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Revised build setup, need opinions! (AMD gaming)

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October 21, 2010 3:46:29 AM

*revised build, thank you to those who helped with old*

Approximate Purchase Date: depends on price, I get $150 a month spending limit, I.e. $1500 build will take 10 months to save up for. *not final build, just getting an idea for what I will buy and how long I have to wait.
 
Budget Range: $2000 USD, before rebates, unless permanant rebates.
 
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3d rendering (google sketchup), editing (video/music), Internet, school work
 
Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard/mouse (though recamendations are nice), speakers
 
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: using newegg.com for prices, I have only worked with tigerdirect.com as far as
purchases go. As long as it is reputable.
 
Country of Origin: United States of America
 
Parts Preferences: AMD CPU, ATI graphics card, full tower case, air cooling
 
Overclocking: probably not with this build, no OC expeirence.
 
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
 
Monitor Resolution: 1920-1080
 
Additional Comments: this is my first build. This is not my final build, I am Merely getting an idea for decent parts and expected price. Will be using 3 monitors.

Motherboard (OS combo): GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 w/
Windows 7 home premium 64bit (OEM)= $249.98
Mobo item #: N82E16813128441
OS item #: N82E16832116754

Case: Cooler Master HAF-X = $199.99
Case item #: N82E16811119225

PSU: OCZ Z series Gold 850W = $174.99
PSU item #: N82E16817341026

GPU: (2) HIS Radeon HD 5870 1GB = $679.98 ($339.99 each)
GPU item #: N82E16814161329

SSD (boot): G.skill Phoenix Pro Series 80GB = $179.99
SSD item #: N82E16820231398

HDD: (2) Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb = $139.99 ($69.99 each)
HDD item #: N82E16822152185

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Blk Edition Deneb 3.4Ghz = $159.99
CPU item #: N82E168119103727

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 = $49.99
Cooler item #: N82E16835103088

RAM: Corsair XMS3 8Gb = $144.99
RAM item #: N82E16820145262
October 21, 2010 10:25:21 AM

Thats a good price for HD 5870 but with just 24-48 hrs away from HD6k i would wait it out before sinking on a HD5870CF set up : we could see price revisions
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October 21, 2010 10:50:46 AM

Right, like I said I'm just getting a price idea.
BTW when the 6xxx's come out will the lowest one still be better than the 5970?
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October 21, 2010 11:14:57 AM

22nd Oct last heard - that would also depend on models out, CF scaling, etc
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October 21, 2010 12:15:22 PM

1. You don't need such expensive case. Get a CM 690II, HAF 922, Antec 900 II or anything which is cheaper tha HAF X. but, if you like it and can afford it, I don't see why not.

2. Get better PSU brand : Corsair, Seasonic, Enermax, Antec, Silverstone, PPC or Tagan.

3. 8GB RAM is not really necessary. 4GB RAM should be neough at start and you can add more later. You will eventually need 8GB for 3D software rendering but if you are short of money you can stilll add some later.

4. NO OC? Then just stick with the stock fan. No need for an after market fan.

5. I have taken a look at some online stores. Prices for GPUs are starting to go down, but I think they will go down further.

6. If you are short of money, you can drop the SSD and add one any time later.
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October 21, 2010 7:44:47 PM

(1. Case) I was originally going to get the new NZXT Phanotom, preordered and everything, but the shipping hassel made me cancel. After that I started going through more cases, I found a thermaltake spedo adv pkg for $99.99, but I was advices to go for the haf x. Although when I looked at that HAF series I found an AMD edition, but I can't find it on any sites that I will buy from.
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October 21, 2010 8:24:20 PM

ignore last post, accidental reply.
What brands would you suggest for RAM?
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October 22, 2010 5:04:34 AM

RAM?
Corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin, Patriot, and Kingston.
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October 22, 2010 7:36:04 PM

Weet the 6xxx cards are out, but that is cheap!! At that price I can go three way crossfire!!! That gives me so many ideas.
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October 23, 2010 3:11:34 AM

Yep happy shopping/building and cheers ^^
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