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January 22, 2010 5:10:50 PM

Well I had a HP1740n system and it is on its last leg so I started buying new equipment so I can do a home build. What I have so far is the Antec 902 Case,OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready power supply, ASUS EN9600GT/HTDI/512M GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card. What is left is mobo,processor and memory. Pretty much what I would use it for is Gaming first and then listening to music would be next. I know nothing about doing sata or crossfire or dual video card mobos. Personally I dont feel the need to have more than one video card for what I am playing. So my question to you is what would be a good mobo,processor and memory for what I am looking for and would be capable to use the three items I listed. I suppose I would be open to both Intel and Amd at this point. I am leaning towards Amd because I have always used Amd before but I am by no means an expert and am open to discussion. I have no clue if one is better than the other. I thank you in advance for your input. If you suggest I replace the graphics card I could do that aswell.

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January 22, 2010 5:36:09 PM

What is your budget?

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What games do you play?
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January 22, 2010 5:49:46 PM

Would strongly recommend you check these posts below, will allow you to get up to date on all the questions you asked.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended...

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/273518-31-homebuilt-b...

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257075-31-guide-choos...


And to make it really easy, straight from tecmo34's post "Recomended Builds Usage"...

Gamer: $1,102.89
CPU: Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
GPU: XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1900x1200


I think he has a great setup here but you can see some other builds including comparable AMD cpus to suit your taste.
Try posting this in the "New System Build Forum" http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-31-322.html
Also try to follow the recommended format that is described here, you will get better replies and faster. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

Good luck.

edit...
To answer your question directly. You can use the CPU, MOBO, and RAM in the recommended build above.
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