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July 23, 2010 2:42:55 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-4 weeks from now.

BUDGET RANGE: 600-900$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video Entertainment Programming,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: GPU, Optic drive, HDD, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers and Monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: N/A

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Mexico

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, in the future when the system gets outdated.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not yet, but upgrading later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1280x1024, but upgrading later.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I need a balanced setup with good longevity (4+years maybe, considering I’ll upgrade to CF and upgrade monitor). I already bought a XFX 5850, planning to CrossFire but in a couple of months.

My first option was going something like this setup:

Mobo: ECS BLACK SERIES A790GXM-AD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 2x KINGSTON HYPERX 2 GB 1333MHZ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD PHENOM II 1090T X6 or AMD PHENOM II 955 X4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Not sure... 650-750W PSU

But think this can be improved a lot. As for the motherboard, I would like something better. I don’t know about the best option at the moment for motherboard brands (Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, etc…) and/or chipsets (790, 890, X, XF, GX??? Etc…)

I can’t find any distributors in Mexico for G.Skill RAM (Since I’ve seen lots of recommendations for it) so tell me if I need to go Corsair, Kingston, etc... . Beside that I’ll need a PSU that support the setup with CF and slight OC in the near future.

Extra suggestions for cooling (if needed)will be appreciated too.

Thanks in advance.
July 23, 2010 3:45:39 AM

Is the price of the 5850 you already bought included in the budget?

Ok, if your going to crossfire, you need the 750w. I recommend corsair. As for cooking, get the Cooler Master Hyper212+ anywhere but newegg. You may want to consider the i7 930 because its supposed to perform betting in gaming and it has hyperthreading which may help in video editing and such. Any major brand RAM is usually good, look for 1600mhz and latencies of 7. As for motherboards.... Im not so good with motherboards. Just make sure its a major brand and theres at least 2 PCI e ports with x16 in each. You also probably want usb 3.0 and 6gbps sata for future proof. Good luck!
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July 23, 2010 4:36:27 AM


mkb 58 said:
Hey there, can look into these builds on my thread, there are 2 suggested builds from the community in it. Hope it helps.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/290436-31-final-check...


OK thanks!

So there is no big difference between a motherboard with 790 chipset and another with 890? What about longevity?
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July 23, 2010 4:41:51 AM

From what I have figured out (and I am far from an expert) the main difference from a gamers perspective is that the 890 offers 16x16 crossfire while the 790 will be 8x8 crossfired (16x if single GPU).

In addition, the difference between 16x16 and 8x8 is at most 4% and only shows a real world difference on the 5970 GPU Crossfired. So it really comes down to your plans regarding the GPU.
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July 23, 2010 5:09:08 AM

Thanks again mkb,

Any recommendation on motherboards? Some specific models? so far I know about Gigabyte 790X?
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July 23, 2010 5:25:21 AM

I would stick to the Gigabyte, it seems to have the best reviews. In addition there's a combo deal for the board + cpu.

965 + 790X: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

There is also one for the 955, it is the same combo just 955 instead and price is lower.

EDIT: About to go to sleep, hopefully this helps you get towards your goal. Good luck!
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July 23, 2010 7:04:25 AM

I would say with the findings of our very own forums Roll Royce 890FX shoot out : the cat's out of the bag!
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-890fx-crosshair...
With the current pricing and some delicious combos on Egg no one should compromise on 8/8 or even 16/16 on any 700 series mobo (some are still obscenely priced despite being over ruled by 800 series) since the Biostar TA890FXE could mix it up with the godliest/priciest 890FX out there!
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July 23, 2010 6:23:31 PM

^+1 all hail the master:) 
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