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May 24, 2010 2:59:20 PM

Please keep in mind that I don't upgrade often, this will last me around 3-5 years.

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May 24, 2010 2:59:58 PM


System use: Photo editing (Sylkipix), Coding, Database Maintains, Internet Browsing, some games (older).

I am thinking of building a new PC for my home, I am heavy multi tusker, Browsing, coding, watching movies, and working in spreadsheet Excel at the same time. Please look over my shopping list and let me know if you think this would be a good build. Thanks.


CPU: 1 AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor Model HDT90ZFBGRBOX
RAM: 1 G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
MOB: 1 ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
HDD: 2x 2 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Case: 1 Antec P193 Gunmetal Gray Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
PCU: 1 Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply (This is mostlikely over kill)
Graphic: I will be reusing my old Nivida 8600GTS I am not a gamer, if I play any games they are so old even this card is over kill :)  lol If I ever upgrade it will be to the 5870 most likely. SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

Thanks for all your help. I am not planing to buy this any time soon, mostlikely around christmas, as my older build is still very much functional. Thanks.
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May 24, 2010 3:03:49 PM

What's your budget? The X6 is alright, but the i7-930 would be much better. Judging by some of the parts, it's possible that it's in the budget, but I'm not sure.

I can already tell you that you've got some mistakes in that build.

First, you need dual channel RAM (two sticks), not triple channel. If you wanted more than 4 GB, you should be getting 8 GB not 6.

Second, the Crosshair series is overrated. You can get a much cheaper board, like the Gigabte GA-790XTA-UD4 (if you want Crossfire) or the Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 (if you don't).

Third, WD's drives are overpriced and under performing. Grab a couple Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 1 TB drives for faster, cheaper HDDS.

Fourth, the PSU is definitely overkill. If you're wanting to Crossfire the 5870 down the road, a 750W would be fine. If you don't, a 550W would be fine.
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May 24, 2010 3:10:50 PM

To be honest, if you are not building this until the winter, I would come back here in November and ask this question. Technology in 6 months will have changed quite a bit, so while the composition of a build (in terms of price ratios, brand selection) will probably be pretty consistant, actual parts will be very different.
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May 24, 2010 3:16:49 PM

Totally missed that "not building until Christmas" part. Totally agree. Start reading reviews and looking at what's coming out to be prepared, but you shouldn't be asking for specific parts yet.
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May 24, 2010 3:46:26 PM

Please keep in mind that "my goal" is to get it around christmas time, knowing myself within in a month or so is most likely, and since I don't build my rigs that often, I would rather have a runing list (or starting point), and I will be most likely keeping tabs and updating it as I go. I made the changes, and to answear some questions no I will not cross fire ever, thanks for the heads up on the RAM I didn't pick up on that, I downgraded the PSU, and change the HD to Samsung. Any other sugestions? I am always supporting the underdogs, so no I won't switch to Intel no matter what, I will stick with AMD, it might make a difference for hard core people but not someone as me. Thanks for the sugestions. As far as the MOBO any other sugestions I know quite few people that used that GB board and they were not happy with it so I would rather skip it. Thanks.

Updated List:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor Model HDT90ZFBGRBOX
MOBO: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBECO
HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...
Case: Antec P193 Gunmetal Gray Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

As far as case do you have any other sugestion I want simple good space, and not a lot of lights ;)  Thanks.
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May 24, 2010 3:54:02 PM

I still wouldn't spend $230 for an AMD board. Other good ones are the Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H and Asus M4A89GTD PRO.

As for a case, I'd get a Antec 300 Illusion or Coolermaster 690. The Illusion has a few more lights, but it a great case.

Also, depending on the price, I'd consider getting the G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 instead of the Eco sticks. The main/only difference between the two lines are the voltage. The Eco sticks you choose are a little slower with CL 8.
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May 24, 2010 5:53:04 PM

Agree thank you for a lot of good advices. I have made the changes. I didn't want to pay so much for MOB but at the same time I didn't want to get crap. Thanks for all your help.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor Model HDT90ZFBGRBOX
MOBO: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH
HDD: 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Case: COOLER MASTER NV 690 NV-690C-KWN2-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...

Any other recomendation? Thanks.
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May 24, 2010 7:28:32 PM

Best answer selected by snajper69.
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