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May 28, 2009 2:12:49 AM

Hi there, thanks for look.

Im building a -850 USD system from Newegg.

I will use this for multitasking, browser, play some game with nice graphics, and sound/video editing.

My primary options are:

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

Mobo: ASUS M4A78 PRO AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131362

VGA: SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102801

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

RAM: Kingston HyperX T1 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX8500D2T1K2/4G - Retail

CPU: AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HD960ZWCGDBOX - Retail

I Read i need to avoid the phenom I and get a Phenom II, but what about this one "quad Core" versus the phenom II 710 or 720, and they are AM3, wich mobo should be good for a good price?.

the phenom II 940 is AM2+ and quadcore, but more expensive.


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May 28, 2009 2:18:05 AM

The Phenom II 710 and 720 will both outperform the first-gen phenoms in most things, will overclock farther, and be more efficient. If you can't afford a Phenom II, you should stick with Core 2 Duos, or the AMD Kuma
May 28, 2009 2:37:52 AM

So the 710 or the 720 that are triple*core are better than the old quadcores phenom I ?

I need an Am3 Mobo, or an am2+ mobo with bios update?
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May 28, 2009 2:40:55 AM

Newer AM2+ mobos wont need a bios update, but yes. The only time the quad core *may* be a little better is video editing, which you didn't say you did.
May 28, 2009 3:32:56 AM

The Phenom II 940 is only $50 more and a much better processor for productivity work. I would spend a little extra and get it. It will make a difference in your sound and video editing.

You can do something like this:
DVD Drive:

After the shipping and rebates, ~$862.
May 28, 2009 4:21:46 AM

the price of the 940 is to high for my budget.

the 710 is more affordable, and the 720 is 20 more bucks, really worths it?

what about the mobo? is the asus the best option? or the other 2 cheaper options are good too.
May 28, 2009 5:33:33 AM

So many questions and build about the Phenom I lately, lol. But yes they weren't that good, and had bad overclocking abilites I've heard.