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Doc2142
10-04-2009, 10:26 AM
I am building a friend a computer for his wife. They have monitor and case. Its just for surfing around but he wanted it future proof and in case there is gaming it can support decent games so i picked this out can i get critics on it?

Phenom II X3 720 B.E. - $120
G.Skill DDR2 800 Ram - $65
Gigabyte 790X UD4P- $110
XFX 4850 - $115
WD Caviar Blue 320 - $45

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150337
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074

I didn't wanted to go with ddr3 cuz its more expensive. And i had experience with this motherboard it solid and strong and it lasts.

lhwj
10-04-2009, 10:29 AM
I think if you're trying to save money there's no need for a Crossfire board. This one's $35 cheaper but probably similar in terms of quality. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128376 . I've used it before for a friend's build and it's not bad at all.

Luke

Doc2142
10-04-2009, 10:47 AM
I also need a PSU do you recommend any?

lhwj
10-04-2009, 10:51 AM
This 370 watt PCP&C Sliencer: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703018

Luke

Doc2142
10-04-2009, 10:52 AM
Lol look at the top review thats by me ;) for that psu

lhwj
10-04-2009, 11:01 AM
Okay then. Once bitten twice shy, you definitely won't be buying that again.

Try this 400 watt Corsair. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008 . Bought three of them so far, one for myself, two for friends, works really well.

Luke

Doc2142
10-04-2009, 11:03 AM
sweet that looks a lot better thanks. SO that motherboard u show me is the exact same thing but with out the crossfire option? what about the GPU is it good enough for source games with the 4850 on 24 inch dell screen?

Baron_Fel
10-04-2009, 11:09 AM
DDR3 wouldnt add much/anything to the overall cost, and you would get a tiny performance boost along with a system that may be more upgradable in the future.

AM3 790GX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135236) - $92
2x2GB DDR3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275) - $80

Ditch the Caviar Blue for this nice newish 500GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181) single platter Spinpoint F3.

this XFX 4870 1GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436) actually ends up being cheaper after rebates and shipping are factored in.

lhwj
10-04-2009, 11:13 AM
No, it's not the same thing because it's a 770 chipset instead of a 790X, but performance shouldn't be any different with the parts you've chosen. Build quality is good, I was impressed with the board when I handled it.

As for 4850's performance in Source games, you're still probably processor limited.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_5850/22.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ATI/HD_4890_CrossFire/11.html

Luke

Doc2142
10-04-2009, 11:54 AM
He is going to OC the cpu to 3.6 So hopefully it will help.