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November 3, 2010 7:25:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon enough, not to soon, i dont want to be hasty :) 

Budget Range: about $750 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Multimedia, surfing.

Parts Not Required:
-Case
-HDD (SSD will eat my budget)
-External hardware (monitor, mouse, keyboard, headset, speakers etc..)
-OS
-DVD and CD drive
Basically its a full gaming rig speaking of internal hardware.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Well i live in denmark and the prices is about the same, so just help me with a $750 rig :)  no specific websites.

Parts Preferences: AMD processor unit, Radeon GFX (maybe the new 6k series :) )

Overclocking: a little bit maybe, but not a big deal if I can't.

SLI or Crossfire: Later maybe, not necessarily needed.

Comments: I hope you can give me some reliable builds and some nice part combos:) 

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November 3, 2010 8:23:03 PM

Something quick based on some stuff I was looking at.

I picked that MB since it can do 2 PCIe x8 for cross fire (vs most other 870 boards X16 x4 solution). 870 since the only major things the 880G and 890GX have is the integrated graphics. You could get an 890FX which would let you have 2 x16 PCIe (although that isnt a major performance gain) and they might possible over clock better, however I personally I not really looked into them.

You might want to throw in some custom cooling for the 1055T (or any higher end Phenom II, same stock HSF) since the stock one makes a lot of noise (although I was able to OC up to 3.5GHz on it while keeping temps low). People have got these things up to like 4GHz with decent air cooling. You could also get a 1090T, although while it has a higher stock, I have not seen any evidence it will go significantly further than a 1055T, and your paying a lot extra. If you can find somewhere to get a 95W 1055T (most are the 125W version) defiantly go for that, since the reduced heat should let you OC further, and at the very least means less power usage and a cooler, quieter system.


The PSU should be fine if you add a second 6870 later.

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T $179
1GiB HIS Radeon HD 6870 $239.99
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 $84.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W $149.99
GSkill 2x2Gib 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 $69.99
$683.96


November 3, 2010 8:34:22 PM

So you've a 750$ budget for CPU+Motherboard+Ram+PSU+GPU (hope i dint miss anything).. Consider these items for your requirement(s) -

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - Asrock 870 Extreme3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G-Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - XFX Black Edition 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - Radeon HD 6870 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 3, 2010 8:44:57 PM

THX for the quick replies, very happy 'bout em. These rigs reflect what ive been looking at myself up until now, so i think im probably going with one of them :)  would like more rigs if anybody wants :) 
a b 4 Gaming
November 3, 2010 10:07:33 PM

Definitely not the X6 phenom . The extra cores are less effective than clock speed for gaming

So a x4 965
or an x3 740 which will overclock very well and give reults only a couple of percent lower than the x4

With the x3 you will free money for the gfx card which should be your focus rather than the cpu.
The 6850 is a great card , but unless you plan on a multi monitor set up the 5850 or 5870 are better value and both are better performers
November 4, 2010 12:22:01 PM

Basically i was thinking i would get the P2 X4 965 AMD CPU, and then either one of 6850 or 6870. Btw, I was once told that GPU and CPU should always cost about the same, so they could feed eachother data and no powers were exceeding the limit of the other part, is this correct? Also, (sry bout the kinda newbish questions), can any1 tell me what difference there is between the 6870 and 5870?
a b 4 Gaming
November 4, 2010 8:10:50 PM

You can get a video card that's twice or three times the cost of the CPU. The 6870 is close to the 5870 and it has a lower power consumption and some new features, it's the best choice. Or you can wait a few weeks for the new HD 6950.
November 4, 2010 8:34:48 PM

Speaking 'bout the new 6950, whats it gonna cost ?
a b 4 Gaming
November 4, 2010 8:45:50 PM

Nobody knows, I'd say based on the 68xx pricing - as much as a 5870 or even less. It will be better than the 5870.
a b 4 Gaming
November 4, 2010 9:04:05 PM

At the moment games are limited by graphics cards , and not cpu'd so much .

On balance with the new tricks of the 6870 it might be a better buy long term than the 5850
November 4, 2010 9:38:51 PM

Instead of going with 965 you can get the 955 save some money without losing some noticeable performance. Instead of the 1600mhz Ripjaws. I would recommend the 1333mhz with the timing: 8-8-8-21. Not so much diffrence between those really. Just many people with the ASrock mobo have experienced some trouble with the 1600mhz.. it only works in the white slots.. so if you might be getting some more RAM you should go with the 1333mhz so you won't need to get rid of the 1600 one's ;) 
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