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March 9, 2011 8:33:38 PM

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

These 2 motherboards are only 10 dollars of difference, i was wondering which one i should with, any advice would be helpful :) . Also if you pick one could you please tell me why the one you picked is better?

so far these are the parts i have picked for my new build (I have a PSU and Graphics card)

1) COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4) AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5) COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 9, 2011 8:40:55 PM

The ASRock. The Asus's second PCIe 2.0 slot is only running at 4x, making it essentially useless.

As for the other parts, what are you planning on doing with the build? The X6 is only useful in very specific applications. In the vast majority of uses, the X4 955 would be just as good. Or if you've got a little wiggle room, the i5-2500K is even better. It's $229, and you'd need to pair it with a P67 board, like the ASRock P67 Extreme4 (currently unavailable, but it should be about $150), so it is a bit more expensive. However, it's worth every penny. The i5-2500K's performance gets close to matching the i7-980X's (a $1,000 CPU) at stock, and far exceeds it once overclocked. Not bad for a $200ish CPU.

I'm also not a fan of the Storm series of cases. Instead, I'd look at the Rosewill Challenger (currently $70 with shipping, but it's usually $55 with shipping) or Antec 300 Illusion ($73 with shipping). I also like the Coolermaster 690 at $70 after rebate.

The rest looks good, though you might want to check out the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B (SCMG-2100 on Newegg). The Hyper is a little pricey right now. I know the Mugen is in a combo with the X4 955 for $7 off too.
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March 9, 2011 8:48:53 PM

I picked the x6 because i want a more future proof build. This way i would not have to upgrade in shorter amount of time. The storm looks like a pretty bad ass case, and the handle could come in very handy for when i move it around to my friends house etc.. haha but ill check those other cases out :D . Btw is that Scythe mugen better than the one i picked?
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March 9, 2011 8:55:09 PM

The problem is that the X6 ISN'T future proof. I wouldn't even call it "current" proof. It's outclassed across the board by the obsolete i5-750 and easily matched in most applications by the cheaper X4 955.

If anything, the i5-2500K is more future proof simply because it's much, much, much more powerful. We're talking about a $200 quad core that's packed with more power than a $1,000 hex core. It's a beast. And even if you did end up needing more power than the i5 can give you, there's the i7-2600K. It's hyperthreading will allow it to greatly outpace a regular hex core.

And that's only what Intel launched with Sandy Bridge. It's entirely likely that there will be even more powerful LGA1155 CPUs. The same can't be said for the X6's on the AM3 socket. The Bulldozer CPUs (due out in June) are coming with a new socket (AM3+), so you won't likely be able to drop one into an AM3 board down the road. Basically, on the AMD side of the fence, what you see now is what you could get later. Unless you can wait a while for Bulldozer's release. That might change the whole landscape. Or it might not.

Besides, the vast majority of tasks don't use many cores now. Games rarely require more than a dual core. It's true that they are moving towards quads, but it's unlikely to be mainstream for another couple of years. How many more years will be before they start requiring six cores? The good money's on more than what the build will last you.

EDIT: Yes, the Scythe is beter than the Hyper 212+. It offers significantly more cooling, and with that combo, it's cheaper. Generally, when the Hyper is $30 with shipping and the Scythe is $40 with shipping, you pick whichever fits the budget best. There is a clear performance differnce though.
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March 9, 2011 10:15:14 PM

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March 9, 2011 10:15:50 PM

Thank you very much for your help :)  and for explaining it to me.
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