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August 23, 2010 9:29:31 AM

Hey,
this is my first build. Final check:

CPU: AMD PHENOM II X6 SIX-CORE 1055T
GPU: HIS ATI HD 5770
Mobo: GA-890FXA-UD5
Mem: Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB (2x XMS3 2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz)
HDD: Hitachi 500GB Deskstar 7K1000.C 7200rpm HDD - SATA II 3.0Gbs, 16MB Cache
PSU: 650W "Aywun" MEGA POWER ECO Series A1-650E Power Supply
Case: Antec "Three Hundred" Tower Gaming Case

I'm planing on getting another 5770 later on and going crossfire with them (probably 6-12 months away). My three main questions are:
-Would that PSU be able to handle 2 cards?
-Would the case provide enough airflow (I may overclock a lil)
-Is that motherboard overkill for my needs (Mainly just gaming.)

If anyone has any suggestions or comments they would be greatly appreciated ;D


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August 23, 2010 9:34:49 AM

Just for the gaming? Time to go for the jugular and nab the best frames your money can buy you :p 
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August 23, 2010 9:42:48 AM

650W should handle 2 x 5770s. However, I have no idea on the quality of that PSU. The popular PSUs at the moment are Corsair and XFX for their quality.

The Asus FX mobo is $10 less
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or a cheaper mobo (only x8/x8 XFire, but then, with a budget card like the 5770 they wont even know the difference between x16/x16 and x8/x8)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Although with the shipping cost it isn't much cheaper than the other Asus board.

I would prefer G Skill RAM if you can get it as it should be similar price but lower latency (CL7)

I would consider dropping the CPU down to the 955 as the extra cores will offer you nothing for gaming yet costs more money.

The case will be fine, the 300 is a good case

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August 23, 2010 9:51:16 AM

Thanks so far but, unfortuantly I'm in Australia so US deals don't mean much to me :( 
I'm planning on keeping this system for a while, that's why I thought the 6core CPU would provide advantage in the future?
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August 23, 2010 9:58:12 AM

It may, I don't think it will within the lifetime of the PC (3-5 years). Dual core and quad has been around for long time and only now is it finally worth having quad over dual, and even then it is actually the 3rd core that is making the difference (and even then not in all situations), currently the 4th is not much use, so I would say its a long while before 6 cores is going to be useful for gaming.
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August 23, 2010 10:02:53 AM

Put is this way:

If you are in dire straits i would hit just the rana X3 and as much monster in the GPU dept my wallet can afford me

By the time u have a healthier budget 955BE-1055T isn't that much of a diff $$ wise but i would still go easy on the board, nab a decent 80+ PSU and hit the best GPU (single solution) my $$ can buy
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August 23, 2010 10:18:41 AM

Indeed, if you are concerned that in the future 6 core will be of use, then getting the RANA x3 440 is a nice cheap CPU which can cope with everything now, when it starts showing its limits in a few years you could then buy a new CPU - by the time more cores are of use, the Bulldozer CPU will have been released for a long while, will be fairly cheap and beter than the current 6 core CPU
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August 23, 2010 10:26:50 AM

Hmm would it be worth saving money on the CPU to get a better gpu? like a 5850?
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August 23, 2010 10:30:12 AM

Assuming you are gaming at 1920 x 1080, absolutely, the higher the res the less dependant on the CPU games become (though some games are of course more CPU dependant than others, but the x3 440 is a great gaming chip)
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August 23, 2010 10:38:16 AM

Thanks for the advice :D 
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