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October 25, 2010 4:51:48 PM

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.

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Case & Memory : Antec 300 Illusion + RipJaw 4gb DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo & PSU : ASRock 870 EXTREM3 + Corsair CMPSU-650TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU : AMD Phenom II X3 710
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU : Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7200rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVDRW : LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.

More about : 600 700 amd ati build

October 25, 2010 5:09:58 PM

Hey that build seems pretty solid. If I were you I'd go with something like the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Its very easy to overlock, and slightly more "future proof". I know its a tad more expensive ($139), but my experience will tell you it's well worth it.
October 25, 2010 5:31:01 PM

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.
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October 25, 2010 5:33:26 PM

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspxIt...
$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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$21.99

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

Newegg also gives you a $15 gift card.
October 25, 2010 6:30:22 PM

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?
October 25, 2010 7:13:23 PM

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
October 25, 2010 7:19:27 PM

AMD Phenom II X4 970 & Asus AMD 870 SATA 3/USB3 mobo: $260.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ 550W Modular PSU and Samsung 1 TB HDD: $114.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mushkin Enhanced 4 GB DDR3-1333: $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire HD6850 1GB video card: $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Destroyer case: $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4 Additional fans, Blue LED: $14.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG DVD Burner: $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total $702.91
October 25, 2010 7:25:17 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
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



I agree no point in going hex core with game (like blizzard). Check this article: http://newbcomputerbuild.com/?p=144
October 25, 2010 8:30:37 PM

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.
October 25, 2010 8:57:33 PM

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...

It'd be worth a little Googling if you're concerned about performance of the hexa-core vs. quad-core in LR3.
October 25, 2010 9:27:01 PM

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?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 & AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL NS 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W & SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

LG DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Anyone else able to get under $650?
October 25, 2010 9:57:44 PM

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
October 25, 2010 11:37:18 PM

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.

ASUS M4A87TD/USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS M4A87TD EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
October 25, 2010 11:41:57 PM

the second slot on all of those is an x4 slot. useless for crossfire
October 26, 2010 12:32:39 AM

This price point and far lower you can land a HD 6870 based config really ^^
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