My new rig, thus far...

Here are the pieces thus far.

AMD's new Hexcore

MSI's USB 3.0 and SATA 3 Board

Coolermaster. Not top of the line but has removable Mobo tray for easy construction.

Power Supply:
Good solid power, and efficient to boot!

SSD for IL2 and Windows 7:

HDD for everything else:

Now I need help on deciding which sticks of ram. I'm currently NOT planning on overclocking anything. I also seed advice on which ATI card makes the most sense for SOW and/or Wings of Prey. Any advice on both would be appreciated.

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  1. You should fill out the link in my sig. :D

    That way we'd find out your budget, what current parts you have, what the rig would be used for etc, etc.
  2. Used for: Gaming, general computing.
    Budget: 2,500 Max
    Carry Over Gear: 27-Inch Dell monitor, Sound Card, TV Tuner Card. All else new.

    This is my first "full build" in quite sometime.

  3. Alright so, first off. You'll probably want a good quad core. While that hexacore might be nice and all, it doesn't perform that much better in games than a solid quad core.

    Either the PII 955 or i5-750 will do.

    Next, it looks like you're spending a bit much on the motherboard.
    The Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 (for AMD build) or P7P55D-E Pro (1156 socket build) will do. Both are crossfire capable and have sata 3.0 and USB 3.0 capability.

    While the 850HX is a great PSU, you could settle for a 750w PSU since you're not overclocking. It'd also be great for crossfiring. The 750TX or 750HX are great.

    Now, it looks like you're going to be spending a lot on a SSD. That's cool and all, but if you'd like to save some money you could get the Intel X-25M 80GB. You'd be able to install W7 and IL2 on it.

    So, while that HDD looks great, you could get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB or Seagate 7200.12 1TB for less and still have a great performing HDD.

    For RAM, these G. Skill Eco 2x2GB would be great with low timings and voltages. Otherwise you could save a lil more by going with the G. Skill Ripjaws.

    Lastly, with your budget, you could probably go with a Ati 5970. However, if you don't want to spend that much on a GPU a 5870 or 5850 would be great, too.
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