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AMD Build 2010 $2000 Budget

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September 27, 2010 8:03:10 AM

Here I am again with another PC build:
CPU: AMD Phenom II 955 *Lets face it, the other X4s are exactly the same just at a higher factory clock, apart from the 925
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 *I will want to crossfire eventually
Memory: Corsair 8GB Kit (4x2GB) CMX8GX3M4A1333C9 *Ram is yummy, so i went with 8GB instead of 6gb
Case: Cooler Master HAF X *To fit that monster motherboard in, also i like it anyway
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS50 *Blu-ray is over rated
Video Card: Gigabyte HD5870 - GV-R587UD-1GD *Its not like im gona be playing Crysis 2 on enthusiast anytime soon so that will do me fine for now.
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W *I will want to crossfire eventually
Hard Drive: Haven t made my mind up yet, most likely a Samsung spinpoint or WD caviar black.
Cooling: Ill get a 200mm fan for the top of the case since for some odd reason they only inculde 1 and 120mm for the VGA duct.
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate X64

Ill be playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on this and Crysis 2 when it comes out so as along as this runs them fine on 1920X1080@Medium settings its all good.

Im pretty sure this is all compatible with each other, if you have any suggestions that would be great keep in mind the $2000 budget.
September 27, 2010 8:55:32 AM

HD 6K and the successor the Fermi (Kepler) means i wouldn't CF or SLI if i was u ^^ Perhaps just the one HD 5870
September 27, 2010 9:44:56 AM

5870 crossfire is fine on a 700 watt PSU, even then the 5850 has much better price/performance.
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September 28, 2010 4:09:25 AM

I really would like to wait for the new AMD and ATI CPU's and GPU's but im impatient lol. Does anyone know if the new series will be any better performance wise and best value for the dollar etc... I want this build to be flexible so I can add up to 4 graphics cards eventually so hence the 1000w PSU and the motherboard and case. Is it really worth waiting until 2011 for the new stuff?
September 28, 2010 4:38:15 AM

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Only if it's a good QUALITY 700w.

You want 4gb or 8gb. 6gb kits are for Intel X58.

I wouldn't spend $2000 on a AMD system right now. Wait a couple months.


Agreed times 12. For $2000, you're looking at an intel processor and for GPUs, Nvidia has the performance and price/performance crown right now.
September 28, 2010 8:09:34 AM

mortonww said:
Agreed times 12. For $2000, you're looking at an intel processor and for GPUs, Nvidia has the performance and price/performance crown right now.


Any suggestions on an Intel/Nvidia build for about the same specs and same price?
September 28, 2010 9:00:09 AM
September 29, 2010 4:38:39 AM

for $2000, you should have something like this:

CPU: Intel Core i7 950 ($300)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 ($80)
RAM: 6 GB G.Skill Pi Series 1600 MHz, CAS 7 ($160)
GPU: 2x GTX 470 ($560 - $600 depending on brand)
HDD 1 (OS and games): 120 GB OCZ Vertex 2 ($290)
HDD 2 (files): 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 ($75)
MOBO: Gigabyte UD3R or ASUS P6X58D-E ($210 or $230)
PSU: Corsair 950 TX ($120 after rebate)
Optical: Any $20 DVD drive
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit 1 pack for system builders ($100)
CASE: Cooler Master HAF 922 ($90)

Total: $2005 if you get the cheapest gtx 470s ($560) and use the UD3R ($210), which is an excellent board.

That is one of the fastest systems you can buy. If you live near a microcenter, you can shave $50 off of the CPU cost too.
September 29, 2010 11:46:44 AM

mortonww said:
for $2000, you should have something like this:

CPU: Intel Core i7 950 ($300)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 ($80)
RAM: 6 GB G.Skill Pi Series 1600 MHz, CAS 7 ($160)
GPU: 2x GTX 470 ($560 - $600 depending on brand)
HDD 1 (OS and games): 120 GB OCZ Vertex 2 ($290)
HDD 2 (files): 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 ($75)
MOBO: Gigabyte UD3R or ASUS P6X58D-E ($210 or $230)
PSU: Corsair 950 TX ($120 after rebate)
Optical: Any $20 DVD drive
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit 1 pack for system builders ($100)
CASE: Cooler Master HAF 922 ($90)

Total: $2005 if you get the cheapest gtx 470s ($560) and use the UD3R ($210), which is an excellent board.

That is one of the fastest systems you can buy. If you live near a microcenter, you can shave $50 off of the CPU cost too.


Is the rebate inside the USA only because i live in australia.
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