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February 12, 2011 4:26:31 PM

Hey everyone, first post here though I always love the great advice from the community.

I haven't built a system in ages and my old one is beyond the point of patchwork upgrading so it's time for a full build!

Basically I'm posting to see if there are any compatibility issues or anything that you guys see. I'm also a LITTLE worried about making sure everything fits in the case I chose.

Found good pricing already on newegg, so I really just need to know if any of this is going to be a "bad" choice, for whatever reason.

Primary USE is going to be gaming and MS Office Pro for work. Currently I'm using a 720p LG 22LE5300 TV as my monitor. I'm hoping with this rig I'll be able to run upcoming AAA titles like Shogun 2 or Elder Scrolls V without having to turn the graphics down, as well as current titles with the graphics up high.

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

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(sold out of Cas 7 G.skill but I hear the difference is negligible)

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Will be running Win 7 home premium also, and I went with the 955 because I read that its excellent for mild overclocking, thus saving money versus a 965 or 970 without a performance hit. I don't have any fancy cooling solutions planned as of now, though.

Thanks for any input!

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February 12, 2011 4:35:43 PM

I am thinking you have CF intentions and if so swap out that 16/4 880G for an Asrock 870Extreme3?
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February 12, 2011 4:43:40 PM

Everything is compatible but if you wanted to save money somewhere else then a quality 500-550watt PSU would be plenty for your setup.
Edit: I counted out crossfire intentions because of motherboard selection!
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February 12, 2011 6:32:10 PM

The question at that point is whether it would be better in a couple of years to Crossfire another mid-range card with this one, or just buy a new single card.

I'm thinking the chances are that by the time I want to upgrade I'd be better off buying a single new card rather than crossfiring another 6850. Not to mention that crossfire adds other concerns in terms of heat that my basic cooling might not be enough for.

So, say I wanted to go for a single card setup... keep my mobo and buy a smaller PSU? If so, anybody have a good recommendation?

I saw this Antec one looks popular on Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 12, 2011 6:38:07 PM

The BP550 has gotten good reviews and is recommended!
On the crossfire question, I had planned on going to a dual card setup twice but ended going to a more powerful single card with new features in both cases.
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February 12, 2011 6:54:22 PM

Ok one last question!

If I'm feeling like I'm not likely to Crossifre, are there other features on the board I chose that make it worth the cost?

That Asrock extreme is a great deal cheaper and I'm betting I can find other boards under the pricepoint as well... which has got me wondering why this Asus board I chose is running more and if its worth it.
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February 12, 2011 7:01:28 PM

Generally Asus and Gigabyte are considered top tier manufacturers, it often reflects on the price of their boards.
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February 12, 2011 7:24:15 PM

Best answer selected by DJohnson.
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February 12, 2011 7:26:49 PM

Thanks for the great information guys.

I'm still pondering if there is sufficient value to keep the 880g board but I'm feeling better about it.

Ultimately I just don't want to run into a situation where my mobo is my "weakest link" for a long time, as that has been a frustrating issue with my CURRENT PC in the past. When your mobo is holding you back it can interfere with plans to upgrade other individual parts.

Also, I have seen the mobo become a performance bottleneck due to low bandwidth in a particular spot, or in the case of my current mobo, no PCI-e slot! (it was a steal at the time but I didn't realize AGP was already on the way out).
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