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Need advice: Gaming rig, AMD, ATI, $1200-$1800

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Anonymous
May 6, 2010 4:23:22 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid to End of this Month (May)

BUDGET RANGE: 1200-2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, (home theater at a later date) Internet, Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, Head Set

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com (best luck with them so far. Open to another site if I can get all components at the same place.)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU and ATI GPU. BUT open to another set up if I will see significant performance increase

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, but in the future

CROSSFIRE: Yes, but in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 min

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
System is going to be air cooled, not experienced at cooling systems but would like to try one at a later date.
Limited over clocking experience but will be doing some, after cooling system.
I want to have a duel, maybe three, monitor set up eventually.

Planed Future upgrades:
Crossfire with matched card
Add Blue-Ray player
Add another HD
Perhaps add water cooling system
Upgrade power supply to a 900W

List of Components

CPU:AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
with:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock 890GX Extreme3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M4A89TD PRO AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s AMD Motherboard [


Video Card:SAPPHIRE Toxic 100281-2GTXSR Radeon HD 5870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model CMD8GX3M4A1333C7
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

HD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Monitor:ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers

DVD:ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Case: COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced Black Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
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Anonymous
May 6, 2010 5:23:14 AM






Only thing about the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive is that I wanted to try out the boards sata 6/gps

I have never had G. Skill ram before. What is better then looking at ram? the speed or the timing? I have been hearing that going with a 1333 with really low timing could produce good results. But 1600 with low timing would be better right? Been so long since i shopped for ram.

Thanks for the advice on parts! I'm liking how this is turning out
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May 6, 2010 5:28:31 AM

Yeah, that RAM he's linked is really good. DDR3-1600 at CAS 7 will be quite quick. And G.Skill is a great company.

About the SATA 6Gb/s - The only way you'll be able to actually use the extra bandwidth is with a good SSD. Magnetic drives don't even saturate a SATA 3Gb/s link.
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May 6, 2010 8:06:02 AM

That Corsair 750Watt is "CORRECT" (will handle 2x5870)...

... You *might* want to step up to 850Watts ... because of possible 4GB GDDR.

= Alvin =

PS: That "SATA3" drive is a waste ... it cannot even saturate SATA2 !!

pretty sure that F3 will kick it's ass ... and for $75 ! ... Even SSDs are barely pressing the SATA2 limit.

= AL =
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Anonymous
May 6, 2010 9:17:30 AM

Alvin Smith said:
That Corsair 750Watt is "CORRECT" (will handle 2x5870)...

... You *might* want to step up to 850Watts ... because of possible 4GB GDDR.

= Alvin =

PS: That "SATA3" drive is a waste ... it cannot even saturate SATA2 !!

pretty sure that F3 will kick it's ass ... and for $75 ! ... Even SSDs are barely pressing the SATA2 limit.

= AL =


You are right I'm going to replace it with that F3.

If I'm going to go to 850w I may as well go for a 900w I guess. That is what the Toxic card says is recommended for crossfire. Think that 900w will be fine?
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May 6, 2010 11:39:51 AM


900Watts ... Corsair, then ... for those reasons and for a little "FERMI" insurance.

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May 6, 2010 2:20:00 PM

Either of these would be fine for the PSU. Honestly, you're probably fine with the 850w (even though it "recommends" 900w) because the Corsair is a good quality supply (with 70A on the +12V rail, I might add). The 950w is only $10 more though, so... your call.
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May 6, 2010 7:15:26 PM

I recommend switching to a 955 for value or 965 if money doesnt matter. It has better gaming performance over a X6.
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