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Upgradable AMD X6 1055T PC

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June 9, 2010 11:22:40 PM

Hi everyone. It's been a while since I built a PC (~10 years). I wanted to get some feedback, tips, opinions on this build. I wanted to just go with Cyberpower, but I keep reading horror stories about them.

Please let me know if I'm missing anything, using parts that don't play nice, etc...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the month (latest 7/1/2010)
BUDGET RANGE: Up to $1150 before rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: School work, gaming, movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Monitor. I may have a keyboard mouse, but would love some ideas on something cheap, yet decent.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, but willing to go with someone else
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A., California specifically
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, ATI
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Ability to upgrade in the future, add vid card for crossfire, more memory, etc.

What I have so far:
Mobo: ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD $109.99
Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz $199.99
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $169.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $99.99
CPU Cooling: CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler $79.99
Video Card: HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity $164.99
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $119.95
Power Supply: Rosewill Libertas Series LIB-800 800W Continuous @50°C,80 PLUS Bronze Certified, Full Modular, ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.92,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC $99.99
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $9.99
CD/DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $22.99
Thermal Display/Fan Control: NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" $25.02

Subtotal at Newegg: $1,102.88

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June 9, 2010 11:52:59 PM

Oh no, I'm gonna have to get used to this 6.0Gb/s thing :p . Sorry.
Yeah, that looks like a really solid build. I would just go ahead and buy it :D .
June 10, 2010 12:02:09 AM

amantonas said:
Oh no, I'm gonna have to get used to this 6.0Gb/s thing :p . Sorry.
Yeah, that looks like a really solid build. I would just go ahead and buy it :D .


Thanks so much for your help!
June 10, 2010 12:38:02 AM

To be perfectly honest, there's no reason to go with a SATA 6 Gb/s mechanical hard drive. Current 7200rpm drives don't max out SATA II. As far as I can tell, SATA 6 Gb/s is pretty much a marketing gimmick (for mechanical drives). It's possible that the WD Velociraptors burst above SATA II briefly, but not at sustained rates.

That being said, the WD1002FAEX is a perfectly fine drive and should perform approximately the same as the Samsung Spinpoint F3, as long as you don't mind paying $30 or so extra for SATA 6 Gb/s.

You might want to check jonnyguru for a review of that power supply, and additionally, 800W is overkill for your build. You could easily get by with 550-650W.

Finally, what resolution are you planning on gaming at? What kind of games? The 5770 is underpowered for fps games at 1920x1080, but it should be fine for strategy games at that resolution. Or if you're gaming at 1280x1024, it will be overkill for everything.
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