build or at least will be complete when my gpu arrives most likely today. Sorry i have no pic's because i have no camera nor do i think my build is anything extraordinary. just thought i post my spec's as many HWC's gave me input on this build in which i thank them.
Actually been up and running for a fews weeks now but ive waited on a gpu before posting my spec's
Built this rig for premium 720p gaming but also wanting the potential for future upgrades. overall i spent about 800 including shipping for some peices and gst

anyways here's my specs and what i paid, where

win 7 64 -110$ - computer rack Cal

wd se16 500gb HD 57$ computer rack

asus m4a785td-v evo 115$ ,memory express cal

pII 550 be 104$ memory express

4 gb 2x2 ddr3 patriot viper 1600mhz 7-7-7-20 lateny 109$ memory express

corsair cx400 54$- best direct

cm 690 case 73$ best direct

power color 5670 512ddr5 110$ best direct

Overall i'm quite happy with the build so far. i love the case but i could have saved some money by going with the nzxt beta seeing how my psu only has 6 four pin connections and my cm690 can suport 8 fans. none the less i did buy the 690 case because i wanted something for future upgrades and its size was great to work with considering this was my first build.
I also should have waited a day as gigabyte 1gb 5670's went on sale for 5 bucks more then my 512mb power color. i also probably could have saved some chips had i just bought everything on best direct for free shipping (500$ order) though i wouldn't have saved much because i got great deals on my cpu, ram and win 7 in stores

But other then that i'm very happy with the setup so far. i could have got a base i5 from dell for just a little bit more(with a much worse gpu) but i wanted a pc that was gonna allow me to learn the art of overclocking so i'm quite pleased. should have learned how to build pc's a long time ago

minor upgrades coming soon: 140 mm fan at bottom of case, 2 120 mm or 140 mm at top of case, and of course the cm 212 cpu heatsink which was made for windowless cases


major upgrades if ever upgrade my screen to 1080+: PII 975 or whatever am3's are offered at the time, and another 5670's to make a low wattage crossfire setup to also work along with my intregrated



My thanks again to all that gave me their input, i've learnt the building game now on to learning the overclocking game.
 
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Raserei408

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At that point I'd upgrade to a totally new GPU rather than going XFire, especially since I think that motherboard's second PCI-E x16 slot only operates at x4. Anyway, it's a solid build for 720p, and a simple GPU upgrade can turn it into a pretty powerful gaming rig. Overall, I'd give it an 8/10 in terms of performance for money.
 

Bond007

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Not bad at all for it including tax, shipping and windows 7. As said above if you ever want to upgrade for higher resolution gaming you would likely be better off selling the card you bought and putting the money towards a more powerful card, but that card is fine for what you are using it for (would be more than enough for me as well).

Congrats.
 

Darksword

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5670 CrossFire doesn't sound too appealing. And you can get a 5750 for $119.00 after rebate now, by the way.

But what's done is done. You weren't tempted at all to try and SSD as a boot drive?
 

Raserei408

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My only problem with Crossfiring 5670s is that once you've done it you're stuck; there's no way to increase performance past that and it's still not stellar. A 5670 is perfect for 720p, but if you want to go to 1080 I'd recommend ditching Crossfire and just getting a 5770 or 5850. That way you've got good expandability that will give you some legitimately good performance. Also, I'd like to point out that your motherboard's second PCI-E x16 slot only runs at x4, so Crossfire's barely even an option unless you change motherboards.
 

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