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March 26, 2011 2:55:19 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: 800 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, game development, surfing the internet, and watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an AMD CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200

Additional Comments: i would like this to be a great gaming pc that wont have to be upgraded for a couple of years.
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AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Thuban 3.0GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT75TFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $190

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $165

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $70

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $170

MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $75

Western Digital AV RFHWD3200AVBS 320GB 7200 RPM 2MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $22

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Bottom Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $50

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35

Total: $780.18


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March 26, 2011 4:13:56 PM

At that price point it would be wise to look at intel for a Sandy Bridge build. The 6 core has no benefit to gaming at all.This is coming from an AMD fan.

However if you want to stick with amd, drop the cpu down to the 955be so you can get a more powerful gpu in there (right now the 5870 is around the same price anyway, and is much more raw performance) or you could go for a 6950.

In gaming the most important factor is the gpu so try to put as much muscle in it as you can.

Also go for a samsung spinpoint HDD. The 1tb is very cheap for a fast reliable drive.





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March 26, 2011 4:16:57 PM

ibut the 6 cores would last longer in newer games for the years to come and i did a intel i5-2500k build.
March 26, 2011 4:19:24 PM

I added more to my post^. By the time that games utilize that many cores, the architecture itself will be so out of date that it would hold you back anyhow.
March 26, 2011 4:22:46 PM

a hd 5870 cost way more than the hd 6850
March 26, 2011 4:26:50 PM

Looks like sale is gone, my bad they were at 180$ yesterday, either way it would make more sense to drop the cpu down and put more power in the gpu if this a gaming build.
March 26, 2011 4:36:42 PM

gamerkila57 said:
ibut the 6 cores would last longer in newer games for the years to come and i did a intel i5-2500k build.


this thinking is flawed for a number of reasons, especially for gaming. if you want to continue to play the newest games at the highest settings for years to come, you will need to upgrade. there is no way around this unless you want to sacrifice settings, or unless you want to spend a lot more than your budget during your build. you also need to consider that the vast majority of games rely far more on GPU power than CPU. if you want to be able to play new games longer into the future, you need to put a bigger chunk of your money towards your video card. while the 6850 is a solid card, you really want more power.

since you're comfy with overclocking, you can start with something like a quad core phenom chip and overclock the *** out of it. a 6950 is a good card, and if you feel confident you can try unlocking it so that it will act like a 6970.

i apologize, i didn't actually put together a build for you, but you should be able to do a little bit of research and get some good values. i just really think you're barking up the wrong tree with your CPU.
March 26, 2011 4:41:00 PM

how much memory do i need.... i will look in to a HD 6950 or 6970
March 26, 2011 4:46:12 PM

start with 4gb of memory. this is plenty for current games, and you can always add more later. this will keep costs down for the first build and allow you to get more GPU power to start.
March 26, 2011 4:51:06 PM

whats a good gpu my budget for a gpu is $185
March 26, 2011 5:38:39 PM

You asked for pointers here they are : drop the cpu to a 955be, drop the memory to a 2x2 gb kit (what you have selected is a 3x2gb kit which will force the memory to run in single channel mode the am3 platform runs on dual channel) this will free up more room to fit a better gpu in there.
March 26, 2011 5:42:40 PM

do u have any gpu recomendations

March 26, 2011 5:43:54 PM

gamerkila57 said:
whats a good gpu my budget for a gpu is $185


well this is what i was saying. my personal recommendation would be to squeeze your budget or wait an extra week or do what you need to do in order to afford a 6950. they're around $240, and as i mentioned you can potentially unlock this card to a 6970 for free. it seems like you aren't reading very carefully.
March 26, 2011 5:47:28 PM

i was asking wats a good hd 6950 Manufacturer
March 26, 2011 6:09:34 PM

the HIS cards are cheaper, but for $10 more you get double lifetime warranties from the XFX. i'd recommend the XFX personally.
March 26, 2011 8:36:36 PM

what about sapphire
March 26, 2011 9:04:20 PM

sapphire is an excellent brand in my experience.

there are plenty of reviews comparing different cards. while people at tom's are happy to help, i encourage you to search out information on your own. advice is great but there's nothing like finding out for yourself.

i'm not trying to be dicky of course, but really this information is easily available all over the internet. and before you ask, i prefer www.google.com

March 26, 2011 9:12:25 PM

can i use a 17" flatscreen monitor and a crt monitor in dual mode
March 27, 2011 3:09:25 AM

just a note, tripple channel memory isn't compatible with AMD processors and AMD motherboards
March 27, 2011 4:00:38 PM

The 1055 is not a good chip for gaming (as has been said) Overall I've found the 1055 lackluster and think the 955s are simply better.

The 955 is last year's chip. It's still a good chip, and I built (as I've said in other posts) 6 955BE machines. I also built them in Feb 2010. They ARE used for gaming and development and are very solid. Back when I built them and actually up until the release of SandyBridge, they were tremendous value for the dollar. They were never going to knock anyone's socks off or win any super prizes (the now defunct 1156 Lynnfield did that), but the value was amazing.

SandyBridge changed that. You're not hearing so much SandyBridge this and that because of the Intel vs AMD war, it's just the SB is a far superior performer for very little money more. If one of your major concerns is the build's longevity, you are already handicapping yourself by using a chip that had it's heyday 13 months ago. Not what a devoted AMD fan wants to hear but very sadly true at this time.

If you are DETERMINED to use AMD, consider waiting until AMD Bulldozer comes out. This is the new AMD chip series with a new socket (AM3+)
March 27, 2011 7:20:55 PM

how long from now will that be.
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