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November 23, 2010 1:11:07 AM

Hello all, it has been a while since i last built a computer; perhaps about 3 or 4 years; most of which were amd based. I am looking to build myself a new rig after I finally decided laptops just are not for me. I am still reading up on a lot of the stuff i should know regarding new technology and such but have found a few builds within the forum that caught my eye. Curious as to what would be best for me. My rig would be used about 80% for gaming and the rest for common computer needs, downloading and such. I want a rig with upgrade ability but at the same time one that will last me a while. I was looking into the $1200 range. The following are the building i have found, thanks goes out to several members of these forums. Which would be right for me. Thanks in advance.


* CPU: Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7870
* MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
* RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
* HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
* HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
* PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
* GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
* DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
* Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
* Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM


* CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor Model HDT90ZFBGRBOX
* MOBO: AASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
* RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
* HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
* HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive]
* PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
* GPU: XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
* DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
* Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
* Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

I was also interested in the following one, however, am not looking to spend so much on the video card; as i said i do not mind buying a new one within the coming years.

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Motherboard: ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: GeIL Evo Two 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model GET34GB2000C6DC
Graphics Card: (2) * MSI N480GTX-M2D15-B GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) and a Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Power Supply: Antec CP-1000 1000W Continuous ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
DVD Burner: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler


Which should i consider, is there anything i should change with the said build?

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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
November 23, 2010 2:46:18 AM

A couple of observations

1/ intel are releasing new cpu's in january so if you dont have to buy now then wait

2/ amd are releasing new cpu's not long after that

3/ if you do go with LGA 1156 then buy the i5 760 . Exact same processor clocked alittle slower but with hyperthreading disabled . For gaming hyperthreading gives no benefit

4/if you go with AMD the X6 is no advantage in gaming
very few games benefit from more than 3 physical cores , and if they do the gains are very small so four faster cores is better than 6 slower ones

5/ The best AMD chipsets are made by AMD . If you want to use multiple gfx cards with an AMD rig then stick with AMD/ATI graphics. Other people would not agree with me about this one
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 23, 2010 3:32:52 AM

In your price range, I would recommend either waiting for the new Sandy Bridge Intel CPUs or going with an X58 chipset.

AMD's best-selling gaming CPU is the X4 955, and for good reason. It's cheaper than Intel's i5-750/760, and offers nearly the same performance for about $50 less. It's also easily overclockable for better performance.

I don't know where Outlander_04 is basing his last statement from, but if you do go AMD, you will need to stick with AMD video cards because the newer chipsets don't play nicely with Nvidia cards.
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
November 23, 2010 3:43:49 AM

boiler1990 said:


I don't know where Outlander_04 is basing his last statement from, but if you do go AMD, you will need to stick with AMD video cards because the newer chipsets don't play nicely with Nvidia cards.



AMD chipsets dont support SLI . The only mb's that do have nVidia chipsets like the ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX mentioned in the third build option . The nVidia chipsets are older designs and dont have support for SATA 600 or USB 3 which you should otherwise expect in that price range

Till nVidia do an update on these chipset its just not worth going AMD with SLI IMO

Its absolutely fine to use an AMD chipset motherboard and ONE nvidia graphics card , but that does limit upgrade options . Other than that there are no issues
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