Need help with build.

Hello, im hoping someone can tell me if this build is ok. Im very new to this world, and this will be the first pc i have built, so excuse me if there are any obvious flaws.

Phenom x6 1090t
asus M498TD EVO AM3
4gb corsair DDR3 memory
1tb Hard drive
1 GTX 460 with another at later date for sli
60gb SSD
Antec 900 2

Would appreciate any advise.
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  1. Very little current software uses six cores. And software coming out now also does not use it. Software projects that are starting now are writing it for n-core. So if you want a life of 3 to 5 years for this system, I think that you will get a boost at the end of life for your system that will help it get to five years and maybe more. If you are going to build a new system in two years and sell this one, you will not get much use from the hex-core processor.

    I built my system two years ago and I got the Antec 900 case. It's a good case, but if I had it to do over, I would go with the 902. I think this is a good choice.

    You didn't say what Power Supply you are looking at. This is an important part of the build.

    Also you say "1TB Hard Drive" . Which hard trives are you lookng at? I have a WD Black. I can't really rate this drive as you have to have hundreds of them to really rate it, but mine works, seems to be fast, is not noisy, and does not run hot.
  2. Ok thanks for advice. I have been reading that the hexacore is not much use now, and like you said i was hoping it might come in handy couple of years down the line when programmes are using more cores, also i will be doing some video editing so thought it might help there. Do you think i might be better off getting x4 955 for 100£ cheaper, then dropping in a hexacore when prices drop, and when it is needed. Also power supply i dont really know as i dont know what to look for. This is one i was considering. Corasir vx550 w. I think it was about 650 watt. Also what did you think about the 460 sli on a amd board, is that a viable option. I chose to go with nvidia so i have the option of playing 3d games if i decide to get a 120hz monitor.
  3. Sorry, forgot to mention, Hard drive is a 2TB Western Digital 64MB Cache 7200rpm SATA 3.0Gb/s internal Green Desktop Hard Drive. So not 1TB.
  4. Prescott_666 said:
    Very little current software uses six cores. And software coming out now also does not use it. Software projects that are starting now are writing it for n-core. So if you want a life of 3 to 5 years for this system, I think that you will get a boost at the end of life for your system that will help it get to five years and maybe more. If you are going to build a new system in two years and sell this one, you will not get much use from the hex-core processor.

    I built my system two years ago and I got the Antec 900 case. It's a good case, but if I had it to do over, I would go with the 902. I think this is a good choice.

    You didn't say what Power Supply you are looking at. This is an important part of the build.

    Also you say "1TB Hard Drive" . Which hard trives are you lookng at? I have a WD Black. I can't really rate this drive as you have to have hundreds of them to really rate it, but mine works, seems to be fast, is not noisy, and does not run hot.



    Ok thanks for advice. I have been reading that the hexacore is not much use now, and like you said i was hoping it might come in handy couple of years down the line when programmes are using more cores, also i will be doing some video editing so thought it might help there. Do you think i might be better off getting x4 955 for 100£ cheaper, then dropping in a hexacore when prices drop, and when it is needed. Also power supply i dont really know as i dont know what to look for. This is one i was considering. Corasir vx550 w. I think it was about 650 watt. Also what did you think about the 460 sli on a amd board, is that a viable option. I chose to go with nvidia so i have the option of playing 3d games if i decide to get a 120hz monitor.


    Sorry, forgot to mention, Hard drive is a 2TB Western Digital 64MB Cache 7200rpm SATA 3.0Gb/s internal Green Desktop Hard Drive. So not 1TB.
  5. What cpu should i change to?
  6. I am very confused, whether to go to intel or not. I just found out that the mother board i listed is not usb3. Not sure how much this matters. It seems it would be much easier to go with intel if i want to run sli. As for Sandybridge or Bulldozer, i dont fully understand what they are, or when they will be out. May sound dumb but im very new to this game.
  7. The only reason i wanted a nvidia card, was so i could chose to play and watch 3d stuff if i got a 120hz monitor. The only reason for amd was that people said overall it was cheaper than intel with only slightly less performance. My head hurts, every time i think im getting somewhere there is something else to consider.
  8. All i really want is a pc that i can play a few games on (just better than xbox), use as a media center for movies, and do a tiny bit of hd video editing. Right now i have a slim line dell c521, and a xbox. Am i making a big deal of nothing? and would any decent pc be able to cater for my needs.
  9. It is an athlon x2 3800+ with 2.5 gb ddr2 memory. Its running vista home premium. 160gb hd. and on board geforce 6500. It was fairly cheap when i got it 5 years ago. It can only hold half height graphics cards aswell.
  10. Yes 6150 thats right my mistake. As for power supply im not sure when can i find out. Do i have to take case apart.
  11. Just looked inside, it says dc out 280. Does that sound right.
  12. Ebay no probs, is newegg American.
  13. Nice one, im just having a look, seems like they go for around 50£ Im gonna give this system to my girlfriend. So it may be worth doing to give her a little more life. As for my build it is going to be hard to wait. I have never built a system and am dying to get going. Unfortunately for me i want a amd with sli trust me to finally decide on a conflicting build. But thanks for heads up on c521 life stretcher.
  14. I seem to be able to find the brisbane on many USA sites but is discontinued in alot of UK stores. ANNOYING. Anyway thanks for advice.
  15. Cool let me look.
  16. Yes 49£ Thankyou, and you think this will give new lease of life. Should i go to 4gb ram, will this make a difference in overall performance.
  17. Wow! crazy, i got people in 2010 saying this processor is good and they can edit hd video. People in 2009 saying they can just about play crysis. Can this be true.
  18. Ok i believe i was about to spend 1000£ on something i dont really need lol. I owe you one bro or two lol. Maybe i upgrade this one, give to the missus, then build my own modest little baby. Also did you say the 9600gt low profile was good. will i be able to play games at medium settings with this. Is there any other low cards i should look for 4. And am i to believe i could make this c521 play better than an xbox, or am i getting carried away.
  19. lucky me to have been educated by you, i am grateful. I believe this will also allow me to have some practice changing things inside the box. I appreciate you saying i can shout you back if i need to cause i bet i will. Much thanks. The guy in a store i spoke to said this was a dead system and nothing could save it. However i spoke to a young guy at another store and he said, just get a good dual core processor and a good card and you will be ok. He never knew what my current computer was, but now i know who was talking sense, and not trying to sell me something.
  20. Also, will i need extra cooling with this set up. Sorry if stupid question..
  21. Thanks, im gonna do all that now. Will let you know when i have parts.
  22. Sorry, one more question. Should i get 1gb card or is the 512 enough for my system.
  23. What about a radeon 4350. I only say radeon as when i got the pc dell said the card to go in was a x1300 pro.
  24. I trust you, just thought i would throw that out there lol. I Will be getting those parts soon. Also i have decided to go the intel route with my other build. I have been informed that if i want a gaming pc that can run quiet when playing movies, intel is the only way. And as you said if i want sli it is also better. But is this true about the noise levels?
  25. Yes thats why i wanted the amd hexacore. Although for the amount of video editing i will be doing im not sure its neccesary. I just wanted a pc that can game but also be quiet when playing a dvd. I know you cant have everything, but i dont want a generator in my room. My system was going to be

    i7 950
    asus rampage III gene
    6gb corsair tri 1600
    antec 900 two
    gigabyte gtx 460 ( heard it was the quietest)
    corsair 650 psu atx
    2 tb wd green caviar
    Not sure about cooler
  26. The place where i will buy from said they can overclock to 4.2 with a one year warranty. Im not sure if overclocking is something i should be worrying about, or maybe just learn how to do myself.
  27. Will this rig play good quality on my 50 inch samsung 720p. I dont want to spend all that money only to realise my xbox is better.
  28. Oh the i7 sorry mate.
  29. Basically would the gtx 460 on that rig play better than xbox on my tv. I am aware that xbox is years behind in graphics but all components and software work well together.
  30. And does this rig seem like it will be upgradable in a year or two. I mean mother board supports the i7 hexacores i think. Also what is all this bulldozer sandy bridge stuff. Should i wait. sorry to keep throwing annoying questions at ya.
  31. Quote:
    that answer only time will tell....
    keep your fingers crossed.


    Hello malmental, can you tell me if my c521 can take the pci version of 9600gt. sorry if stupid question
  32. Its low profile.
  33. I have found a low profile zotac 9600gt 512 mb for 75£ you think it will work.
  34. Ok i didnt realise. I do not want to push pc to far and shorten its life. I have looked for low power version cant find. Should i drop to something like 8800 or 260 which ive seen for really cheap.
  35. or i have found a 8400gs for 20 pounds
  36. Ok the one you showed me the other day is a 1 gb 9500 gt, is this much different to 9600gt.
  37. Ok i the one im looking at is 359 watts, this is definitely ok and not going to reduce my pcs life. Im going to add 1gb ram to the 2.5 i already have, i figure 3.5 is no diff to 4. As for the processor will i see much improvement fromm the 3800 to 5600.
  38. 350 sorry
  39. Ok didnt realise it works like that.would 3 1gb sticks be better than the 3 and the half. As i already have two 1gb sticks it seems a shame to get rid of all and get 2 2gb.
  40. Ok i will do thanks for that.
  41. I have just ordered card, will be here wednesday. Would you be able to give me some advice before i try to install it please.
  42. Sorry the 9500gt 1gb for the c521
  43. Sorry dude, dont understand. The card i bought is the one you advised me to buy. should i have gone for the 240.
  44. Cool bro i appreciate your help its just you sent me the link for 9500gt on amazon, and i asked you earlier if 9600gt was better. Im sorry if i seem like a pest but i know you know my system. Ive cancelled order and will wait around for 9600. Tiger.com send to uk are they cool.
  45. OK thanks i will look for those two. What do you think of me ordering from tiger to the uk.
  46. Hello malmental, you gave me some advice on a card for my c532 dell the other day, and i was gonna get the low profile gt 220 or 240. However guy at the shop just told me they have a gt 430 which has taken over the 220 240, and only requires a 300 watt psu. Can you please tell me if i can run the 430, as i just ordered a 220 and want to ring and cancell.

    Cheers mate.
  47. Ok thanks again your a star. The reason i thought about the 430 is it can run 3d vision. Which i thought may come in handy. Is the difference between 240 and 430 minimal or quite alot.
  48. Thanks again, most helpful. Ive also decided on my new build, gonna go with the i7 950, gtx 460 sli. I waited to see what the the ati cards were like but still feel the intel and 460 route is a good one. What did you think of new ati cards.
  49. Yeah i can get 470 for 200£ but worry about power and noise. And i was only considering the ati cards if i was building the 1055t amd. Im still not sure. I think the 1055 with one a two 6870s seems cool.
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