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September 17, 2010 8:36:26 PM

Looking to build my 1st PC and want take a shot at unlocking a 4th core and have 2 set ups with a couple % off promos ending today. Looking to buy with room to dual GPU down the road possibly. Want to play FFXIV in 720p and maybe 1080p after upgrading.

$600
ASRock 870 EXTREME3
SAPPHIRE HD 5770
G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB
Athlon II X3 445
PSU & HD
CASE & DVD

$685
Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition & ASUS M4N98TD EVO
MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB
PSU & HD
CASE & DVD

Looking for suggestions and making sure components are compatible. Are either a decent budget gaming build currently?

P.S. New to TH, great site for info, thanks to everyone who responds to posts so I can make a informed decision
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September 17, 2010 8:50:58 PM

I'd go with at least a Phenom II X4. The motherboards look ok, but if you want dual GPUs later, just verify it has SLI/CrossFire support (usually both). I'd personally go with an ASUS board.

Go with the GTX 460; it's an amazing card for the price you're paying.

G.Skill RAM is probably the best you can get for the price. My personal favorites are Kingston and Patriot in addition to them.

If you want to do SLI or Crossfire, with those cards, I'd look at 750W PSUs. I have an i7 setup and 1 GTX 460, but am looking at getting another, which requires at least 750W. Granted, your computer probably uses less power. If you'd like to verify, stick your ideal parts for this build into this PSU calculator to get a fairly good estimate on what size PSU to get: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
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September 17, 2010 9:32:45 PM

boiler1990 said:
I'd go with at least a Phenom II X4. The motherboards look ok, but if you want dual GPUs later, just verify it has SLI/CrossFire support (usually both). I'd personally go with an ASUS board.

There is no new AM3 motherboard that do SLI. There are a couple old nforce chipset ones, but I wouldnt recommend one for a new system.


If you want to do SLI or Crossfire, with those cards, I'd look at 750W PSUs. I have an i7 setup and 1 GTX 460, but am looking at getting another, which requires at least 750W. said:
If you want to do SLI or Crossfire, with those cards, I'd look at 750W PSUs. I have an i7 setup and 1 GTX 460, but am looking at getting another, which requires at least 750W.
A single 460 only requires a 550W PSU, a second one around a 650W (assuming you are getting good quality, newer designs). A 5570s can crossfire on a good 550W PSU.



I would take your first build, but replace the 5770 with a 460 (1GB) unless you strongly feel you will buy a second one as an upgrade in a couple years.
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September 18, 2010 7:15:32 AM

$600AR

edit: rebate no more for that Palit so go for that MSI ^^
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September 19, 2010 5:12:53 PM

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September 19, 2010 5:24:03 PM

dndhatcher said:
There is no new AM3 motherboard that do SLI. There are a couple old nforce chipset ones, but I wouldnt recommend one for a new system.



Define "new AM3 motherboard." I found an MSI AM3 with the 980a chipset that is SLI capable. I know there are issues with the 790 chipset.
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September 20, 2010 4:55:17 PM

boiler1990 said:
Define "new AM3 motherboard." I found an MSI AM3 with the 980a chipset that is SLI capable. I know there are issues with the 790 chipset.

It didnt have USB3/SATA3, did it? nforce 980a is an older chipset that doesnt support them. Used to be quite a few nForce boards. Last i checked there are 4 only left: 2 MSI and 2 ASUS. So far I dont see any new AMD CPU/nvidia SLI solution in the near future.
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September 20, 2010 8:26:59 PM

Interesting. I'll keep that in mind in the future. Thanks.
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