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July 16, 2010 6:41:16 PM

This will be my first attempt at building a pc and i want it to be around $1,000 and i just wanted to know if what i have so far is good for the price and if you guys could give me some suggestions on what i should change i would be very grateful. I am not going to overclock it yet but don't want to rule it out nor am i going to crossfire yet. I would also like to allow room to add on more without having to completely replace something. If you see something that is bad in my build please suggest a replacement. thanks. The parts so far are:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory

XFX Radeon HD 4850 HD-485X-ZNFC Video Card

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula ATX AMD Motherboard

NeoPower 650 Blue 650W Power Supply

Antec Nine Hundred Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window

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July 16, 2010 6:48:32 PM

I was always an AMD guy until my first build of a gaming pc and was talked into going with Intel, you may want to research this. I wound up with a q6600 quad core intel processor with a stock speed of 2.4GHz and is now OC'ec to 3.50 GHz on an XFX 780i mobo(if I was to do it again I would use an Asus mobo). This is on air cooling with a TRUE 120.
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July 16, 2010 7:11:15 PM

This is a very well balanced computer, no bottlenecks and a very good gaming rig. Ignore ^ the q6600 is a cpu that is about to be retired.
God I wish I had a thousand to spend on my machine.
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July 16, 2010 7:13:58 PM

I like your build but... what do you intend to use it for? Depending on usage, there are a lot of small changes I would make to it.
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July 16, 2010 7:19:41 PM

Yeah if this is a gaming rig mostly, the CPU is overkill and the GPU is and undershot.
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July 16, 2010 7:21:14 PM

If I had my way, I would change out the 5850 with the new gtx 460, but that's me.
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July 16, 2010 7:35:31 PM

Computerrock1 said:
If I had my way, I would change out the 5850 with the new gtx 460, but that's me.

He didn't mention a 5850.
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July 16, 2010 7:43:19 PM

luciped said:


XFX Radeon HD 4850 HD-485X-ZNFC Video Card



4850 my bad, I would definetly upgrade graphics downgrade the cpu to the Phenom II x4 3.4Ghz, to compensate for cost. Besides there are no practical gains with a six core in most programs at this time.
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July 16, 2010 9:29:41 PM

Does the motherboard i have support SLI as well as Crossfire or would I need to get a different one if i were to go with nVidia? And if I need another one which do you recommend? And about what I will use it for it's really quite broad. Nothing in particular, i just want a solid computer that will be easy to adapt in the future. Either way is the gpu that I have at the moment the best for around $100?
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July 17, 2010 1:01:03 PM

luciped said:
Either way is the gpu that I have at the moment the best for around $100?

Yes. Today's 5750 performs the same as the 4850 and costs somewhere around $130 normally.

if i were to go with nVidia
Don't. And you will find that SLI/crossfire info on either the site you are getting the motherboard from, on the manufacturer's website, or in the motherboard manual.

And if I need another one which do you recommend?
For going crossfire/SLI? Both should be the same model, or it could be detrimental to performance.

Nothing in particular, i just want a solid computer that will be easy to adapt in the future.
Then wait for bulldozer next year, or get the 1055t right now.
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July 26, 2010 3:29:15 AM

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