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AM3 With SLI Build Advice Needed And Appreciated

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August 3, 2010 6:12:00 AM

Hey my first build... Using it mostly for mmo/fps gaming

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of month

BUDGET RANGE: 1k

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MMO/FPS Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard/monitor/mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Most economical/lasting/upgradable build possible

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLI

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I don't honestly know will be using this as my monitor (It's my TV right now)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236050
but might switch to this monitor in the future
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/lg-22lg10/1707-6482_7-33497888.html

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like a quiet PC. Something that will have good audio (won't give me problems if I want surround sound etc.) Most importantly most economical/lasting/upgradable build possible...

I have decided on a Ph II 4 955 am3 over 1156 for hopefully *some* future proofing down the line. I decided on a gtx 460 after seeing gpu benchmarks from anandtech and would like to get another for SLI in the near future. This limits me with my motherboard options and that's kinda what I'm looking for advice on.

Also I was pretty much set on an i5 build 2 nights ago but changed my mind after delving deeper into the forums and reading Intel isn't going to be using 1156 sockets in the future.... Everyone says this is the build to get for SLI though so I am conflicted about this once again...

In the cart:
AMD Ph II 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

ASUS M4N98TD EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131636

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
+
XFX 650W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.454713

GTX 460 gpu
+
Windows 7 combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437534.14-125-333

ASUS Black CD/DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Antec 300 case

Only went with the XFX PSU becuase of the combo... Does anyone have experience or knowledge of it or the brand/think it will be enough? Was also considering getting one of those killer gaming network cards but would that fit in with my mobo+SLI? Need some advice in general.. Don't need a keyboard/mouse/monitor either.

Does anyone see any problems with bottlenecking using this mobo/ram and 2 gtx 460s?

tl;dr
Should I buy all this stuff?

Thanks!

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August 3, 2010 3:04:46 PM

Killer Network card is waste of money.

There does not exist a AM3 mobo with SLI compatibility that has USB 3 sata 6. If your big concern is future proofing, you can't go AMD and SLI. In addition, AMD does not support Mobo's with Nvidia Chipsets if there's ever any issue.

XFX is fine, their PSU's are made by seasonic.
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August 4, 2010 5:16:29 AM

banthracis said:
Killer Network card is waste of money.

There does not exist a AM3 mobo with SLI compatibility that has USB 3 sata 6. If your big concern is future proofing, you can't go AMD and SLI. In addition, AMD does not support Mobo's with Nvidia Chipsets if there's ever any issue.

XFX is fine, their PSU's are made by seasonic.



What are the foreseeable problems with not having usb 3 or sata 6 for a gaming rig? Care to elaborate on why SLI and AMD3 motherboards are not worth it? Not having AMD support is disconcerting =/
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August 4, 2010 11:54:30 AM

here is an intel build for $915.93 BR and $875.93 AR and it's sli ready

mobo+ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

gpu+cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

case+psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

and add win7 for 99.99

i wouldn,t go amd if u will sli because amd doesn't support it plus u will loose usb3/sata3
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August 4, 2010 12:52:55 PM

USB/SATA III is not a big issue in regards to gaming.
If it were me, personally I would go Intel though especially if you want to SLI.
Forget about futureproofing, it isn't going to happen. What you want is a build that will last you at least 3 years so that you don't need to worry about upgrading your CPU.
The reality is, in 3 years time technology will have moved on, even AMD may not use the same socket...and even if they did, by then you will likely be wanting to replace your mobo and RAM with something new anyway.
I mean, think about it, when games started using more than 2 cores and the i5/i7 was released, how many people do you know who upgraded their E8400 CPUs to the same generation but Quad core? Pretty much everyone rebuilt - to discard their old DDR2 and get the better technology.
The same will happen this time, even if AMD are still using the same socket, you will probably wanting to get a better mobo (PCI E 3.0 by then?) and RAM anyway.
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August 4, 2010 8:19:20 PM

metalface said:
What are the foreseeable problems with not having usb 3 or sata 6 for a gaming rig? Care to elaborate on why SLI and AMD3 motherboards are not worth it? Not having AMD support is disconcerting =/



Nvidia uses a proprietary chipset to enable SLI. As a result, Nvidia charges companies a lot of money (supposedly $10 license fee in addition to the cost of the chip per mobo) to include their chip.

AMD, since they have their own GPU half, doesn't think it's a good idea to PAY their competitor money to allow their Competitor's hardware to work with their chipsets.

As a result, no SLI support on any AMD mobo.

Basically, it's another case of Nvidia trying to make money and hurting the consumer as a result.
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