Hi I'm building my first comp, used mostly for Gaming. I've decided this will be an AMD based comp and plan to use an HD 5870 GPU. My current components are running $1480, Looking to cut $100-$200 off if possible with limited performance loss.
This is my first build is everything compatible?
CPU - I currently plan to buy the 6 core Phenom II X6. I'd like to say my comp has 6 cores (lol) but is there a substantial performance difference in games over the Phenom II X4 965? This could be a place to save $115.
Motherboard - I don't much about motherboards. I currently plan to go with ASUS M4A79T. I want to be able to do crossfire x (in 2 16x) in the future. Whats the best motherboard to do this? All are around $150-$200 anyway.
PSU - I want to be able to do crossfire x in the future, but is my current PSU overkill?
Any other suggestions?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the month
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers, Keyboard+Mouse, sound card
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, D/C just need a good return policy COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Full tower case, AMD/ATI
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the Future
While the cases listed by a2l3 are all good, the one the OP has listed, the Antec 900 Two is also an exceptional case with fantastic cooling. Considering it comes with 3 120mm fans and a big 200mm top exhaust fan. Also allows for adding 2 more 120mm fans.
I'm really impressed with the OPs build personally. Besides his lean towards a 6-core for the sake of having it, he put together a pretty sound build. Rarely have I seen OPs suggest any of the staple cases that we all promote regularly.
That PSU is really good, they mirror SeaSonic's setup and went with quality.
One thing on the CPU. The 955 and 965 are the exact same chip except when the 955 has a 16x multiplier(making it 3.2GHz) the 965 has a 17x multiplier (making it 3.4GHz)
Now you'd think "duh, 3.4 is better than 3.2" yes thats correct but the perk of a black edition processor is the multiplier is unlocked. So with a 955, go into the BIOS and without chaning the voltage, make the multiplier 17x effectively giving you a 965 chip at 955 price? Make sense?
Have to agree with a1I3 : either 955BE or 1055T (with an aftermkt HSF and clock away to handle stuff now and tomorrow if getting the latter hehe) Also if u looking for 16/16 CFable AM3 mobos : that Asus 790FX is extremely overpriced when our very own forums had done a 890FX shoot out here
Five AMD 890FX-Based Motherboards Compared
So since u picked out a non USB 3.0 16/16 i shall assume this feature is not a tie breaker and as per the review: Tha Biostar TA890FXE at its current price and it's performance vs the highest end 890FX out there wins the price/performance 16/16 890FX crown hehe
bat says it all though the reason id recommend usb 3.0 (imo) is that you don't want to come to a crossroads later on when you'd like to buy something and discover its usb 3.0 speeds but you cant utilize it(the speed). that for me is enough to get the ud5
You should really consider the 1055 its only 20 more while it also has the turbo cores (when only using up to 3 cores it will put more power into the cores and raise the clock rate, for example the 1055t while in turbo will go up to 3.3ghz on three cores or less)
hey guys, no Phenom processor supports RAM speeds higher than 1333 MHz am I right ? So, either get some other RAM with lower timings and clock speed, or manually lower timings and clock speeds on the RAM youve chosen, which might the best thing if you have experience, cause ive heard that G. Skill produces top quality and can reach really low timings when you underclock them.
or am I completely off ?