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November 14, 2010 7:26:44 AM

first time posting on here been a lurker for some time now anyways here's my situation; I'm in need of a computer to do multiple things:
- gaming (CoD, Crysis, Wow, Aion, Etc.)
- photoshop
- video editing
- class work for college
- music
- extensive fraps use

currently on a computer that's way outdated can hardly run the internet (relic from 02) in need of a monitor also mine has a short in the vga cable(non replaceable) where if you walk too hard on the floor and it vibrates it goes all rainbow colored on me and i have to readjust the cable to see :fou:  . anyways I've got 1250 right now to spend on a computer including all parts shipped to my door + OS (poor college kid).

I'd like to upgrade to crossfire in the next month or so near Christmas but i need a complete computer before then. i can deal with the monitor for now off a DVI adapter as I already have a replacement coming by December.

I've been reading up a lot but I'm still new at this. pretty excited as this will be my first build ever. :bounce:  already have all the peripherals and a creative surround sound set up

Approximate Purchase Date : ASAP
Preferred Site For Parts : Newegg

so far i have the following parts going off what a friend has advised me to get but I'm open to suggestions/input

-MoBo : ASRock 890GX EXTREME4 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

-Gfx Card : XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

-CPU : AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache

-PSU : CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified

-Ram : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

-Cpu Cooler : Thermaltake SpinQ Performance Series cooler

-HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

-CD Drive : ASUS Black CDR - DVD+R

-Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

-OS : Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OEM

Grand Total Shipped right now is $1202.64

I would like this computer to last me atleast 2-3 years and have the potential to be upgraded in the future. I plan to add more ram in December also would like to go with atleast 8gigs

Do you all think this is a decent build that I should go with or no, am i forgetting anything, and are all the parts compatible? Like I said I've never done this before so I'd like to get a second opinion before i go dumping all my cash into a build that won't work.

Thanks for your time any input is greatly appreciated

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November 14, 2010 8:15:32 AM

That seems reasonable overall, but I would make some minor changes.

Antec TP-750 is a better, quieter PSU
750TX was a great PSU buy two years ago, but no longer.

Thermaltake SpinQ may look kinda cool but it's not a great performer.
Here is a nice combo solution for you:

Case and OS combo:
HOWEVER you should be able to get a student edition of the OS for much less. Go to the college bookstore and ask, or look on line.

Faster memory

November 14, 2010 9:09:53 AM

Cpu:AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

Motherboard:ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Memory:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model 996829

Gpu:XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black RC-932-KWN3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Side window

Psu:XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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November 14, 2010 3:27:02 PM

IMHO, an i7-870 build could be done within your budget, and it would outperform that build in everything but encryption and 3DS Max (compare them in the CPU charts).