Newest Build- Hardware recommendations?

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Joined: 05/19/2010
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Hello guys I would like to introduce myself before I continue with the topic. This is my first post on these forums and I would like to congratulate Rodney for the excellent work he has done and the fine community he has brought together.

I am currently working off of a build that I had done early last year and am looking for a completely new build.

Currently I am using:

Motherboard: Foxconn A7DA-S

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 K u m a 2.7GHz

RAM: 8gb OCZ Gold Edition

Power: hec HP585D RETAIL 585W ATX12V Power Supply


The new computer will most likely harness these choices:

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout -----$80

Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair III Formula ----$200

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz ----$100

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600---$110

GPU: XFX HD-477A-YDFC Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 ---$105

HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM ---$150

Power: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W---$100

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS 9500 AM2 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink ---$50

CD/DVD: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R ----$25

Reasons for choosing:


Case: I like the scout for many reasons. The case as a whole is aesthetically pleasing to me (including the black interior) and I believe I will have enough space inside for my components.


Motherboard: I really want to go with a higher end motherboard on this build. There are a few factors that are playing in with my final decision. I  am debating on getting the Crosshair IV or the Crosshair III. With the Crosshair IV having SATA III (6Gb/s) and USB 3.0, I ultimately want to go with the Crosshair III for a few reasons. I believe I would enjoy having the sound card that comes with the motherboard vs. having onboard audio. Another factor was the utilization of SATA III or not.

The Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive was the HDD I would go with if I were doing the Crosshair IV motherboard but I am not sure if Having two VelociRaptors in a RAID0 configuration (Crosshair III---3Gb/s) would be better than getting the Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX in RAID0 (Crosshair IV---6Gb/s)

I am actually leaning toward the Crosshair IV in a future proof ideal but then again I would like some inside information from you guys which to go with in the end.


CPU: Seems like a very stable CPU and the success rate of unlocking at least one of the cores is pretty high. I think it would be a good investment whether or not I get to unlock any cores. Overclocking seems to be reliable as well.


RAM: Seems like a decent price for High performance/Gaming memory


GPU: Again, seems like a decent video card for the price, but if any of you guys could recommend a good card less than $150 or so it would be much appreciated (I would most likely be comfortable sticking to ATI)


HDD: The Hard drive will depend on which motherboard I buy. Suggestions would be nice.


Power Supply: One 12V Rail, Modular, Cheapish.


CPU Cooler: Cheapish, seems like it would get the job done.


CD/DVD Drive: I really don't want to go all out on a drive. This is a decent drive for my needs.



Again, I would welcome any recommendations and would like the people that already have some of these or have used some of these products to comment as to how they perform.



Elmex8's picture
Joined: 04/23/2009
Posts: 140

it all depends on what your doing with the computer?

Do you play games, do you surf the web, do you design 3D, do you render, edit video/audio.

Try giving a list of stuff that you will be doing mostly.

BTW I got the same PSU, and I have an HD5770 and water cooling kit and a 640GB HDD so I don't think you will need a 700W PSU. 600 Watt is more then enough for you.

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undeadkingpr's picture
Joined: 04/21/2009
Posts: 511

4770 is getting kinda old.. I would recommend a gts 250 1gb or a 4850 1gb. They are the same price as the 4770 and should easily outperform it.

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Joined: 05/19/2010
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I will mostly be using it for heavy gaming and more than average multi-tasking. I may also do some video rendering as well. I agree about the GPU upgrade. I will be reconsidering

EnzoMatrix's picture
Joined: 05/27/2010
Posts: 15

I have a radeon 3870 with an Athlon IIx4 overclocked to 3.25GHz and 4GB of memory. I really like my system but I am limited in some games. Your possible GTS250/4770/4850 will run better but you may still have to turn down settings, especially if you are at 1920x1080 or higher. Not enough to make it look crappy in most games though. Myself, I play crysis on medium at 30FPS at 1920x1080. Even a good quality 500W power supply would be enough.

Also, I believe that model number of the velociraptor is the older ones. The older ones are not much faster than the newest WD Black. You will be wanting to look at the newer ones released in the past few months.

Don't go with an aftermarket cooler unless you are overclocking or in a particularly hot environment. The OEM that comes with the CPU should be enough.

Other than that, Awesome computer.