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Best System to pair with a 6870

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November 10, 2010 12:27:28 AM

what parts are best suited for the 6870? cpu, psu etc..

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November 10, 2010 12:32:07 AM

Best bet would be to check the old threads in the build section for 5850 builds and follow them
November 10, 2010 12:50:06 AM

innisso said:
what parts are best suited for the 6870? cpu, psu etc..


I built a setup from newegg with:

Phenom II x4 955 + Gigabyte 870 MB (combo) (you may prefer the asrock 870, but it has 6 channel audio) -$15
OCZ Fatal1ty 550w PSU + 4GB OCZ Reaper 1600 DDR3 (combo) -$13
HAF 912 + LG 24x dvd burner (combo) -$10
Gigabyte 6870 HD (kinda regret, people are saying the HIS ones are better, seems negligable)
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (I got these for $37 each, I lucked out)

I also got 10% off my video card, and my hard drives. I also got 35 on the MIRs.

All for under $800 shipped to Hawaii. There are some crazy good deals going on, on newegg, right now.

I'm quite happy, I was going to wait til black friday/cyber monday, but this was already an extremely good deal.

People might give me some concern regarding my choice of PSU, but the specs were well within limits on this one, plus it has a bigger fan and crazy quiet ball bearings, I'll stand by my choice, the ram and psu combo is a crazy good deal.
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November 10, 2010 1:16:27 AM

I nice quad core CPU, 4GB of DDR3 ram

So something like a AMD 955BE or a Intel 760 i5
November 10, 2010 2:48:59 AM

so i should just pay that little bit more for that i5 760?

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November 10, 2010 2:59:24 AM
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No. Read this first:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2...

BE 955 is golden for gaming, and cheaper! Intel is almost as overpriced as Apple.
November 10, 2010 3:01:05 AM

Go with the phenom II 955, asrock 870, 4gb cl7 1600 ram, corsair 650w power supply, Spinpoint f3 500gb or 1TB hard drive, and a haf 912 case. You can have a nice upgrade later down the road by adding another 6870.
November 10, 2010 3:06:16 AM

yesitsmario said:
Go with the phenom II 955, asrock 870, 4gb cl7 1600 ram, corsair 650w power supply, Spinpoint f3 500gb or 1TB hard drive, and a haf 912 case. You can have a nice upgrade later down the road by adding another 6870.


Exactly. :)  I did manage to cut off a little money from that build skimping on a couple parts (the gigabyte 870 has more audio channels, less expandability, 8x pcie not so bad from what I've been reading, and I also saved a bundle on the ram and psu, both of which I looked up on eggxpert, which said they were more than adequate). Build what you want when it comes to being critical on the small details, if you want to save money, then do it.
November 10, 2010 3:51:38 AM

dang, i wish i was in the us, i'm in canada...
November 10, 2010 4:02:02 AM

innisso said:
dang, i wish i was in the us, i'm in canada...

Get a friend in the states?
November 10, 2010 4:21:10 AM

wow you are right, 955 is actually really good. thanks for the replies!
November 10, 2010 12:06:39 PM

It overclocks very well too. So go save some money. :) 
November 10, 2010 3:43:05 PM

I have the GA890xa-ud3 with a 965 BE running with my HIS 6870 and its just amazing. I put the GS800 corsair psu in it because I want to put a second gpu in later, and it might be more than what I needed but it leaves me with options later on for overclocking as well. I would like some more optimizations but AMD has put out something like 3 optimization updates since the 6xxx series started coming out, so I cant really complain. I kind of went the other way with my system. I looked at the processor first and then what gpu could I get with a good mobo and the ability to add a second card in a few months. AMD can only crossfire without spending a lot on a motherboard so I just went for the 6870 and absolutely love it.
November 10, 2010 9:19:40 PM

a nice mobo? and what psu (watts) do i need for the 6870?
November 11, 2010 1:39:38 AM

innisso said:
a nice mobo? and what psu (watts) do i need for the 6870?


Asrock 870 is a nice motherboard (if you plan to crossfire later, otherwise I would go with the gigabyte 870) 500w psu is fine.

PSU requirement list:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

Tiered PSU list (try for anything tier 2b or above):
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

List of motherboards from best down, pick what you want based on your needs:

Asrock 870 (Good solid board):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte 870 (Only 4 volts on second PCIe, not really Crossfire Friendly, 8 channel Audio, 2 eSata Ports):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI 870 (16/4 PCIe CF support, 8 channel Audio):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can, try to go with the HIS 6870, It's getting better reviews than the others.
November 11, 2010 2:18:03 AM

yesitsmario said:
I'd go with the Asrock since it supports 8x, 8x crossfire.


I'm starting to think that as well, I am looking at the specs on newegg, and I think the 6 channel audio is a typo, considering it uses the 892 codec as well...
It also says it supports 7.1 on the features.

Anybody know?
November 11, 2010 8:56:18 PM

thank you guys for all the help!
November 18, 2010 12:32:04 AM

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November 18, 2010 1:10:23 AM

@inisso You can ship to Canada with newegg.CA
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November 18, 2010 7:26:30 AM

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