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January 6, 2009 10:24:56 PM

Hey guys, just wondering what are your opinions towards this new setup. Thank you for any advice and/or suggestions...

MOBO: MSI K9A2 Platinum

CPU: AMD Phenom 9950 black Edition Agena 2.6GHz

CPU Fan: Zalman 9700

PSU: Coolmax 1200w
Corsair 1000w

RAM: 2 x 2gb Corsair Dominator

Video Card: Asus 4870 x 2 2GB
or EVGA GTX280 SSC Edition 1GB

Monitor: Asus 24"

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January 7, 2009 4:58:47 PM

Plz help ... I appreciate it.
January 7, 2009 7:25:57 PM

Most of your links are broke. For a gaming PC, Intel will offer much higher performance. The Phenom 9950 is roughly the same performance as the old Q6600. Here's some ideas for an Intel build.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $314.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $136.99 - $20.00 MIR

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $79.99

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $49.99

Corsair CMPSU-1000HX ATX12V &EPS12V Power Supply - CMPSU-1000HX $229.99 - $20.00 MIR

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $159.99

ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G/A Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $494.99 - $30.00 MIR

ASUS VK246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1 ) Built in Speakers w/ 1.3m Pixel Webcam - Retail $309.99

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $36.99

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail $8.49

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM $99.99
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January 7, 2009 7:58:11 PM

Thx for the response. I'm a AMD guy, but I have been contemplating on going Intel. Not too sure though. I will take a look at these. Thx for the links.
January 7, 2009 8:06:43 PM

I understand that you're "a AMD guy". I like AMD too, but the sad truth is that they aren't currently in the picture when it comes to high-end gaming CPU's. AMD had their turn on the top of the pile for a while until the Core2Duo chips came out. Intel's been on top since then. I hope AMD can come out with a CPU to compete in the high-end, but Intel's being very aggressive with their tick-tock strategy. Intel's currently so far in the lead that they're competing with themselves with the new i7 chips. I'm rooting for AMD too, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to buy an inferior chip just because it was made by AMD. I just buy whatever offers the highest performance for my money, and at the moment that means Intel.
January 7, 2009 8:15:47 PM

ok, thats understandable and completely logical. However, the price for that CPU is kinda out of my budget. Is this CPU blowing the doors off AMD 9950s that I should pay double? I'm going for best bang for the buck really. I have a nice line of credit with newegg but I'm not trying to go crazy.
January 7, 2009 8:25:44 PM

This article should shed a little light on the AMD/Intel discussion:

Look at the games you're going to play and the resolution your monitor runs at to make a good choice.

I didn't check the prices real close, but I thought maybe the money saved on my recommended motherboard, cooler, buying the PSU from, & RAM would almost pay for the CPU upgrade.
January 8, 2009 3:44:33 AM

Thx a lot for the info ... I do appreciate the time