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November 3, 2010 11:47:30 AM

Hey all,

I have just build a computer and here is its specs:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T Black Edition
GPU: Radeon HD 5970 2GB
RAM: 6GB 1600Mhz
HD: 120GB SSD GSKILL
PSU: 850 WATT Corsair HX-850

What do you guys think of it? Is the prossecer a major bottleneck in the build?

Cheers,

xXCozter8Xx

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November 3, 2010 11:55:25 AM

No the processor is actually overkill. A six core processor will be a waste for most applications out there. On average the most any application will use is 3-4 cores at max.

Go with the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition and overclock it.

Other than that you should be good.

If you would like other ideas please fill this out

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

November 3, 2010 11:59:29 AM

Cheers mate,

Its just i was going to go go with the i7-980X but it was to expensive.......
And that is AMD's best prossecer, and when i looked online some more reviews were not nearly as good as the i7.


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November 3, 2010 12:05:05 PM

That is an extreme processor. What is this pc going to be used for. Most of the High end Processors like that are huge overkill for anything that you would do at home. Even the most extreme gaming.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 12:11:37 PM

6GB RAM on AMD system?
That won't do. Get 4GB or 8GB RAM for AMD systems.
November 3, 2010 12:17:46 PM

Im going to be doing ALOT of gaming, and hoping to take my machine to lan parties, also i do alot of video editing and multimedia......

@guanyu210379
Why would i DOWNGRADE to 4GB because 6GB wont do it? Does AMD machines not support 6GB well???
November 3, 2010 12:19:38 PM

AMD supports dual channel memory. That means 4 or 8 (2 sticks of ram). 6 is triple channel because you need 3 sticks of ram.
November 3, 2010 12:20:24 PM

oh.... i see, well that sucks... lol :) 
November 3, 2010 12:21:12 PM

So what will that mean??? cant i run 6GB???
November 3, 2010 12:21:42 PM

4gb will be more than enough to do just about anything you want to.
November 3, 2010 12:23:11 PM

But if i was to get the 6GB, what would happen?

BTW: Soz if im a bit of a n00b at this its just my first time custom building....
a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 12:23:17 PM

you can run the 6, but it won't act like dual channel or triple channel in an AMD system
a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 12:23:42 PM

xXCozterXx said:
So what will that mean??? cant i run 6GB???


It won't work if you have triple channel memory, since AMD doesn't support it. You can still run 6GB in another configuration (3x2GB non-Triple Channel, 4GB + 2GB, etc)
November 3, 2010 12:24:49 PM

So my machine would be faster if i got 4 GB, but instead of 1600MHz, mabye 2000MHz?
November 3, 2010 12:34:03 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: -

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing and Other Multimedia

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: -

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences: -

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: -


Cheers,
xXCozter8Xx
November 3, 2010 12:37:33 PM

Do you have a budget limit
a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 12:38:02 PM

You won't see a really noticeable performance increase comparing 1333 to 1600 to 2000 unless you're benchmarking and overclocking. What we're saying is that there are very few applications that require 4GB of memory (even games only use 2-3 at most - if you need more, get a server ;) ).

The only reason i7 users like myself have 6GB is because the triple channel memory offers better performance over the dual channel (which is supported on both AMD and Intel chipsets), and we have 3GB and 6GB to choose from; 3GB is neither cost effective nor enough memory.
November 3, 2010 12:38:13 PM

Not with the ram.....
November 3, 2010 12:41:35 PM

Then go with the6gb or 8gb. It is overkill but if you dont have a limit to what you can spend then its not a problem.
November 3, 2010 12:44:52 PM

Thanks you guys heaps..... so just out of curiousity, out of ten what you rate this machine for gaming?
a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 12:45:54 PM

I would spend that extra money getting 2 GPUs. That's how you really boost your video performance. Getting more memory is just a waste of money, and you'll get more use from Crossfire video cards than from 4GB extra RAM.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 12:47:31 PM

Also, when you buy your RAM, get the sticks with the lowest Cas Latency (CL) and lowest timings. That is what really improves your memory performance.
November 3, 2010 12:47:44 PM

Its still a bloody good card..... Its all ready got dual GPU's in it.
November 3, 2010 12:48:03 PM

if you go with the specs like:

4 core processor
6 gb of ram
5970 video card
and and ssd

i would give it a 9/10
November 3, 2010 12:48:58 PM

yeh.... i looked into that. i got 8-8-8-24 timing.
November 3, 2010 12:51:31 PM

All i want to know is that i dont want to go to a lan party and get laughed at because i have a average machine, but if you guys think this beast will keep up, thats great. So there is no issue with the prossecer? Why is AMD so damn cheap then???

Cheers
a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 1:14:01 PM

AMD has many reasons why they are less expensive than Intel.
November 3, 2010 1:25:02 PM

Would you mind giving me some please? Im new to this...
a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 1:39:45 PM

Another thread sort of clarified the differences: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/283188-28-processors-...

In short, AMD prices their chips very competitively (their Neo CPUs are being used in more laptops to compete with the Atoms, which lowers hardware costs), but they always aren't the greatest in terms of performance. I read a review showing that the AMD 6-cores actually worked very well against server CPUs.

I always prefer Intel for high performance rigs, but AMD is the way to go on a budget. The general rule of thumb (as far as I've seen) is that the number of cores on an AMD chip is equivalent to an Intel with 2 fewer cores (1090T ~ i7-930 or so; a good quad AMD ~ a good dual core Intel).
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