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Well since I can't get Sandy Bridge right now...

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February 4, 2011 4:14:17 AM

I've reconsidered and realized I don't need a top notch machine. And really, the more money I save - the better.

What this pc will be used for in order from greatest to least: Moderate gaming, gaming with fraps, music, video editing (nothing extreme - just my gaming video), Microsoft office programs when I go back to school in the fall.

I plan on overclocking and I'd like to run SLI/Crossfire down the road.

With that being said I would like this computer to last me at least 3 years minimum - Hopefully I upgrade after 5 years or so.
I'm thinking about going AMD for the value - unsure weather I should wait it out for Bulldozer - given the price - but meh, I'm just looking for the most bang for my buck - I'd still like run games as close to high settings as possible though.

Parts I already have: case, psu, monitor, keyboard, mouse

I'll be buying from newegg.com

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition $200
Mobo: MSI 890FXA-GD65 $140
CPU Cooler: Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve $40
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 $85
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB - $280
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM $65
Disc Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW $16
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $100

How does this build look?

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February 4, 2011 10:51:39 AM

trim up a few things:

change to AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 instead of the 890 ($90, saves $50)
Get a Hyper 212+ ($30, saves $10)
Get a HD 6850 ($175, saves $105)
Get a second HD6850 (+175), total increase $10, and you have a solid, crossfired system
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February 4, 2011 12:23:55 PM

Should fill out form in sticky, link in my sig.

For ex, what res are you gaming at? The 2gb makes sense if you're doing eyefinity or 1600p.

What software are you using for video editing?

etc.

The scythe mugen is a top notch HSF, cools better than some $80-$90 ones. However, it won't work with RAM that has tall heatsinks.
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