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AMD Dream Build ~$2000 | Opinions?

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February 16, 2010 5:04:46 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: March 1 BUDGET RANGE: $2000-$2500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: High Res Gaming, Multitasking, Web, Music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg, ZipZoomFly, Amazon

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD/ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Yes CROSSFIRE: Future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080, Future 2560 x 1600

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have built several systems in the past. The last one was probably 5 years ago. In regards to gaming, I mostly play World of Warcraft. I do something called Multiboxing, where I will run 5 instances of the game at once, controlling the characters by using a keyboard broadcasting software. Additionally, I usually run iTunes, watch video, and mess with browsing and email at the same time. I want to max out my video settings, and I'll probably add another 5870 shortly. In addition, I am looking to try out some new MMORPGs as well as FPS. CS Source has been my favorite FPS thus far and I'm sure this will chew it up and spit it out at 2560 x 1600 ultra settings.

Case Lian Li ArmorSuit PC-P50R $200
Processor AMD Phenom 965 $180
Video ATI Radeon 5870 $390
RAM OCZ PC3-12800 Black Edition 4gb $141 x 2
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 $179
PSU Corsair 850HX $173
HD OCZ SSD Colossus 120GB $438
HD 2 WD Caviar Black 1TB 6 gb/s $120
Blu Ray Drive Plextor PX-B320SA 10x $130

Total: $2079

Thanks for your comments or suggestions. :bounce: 
February 16, 2010 10:39:40 AM

+1 ^
An i7 build would be better for you.

i7 920, OC it yourself.

Choose between an EVGA or ASUS x58 motherboard.

Get triple channel memory.

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February 16, 2010 11:28:14 AM

I'm with both of the above. High-end = Intel right now.

With $2K, here's what I'd build:

CPU: i7-920 $289
Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
SSD: 128 GB $350
PSU: SeaSonic 850W 80+ Sivler $150
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $20. BR is completely unnecessary unless you already own a bunch of BR movies and always watch movies on the PC.
GPU: HD 5870 $395
OS (if needed): Windows 7 $105

Total: $1,979. This will totally beat the AMD build for multi-tasking and pretty much everything.
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