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February 2, 2011 1:27:15 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this month or after dozer hits?

Budget Range: 600-700 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing internet, torrents, light gaming SC2, hd movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any that are reliable

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD/ATI

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 have an acer h233h

Additional Comments: should i build now or wait till dozer?

so if I were to build now the parts i have picked out are as follows

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

been reading through the forums a lot before asking about this my pc right now is a pentium 4 dell with no sound on win 7 that's well it's a p4 you know how old it is.
Any suggestions for improvements or thoughts on waiting?
thanks guys
February 2, 2011 4:03:58 PM

That OCZ PSU passed HardwareSecrets review, but I'd still go for a more efficient Antec or Seasonic myself. If this is your first build, be aware that the Antec "Eco" and some "Earthwatts" models do not include a power cord.
Otherwise, assuming you do not wait for Bulldozer or a fixed Sandy Bridge, that's a decent build. If you think you might overclock, consider a decent $30 120mm air cooler like the Hyper 212+.
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February 2, 2011 5:07:30 PM

I'm not sure if I should wait for bulldozer or not. Do the same build with the better processor? I remember reading about the hyper 212 so I would get that if I do decide to oc. Thanks guys.
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February 2, 2011 10:02:12 PM

I have an MSI Cyclone version of the GTX460. It becomes audible under load, but not obnoxious at all.
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February 2, 2011 10:12:16 PM

no opinions if I should do this build now or wait till bulldozer?
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February 2, 2011 10:36:13 PM

Well, I'm trying to wait for Bulldozer, if only to see how it does. Still, it remains true that any currently available quad core CPU will be decent for games. If you've already got a system that can play your games (e.g. how are you posting here?), it isn't going to hurt to wait. Upgrade your GPU if you need a boost; you can always move that to the new build later, so no money wasted.
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February 2, 2011 11:19:16 PM

i don't play video games on the pc anymore. mine can't play anything with in the last 5 years, it's a pentium 4 2.6 ghz with a geforce 5200fx. and the sound doesn't work on win 7
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February 2, 2011 11:30:48 PM

Well if you need a 600$ build I have one on my siggy/website.

Otherwise my personal opinion is to wait until BD releases. AM3+ will be its own platform, meaning AM3 motherboards can't use BD chips while AM3+ boards will be able to use AM3 chips. So AM3 will become a dead end IMO especially since AM3 is 45nm while the chipmakers are moving on with the 32nm production.

As for not playing games, then the 450$ build on my sight should work as well. Err.... Not much else to say.
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February 2, 2011 11:34:33 PM

i saw your builds i think i loosely put mine together based off it. i know i did the case. thing is i wouldn't mind playing games, well i want to play Starcraft 2 but want a future proof machine, that will be around for awhile i cna crossfire later and update the ram on.
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February 2, 2011 11:43:54 PM

YES I was somewhat a base of your build :D  Makes me happy I helped.
But uhh yeah, it'll future proof. All the builds I have on my site I mainly do to future proof/room for expandability. For instance the PSU, you really don't need that much power, but it'd leave room for expandability. Plus the mobo is a great 8x/8x mobo and isn't half bad.
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February 3, 2011 12:33:49 PM

There's no micro center near me unfortunately. So how long do you think a build like this would be good for anyways since am3+ and bulldozer has no release date?
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February 4, 2011 12:18:01 AM

Meh for just
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System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing internet, torrents, light gaming SC2, hd movies


for a while seeing games aren't even X4 optimsed
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February 4, 2011 12:23:11 AM

With the site of that even the 450$ build on my site would be good enough, getting a 925 and a 4830 would be good enough to perform those, I don't remember if BD will have the lower end (it should as AMD has always gotten the whole range) but even a current build would last for only those needs.
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February 10, 2011 11:11:52 PM

Best answer selected by jroll13.
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