Sub 1000 Gaming system with SSD

Okay the system you all helped me build last time worked out so well I am building one for a friend, mostly browsing and gaming here is my suggestions let me know what you think. (he Plays SC and EQ2 and will play Diablo 3 when it hits the stores)

Win7 64Bit

Thermaltake V6 BlacX Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case BlacX Top Mounted HDD Docking Station VM100M1W2Z

ASUS MS236H Glossy Black / White 23" 2ms(GTG) Ring stand and Ergo-fit technology Widescreen LCD Monitor w/HDMI

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

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS700-PCAAE3-US 700W ATX 12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

AMD Athlon II X4 645 Propus 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
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  1. looks decent. I'll assume you had an extra 0 in the title, and meant sub-$1000, not sub-$10,000 :)

    I'll make a suggestion of getting only a single 6850 for now, and go for the AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 motherboard and a 6-core Phenom II 1075t, which has been shown to get about 5 more average fps than a X4 phenom, 8 more than an athlon quad in WoW at ultra settings
  2. I'd recommend the Phenom II X4 955. It's the best price vs. performance chip on the market, and it's $50 less than the X6 1075t.

    As far as GPUs go, you may as well just get a 6970 or 6950. The reviews were great, and those cards are comparable to the GTX 580s and 570s.
  3. I know this from experience since I just bought almost the same board (except nvidia chipset) and sent it back... Quoting newegg....

    "PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2 (one x16 or dual x8 link)"

    I'd go with the 955 BE.
  4. So you would dump the Crossfire in favor of a single card but a faster CPU never used a ASrock Motherboard I have had good luck with Abit and Asus so I am leery on that suggestion I checked the new cards are not on my list but for the price of the 6950 I can get two 6850's is the 6950 really that much faster/better?
    I am looking at toms latest 3dBm scores and the 69XX is barely faster then the 6850 "The Radeon HD 6970 shows its mettle here, underperforming the GeForce GTX 570 at 1680x1050 and 1920x1200, but making up the difference at 2560x1600, besting two GeForce GTX 460 1GB cards in SLI (worth about $400). You can’t get around the fact that, for somewhere around $380, you could get a pair of 6850s in CrossFire, though. The single-card solution is more elegant, sure. But performance doesn’t always have to be pretty."
  5. Got to remember power consumption too. When I go to SLI, my PNY XLR8 GTX 460 1GB Superclocked requires 2 6-pin PCIe power cables. Talking about a lot of power to get both cards going. It looks like you will have the power to do it.

    I think you are leaving a lot on the table with an Athlon CPU.
  6. AS Rock was spun off from Asus, and has an excellent reputation
  7. I talked to my buddy he really wants the GEEK WOW I ahev crossfire factor he said he could pony up another 50 bucks, if that would help.

    I think the 955BE is a good chip do you think it would be worth loosing the SSD to go with the 890FX MB and 955BE and still keep the X-fire setup.
  8. AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 is the best bang-for-buck crossfire Mobo out there right now. ist $95 for 8x/8x crossfire and 8xx chipset.

    I'd get that, go for the 955, and try to keep the SSD
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