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January 30, 2010 11:30:37 AM

Hello All,

I am going to build a new PC and need some advise. I am an AMD fan and need suggestions on which AMD processor and motherboard I should go for. Budget is not a problem. I'll be using it for photo-editing, internet, occasional video-editing and downloading video content. I don't need gamer's specs as I am not a heavy gamer. I'm a power user who tends to run multiple apps at once and like to have it all running smooth and fast. I hate it when an app takes forever to load when an anti-virus scan is going on or am doing some photo-editing. Loading and execution should be zippy. I am happy to have onboard graphics but if a good graphics card makes my multi-tasking experience better, I wouldn't mind having it.

Looking forward to hearing from all you experts.

Thanks in advance



January 30, 2010 12:02:42 PM

Thanks for the tip, mfarrukh. I'll look at the specs of the mobo and let you know what I'm thinking.
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January 30, 2010 12:04:22 PM

Mobo ASUS M4A79XTD EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

memory G skill
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card sapphire hd 4850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand total would be around 550

would reccomend haveing the dedicated video card just to make things run smoother and snappier these compnents would give you a smooth and fast system ready for multitasking heaven if you wanted gameing i would suggest a better video card but for what you want this would be a fast and reliable system and can be overclocked nicely if you wanted too.

LOL he beat me too it but wow picked same stuff

Couple items you will also need is a power supply and a case id suggest a corsair or antec atleast 500 watts
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January 30, 2010 12:05:28 PM

Looking at the mobo, I see it has no IGP. Which graphics card would you recommend then?
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January 30, 2010 12:07:41 PM

since your not gameing you wont need direct x 11 go with the 4850 i listed
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January 30, 2010 12:07:49 PM

Radeon 5770 HD for $160
or
Radeon 5750 HD for $120
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January 30, 2010 12:10:16 PM

mfarrukh said:
Radeon 5770 HD for $160
or
Radeon 5750 HD for $120


he said hes not gameing so he dont need dx 11 you should go with the 4850

the 5700s u listed are 128 bit the 4850 is 256 bit will be a faster card
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January 30, 2010 12:10:29 PM

Thanks saaiello... What would you recommend for my OS? All the best hardware would be useless if I had a crappy OS. Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Home? Or maybe Hackintosh or Linux?
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January 30, 2010 12:12:34 PM

Thanks mfarrukh. Now what would recommend for the OS? Also power supply? I would need a future ready PSU that would manage the peripherals I add without burning out.
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January 30, 2010 12:12:44 PM

win 7 is the way to go i use ultimate
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January 30, 2010 12:20:04 PM

Should I get 8 GB RAM? All that multi-tasking, remember?

And I cant decide which video card now. Frankly an onboard card takes out all the confusion lol
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January 30, 2010 12:22:37 PM

Another thing: I live in Australia. Newegg does not ship here. So I'll be looking at the local computer shops/fairs. Post the links nevertheless. It's useful for product descriptions and price estimates.
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January 30, 2010 12:24:57 PM

Give me a link of the store you wanna buy from
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January 30, 2010 12:26:51 PM

6 GB RAM is more than enough, in my opinion
If you have the money for 8 GB, Grab it
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January 30, 2010 12:28:04 PM

I have used www.techbuy.com.au in the past for a couple of items. I do not know another online retailer in Australia. There aren't too many to begin with.
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January 30, 2010 12:30:12 PM

6 GB would have been great, I know. But I'd have to get an even number of chips to take advantage of dual channel, wouldn't I? That would mean, either 4GB or 8GB. Not sure if we can achieve dual channel with 6GB unless I buy 6X1GB. Is that correct? The ASUS M4A79XTD EVO doesnt have 6 slots for RAM.
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January 30, 2010 12:32:01 PM

get 2 2 gig chips and 2 1 gig chips then you got your 6 gig
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January 30, 2010 12:38:51 PM

^^^^^
He lives in AUSTRALIA
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January 30, 2010 12:39:27 PM

Good idea, saaiello... regarding RAM

Guys, I have a OCD when it come to decisions lol... So you going to have to recommend 1 final video card. Please note, I'd be doing the occassional DVD rips too.
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January 30, 2010 12:47:22 PM

I'll still suggest you to go for 5750 HD
In future, you may find interest in gaming
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January 30, 2010 12:51:39 PM

basically its all up to your budget if you want to spend an extra 100 bux on video card you "might" use in the future or do you save the 100 bux and get what you need and maybe go get something else for the rig like maybe some nice surround speakers for it but its all up to how much you want to spend.
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January 30, 2010 12:52:42 PM

what is 'bux'?
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January 30, 2010 12:54:21 PM

I am guessing the 4830 could still play the odd game like NFS, quite nicely.
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January 30, 2010 12:54:29 PM

and also IMO i wouldnt get a BFX card with 128 bit bus look for something with a 256 bit bus will be a faster card
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January 30, 2010 12:55:07 PM

oh yea will play nfs on maxed out settings no problem
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January 30, 2010 12:56:02 PM

'bux' would be bucks :-)
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January 30, 2010 12:57:57 PM

only advantages of going with the 5700 cards is your getting dx11 cappabilities so your paying a premium for the new tech.
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January 30, 2010 12:58:28 PM

yea sorry
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January 30, 2010 12:59:00 PM

bucks bux sorry for my slang im from New Jersey LOLs
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January 30, 2010 1:01:16 PM

yeah I know
Just wanted to tease him a bit
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January 30, 2010 1:02:21 PM

The only game I ever play occassionally is NFS. Otherwise, I use my PC for intensive web browsing, downloading, lots of photo work, moving large files around and occasional video ripping. And I tend to do all the above simultaneously lol
I want stuff to load and close in a jiffy.
So am leaning towards the 4830 w/512MB RAM. The 5750 w/1GB sounds appealing too.
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January 30, 2010 1:03:54 PM

lol @ mfarrukh... and I thought you really didn't know what 'bux' was hehehe
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January 30, 2010 1:07:23 PM

If you only want to play NFS series You probably wanna go with 4850 or even 4830/4770
They will be good for all sorts off needs including casual gaming
However,
4670 HD is also worth checking out
Its only $65 USD
And it will give you whatever performance you want on NFS games
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January 30, 2010 1:07:27 PM

the 512 on the 256bit bus will be faster then the 1 gig on a 128 bit bus you will never even take advantage of useing all of the 1 gig on a slower bus
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January 30, 2010 1:08:29 PM

mfarrukh said:
If you only want to play NFS series You probably wanna go with 4850 or even 4830/4770
They will be good for all sorts off needs including casual gaming
However,
4670 HD is also worth checking out
Its only $65 USD
And it will give you whatever performance you want on NFS games


I used to have a 4670 it is a great card too
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January 30, 2010 1:12:13 PM

4670 is worth your every penny
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January 30, 2010 1:13:36 PM

So we have narrowed it down to the 4xxx. The price difference between a 4670 and 4850 in Australia is a few dollars. So I think I should go to the 4850 since it has 256 bit as compared to 4670's 128 bit
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January 30, 2010 1:15:49 PM

Yep, if it is just few $$, you should go for 4850
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January 30, 2010 1:22:37 PM

absolutely
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January 30, 2010 1:23:24 PM

yes thats the card to get
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January 30, 2010 1:24:06 PM

finnally we agree on something mfarrukh lol
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January 30, 2010 1:25:03 PM

saaiello said:
finnally we agree on something mfarrukh lol



yep
finally
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