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December 19, 2010 4:00:48 PM

Hello everyone..I am doing my yearly comp. build looking for expert advice I am reusing my DVD drive, Power Supply, HDD, OS, HSF, and Case. Also, I already have an ASUS M4A785TD-EVO, I will be gaming on this machine. I would like advice on which CPU,GPU, and SSD to use I have a budget of around $800.00 USD

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December 19, 2010 4:29:36 PM

SSDs eat a tremendous amount of available budget (simply to reduce application load times by 10% is not worth $200-$300 to me) that would be better spent on cpu and a pair of Radeon xxxx in Crossfire...

I'd recommend skipping the 6 core, opting for a Phenom II/945 quad core, and as much Crossfire capable single card as you can afford now if planning in gaming at at least 1080P res...

If you can afford the 6 core, and two Radeons, great, but the Radeons in Crossfire should take priority, even if can only afford one today. (6 core cpus do no better at gaming than quad cores)
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December 19, 2010 4:39:31 PM

I don't believe I have a big enough PSU to support crossfire on ATI 5XXX cards....I was just looking at the X4 970BE is this a good processor or would the 965BE be the better choice as the 970 I feel may be overkill...I would like to reach 4.0 GHz+ stable due to the performance increase with the extra clock speed....I thought a SSD would be a good choice for gaming as it transmits data exponentially faster than a HDD...Also, which RAM would be a good choice in the DDR3 1600 range...Looking for silky smooth speed
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May 14, 2011 7:36:04 AM

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