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October 20, 2010 1:20:08 AM

I am tired of using my laptop for everything. I currently have a Dell XPS M1710 with a core 2 due T7600G processor and 4GB or ram on Windows 7 professional. I am happy with this performance, but as stated I want a desktop. I am not looking for the best i7 system. I am not a hardcare gamer, however I am a huge photography junkie. Main programs I use are Lightroom 2. I do want space and decent speed. I have my entire CD/DVD library on my system. Here are a few things below. I am looking at a 890GX motherboard for graphics on the cheap for now, I will get a decent videocard later. I figured until I get cash I can use integrated video. Good option?

Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3......$134.99

Processor: AMD Phemon II X4 (955, 965, 970)? Worth the X6 for video and photography editing? (1090T)?

RAM: I am not sure what is best. Looking for a decent 4GB kit. I see no need for more.

Case: Antec 300 with added cooling thanks to coolermaster fans (already have)

Power: Antec Earthwatts 750W (already have)

HDD: Thinking WD Black 1GB with option for SSD for boot.

DVD Burner: Whatever is onsale on newegg. Likely LG

Don't Need: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor

Basically is this a good Motherboard and can you advise a good RAM/Processor? Also before it is recommended I see not need for crossfire or SLI.

I am looking to buy everything from Newegg.



Thanks
October 20, 2010 1:45:35 AM

A few memory options I found on ASUS compatability site. One better than another?

G-Skill Ripjaw DDR3-1600 CL7... $119.99
Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 CL8... $118.99
Kingston HyperX T1 DDR3-1600 CL8... $108.99
OCZ Platinum DDR3-1600 CL7... $104.99

All dual channel 2x2GB kits.
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October 20, 2010 1:59:16 AM

For your CPU, heavy photo-editing will benefit from more cores, so I would look at the X6 1090T.

For your RAM, I would go with the G.SKILL Ripjaws. They are the best ones you listed from the QVL.

Motherboard is a good choice :) 

Hard Drive, I would look at the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, as it is cheaper with better performance. Also, I would think of getting to for a RAID1 safety of your important photos, case a drive fails.
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October 20, 2010 2:16:25 AM

Thanks tecmo. I am looking around. Trying to find the best combo deals. I need to save up a little more if a X6 would be the best option.
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October 20, 2010 2:40:02 PM

No need for CF/SLI thats too pricey for an 8/8 + IGP mobos - have a look at

a. 785G/790GX if USB/SATA 3.0 is not a deal breaker
b. 880G chipset/ SB 850 if it is
c. 1055T + air cooler + OC for me :p 

I do up more SFFs/mATX rigs these days and an example of config wirh similar needs ...scaled down in more ways than one :p  Perhaps some ideas u could use?

$483AR

The CM341 may look cute and small but it's actually 4 x 120mm fans capable and has long clearance for monster GPUs w/o hdd cage getting in the way hehe


Optional Items

CM GeminiIIS cooler $33
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-PBU1&title...

60GB Sandforce based SSD $125 Free Ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For Lightroom 2 an OCed Thuban ditching the "everyone needs an enthusiast mobo" mentality brings mind boggling bang for buck on the table ^^

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October 20, 2010 3:11:59 PM

your mobo is an awesome mobo i have it....however if you have no need for SLI or crossfire then go with either a 790fx/gx which has no SATA 6 or USB 3.0 but as batchuka said if u need those get the 880G as its basically the mobo you listed minus crossfire support.

Also if you go with the quad core 9xx series get either the 955 or 965 black editions....the 955 is obv the cheaper choice but sometimes specials put the 965 cheaper (which is why i have a 965 over a 955 the 970 not worth it.
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October 20, 2010 3:27:21 PM

Thanks, I was not sure the difference in chipsets. I just read an article on here that said the 890 was great. I was looking at the 9xx? Is it honestly worth the difference for what? .2 and .1 clock speed increase? Now for gaming, I agree I don't need CF or SLI, but for games I play I am sure a single 5770 would be fine. My currently 7900GTX 512 does what I play fine. I want a full size board just in case I decide to expand. I don't want to be limited with a micro ATX.
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October 20, 2010 3:47:35 PM

ok but would youlike the OPTION the get Crossfire in the future?

the 9xx chipset is actually older then the 890 chipset the 980chipset is the nvidia sli chipset the 8xx is the ATI setup usually....no the 9xx series really isnt worth it at all unless you really wanna SLI

so basically decide

1) Do you need USB 3.0 and SATA 6? if so then rule out the 7xx series and move onto 8xx series
2) Do you want full ATX or micro (narrows it down more)
then if you want to be able to crossfire or sli then go with the 890gx the 890fx really isnt worth it unless u KNOW u wanna crossfire or sli....the 890gx is good if u think u may want to (if i remember right the gx allows crossfire at 2 @ x8 whereas the FX is 2 @ x16)
if you dont need then just look for a regular 880gt or 890 not sure on the exact model name
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October 20, 2010 5:00:10 PM

I would like USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 for upgradability. I don't want Micro ATX. I was looking at the AMD 880 and 890 chipset boards. Both I saw offered CF and SLI. As stated I don't really need it, but if it was not much more I may make use of it in the future. I am out of the loop with what is offered. I just want the best board I can get that won't be obsolete in a month. As stated before, is there an honestly noticable difference in the Phemon x4 955, 965, 970?
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October 20, 2010 5:08:12 PM

as for the mobo...the 880 chipset has Crossfire/SLI but its pretty meh if i remember 1 runs at x16 other runs at x4...whereas the 890 chipset both run at x8....and some of the 880 are only HYBRID sli.

as for the CPU get whichever the 3 are cheapest.....id 100% rule out the 970...but as for 955 vs. 965 u can clock the 955 to 965 speeds easily however if the 965 is only like 5$ more then why not just get it stock at those speeds (i got my 965 on special for same price as a 955 so thats why i opted for the 965)

so depending on your budget just go with th 890gx chipset if not the 880 will fit your needs (just dont get the mATX one) and then CPU get the best priced one and youre set
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October 20, 2010 6:44:25 PM

Okay I have been doing some reading. USB 3.0 would be nice, I don't plan to drop several hundred dollars on a SSD that supports SATA 6.0 and I hear for standard HDD's it isn't much difference. So I think I may not need the SATA 6.0.

I am not looking at the ASUS M4A78T-E board. It has usb 3.0, sata 3.0. Chipset is the 790GX and SB750. I think this is a good balance for price. Currently 99.99 with MIR and free shipping.

Good choice?
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October 21, 2010 12:59:12 AM

I pulled the trigger on a few things. Officially have.

ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3
Phenom II X4 965
Gskill Ripjaw 4gb CL8
Antec 300 Case
Antec Earthwatts 750W PSU

Still waiting for next pay to get a new DVD drive and HDD.
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October 21, 2010 1:38:56 AM

You got a good starting point :) 
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October 21, 2010 1:44:51 PM

yup thats the mobo i have thats the 890gx right? ur build almost identical to mine except i have a haf 922 (i prefered the bigger case)
and i got a steal on the XFX Black Edition 850w PSU 80+Silver edition (119$ af MIR)
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