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Noob needs help with new AMD gaming/multimedia build

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September 24, 2010 8:16:26 PM

Please help!!! This is my first build and I need to make sure that all of the parts below are compatible and of good quality. All suggestions welcome. Thank you!!!

Primary Uses: Internet, streaming, gaming, video editing, multitasking

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Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-8GBRM

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE Toxic 100282-2GTXSR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...

Hard Drive: G.SKILL Phoenix Pro Series FM-25S2S-120GBP2 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Power Supply: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular ...

DVD Burner: LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Grand Total: $1,787.92
September 24, 2010 9:14:18 PM

For the most part all of that is compatible and good quality.

If you plan on adding in another graphics card later on, you should get a stronger PSU around 900-1000W. Heres one for about the same price:

May also want a magnet drive for storage since 120gb can only go so far. These are pretty good:

You probably don't need a blu-ray burner unless you're actually planning to burn blu-ray discs. A BD-ROM/DVD burner would be fine to watch blu-ray discs. Most people just save and share movies via portable drives anyways.

Look into combo deals for your parts, you'll can save a lot of money that way.
September 24, 2010 9:53:09 PM

You need an HDD in addition to the SSD.

The 5850 only needs "600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX". A good 750W will be plenty.

I would go down to an Antec 300 illusion or up to an Antec 902 for the dust filters.
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September 25, 2010 7:02:00 AM

At 1st glance i would say u are paying a preety hefty premium for the bleeding edge of tech

1. If u do not need CF the CHIV is a painful hit on there wallet :p  Hit a 870 or have a look at Asrock 870Extreme3 if 8/8 is a doable compromise

2. 1055T + good air cooler + OC?

3. There is also a big $$ diff 2 x 4GB DDR3 1333 to 1600 so....

4. Related to Point #1 why not just go single GPU config and land a HD 5870 perhaps?

5. CM HAF 912/Win7 Home Premium?

6. Most peeps do fine with a 60GB SSD...some even on 40!
September 29, 2010 12:57:20 PM

If $$ were an issue i wouldn't see the need for an X6 but the fact that video editing/multi tasking is on the table and TS not having a shoe string budget makes it a great choice ^^
September 29, 2010 4:24:51 PM

If you're going to change GPUs, I would suggest a GTX 470. It performs about the same as a 5870 and is usually around $100 cheaper. Two of those in SLI scales better and outperforms 5870 Crossfire, too.
September 29, 2010 10:15:42 PM

It looks pretty good for a "noob". Only things I would swap out are the video card, mobo, and add a regular HD for storage/scratch drive for whatever video editing you're doing.

Some suggestions would be

Graphics Card: ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity - $279.99

MotherBoard: GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $174.99

Hard drive:
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