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$2000 AMD build, Community input/critique

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August 17, 2010 10:08:51 PM

This Fall - I plan to put this together in Nov and wanted some general input from the community.

FYI the following build about fits the bill of what I think I want so please critique and give your opinions:

Approx $2000 cap

Will be used a lot for media and gaming (not really FPS but I would still like most any game to run well on ultra settings without any cosmetic set backs). I just want a gaming experience that is thoroughly enjoyable, so yes eye candy is important. I do a little bit with CS4. Longevity of this system is important.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: This list doesn't include the PSU (NesteQ) or the case (Acousticase from Open to differing opinions on these products....

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg unless less expensive elsewhere

Maybe some overclocking with the GPU and CPU (only if needed)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Would like the option to add an additional GPU down the road

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (Not set on the 23" NEC monitor for gaming, would like IPS screen but am somewhat worried about lag/ghosting)

I don't know if the 1090t is in my best interest but am I really hurting myself by going with it? Also would most of you go with a SDD just for the OS?

Any help and input is much appreciated....

August 17, 2010 10:27:35 PM

From the start I can tell you that the 1090T is not worth it over a 1055t(50% more expensive for 12% faster clockspeed), that an IPS monitor will typically have less lag than a TN because the actual processing componentry will be nicer.

Dell U series is very good.

Ram is completely incompatible with this build. Get the 102$ G.skill 1.35 voltage 1600 ram instead. Mobo is overkill: OR are better.

CPU cooler could be better, and I'd get a Corsair Force/Agility2/Vertex2/Corsair RealSSD c300. Intel SSD is the same price as it was months ago while these are much cheaper now.

I'd get a GTX 470 for 270 (sort by lowest price). 5850 isn't as good in DX11/newer games, not to mention it's just slower overall.

PSU should be modular and at least silver efficiency if you're going to keep this for 3 years or so.
August 17, 2010 10:30:32 PM

Any reason to not go with Intel? For that money you'd get a much better system going with them over AMD.
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August 17, 2010 10:33:01 PM

@ bruce555:

I am totally open to build/opinions. Not an Intel fanboy or anything, just want the best bang for my buck...
FYI this started out as a $700-800 budget build and just grew, at that price range AMD seemed the way to go. Now that its pushing 2k maybe Intel would be better... IDK, show me on paper!
August 17, 2010 10:42:11 PM

The GSkill RAM is a good replacement. But look at it, you need DDR3. You could save money too by going with a 64 GB SSD and then you can get a SATA 3 version. More than enough room for your OS.

The reason to go with ATI is the AMD option so if you still want the six core over a i7 930 combo I'd tighten up your build and get a 5870, otherwise if you plan to dual vid card pick up two 460's.
August 17, 2010 10:51:17 PM

work almost done so this is quick,
Gigabyte x58 UDR3 or Asus P6X58D-E (both mobo's have sli and xfire plus sata 3 & usb 3)
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 or the g-skill equivilant
1 Nvidia 460 now, maybe another if can fit in budget

Look at for a good cooler. They have a good top ten but stay away from the Zalman. They're old news, Towers have better performance when paired with a fan.

It's your choice on the SSD but it's usually just for a OS install. No need for too much extra room but some should be planned for.

Start with this and look at the prices. Someone else will prob do it for u if you need it done i just gotta take off. Sorry bout that.
August 17, 2010 11:00:54 PM

If you do go intel I would get an i5-750. It's actually faster in game, cheaper, has cheaper ram/mobo requirements, but lacks hyperthreading.

So ~200$ saved over an i7-930.