Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
The Grand Total with tax and shipping comes out to 996.24, THEN i take off $35 in rebates for a Final Total of 961.24! woohoo
Main concerns: When i looked at the mobo's specs it states it goes with am3 socket, but then under it it specifically states phenom II x4 and phenom II x3...will my phenom II x2 not work with this mobo?
Also, i don't want my 550 to bottleneck my 5850. From what I have read on forums and benchmark tests at higher resolutions the gpu takes over and the cpu will not bottleneck my 5850's performance...is this true?
Changes: I could go for a cheaper case, i just like the way the cooler master looks/what you get for sub 100...but its a bit too close to 100 bucks if you know what i mean.
I know the seagates/samsungs hdd's are a bit faster but the western digital's are getting better reviews. But i want to hear more about hdd's cuz i dont really know much about them in general.
Allrighty then, hit me with your comments/suggestions!!!
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The CPU almost never the bottleneck. You might want to consider a triple core though. Articles here on Tom's have shown that you get a lot of benefit from increasing the number of cores from 2 to 3, but almost nothing from 3 to 4.
Other good cases are the Antec 900 and HAF 922 (it's at $90 right now). After that, you might be getting a little small for the bigger cards.
Are these user reviews? Don't trust them. The Spinpoints are excellent. I can vouch for them myself. That WD is third in a three hose race behind both the Spinpoints and Seagate 7200.12.
Yea I should link the prices next time. Everything is combo'd if possible, I have that 5850/win7 combo. The rc-690 case is the one i have in my original build, and i guess i should dish out a bit more. After looking at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IfHjTmAPlQ it seems that the rc-310 is skimping on not only fans but sports no cable management areas, which will only make cooling that much more difficult
I read in a review earlier today that the new Phenom II X2 555 is going to be the same price as the 550, while being slightly faster and easier to OC. I know it's not available on newegg atm, and if it doesn't destroy any of your combos and it does turn out to be the same price, then you should probably get that if it comes into stock before you buy. It will be compatible with that motherboard as well. If you want to check CPU compatibility the best way is to go to the motherboard's website and check the CPU support list on there.
Agree about the Antec 300.
However, according to this page http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=83&p2=97 I would question whether the the 720 (if that's the one that was mentioned) is 'substantially' better than a 550, although I would think that it is a happy medium between CPU intensive tasks and gaming. I concede that to get a better picture of each chips performance level it would be better to look at a whole article that shows charts comparing them.
Silvune: Was it the battle of the dual core titans article that you were looking at? That article gave me the idea of making this rig because of the high fps of that build during gaming. Maybe i should hold out a bit for the 555 its only 10 bucks more.