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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Build - Around $800

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February 13, 2011 3:04:16 AM

Hey all,

So this is a follow up to my first Sandy Bridge thread. Due to the light of the whole Sandy Bridge fiasco and to the fact that I no longer really have the budget to go above $1000, I have decided to go the AMD route and build based off of the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T hexacore processor. I plan to do music playback, video playback (1080p), Photoshop CS5, After Effects CS5/video editing for YouTube Channels, and gaming. I do plan to OC and consider Crossfire in the future. Would like to get this build to have the best bang for the buck right now. Looking at a budget around $800 (max 900) but obviously the lower the cost the better for me, as I could certainly use some banked money. The profits from my Dell XPS 13 I plan to sell will pay for this computer.

Notes: I know I do not have a cooler in here at the current moment as at the time needed to cut things out that weren't as necessary. Feel free to add one, as I do know I will need one eventually when I decide to OC. Also I would like to switch to an 850W if needed for the future. Just saw the XFX BE is back in stock. Also considering the Gigabyte GPU instead of the XFX so let me know about that as well.

Any other suggestions are welcome.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $99.99
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX - $199.99
MB: ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $109.99
GPU: XFX HD-685X-ZNBC Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $179.99 (after rebate)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBR - $104.99
PSU: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $99.99 (after rebate)
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive – $59.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Optical Drive: anything under $20 (not factored in yet)

$871.92 (before shipping & promo codes)

-hack attack central-
February 13, 2011 6:40:19 AM

@Why_Me - Thanks for the answer on that. Looks good. I think I will switch that up. What is everyone's opinion about my GPU. Which company should I go with?
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February 13, 2011 6:50:32 AM

hackattackcentral said:
@Why_Me - Thanks for the answer on that. Looks good. I think I will switch that up. What is everyone's opinion about my GPU. Which company should I go with?

XFX has best warranty going for it. "Double Lifetime Warranty". I guess that's in case you die, and come back to life your card is still under warranty.....I never did understand the "double life time warranty" thing.
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February 13, 2011 3:03:28 PM

Why_Me said:
XFX has best warranty going for it. "Double Lifetime Warranty". I guess that's in case you die, and come back to life your card is still under warranty.....I never did understand the "double life time warranty" thing.


Double life time warranty means that if you trade the card to someone else, the card will still be under warranty (second warranty).
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February 13, 2011 3:30:27 PM

That's good to clear up. Which card performs better when OCed? Should I go with the better cooling system? Should I even bother getting a factory OC if I plan to up it anyway? What does everyone else think about the rest? Is 750W enough to CF two 6850s or a 6850 and 6950/70?
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February 13, 2011 3:49:07 PM

hackattackcentral said:
That's good to clear up. Which card performs better when OCed? Should I go with the better cooling system? Should I even bother getting a factory OC if I plan to up it anyway? What does everyone else think about the rest? Is 750W enough to CF two 6850s or a 6850 and 6950/70?

From what Iv'e read a decent 650w will push two of those cards, but for as good a deal as that XFX psu is you have in your build I would go with it. You never know when you might want the extra head room.

I can't say much about the AMD/ATI cards...I don't know enough about them. Hopefully someone who does see's this thread.
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February 13, 2011 4:09:10 PM

I saw an 850W XFX BE for $10 more on Newegg? Is it worth it for down the road or is that overkill? Also the motherboard you picked out, how does it stack out performance, feature, and overclocking wise compared to the rest of the 870 series in your opinion?
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February 13, 2011 4:35:18 PM

All 870/880G chipsets save the Extreme3 870/880G Asrocks are 16/4 for crossfire (not recommended) and so the Asrock offerings offer awesome value ^^
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February 13, 2011 4:42:22 PM

Okay batuchka. Thanks. Can you comment on which 6850 I should go with? Having trouble deciding. Not sure which does the best in tests.
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February 13, 2011 5:42:59 PM

Nice deal. How does that card do in tests? Would it be better to find a 6850 in a combo with the processor for less money or is the performance warrant say a 50 dollar difference?

Edit: Did anyone see any good combos with any of the quality 6850s?
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February 13, 2011 9:38:23 PM

In addition to the first question, is there a real significant difference if I decided to OC my system to having 1333 versus 1600 Mhz RAM. I would like to save money on what I have if the benefits do not outweigh the costs.
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February 13, 2011 9:55:14 PM

I'll just let you know now, that if you do go with the AMD 870 chipset, don't expect to do any CrossFireing, as the chipset doesn't support it. I was screwed over by a while ago when I first bought my build, hoping to save a few bucks on the Mobo, so I had to lend my second 5770 to my brother until I get a new board.
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February 13, 2011 10:04:07 PM

c0oim4n said:
I'll just let you know now, that if you do go with the AMD 870 chipset, don't expect to do any CrossFireing, as the chipset doesn't support it. I was screwed over by a while ago when I first bought my build, hoping to save a few bucks on the Mobo, so I had to lend my second 5770 to my brother until I get a new board.

http://www.techpowerup.com/119709/ASRock_Intros_870_Ext...

"ASRock Intros 870 Extreme3 Motherboard with CrossFire Support"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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February 14, 2011 12:40:52 AM

Any thoughts on my memory question? 1333 vs. 1600 for this type of system. Is it worth upgrading the Mhz for 30 dollars?
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February 14, 2011 7:31:28 AM

Sorry for being a newbie to this, but I am totally lost with the first article. What question was that in response to? About the memory, are you saying more RAM is greater than higher frequency or are you say the higher the memory the higher the frequency?

Edit: forgive me, it's 4:30 am when I am looking at this so bare with me
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February 14, 2011 7:47:58 AM

To your question if $30 top up is worth it from 1333 to 1600

a. Even for memory intensive apps, in my vault of facts, stats and benches, results show even doubling freq of RAM does not net much gains, if any ^^ In fact biggest gains was in synthetic benchmarks

b. Even if you are thinking OC down the road thats where the unlocked multiplier in a black edition chip comes in handy. One could play just with multiplier and volts and rely less on RAMs ^^
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February 14, 2011 7:53:59 AM

Sorry I guess I just needed a little bit of a dumbed down version. Thank you for that answer as that helps out a lot. Should I go with tighter timings or is that not worth the money too?
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February 14, 2011 8:09:46 AM

How trusted is Patriot in terms of their RAM?
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February 14, 2011 8:14:51 AM

No issues thus far ^^
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February 14, 2011 8:20:52 AM

Just hope I wouldn't be the one to have issues haha. Alright I'll put it in and save myself some money. I heard from some other people that the base default of this RAM starts off as 1066 in the BIOS as it was configured for the P55 chip. Any truth to this?
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February 14, 2011 2:56:14 PM

Nah they can call it "AMD/Intel" optimised but it's all good for either platform ^^
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February 15, 2011 1:11:47 AM

Okay just checking. My build as of 2/14 ...


Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $99.99
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
COMBO: $386.98 (after rebate)
MB: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $89.99
RAM: Patriot G series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGV38G1600ELK – $84.99 (after rebate)
PSU: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $99.99 (after rebate)
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive – $59.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Optical Drive: LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk – OEM - $16.99

$838.92

Let me know if I should change out anything else. So close to 800 :) 
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February 15, 2011 2:57:00 AM

one option that could bring you back under $800:

Rosewill Challenger (1x140mm, 2x120mm fans, room for 2 more) for $54.99

or Rosewill Destroyer (3x120mm fans, room for 4 more) for $49.99

Both are excellent cases that save $45-50 off your 922 case.
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February 16, 2011 10:49:55 PM

Which cooler do you guys like to use or recommend? Noctua D-14, Corsair H-50 or H-70, Cooler Master Hyper 212+, or Scythe Mugen 2?
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