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November 8, 2010 7:33:53 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1st week of December

Budget Range: $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com for reference only, not the price

Parts Preferences: AMD build

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

AeroCool Vs-9 Black SECC 0.6mm ATX Mid Tower

COUGAR CMX 700 COUGAR-700CMX 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC

Overclocking: NO

SLI or Crossfire: Yes but it will take a half year to get another card

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900, i wont go changing my monitor for a long time

Additional Comments: Hi guys, Im still confused on getting a mobo due to availability at my place. Please help me pick one regarding about performance: Msi 890GXM-G65, Asus M4A88TD, ASRock 890GX Extreme3 and Asrock 870 Extreme3. And about the GPU HD 6850 Sapphire with PCI Express 2.1? Is that ok with those mobo with PCI Express 2.0 only? Sorry for a noobie question. Im open for advice with the other parts. Thanks :) 

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November 8, 2010 8:22:32 AM

Can you list some component sites in there? For the PSU the Corsair TX 650W is better and cheaper.
November 8, 2010 8:25:19 AM

^ Some suggestions -
1. Save money and get the 955 instead of the 965. With the AMD's overclocking utility, just by increasing the multiplier by 1, you could run the 955 @ 965's speed wihtout any issues...

2. Mobo - As you will not be overclocking and would just want Crossfire, IMO the ASRock is good enough, saves some money too...

3. RAM - See if the regular ones are cheaper as the ECO(Low voltage RAMs) wont have any advantage over other regular parts when using with AMD CPUs...

4. PSU - Check out other PSUs like Corsair 650TX/ Antec EA 650, they can easily power even HD 6870 Crossfire and from newegg's pricing would cost less than that Cougar...

5. CASE - Check out the NZXT Gamma - The case is perforated, hence better airflow...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

IMO as you have a 1440x900 monitor, with the money saved, why not go with a single HD 6870 ? It would certainly suffice for that resoution(can easily max out most of the current games @ that resolution) and by the time you would need more graphics power, there will be better cards...
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November 8, 2010 11:04:06 AM

^ About the PSU, just confirm which one you are getting as there are 3 700W variants,...
As for the RAM, that GSKillz is a no frills type and is good enough if no overclocking or anything...
November 8, 2010 12:00:40 PM

It should work just fine for you. I'm actually trying out a Cougar 700w one in this computer...

As for the rest of your PC, it looks good - but don't go crossfire until you upgrade that monitor! That single card should be plenty.
November 11, 2010 9:01:30 AM

How about this setup, are the components works well with each other?
> Phenom II X4 955
> Asrock 890GX Extreme3
> Sapphire HD 6850
> Gskill Ripjaws 4gb ddr3 1333 CL7 F3-10666 CLTD-4GBRH
> Fsp Epsilon 80plus 700w True Rated
> Antec 300
> Samsung Spinpoint 1tb
November 11, 2010 9:46:40 AM

^ That PSU looks decent, what other PSU options do you have??
November 11, 2010 10:51:03 AM

Hec Cougar 700w CMx Series (Modular)

Corsair TX650w (True Rated)

Gigabyte Superb 720w (True Rated)
November 12, 2010 2:40:05 AM

^ Frankly just for the brand, I would go with Corsair over the rest...But search the net if they have any reviews about the rest of the PSUs that you have listed...
November 12, 2010 3:25:39 AM

Well ive read some reviews it seems corsair is well recommended.

> Phenom II X4 955
> Asrock 890GX Extreme3
> Sapphire HD 6850
> Gskill Ripjaws 4gb ddr3 1333 CL7 F3-10666 CLTD-4GBRH
> Corsair TX650w (True Rated)
> Thermaltake V4 Casing
> Samsung Spinpoint 1tb

If im buying a UPS, what should i get?
November 12, 2010 3:34:32 AM

^ APC is a well known brand world wide I guess...So get a 600-650VA from that brand,...these would offer roughly about 30-45 mins of backup...
November 12, 2010 1:25:30 PM

Thanks for the advice gkay09, one last thing, what can you say about this RAM - Team Elite 4gb 2x2gb DDR3 1333 w/heat spreader? Im a little off budget because im getting a ups.
November 12, 2010 1:57:19 PM

it only says 390Watts
"Output Power Capacity
390 Watts / 650 VA"
Do the watts not have to equal the psu?
November 13, 2010 5:50:49 AM

Im not sure if it should be exact as the psu but I think the amount of overall usage of watts of all components plugged in the UPS. Though Im not sure, im still researching about this
November 15, 2010 2:39:57 AM

^ A UPS is just for backup and am sure you wont game when power goes off right ?? So just for you to complete your unfinished work or save them, it would suffice...
RAM - Team also are good ones, if it saves money, then get them...
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