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Phenom II X4 955 based build

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July 19, 2010 7:23:47 AM

Please help me to build a Phenom II X4 955 system.

supposed to be a long term build ( at least 3-4 years).

SYSTEM USAGE: For occasional gaming, music , video

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (right now a 15" one, but looking a 22" one), speakers, hard drive


missing parts:Case, MB, RAM (would prefer a 2*2gb ddr3), Power Supply


OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Italy

Additional Info : cant buy from online stores

OC used : Linux Mint 9 XFCE / Windows 7


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July 19, 2010 7:42:04 AM

not sure why you cant buy from online stores? either way... you're best config would be a Gigabyte motherboard, 2x2gb dDR3, phenom II x4, gtx 460 1gb, name brand 550-600w power supply, samsung spinpoint 500gb harddrive (may want 1tb, up to you)

If you do play to do SLI/Crossfire in the future, make sure you get a motherboard that does x16 in both slots like this one :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 19, 2010 7:53:36 AM

thank you for replay :) 
the only online store i could use is Ebay. unfortunately in Europe newegg doesn't work.
i will look now at gtx460. are there big difference between gigabyte/msi/other gtx460 ?
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July 19, 2010 8:02:30 AM

not much of a difference... just buy the cheapest one you can find (but make sure you get a 1gb model
July 19, 2010 8:22:16 AM

You can't run sli on that motherboard, it will only run crossfire with two (or more) ati cards.

If you want to run one 460GTX, then I would buy a 890GX mobo. You can run crossfire on the 890GX as well, the 8X bandwidth for the two slots would not severely impact performance.

Here's what I would do; Get the 890GX board, go for USB 3.0 if you think you'll use it in the future. Get yourself one HD 5770. Put your build together and purchase some games. If you find that you are lacking graphics muscle then you can save for a second HD5770.
Fact is, the 5770 can max out any games at high settings with a 15inch monitor.

I do suggest you consider getting a newer monitor if you are investing this much in a new system. 22 inch monitors in the US run about $150-200. This is a nice size for the graphics card I mentioned. Again, one HD5770 will handle games at 22" just fine. Or if you really want the nVidia card, that would be fine too, just remember you won't be able to add a second in sli because the 890GX/FX chipset doesn't do sli.
July 19, 2010 8:28:57 AM

+1 new LCD: never under estimate the impact of a big juicy display on the sheer enjoyment of uisng a rig :p  15" IIRC is like 1024 x 768? Actually for peeps planning a GTX 460 i'd build with an 870 hehe
July 19, 2010 9:14:17 AM

Yes, if you plan on getting a new monitor in the future I would probably go with a SLI capable board (like those mentioned above) and a GTX460 - yay Nvidia! For the first time in months I recommend one of their cards instead of ATI.

Of course, if you can afford an ATI 5850 in preparation to getting a 1920 x 1080 22-24inch monitor.....then I would :D 
July 19, 2010 9:21:15 AM

i would love to have a 22" :) 
i thought , first, i will make my system, second, if i will have some $ remaining, go for a new display ..



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