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December 23, 2009 8:26:49 PM

I am going to build a new system here in januar, been searching around a lot.


Let me know what you think

Budget is around 2k

I need a monitor that can max out the 5870. 24 inch pref.

* 518692 AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3,4Ghz, AM3, 8MB, 125W, Boxed
* 354716 Antec Twelve Hundred Big Tower Sort Blæsere: 3x 120mm Front, 1x 120mm Top, 2x 120mm Bak, Blå LEDs; Vindue
* 500749 BenQ 24" LCD E2420HD 1920x1080, 50000:1, 2ms, VGA/DVI/HDMI
* 492604 Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600MHz 4GB CL8 Kit w/2x 2GB XMS3 modules, CL8-8-8-24, 1.5V, for Intel and AMD, 240pin
* 460921 Corsair HX 850W PSU ATX 12V V2.2, 80 Plus Silver, Modular, 6x 6+2-pin PCIe, 12x SATA, 140mm
* 487793 Corsair SSD Extreme X64 2,5" 64GB SATA2, read/write speed of up to 220MB/135MB sec
* 335463 Creative Fatal1ty gamer headset 40mm Neodymium drivers, fjernbetjening
* 513307 Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5, Socket-AM3 AMD 790FX+SB750, ATX, DDR3 , SATA 6Gb, USB3.0, 2xGbLAN, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16
* 494479 Lite-On DVD+RW burner IHAS124-19 SuperAllWrite, 24x8x16DVD+RW, SATA, Black
* 512803 Noctua NH-D14 CPU Køler Socket 775/1156/1366, AM2/AM2+/AM3, 1300 RPM, 110,3 m³/h, 19,8 dBA, 140mm Blæser
* 496258 Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA2 32MB 7200RPM
* 518435 Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0, "VAPOR-X", 2xDVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort, Full-Retail


Preferred site is komplett.dk

And i have no idea wich ssd to pick :( 

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December 24, 2009 1:43:24 AM

ares1214 said:
i would get this:
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=490463

great build though, cant really recommned much else. :) 


Awesome, thanks for the tip mate ;)  Just added it.

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Boxa786



K man. Just updated my post.
December 24, 2009 1:54:27 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

BUDGET RANGE: 14000 KR (2,697.02 USD)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: komplett.dk

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Denmark

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Giga/MSI/ASUS mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC, no idea if i should go with a gamer headset or buy some speakers.


Here is what i have go so far.

* 518692 AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3,4Ghz, AM3, 8MB, 125W, Boxed
* 354716 Antec Twelve Hundred Big Tower Sort Blæsere: 3x 120mm Front, 1x 120mm Top, 2x 120mm Bak, Blå LEDs; Vindue
* 500749 BenQ 24" LCD E2420HD 1920x1080, 50000:1, 2ms, VGA/DVI/HDMI
* 492604 Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600MHz 4GB CL8 Kit w/2x 2GB XMS3 modules, CL8-8-8-24, 1.5V, for Intel and AMD, 240pin
* 460921 Corsair HX 850W PSU ATX 12V V2.2, 80 Plus Silver, Modular, 6x 6+2-pin PCIe, 12x SATA, 140mm
* 490463 Corsair SSD Performance P64 2,5" 64GB SATA2, read/write speed of up to 220MB/200MB sec, MLC, Gen 2
* 335463 Creative Fatal1ty gamer headset 40mm Neodymium drivers, fjernbetjening
* 513307 Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5, Socket-AM3 AMD 790FX+SB750, ATX, DDR3 , SATA 6Gb, USB3.0, 2xGbLAN, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16
* 494479 Lite-On DVD+RW burner IHAS124-19 SuperAllWrite, 24x8x16DVD+RW, SATA, Black
* 512803 Noctua NH-D14 CPU Køler Socket 775/1156/1366, AM2/AM2+/AM3, 1300 RPM, 110,3 m³/h, 19,8 dBA, 140mm Blæser
* 496258 Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA2 32MB 7200RPM
* 518435 Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0, "VAPOR-X", 2xDVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort, Full-Retail
December 24, 2009 2:26:37 AM

for upgradability make sure that mobo accepts crossfire in X16 mode instead of X8 mode.
December 24, 2009 2:44:22 AM

zoemayne said:
for upgradability make sure that mobo accepts crossfire in X16 mode instead of X8 mode.



Aye man it has 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16 :) 
December 24, 2009 12:44:28 PM

A lot of times in dual mode(crossfire or sli) they operate at X8. The specs on that MOBO dont clarify this.
December 24, 2009 4:46:31 PM

zoemayne said:
A lot of times in dual mode(crossfire or sli) they operate at X8. The specs on that MOBO dont clarify this.

This AMD dragon chipset board by gigabye runs at

2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ( CrossFireX: x16, x16 mode )
1 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ( x8 )

that means 2 cards at 16 x and the third at 8x.
December 24, 2009 5:15:33 PM

Actually, it means that when you add a third card, all of them run at 8x. But it dosen't matter too much. There isn't a huge difference between 16x/16x and 8x/8x, and adding a 3rd card doesn't do much at all.

And I can't believe it got this many response and no one said this: Look at the X4 955. It's the same CPU as the 965, but the 965 has a mild factory overclock, achievable on the stock cooling. Usually the 955 is cheaper, in the US by $30 or so. Since you're already overclocking, there is no reason to pay extra for them to start it.

Other than that minor note, it's an excellent build.
December 24, 2009 5:24:11 PM

In the uk, the difference between 955 and 965 125 is only £10 on average.

+ 965 overclocks higher

With the 955, yes its easy to siply change the multiplyer up 1 to get 965 speeds, but when trying for the max overclock the 965 beats the 955, so for a higher overclock and 200mhz faster stock speed, I would have to say the £10 is worth it.
December 24, 2009 5:24:42 PM

Also on Admiral's suggestion for taking a look at the 955, if I remember correctly, a C3 version was released recently, might try to find one of those.
December 24, 2009 5:27:54 PM

a 955 C3? dont think so, its the 965 that was updated

965 C2 = 140watt
965 C3 = 125watt
December 24, 2009 5:39:25 PM

Except both the 965 and 955 on the site are 125W. Meaning they're the same chip. And both overclock to the same level.

Yes, I know some places have a minimal difference in prices, but I have no idea if that's the case this time. It's kr 140 difference (about 11% of the price of a 965), which I'm guessing is about $18, judging from the current US price of the 965. 955, 125W for kr 1,195 vs. 965, 125W for kr 1,335.
December 24, 2009 6:00:10 PM

Max oc with 955 - 3.86, other sites may have different max overclock.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-phenom-pe...

Max oc with 965 - 4.3ghz, even with the old 140watt achieved 4.1gz, which to me and Im sure all overclockers will say is a significant increase compared to 3.86ghz with 955
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-x4-965,2468-...


Ofcourse, every cpu and review site is different, but from general reading's Iv found toms to be very close on these figures. Though the average is 3.9-4.0ghz with a 965 125watt.
December 25, 2009 11:52:22 AM

thank you everyone!

I chose the 965 because of the price and the overclocking headroom. Its just 140 more than 955 :p  And i want the fastest in ph II :) 


And one more question, will my rams heat spreaders get in the way when installing the noctua cpu cooler ? :pfff: 
December 25, 2009 6:05:24 PM

Wow that cooler is massive.

Depends on your ram, if its standard with no heat riser fins, then you should be ok, if your ram has high fins, then most likely if will not fit.

BUT, you shoud get a extra AMD bracket with the cooler and you should be able to mount it vertically, which should help.

I suggest you wait till you have your motherboard, and ram. Once you have all threee parts, cpu cooler, ram and motherboard, place your motherboard on non static surface, such as a wooden desk. Install the ram as detailed in your motherboard manual, usually its slots 1 and 3 or 2 and 4. Now dont install the cpu, just place the cooler over the cpu socket to check if it will be ok. If you have any problems you have the chance to send it back.
December 25, 2009 7:20:29 PM

Boxa786 said:
Wow that cooler is massive.

Depends on your ram, if its standard with no heat riser fins, then you should be ok, if your ram has high fins, then most likely if will not fit.

BUT, you shoud get a extra AMD bracket with the cooler and you should be able to mount it vertically, which should help.

I suggest you wait till you have your motherboard, and ram. Once you have all threee parts, cpu cooler, ram and motherboard, place your motherboard on non static surface, such as a wooden desk. Install the ram as detailed in your motherboard manual, usually its slots 1 and 3 or 2 and 4. Now dont install the cpu, just place the cooler over the cpu socket to check if it will be ok. If you have any problems you have the chance to send it back.


You are awesome man ;) 
!