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First AMD Gaming Rig Suggestions

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August 31, 2010 7:19:07 PM

Hello!

I am going to build my first AMD gaming rig and need to know if things are compatible. I would also like to hear your opinions on the hardware I chose. Feel free my make any modifications.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This or next week.
BUDGET RANGE: Around $1400 (10000 Swedish Kronor)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly gaming and studying.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse and speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Komplett.se Extremely expensive if you compare to newegg.
I am from Sweden.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Sweden
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, but could live with Intel as well.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

UPDATE:

Update on my choices. Feel free to suggest and modify. I am still browsing through forums and guides on the internet.

Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

PSU: Corsair 650W TX ATX

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F4 320GB or Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5

Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 Midi Tower Svart

RAM: Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz 4GB CL9

DVD Burner: Lite-on DVD Burner

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Parts

Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition 3,4 GHz
http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=518692

Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=593865

RAM: Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 4GB (2x2GB)
http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=350154

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 - Toxic
http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=584726

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB
http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=331024

Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced
http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=579816

Power Supply: Corsair HX 650W PSU
http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=492649

DVD Burner: Lite-on DVD Burner
http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=494479

CPU cooler, undecided.


First time ever building a PC from scratch, so please help me out.

Thanks


August 31, 2010 7:48:34 PM

Unless you are sure you're going CrossFire, or overclocking to the very extreme, you don't need the expense of a Crosshair IV. What CPU cooler were you planning on using? If stock, then you really don't need the added expense overclocker's M/B and 1600MHz RAM. If you're running Windows 7 you could put the money towards an SSD.

I would suggest a low cost upgrade to the WD Black series of HDD with 32MB cache in 640 or 750GB. This will give you faster boot and load times.
August 31, 2010 7:58:18 PM

I recently built a similar system but I used this MoBo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1799.99 after MIR. which I feel is a better deal than the mobo you picked. I also used 1.5v G.Skill ripjaws and a HAF 932 case and when I was done overclocking I had my P2 955 at ~4.2ghz with a hyper 212 plus.
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August 31, 2010 7:59:25 PM

In general, the parts are compatible, though you could probably find better value with some substitutions. Even though I own a Crosshair IV, I'll agree with hangfirew8's advice above, many of the parts aren't needed if you're not going to overclock or use CrossFire down the road.

You could probably drop down to a Phenom II X4 955, and an 890GX board, and that would likely save about enough to upgrade your GPU to a 5870.

Rather than get the WD drives hangfirew8 suggested, I'd recommend either a 500 GB or 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12.

If you could follow the instructions in the How to Ask for New Build Advice thread, people will be able to come up with a more accurate answer for you.
August 31, 2010 8:04:23 PM

The Msi Mobo can also be bundled with the p2 955 for 299.98 after MiR
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August 31, 2010 8:08:05 PM

Based on the OP's use of a comma as a decimal separator, I'm guessing newegg isn't available in his or her country of origin.
August 31, 2010 8:18:23 PM

Oh, didnt catch that sorry
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August 31, 2010 9:38:40 PM

That MSI looks nice, I wonder if it's better than the UD5. MSI and even Asrock improved a lot lately. Not that the MSI were bad.
September 1, 2010 3:13:56 PM

I followed the guide and updated my original post, please check it out.
September 1, 2010 6:23:15 PM

Is the Cooler Master HAF 922 better than the Cooler Master 690 II?

Opinions?
September 1, 2010 7:03:15 PM

No clue to ur above question, but I switched my case to a HAF 922 thanks to the many recommendations from the fine posters on here!!
September 3, 2010 9:33:38 PM

Update on my choices. Feel free to suggest and modify. I am still browsing through forums and guides on the internet.

Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

PSU: Corsair 650W TX ATX

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F4 320GB or Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5

Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 Midi Tower Svart

RAM: Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz 4GB CL9

DVD Burner: Lite-on DVD Burner

Also, I have a question. Do I have to do something special to my hard drive before installing Windows 7 on it?
September 3, 2010 10:40:07 PM

My order from Newegg arrived between yesterday an today--ordered tues night----i must admit the case is huge!!!!!! dwarfs my dell xps 410 case!!! It is a very nice looking case and very well made. So far very impressed. Wil see if I still feel that way when I start building it. good luck
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September 4, 2010 12:36:59 AM

AMD Phenom II X4 965 is faster in gaming.
September 4, 2010 3:34:09 AM

the 955 is better than the 1055T for games, and has an unlocked multiplier. what do you do that needs 6 cores? my guess is nothing. your motherboard is hell overkill. if you are planning to xfire in the future get the asus m4a89gtd pro, it's a great mobo. this will save you a lot of money, which can be invested in an SSD boot drive which will significantly increase the performance of your pc.

I don't know what site you'll be using so I'll just list the parts i would get.

CPU - AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition
MOBO - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
GPU - Radeon HD5850
RAM - Cheapest 4gb DDR3 1600Mhz kit you can find from a good brand, i.e Corsair, Mushkin, OCZ, G.Skill etc.
HDD - Intel X25 40GB SSD + 500gb Samsung Spinpoint F3
PSU - Corsair 650TX 650W 80plus certified
Chassis - CM HAF 922
Optical - Cheapest you can find
CPU cooling - Prolimatech Megahalems or any of those other recommended ones. The CM V6 looks cool but is a tad pricey
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