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July 19, 2010 12:00:21 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1200 before rebates - Less is always better!

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the Interwebs

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am pretty set on the AMDx6 1090T for future proof reasons

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe - I have no experience but am willing to learn

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am new to building my own rig. Looking for advice on build in regards to compatibility, price savings, and any pro tips



AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



How does this look? Advice?

July 19, 2010 12:40:16 AM

What specific use do you plan t use a 6 core cpu for? There are not many. I see no "future proofing" there.
In order to get 6 cores, you will give up clock speed as a rule.
A X4 965BE will cost you much less, and will generally perform better in games.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=102

Other than that, the build looks good.
July 19, 2010 1:09:51 AM

Thanks geofelt. I will take that into consideration. $116 difference is significant.
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July 19, 2010 8:09:22 AM

This is a much better system then yours with a quad processor:

DVD-RW http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -the one you chose is ok.

Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -this is a much better case the the one you chose, better ventilated and you also have an intake for the bottom mounted power supply.

HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... the one you chose is ok

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

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

PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... the corsair HX is a high quality PSU.

RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 4 gb kit, a little faster then yours, lower latencies.

CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... quad core amd cpu black edition at 3.2 GHz

CPU cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this is one of the best CPU coolers, it is a sealed water cooler so there is no need for maintenance.

Also please remember to register your video card to xfx site because in 30 days from your purchase the option expires and you will lose the warranty.

EDIT: forgot to ad the final price....Grand Total:* $1,118.91
July 19, 2010 8:48:49 AM

With the highest end AM3 currently with current pricing there is only 2 logical choice for me

1. 955BE
2. 1055T + aftermkt HSF + clock a.s.a.p

In summary: 1090T if u can pick up OCing isn't worth it with the premium paid over 1055T

That said never undestimate the impact of a nice juicy LCD on the sheer enjoyment levels of using the rig hehe So at a somewhat healthy budget i would hit at least a Full HD 23" U mentioned no CF? Then why pay for 8/8 + IGP with the 890GX?

$820AR tower

Hit a nice 23-24"?
July 19, 2010 9:07:34 AM

cpu&gpu: x4 955 & xfx 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

mobo&os: gigabyte 890xa (very high quality mobo and can cf)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

case&psu: lancool pc-k62 & xfx 750w (both are top notch quality the psu is actually made by seasonic like corsairs)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ram: g.skill eco 4gb(very fast 1600mhz and cl7 @1.35v kits also ver high quality)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb(also very reliable and fast hdd)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

odd: a sony optirac
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hsf: scythe mugen 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Subtotal: $1,114.90
July 19, 2010 1:41:01 PM

Batuchka makes a good point about the motherboard, 870 would be more logical if I don't plan on CF. Is the x4 965 significantly better than the 955 cpu?

Also, any suggestions on Monitors around $200?
July 19, 2010 5:21:50 PM

I am leaning towards the build that batuchka posted + a 23'' HD Monitor. Will that build require any aftermarket cooling? I want to purchase tonight. Any last second thoughts on that build?!
July 19, 2010 6:34:53 PM

Well i suggest you buy the DVD-RW i posted, better RAM because they are CAS 9 from what i see, the case i do not know and xfx PSU i can not give any negative/positive thoughts. I hope i did not messed you up.
July 19, 2010 7:20:02 PM

the only time you need aftermarket cooling is if you want to OC your CPU in which case you don't wantthe stock cooler.
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