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March 21, 2011 8:31:56 AM

Hello,

I am building my own gaming PC and have chosed the following components I wish to purchase:

AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T Black Edition Processor
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Thuban-Six-Core-Proces...
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 GPU
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex...

I need a motherboard to use with these components and have stumbled upon these:
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Socket-USB3-0-Motherboar...
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-890FX-Chipset-Motherboard-890...

What is better value for money? or is there a better one you could recomend?

Thank you

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March 22, 2011 5:09:39 AM

All I really want to know is what a good motherboard would be for those components but I guess i can fill it out...

Aproximate Purchase Date: Next week or two

Budget Range: $600 - $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies ect.

Parts Not Required: OS, Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

Country of Origin: Australia (I wish to buy small, light parts in the USA and bring them back to AUS while I am there)

Parts Preferences: AMD / ATI

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Current 1600 X 1050 (looking to upgrade but no advice needed)

Additional Comments: Please read first post to see my situation
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March 22, 2011 5:30:12 AM

For gaming and stuff you can get a Phenom II X4, it's cheaper and even faster than the 6 core. That one's good if you do some heavy video editing and such but for your needs a quad is great.

That Gigabyte is good, it has crossfire, dual BIOS and whatnot.
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March 22, 2011 3:39:51 PM

You indicate that you were going to be in the US, if so check out if there is a microcenter near where you will be staying.

May be a safer option, you can assemble and verify that everything works (would need a el cheapo keyboard)
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March 23, 2011 4:22:48 AM

I have family in the USA and I will send the items to them, I do not think I will have an opportuinty to test if the components in the USA so fingers crossed them work I guess. The amount of money I will save in the USA makes it worth the risk (I am talking hundreds thanks to your bad economy).

So I shall get the Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 GPU but still not 100% sure about the processor. I would like it to be in the $150-$200 price range (so either phenom X4 or X6) I guess what ever one is best for gaming is what I want.
And on the motherboard, I guess the gigabyte one unless anyone has any better sugestions?

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