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AMD, that will last a loonngg time

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May 1, 2010 11:56:11 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
This Month

BUDGET RANGE:
1200-1500 with rebates, taxes and shipping (price in Canadian funds)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Gaming, surfing the internet, watching/storing movies, hi-res photo editing (Photoshop)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS/Win7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
newegg.ca

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Canada eh!

PARTS PREFERENCES:
I presently have a AMD Athlon 64 3200+

OVERCLOCKING:
Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
1680x1050 on a LG 20.5 monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I need this rig to last years, at least 5, and still be able to play the latest games

right now i want it to handle COD Modern Warfare 2, Battlefield Bad Comp2,
the upcoming Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 at high or max settings and handle
hi-res photo editing without problems (i encounter some 'farts' on my current
rig atm on Photoshop while manipulating hi-res pictures)

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heres a build that i think can last years to come:

Mobo:
Asus Crosshair 4

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE 3.2GHz

Graphic Card:
XFX Radeon HD 5870 1GB

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W, this one has a nice rebate

HD:
Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache, also with nice rebate

Memory:
any 4Gb from G.Skill or other major brands

CD/DVD Burner:
SAMSUNG 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner

Case:
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black, 'big' and inexpensive mid tower...i dont need fancy lights and design


how would you rate this rig, to much overkill for its usage?
...possibly, but it needs to hang high and last a minimum of 5-8 years



how would swapping the x6 cpu for a AMD x4 965 with the same Crosshair 4 mobo sound?
(i could save a few $$ with the 965)
or should i surrender to the dark side and go with a i5/1156 build ;) 

i dont plan on getting a new monitor in the near future so i think a single 5870 will be more then enough for the moment and last for some time before games need more

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May 2, 2010 12:10:53 AM

to start out...HELLO! :D  ok, on to business...

to start off, a build will likely last 5-8 years, but not necessarliy be able to max out the latest games. i would get a 955 now, get a 890FX board, and then upgrade to a 6/8 core in 2-3 years, if needed at all. or you can take the best of both worlds, buy a 1055T, oc it to 3.4, and save a bunch of money. that will take your price down 150-100$ in itself.
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May 2, 2010 12:15:35 AM

Changes...
  • CPU: I would go with the AMD x4 955 for additional savings if strickly a gaming build!! It willactually out perform the X6 1090T in most games.
  • HDD: I would get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. It is faster, bigger and cheaper than the WD 750GB Black
  • RAM: This is the RAM I would go with... G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH or G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM (if gets back in stock)


    The 5870 is OVERKILL at your monitor resolution. You'll be able to kill games with an ATI 5850 at a resoluton of 1680x1050. Granted the 5870 will be more future proof in terms of horsepower but not required.

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    May 2, 2010 4:42:01 AM

    tanx for the replys (and the friendly welcome) guys!

    like both of you recommended i will go with a x4, the 965 140w
    (i know you both suggested the 955 but ive notice good reviews on the 965 140w, plus its only 20$ more and im a noob at oc'ing)

    the Samsung 1TB will take the place of the WD 750GB

    i know the 5870 is way more then i need, but ill keep it on the list in case i change my mind and get a 24" monitor in the near future

    for RAM, i took a look at the Crosshair 4 QVL and found this one for 20$ less (and slightly diff. timings) then the one tecmo34 suggested:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

    as for PSU, can i go with a 650W? (i guess it could handle 2 5870)
    the CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W is 30$ less plus has a 20$ mail in rebate, instead of a 10$ mail in rebate on the 750TX...40$ diff. right there
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    May 2, 2010 5:11:07 AM

    MONITOR RESOLUTION:
    1680x1050 on a LG 20.5 monitor

    I would say a HD 5850 would be more than enough firepower for this and ditching SLI/CF you could save by going 890GX or 870 chipset ^^
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