First time building- $1100 AMD

Approximate purchase date: December

Budget range:

System usage:
Gaming, photoshop, music/video editing, animations

Parts not required: Mouse, monitor

Preferred website:
Newegg. Maybe Tigerdirect.

Parts preference: AMD.

Overclocking: Eventually

SLI/Crossfire: Eventually

Monitor resolution: 1920 x 1080

Comments: I'm not that worried about HDD, DVD-drive, OS or keyboard. The best ones in them are all pretty cheap, so it's fine. I'm more concerned with the case, power supply and RAM. I'd like a big case with good cooling because I plan on putting another 4890 in later. Power supply would also have to take into account CPU overclocking and CF. Also I have no idea what RAM to buy because I know nothing about DDR3. Any help would be appreciated.


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

MSI R4890 Cyclone OC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retai

ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
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  1. i would recommend going to an AMD 965 if you're going to get 3 sticks of RAM, i've heard that the 955 doesnt work well with anything more than 2 sticks of RAM
  2. 965 is $60 more expensive. From Newegg's reviews I gathered 955 is almost the same as 965, only a bit slower, but they overclock just the same. Either way it's a good thing to keep in mind. Thanks.
  3. 955 and 965 are the exact same part but AMd sets the 965 to a higher speed . You can do that yourself in about 3 minutes and save the $$$$.

    Phenom uses dual channel so you dont get a triple channel kit with 3 sticks . Thats just for intel i7

    Obsidians ram is good quality stuff . if its in the budget than use it .

    I wouldnt buy a 4890 . You have money in your budget for the new 5850 . They should be available in a week or so and theyre lots more powerful . Price around $260
  4. I'm worried about getting a newer card since driver support will probably be spotty and I don't want to pay the early adopter price. 4890 will see a drop in price too, so I can save around $100 by not going 5850. I plan on doing CF with it when I need to, so I'm not really worried about performance.
  5. whats "early adopter" about buying a card 3 months after its released?
  6. I wouldn't worry about driver support at all 3 months after release. Think of it this way....performance will already be significantly faster with the relatively new drivers. It can only get even faster as drivers improve. So you won't need to CF that soon. Plus you get DX11, which is just icing on the cake.

    The Cooler Master HAF932 is a great case (full tower), bigger than the 922 which is a Mid Tower. It's very large with great airflow. The 922 will do the trick....but just in case you're interested. $140
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