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August 24, 2011 10:15:03 PM

I am putting together components to build a gaming rig. This is what I have so far, I need recommendations for a Motherboard and a PSU. I would like to keep the costs of both of these to 250 max, so a total cost of 750 with below parts.

For MOBO I would like AM3+ and crossfire capable as I may add another video card in the future.

For PSU I would like a modular one.

Here is what I have so far:

Case - Zaltac Z9 Plus - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 69.99

MOBO - * need recommendations*

Processor - Phenom II 655 black - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 129.99

Heatsink - ZALMAN CNPS9500A - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 47.99

Data HD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ITB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 59.99

DVD - ASUS DVD burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 20.99

PSU - *Need recommendations*

Video - HIS IceQ X Turbo Radeon HD 6850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 174.99

OS drive - *already have *- Crucial 64 GB SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - *already have *- Corsair Vengeance 16GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - 503.94

Thanks!

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August 24, 2011 10:33:07 PM
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August 24, 2011 10:43:58 PM

If you plan to add a Crossfire setup, you should get a 900w+ Powersupply. High end cards can require up to 800w+ alone without including fans and other gadgets in your PC. Personally I'd opt for a 1000w to be safe and somewhat future proof yourself. Buying another PSU later on is a hassle, and something I've had personal experience with. Personally I like Rosewill/Thermaltake/Coolermaster/Antec. But at least get an 80 plus bronze or higher certified PSU.
Good PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Good luck!
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August 24, 2011 10:53:32 PM

Small side note: It also would be smart to choose a mobo that comes with the CrossfireX bridge if you're current graphics card did not come with one, or if you do not have one lying around. :) 
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August 24, 2011 11:24:57 PM

Thanks everyone!

Think I am going to go with the Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 and the Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M!
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August 24, 2011 11:54:25 PM

Don't get a Rosewill PSU and you don't need more than 650W for two HD 6850. 750 overkill already. Also you can get a HD 6870.
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September 1, 2011 12:01:16 AM

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