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First gaming build. AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Ed.

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January 13, 2011 7:20:27 AM

Hey guys this, is gonna be my first gaming build, would like to hear some suggestions. I definitely plan to upgrade the ram to 8g eventually and I definitely plan on using Crossfirex.

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Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the Coolermaster HAF 922, with 5 120mm Red LED fans (2 for top, 1 for back, 2 for side), and a dual 12" red cathode.
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HD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1tb Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm drive (will eventually get another one of these for some raid 0 action. Or eventually get an ssd for my os.)
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Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE Radeon 6850 1gb DDR5
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PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 650 watt
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Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.skill Ripjaw 2g x 2 1600
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CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II x4
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Notes:

I had planned on getting a different heat sync, but I have no plans on OC the cpu any time soon.

Please give suggestions :D 
I really do not want to add any more money to this rig.
(I'v always been an intel/nvidia guy, I want to switch it up.)

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January 13, 2011 7:43:03 AM

^ IMO spending that much on the fans is not worth it, also you should know that the 922 doesnt have a side-window, so all those light effects might not be of much use,...

An alternative build -
X4 955 + Gigabyte 890GX - Crossfire capable and is good enough
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM -
GSKillz 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card -
HD 6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU - Corsair 750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
$15 off with promo code HARDOCP112C, ends 1/19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - If you want Red themed, then check this case
Lian-Li Lancool PC-K62R1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$905 with that case,...

You could save money dropping to HD 6870 and XFX 650W PSU, if you want to,...
XFX HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX 650W PSU - Would handle HD 6870 Crossfire without much issues, also has the required connectors...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 13, 2011 8:45:36 AM

I agree with gkay, drop the CPU to 955. I would also not bother upgrading RAM to 8gb any time in the near future as it will offer no gaming benefit.
GPU wise definately go with a 6870 or a 6950 (if affordable), the 6850 is nice but you will have to Crossfire to get the most out of your games now, whereas with a more powerful card Crossfiring will not be required but will help give lots of extra power
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January 13, 2011 3:03:15 PM

I gotta know... For around $70 more (for the cpu) you can do an Intel SB 2500K build. Why would you go with an AMD build?

Quote:
(I'v always been an intel/nvidia guy, I want to switch it up.)


Why? :sarcastic: 
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January 13, 2011 4:39:41 PM

gkay09 said:
^ IMO spending that much on the fans is not worth it, also you should know that the 922 doesnt have a side-window, so all those light effects might not be of much use,...

An alternative build -
X4 955 + Gigabyte 890GX - Crossfire capable and is good enough
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM -
GSKillz 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card -
HD 6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU - Corsair 750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
$15 off with promo code HARDOCP112C, ends 1/19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - If you want Red themed, then check this case
Lian-Li Lancool PC-K62R1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$905 with that case,...

You could save money dropping to HD 6870 and XFX 650W PSU, if you want to,...
XFX HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX 650W PSU - Would handle HD 6870 Crossfire without much issues, also has the required connectors...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Redo:

Case- I really like the haf 922, and it has a small 8x4" mesh like window. So I think I am going to dip the fans but keep the cathodes because the light will show through the front and parts of the side.

CD/DVD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/Mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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Total: $911.91
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January 13, 2011 9:04:19 PM

DXRick said:
I gotta know... For around $70 more (for the cpu) you can do an Intel SB 2500K build. Why would you go with an AMD build?

Quote:
(I'v always been an intel/nvidia guy, I want to switch it up.)


Why? :sarcastic: 



With the rig set up right now I'm already jumping through hoops to scavenge the money.
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January 14, 2011 2:10:39 AM

^ You cant go wrong with the HAF 922,...
As for the HDD, IMO the F3 is a better buy IMO,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And did you miss the Free pen drive with the graphics card ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD - With Free shipping and better ratings,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or one with Lightscribe and retail version
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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