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June 24, 2010 4:16:51 PM

Howdy,

I am building a pc and I have a $200 budget for the processor. I am leaning towards a AMD build so I am trying to pick out a mobo based on that. However, lets just start from scratch and look at the options...

I have a few options:

AMD Phenom II x4 965 3.4 GHz

AMD Phenom II x6 2.8 GHz

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66 GHz

I am switching over to computer gaming (I used to use Xbox360). So, I am going to be doing heavy gaming. I also use Sony Vegas 9 and I am learning Adobe After Effects CS4 (currently on a 32 bit system but I'll have CS5 once i get windows 7).

I will also try my hand at overclocking after I've read some guides. I may require aftermarket cooling? Also, If anyone is interested I will be running one Radeon 5830 1gb and I may add another on in a year or so.


So any thoughts/suggestions?

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June 24, 2010 4:59:09 PM

I would go for the denab 945 for $139.99 with free shipping at newegg. It runs cooler at 95 watts and 3.0, leaving you some room for overclocking. If you need a motherboard, the biostar TA870+ is pretty good. I sampled one recently with the propus 630 in a combo deal, and it overclocks well and is priced right. It also has the new sata 6.0 standard which is good for ssd's. With the money you save, you can get a new ssd 32gb for fast boot-ups. They run around $80 now. Get one with a speed of at least 210/110 for the read/write. I recommend kingston, ocz, or Intel ssd's.
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June 24, 2010 5:36:33 PM

If you want to reuse some pc6400 ddr2, I recommend the biostar TA790GXE for $56.99 at newegg. It's loaded with features, and even works with the new phenom 6 core cpus with a beta bios update.
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June 24, 2010 5:47:28 PM

I would recommend the Phenom II 955BE over the 945, it gives you easy overclocking with an unlocked multiplier which will allow it to be overclocked higher then the 945.
Make sure you get the C3 revision of any of the quad core parts before you buy, since they are cooler/overclock better.
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June 24, 2010 5:52:25 PM

I'm a little confused about your budget. What is the total you are planning to spend? What parts do you already have? The How to Ask for New Build Advice sticky at the top of the build forum will give you a template to use to show all the information we need to provide the most relevant answers.
If your budget for the entire project is $200, I'm sorry but you're not going to build a gamer for anywhere near that; $550 is a more reasonable minimum.
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June 24, 2010 6:23:50 PM

Onus said:
I'm a little confused about your budget. What is the total you are planning to spend? What parts do you already have? The How to Ask for New Build Advice sticky at the top of the build forum will give you a template to use to show all the information we need to provide the most relevant answers.
If your budget for the entire project is $200, I'm sorry but you're not going to build a gamer for anywhere near that; $550 is a more reasonable minimum.


Sorry for being vague. I intended to put that my budget is a max of 200 USD for the cpu. I don't have other parts picked out but I have a general idea. My budget for the entire pc is 900 (already have monitor). I know which video card I want but not motherboard. I am sorting that out on a different forum.

O1die, thanks for your input. I am looking for a bit of a higher range mobo that can support CrossFire very well. I am sorting that out on another thread.

Haserath, I am considering going with the 955 but I could not find the 955BE on newegg. I found these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|19-103-808^19-103-808-TS,19-103-674^19-103-674-S01

What is the difference between them are they the same card rofl just one has a special $15 gift card bonus?
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June 24, 2010 6:47:00 PM

thatTVdinner said:
Just found a great combo deal that will be great for my future Crossfire:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Well, just to warn you that 955BE is the old C2 revision, but with the $45 savings it's a better deal then buying the C3 with that board.
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June 24, 2010 6:54:09 PM

Haserath said:
Well, just to warn you that 955BE is the old C2 revision, but with the $45 savings it's a better deal then buying the C3 with that board.


Ah ok. Sorry... took me a while to realize that BE meant Black Edition. :) 
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June 24, 2010 6:56:03 PM

thatTVdinner said:
Would it be worth it to ugprade to a 965 for $20 or should I just overclock the 955 and that should be enough?

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

The 965BE is supposedly better binned, so it might get you a little higher overclock, but for $20 extra, you might as well get better cooling with the 955 and just overclock that, if you planned on keeping the 965 at stock then the 955 would easily overclock to the 965's stock clock on the stock cooler.
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June 24, 2010 6:57:50 PM

thatTVdinner said:
Ah ok. Sorry... took me a while to realize that BE meant Black Edition. :) 

Sorry, I like to shorten the words ;)  .
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June 24, 2010 7:18:08 PM

nvm- quick google search explained what C3 is.
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June 24, 2010 7:21:19 PM

By the way I've found other combos (with mobos i am interested in) including the c3 revision so I am going to consider that. I'll get back to you later on this.
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June 25, 2010 5:27:22 AM


Looks good. A slightly better mobo along with a slightly better processor for $30 more then the last combo is pretty good ;)  . Has USB 3.0 and sata 6gb/s, if you're ever going to use those, and a newer chipset.
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June 25, 2010 9:51:04 PM

Haserath said:
Looks good. A slightly better mobo along with a slightly better processor for $30 more then the last combo is pretty good ;)  . Has USB 3.0 and sata 6gb/s, if you're ever going to use those, and a newer chipset.


I would like to Crossfire later on (just changed my mind and I am going with the Radeon 5850 rather than the 5830). I will probably get the Phenom II x4 955...

Considering the future Crossfire what is the best board I can get that won't break my wallet? Is PCI express 16x 8x or 8x 8x good enough for two 5850's crossfired? Do I really need to get 16x 16x?

I am new to this so I am not sure how low I can go. I wouldn't want to buy a 280 card in lets say a year and regret buying a cheaper board only to learn that it is not working to its full potential.

If I understand correctly, on higher end cards at 16x 16x you really see a difference only at high resolutions. But I will be playing at 1920x1200 resolution... so I am really unsure.
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June 26, 2010 2:34:05 AM

An 8x 8x board would be good enough for the two 5850s. You do lose some speed from having 8x, but it's not much. At 2560X1600 you could see it having not enough bandwidth, but the 5850s might not be able to do that resolution with enough fps anyway.
A board like this would probably be good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 26, 2010 2:55:10 AM

Definitely go for i5 750 configuration, it will give you best performance for under $200. It beats amd cpus in most of the games even on stock 2.66Ghz. Leave alone overclocked performance. U can find very good deal for p55 motherboards right now as well as well.
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June 26, 2010 2:57:04 AM

Haserath said:
An 8x 8x board would be good enough for the two 5850s. You do lose some speed from having 8x, but it's not much. At 2560X1600 you could see it having not enough bandwidth, but the 5850s might not be able to do that resolution with enough fps anyway.
A board like this would probably be good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Nice! I found this combo and it is pretty much the same thing...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I'm going to see my current list and see how I can save the most cash.
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June 26, 2010 3:58:09 AM

Wow, that's a nice deal. Guess I didn't do enough looking to find something like that.

Good luck with the build ;)  .
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