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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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130136

CPU: AMD Phenom 9950 black Edition Agena 2.6GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103273

CPU Fan: Zalman 9700 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118020

PSU: Coolmax 1200w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817159067
or
Corsair 1000w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=1...

RAM: 2 x 2gb Corsair Dominator http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145214

Video Card: Asus 4870 x 2 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or EVGA GTX280 SSC Edition 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N...

Monitor: Asus 24" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 7, 2009 4:58:47 PM

/bump
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $314.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $136.99 - $20.00 MIR

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99

Corsair CMPSU-1000HX ATX12V &EPS12V Power Supply - CMPSU-1000HX
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-1000-watt-hx-series-12v... $229.99 - $20.00 MIR

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-twelve-hundred-ultimate-g... $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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $309.99

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $36.99

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $8.49

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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:

http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=770

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 buy.com, & 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
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