AMD new build

hi, I am having a hard time deciding on which cpu/mobo to go for and am looking for different opinions:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, programming, surfing the net, web development, photo editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: starting from scratch, as ill keep my old pc for the rest of the family

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect (in Canada)

OVERCLOCKING: Possibly, SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

Choices:

1) cpu/mobo combo from newegg - Gigabyte 770TA + Athlon X3 440
2) cpu - Phenom II X6 1055T + ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
3) cpu - Phenom II X6 1055T; mobo - GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H ATX AMD Motherboard

I was hoping to get #1 and upgrade to hex cores later on, but not sure if 770TA is suitable for hex core. As for #2, is that Asus mobo any good as I heard great review for Gigabyte 770TA & 890.

Thank you in advance
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  1. If upgrading to a 6 core later try and go with a new 8XX series chipset!
  2. Welcome to the forum. What is your budget? I would get the motherboard from #3 with a 955 for your uses.

    Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H -$140-
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 -$160-

    Do you need help with the other parts as well?
  3. jbakerlent said:
    Welcome to the forum. What is your budget? I would get the motherboard from #3 with a 955 for your uses.

    Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H -$140-
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 -$160-

    Do you need help with the other parts as well?


    +1^ Agreed, Do you know if the programs you are using will support the AMD 6 core CPU?
    You may be better off with a higher GHz CPU for the task you are performing. Althought you could just as well OC any of the two 6 cores from AMD to reach the clock speeds of the 955 or 965.
  4. jbakerlent said:
    Welcome to the forum. What is your budget? I would get the motherboard from #3 with a 955 for your uses.

    Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H -$140-
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 -$160-

    Do you need help with the other parts as well?


    Thanks jbakerlent for the warm welcome. My budget is probably around $750 to $1000. I know it's a bit of a large range, but if I go for Athlon X3 440, I can make the $750 budget; whereas if I go for X6 or 955, it goes toward the $1000 range. As for help with other parts, I was able to get useful info from this forum and here are the parts I am thinking:

    cpu/mobo - ???
    gpu - HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    ram - OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK
    psu - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
    optical - Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
    heatsink - coolmaster 212
    case - antec 900

    I thought about getting G.Skill ram, but there was a combo for OCZ so I took that instead. Is that a good choice?

    Back to the cpu/mobo, so you are suggesting to go with x4 955 with 890 mobo, instead of the asus board?

    Any comments?
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