New guy needs help with component choices

This is my AMD build, if there is something that not compatible or you know of a better substitute for around the same cost please let me know.

Approximate Purchase Date: The next couple of weeks.


Budget Range: Before / Rebates $1300-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts not required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Tigerdirect

Country of Origin: United States.

Parts Preferences: No real preference.

Overclocking: Maybe. I want to learn more about it.

SLI or Crossfire: I still thinking about, is heat going to be a problem with card selected.

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) undecided.


Additional Comments: I’m new at this so don’t overlook the obvious, if you think I need to know something please tell me. I was an aviation electronics tech in

the navy so I should be able to put it together. I thought about building an Intel system with an i7 950 but don’t want to spend all that money on something I

will replace in two years or so. I have an old AMD and it has been good to me so I thought I would try another one and it seems to be more in my price range.

The AM3 motherboard I have selected is not going to support the next AMD processors like the bulldozer so it will not have a future. The AM3+ boards are not

out yet so this is where I’m at. Thanks for the help. Ricky.


1. COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case. $89.98 newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

2. 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 With GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $378.99 newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.564528

3. G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR or G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL $99.99 newegg. http://www.newegg.com/HelpInfo/ReturnPolicy.aspx#41

4. COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $169.99 newegg.

5. XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $239.99 newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

6. SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99 newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

7. LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - Bulk – OEM $99.99 newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181

8. Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler $39.99 newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
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  1. Welcome to the boards.

    At that budget level I think you would be better off building a stronger Intel system.

    You really don't need more than 4-6GB of RAM.

    The PSU is overkill by quite a bit.

    I doubt you need a Blu-ray burner. A combo drive would save a bit there, and I know of a good one.

    So let's make a list like that... I'll be back in a bit with one.
  2. I plan on having two 6870 so do I need this big power supply? I plan on getting some SSD later. and maybe try some OC.
  3. The PSU would cover crossfire 6870s. If you would like a bit more margin this PSU would be great:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003

    It's made by Seasonic and is actually the same platform, just a bit beefed up. If you can tolerate the looks.
  4. Go for a DVD drive rather than Bluray and upgrade the graphics to a GTX 570
  5. you know you can wait for sandybridge.
  6. nice future proof build:

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