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September 21, 2010 10:41:22 PM

Hi Tom's Hardware Community,

I am building a gaming PC for the first time and I want to see what you guys think of the build. If something isn't compatible or if there is something that I should replace please let me know! Thank you guys for your help!

CPU
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core

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

Mobo
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula ATX AMD Motherboard

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

Case:
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black Computer Case

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

Vid Card:
Palit GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic Platinum Overclocking Edition NE5X460HF1102 Video Card

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

PCU:
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W Power Supply

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

HDDS:
OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

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

Ram
CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)

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

Cooling
CoolIT SYSTEMS ECO-R120 Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC)

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

September 21, 2010 10:57:57 PM

The highest AMD chip I can really recommend is the 1055t. Anything past that and you'd be better off with an Intel chip, Crosshair mobo is very overkill, and the 8GB of ram is only relevant for non-gaming tasks.
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September 21, 2010 11:41:49 PM

Memory
Too much ram, 4gb will suffice for gaming. This is a very nice kit of ram for gaming and overclocking.

Motherboard
The Crosshair IV doesn't support SLI. Never go with AMD+NVIDIA. The Crosshair IV has a bad northbridge heating problem. This is a great combo that i found.

Processor
Unless you are really into overclocking, the 1055t will be fine. The 1055t is also an easy 4.0GHz overclock. This is a brand new processor, it's clocked at 3.5GHz so it's an extremely easy 4.2+GHz overclock. A quad core like this would have no difference in gaming, unless you play Battlefield Bad Company 2 (TM) or Grand Theft Auto 4 (TM)

Graphics Processing Unit
If you are going with an AMD build you pretty much have to go with AMD Radeon Graphics (relatively speaking). This graphics card is comparable to the GTX 460.
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September 22, 2010 12:36:00 AM

Thanks for those suggestions, I like the changes and I have modified my build. I will prob Crossfire with another 5850 down the road so this set up will work best for me. Is the case and the water cooling good enough for this setup?

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Vid Card:
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PCU:
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

HDDS:
OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Ram
G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling
CoolIT SYSTEMS ECO-R120 Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
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September 22, 2010 1:46:36 AM

the new 1075t is possibly the best overclockig hexacore. I'm readiong 4.15 to 4.5 GHz overclocks on air (that last not checked as stable, but able to run a benchmark)
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September 22, 2010 2:03:22 AM

Another SSD you can consider (nothing is wrong with the one you chose) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It is true that it would be easier to overclock the 1055t, but with the 3.5 GHz and unlocked multiplier.. It doesn't even need an overclock XD it would be easy to get to 4GHz, just take the multiplier up. True the high TDP will make it harder yeah, yeah.. but this isn't for extreme overclocking eh?
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September 22, 2010 8:20:54 PM

Thanks for the help guys, I'm still thinking about going with the 1055t over the 970 but im not sure yet.
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September 29, 2010 12:02:53 AM

Best answer selected by fredo510.
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