$600-$700 AMD/ATI Build

New here, and way out of the loop on CPU hardware for the last few years. Wanting to run this build below past everyone to see if their are any better choices/options for my price range.

Approximate Purchase Date: October-November

Budget Range:$600-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Lightroom 3, Valve & Blizzard games

Parts Not Required: ALL

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Future

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 for now, soon to add 1920x1080

Additional Comments: A little future proofing is nice.


Case & Memory : Antec 300 Illusion + RipJaw 4gb DDR3 1600

Mobo & PSU : ASRock 870 EXTREM3 + Corsair CMPSU-650TX

CPU : AMD Phenom II X3 710

GPU : Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7200rpm

CD/DVDRW : LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98

The plan is to unlock the extra core on the CPU and maybe OC it a little, so I'll likely add a aftermarket heatsink/fan to it.

I'll mostly play Valve & Blizzard games, along with some Adobe Lightroom 3 & Photoshop CS5 work.
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  1. For the HDD the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb is faster for same price.
    For the mobo, Asus and Gigabyte are better quality for same or slighty more.
  2. For your budget you can go hex-core thanks to a great combo deal going on right now at Newegg:

    AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (Thuban) 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor (Model: HDT55TFBGRBOX)
    GIGABYTE Socket AM3 AMD 870 Chipset SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard (Model: GA-870A-UD3)
    Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Model: KVR1333D3K2/4GR)
    Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 650W Power Supply
    $458.99 after $20 MIR

    The rest is from your original build:

    SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    $129.99 after $20 MIR

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98

    Total: $680.96 after rebates + tax & shipping ($5.89)

    Newegg also gives you a $15 gift card.
  3. +1 ^
  4. Dougie Fresh said:
    For your budget you can go hex-core thanks to a great combo deal going on right now at Newegg....

    Wow. Thanks! This looks pretty freaking awesome.

    Quick Q : With this setup, would going the extra $50 to a Radeon 6850 give me significant performance increase? Am I bottlenecked anywhere?
  5. Bottlenecked no, however a bit cpu heavy. the 6850 depends on games being played. I would say go for it they are only 180$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125348&cm_re=6850-_-14-125-348-_-Product
  6. I'd suggest an x4 970 instead of the x6 1055, just because of the 970s much higher clockspeed: 3.5 vs 2.8 GHz
  7. Is their a need for a after-market heat sink with this processor? With that many fans in the case I wouldn't think so.
  8. I guess 4-core vs. 6-core depends mostly on what Lightroom can take advantage of. Games are going to run well on either. What Lightroom can take advantage of might be a different story. And ... what about the next version ... will it be optimized for hexa-core or not. Good question. It seems folks on the Adobe forums are wondering the same thing.

    I did find one benchmark on Gizmodo showing the performance of the X6 vs the X4 for Lightroom. However, there's is the higher-clocked 1090T not the 1055.

    The article is here: http://gizmodo.com/5525334/amds-300-6+core-cpu-too-good-to-be-true

    It'd be worth a little Googling if you're concerned about performance of the hexa-core vs. quad-core in LR3.
  9. Honestly, I'm not overly concerned about the hexa vs quad argument.

    Let's see if we can find a happy medium and get under that $700 mark. Here's what i got so far :

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Any reason Rosewill over this?)

    ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 & AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

    GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850


    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W & SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM

    LG DVD Burner

    Total : $661.92 + $15.16 shipping = $677.08 - $30.00 in mail-in rebates = $647.08

    Anyone else able to get under $650?
  10. For the same price if you went this case/RAM combo from your original build you get faster RAM:

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  11. Hopefully my last question, all of you have been an immense help and I really appreciate it.

    Out of these ASUS Mobo's, what is the major differences? Are they worth the $10, $20 difference in future-proofing, reliability, etc? The thing that stuck out to me was the addition of a second x16 slot for Crossfire down the road.



  12. the second slot on all of those is an x4 slot. useless for crossfire
  13. This price point and far lower you can land a HD 6870 based config really ^^
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