New Build, 1000$ Budget

Hi Guys, im kinda new to pc builds and planning to renew my home/college/gamming pc (in a month or so), so i thought i should ask for some advice before making any decision, these are the components i've chosen so far:

* AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8 GHz 6x512 KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Processor

* Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Laye

* Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H

* Seagate Barracuda 7200 1.5 TB 7200RPM SATA

* XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5

* Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified

* Corsair 4GB Dual Channel Corsair DDR3 Memory

* Cooler Master SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Storm Scout, Mid Tower Case

I would like to know if there are any known compatibility issues beetween these components, and if you think these are a good pick, hopefully explaining why and which part would be a good replacement in case you think there's a better option.

Thanks in advance :-)
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    MB and cpu look good . I might grab a Spinpoint F3 1TB on sale right now and stay away from that Seagate ( just me but they seem to die more).

    That is way too much power and even if you plan on running Crossfire in the future the Corsair 550 would be plenty.

    I like this memory. It is fast has low timings and is reliable.

    Grab you a good cooler like the Hyper 212+ for an extra $30 and you will have some overclocking room as well.
  2. First, let me say I think you have a good build there and Anort3's suggestions are good ones.

    You don't mention your screen resolution. If it is less than 1920, you have plenty of graphics and more than enough cpu. If it is 1920 and gaming is important, you may want to consider moving up to a gtx 460 or hd 5850 which would also preserve crossfire.

    And I gotta ask - do you really want a 6-core? If you don't use most of the cores most of the time, wouldn't you be much better off with a faster 4-core?
  3. I agree with Twoboxer -

    If u have needs outside gaming such as

    a. Encoding
    b. Rendering
    c. Compiling
    d. Linux based workstation functions
    e. Video/Image editing

    then yes an X6 would make perfect sense else my usual portable light college/uni box :P


    If u really do need an X6 then:

    Optional Items

    CM GeminiIIS cooler $38 Free Ship

    60GB Sandforce based SSD $125 Free Ship
  4. WoW ... Those were instant replies ... xD, First of all i want to thank you guys :) !!!! ... You are simply awesome ;) ...

    - Anort3:

    * I might grab a Spinpoint F3 1TB

    I will definitely take a look at that spinpoint and do some research on the seagate drives quality, now you got me worried ... O_O ... Lol !

    *That is way too much power and even if you plan on running Crossfire in the future the Corsair 550 would be plenty.

    I was a little confused when choosing the psu, because, as you know their perfomance decays over time, and i couldn't find any reliable source that showed how to calculate your system's power demand, so i thought well well ... guess 750 will be ok ... ;)

    *Grab you a good cooler like the Hyper 212+ for an extra $30 and you will have some overclocking room as well.

    Agree ! ... Great cooler, adding it to cart ... :-)

    Two Boxer:

    *You don't mention your screen resolution.

    Well in the short time i will get a cheap ( unknown resolution, just cheap ... :-) )
    monitor, since the ones in the market don't support yet 120hz and the ones that do, are realllyyyyy expensive ... and since gamming is really important i will definitely replace my radeon 5770 with the 5850 ( just to be prepared ) ... ;)

    *do you really want a 6-core? If you don't use most of the cores most of the time, wouldn't you be much better off with a faster 4-core?

    I'm a 2nd year computer science student, and just about to start a group with some friends and a teacher, where we plan to explore parallel computing and clustering, so i will need a heavy duty processor for sure.


    a. Encoding ... Yep
    b. Rendering ... Yep
    c. Compiling ... Yep
    d. Linux based workstation functions ... Yep ( And windoze too ... -.-' )
    e. Video/Image editing ... Some, just a hobby

    As i stated above, this pc will be used for the jobs you (batuchka) listed and some other too ... ;)

    * 60GB Sandforce based SSD $125 Free Ship

    Now you got me considering this ssd ... :p ... i will think a bit if low boot time is a must, and if it is, i'll probably go on with the ssd.

    Ok ... finally .. xD

    Thank you guys for the awesome advices you've given me ... i just have an other question ... is there any reliable source ( book, article, paper, website ) where i can find how to choose ( based on the actual specifications ) every / most component in a pc, for example ... how to choose a psu ( how to calculate the wattage needed, etc ) , how to choose your video card ... Well ... Again, Thank you ALL !
  5. Hmm in that case 1055T + bang for buck air cooler + OC brings devastating value to your needs and since Linux is on the table

    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T reviewed (for Linux developers) | What Digital Revolution?
    As anyone who does Linux development knows, going multithreaded is usually as simple as typing “make -jN”, where N is the number of parallel jobs that you want to execute while building your app (normally N = number of cores/processors + 1). At $200/$300 per processor, that would make the X6 a bargain-basement priced high-power workstation (Intel’s current six-core offering, the Core i7 9xx series, is actually faster than the X6 but also costs +$1000, out of the reach of mortals and students like myself).
  6. Yup, you got the right processor type. Pardon us for doubting, but its real uses are uncommon here.

    Know your screen resolution - google the monitor make/model and look for "native" or at least "max"resolution. Or check the max res that Windows will allow you to select. That's the res the screen is most comfortable with, every other res is a compromise of some kind.

    SSDs will give superior performance that is noticable to the user only in a few situations, many of which are unimportant to most of us compared to the cost of an SSD. Boot times, applications that truly thrash the disk, gaming where load times can be important and where sometimes in-game stuttering can be eliminated if data from the disk is the cause.

    There are calculators for PSU sizing; psu manufacturers provide them (ahem!) and you can google "psu power calculator". Besides max power, the characteristics of the power supplied are very important as are +12V power, protections against various overload situations, the kind of components used in the psu's build, efficiency, cable length, connectors, and more.

    Certain psu lines are known to be quality-made, regardless of model, but even there some are better than others. Known quality brands are currently Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, and several Antec lines. Beyond those, we don't recommend a specific power supply here unless that unit has been comprehensively reviewed by a competent reviewer. Proximon is pulling together a list of recommendable units, linked at top of this thread:

    A 550W unit will power any system with any single graphics card. Most often, so will a 450W. Crossfire/SLI pretty much begins with a 550W and escalates. Most often we're guided by actual results, as shown here:,2433-13.html

    So, if you wanted to install a 5850 and protect against 2x5850, we'd know power requirement at the wall for your whole system would be ~470W (~420W actually delivered inside your PC) under full graphics load. Add ~75W for full cpu load and you're back to ~500W. Now add a cushion for wear and effeciency . . . say, keep the max draw under 80% . . . and a 650W is more than enough. One such quality/value unit is:

    Finally, there's no single source for info mainly because of unknown competence and bias. Tom's and Anandtech are generally held in very high regard - check the articles produced by the real staff here and there for good info. One of the reasons this forum produces good results is because, while we all have our bias, virtually every comment here is "peer reviewed" lol.
  7. Thank you guys (anort3, batuchka, twoboxer), the information you've provided has been really helpful... i already placed the order, i'll let you know how everything goes; once again, thank you all !
  8. You should have a really nice computer. Good luck with assembly.
  9. Best answer selected by goleot.
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