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January 7, 2011 11:40:47 PM

okay so Im pretty new at this whole deal so if you guys can just bare with me. Im planning on building my first PC mainly for gaming but also for any multi media purposes like video editing, music mixing, u know stuff like that.. pretty much something that can handle or be upgraded to handle any crazy ideas i might have later on in the future...
. these are the components im planning to get so far, any opinions or advice would be grately apreciated....oh and my budget i say is somewhere around $600-800

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBR BOX

MoBo: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

GPU: PNY XLR8 VCGGTS2501LXPB GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Ram: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1066LV4GK

Media drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window

Power Supply: hec X-Power Pro 650 650W Continuous @ 40°C ATX 12V v2.2 / EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

A monitor is not listed cuz im planning on using my tv.. is that a good idea? its a 40' samsung....already have a keyboard n mouse.. speakers too.. oh n I almost forgot, I might try to OC but im really not too familiar with it so i can leave that for later on, and as far as SLI or crossfire thats a maybe too




January 7, 2011 11:57:39 PM

Since mainly gaming, you can save a few bucks and increase performance by selecting a quad core at the same or higher clock freq for less money. (small amount of overhead in servicing 6 cores in OS, but really only using 3 or 4 of them)

Devote the cpu savings to a better gpu, recommend a GTX460 (1 GB) if at all possible.....GTX460 is a solid card up thru 1920x1080p res.....

what is resolution of monitor/TV? (890 chipset mainboards do not support SLI, so, if contemplating two cards, go with AMD/ATI graphics...)
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January 8, 2011 12:08:01 AM

+1 for GTX460, i recently got one, handles anything at 1920x1080 at max no problem for me, not to mention I have another monitor it takes care of also.
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January 8, 2011 1:14:19 AM

You could probably fit sandy bridge in your budget(when it comes out) with the gtx 460. It would look like this except with the i5 2500k and a p67 crossfire/sli mobo which will be similar in price to this cpu/mobo .


woops... I forgot to add the ram. It'll be closer to $850 with this setup^^

If this is too much $ then you could drop down to the amd 955 and not lose much performance, if any at all, in gaming.
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Anonymous
January 9, 2011 10:07:55 PM

yea i was actually thinking about getting a better gpu than sticking with the x6, i just figured the x6 would work pretty good with the turbo socket... and i cuz a friend offered me the gts 250 for $45... but ill check on the GTX460 n see about just getting the x4 955.. ive never tried amd so i figured id give em a chance, i heard theyre not too bad concidering the price... Im trying to limit my spending, christmas hit me pretty bad... what do you guys think about me just getting an x3 and trying to unlock the 4th core?? would it be worth the gamble??... oh and i already kinda have the case too, my girl gave it to me as an early birthday present... but thank you guys for taking the time to give me some advice, looks like i hshould do a little bit more researching before i decide which cpu i should go with
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Anonymous
January 9, 2011 10:10:18 PM

ohh. n to mdd1963.. my tv is a 1080p btw
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