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June 1, 2010 5:19:33 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Not entirely sure. Probably within 2 weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: $800-1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, video editing/rendering, HD movies, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, monitor, mouse, optical drives (Got a DVD RW + CD from current build that I think I can transfer over)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: To be honest I'm not too savvy with brand names, but I've gone with ATi/AMD.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

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ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I'm not 100% familiar with everything as I've only recently been reading up on guides, so excuse any newbie part-picking. This is what I have got so far:

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Processor:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor Model HDT90ZFBGRBOX

'Back-Up' Processor (in case I choose that the X6 is not necessary):

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard:
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Video:
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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

PSU:
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

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

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I just want some feedback on how this rig looks so far. So far it's at $994, so I'm pretty satisfied with it. I'd also love feedback on anything that's "overdone". I'm getting that processor because a) I'm not the type of person who upgrades often and b) I want the 6-core for some After Effects/Premiere editing.

Any news on deals/combos that would help me save money would also be awesome.

Thanks.

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June 1, 2010 7:30:45 AM

If you want a gaming machine the Phenon II X4 is a better choice but if you want the Thuban then go for it.

Even if you plan on running 2 x 5770s in Crossfire then you only need a 550w PSU so you can save some money there.

This memory has much tighter timings and will be faster.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get a WD Black 1TB or even better a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. The Spinpoint F3 is the best "bang for your buck" right now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 1, 2010 7:32:04 AM

Thats not a good boot drive. WD Blue is a "cool & quiet" server drive. You should look for a Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12 1TB HDD or the WD black 1TB "FAEX" (not "FALS") model.

The power supply is huge for a 5770. You could easily drop down to a 500-600W PSU.
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June 1, 2010 9:31:04 PM

Alright, so I added the RAM and HDD you guys linked. I also toned down the PSU a bit (edited OP). Price is now at $999.92.

Why would you say the X4 is a better choice? I guess 6-cores is not really needed for gaming, eh? But I do want to render some 3D things once in a while (though I guess quad can handle that pretty well) Regardless, I've added a 'backup' processor so in case I choose not to go with the X6.

Well, anyway, the OP is updated. Is the MoBo solid? Video Card good?

Comments were highly appreciated. Thanks!
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June 2, 2010 5:51:09 AM

Add a good 120mm CPU cooler ($30-50) for overclocking.

For gaming go with the X4. If you think the extra cores are worth the expense for rendering then the x6 is a fine choice.
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June 2, 2010 9:39:20 AM

i would also go for X4! no need for X6 if you are mainly gaming and occasional 3d rendering.

i think your build is solid but just add a heatsink to that since you will be overclocking and later on you can add another 5770 crossfire for upgrade.
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