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April 15, 2011 7:29:08 PM

Hello people, just need some help really about if these parts will be compatible, building a computer for all round performance, Gaming such as star craft 2, shogun 2 and to not have to upgrade for future games like stronghold 3 blah blah, for university work like video editing, graphics design, digital art. and i need around 2-3 Monitors (high-resolution and no image skipping) on the screens.I no Intel is what peeps tell me to use, but I have a comfort zone with AMD.
anyway moving on,

Parts list:
CASE: NZXT PHANTOM
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition 3.3 GHz
MOBO: Asus Crosshair IV Extreme ROG Edition 890FX or Asus CROSSHAIR IV FORMULA 890FX
GPU: XFX HD 6990 4GB GDDR5 DVI 4 x Mini DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card
RAM:Corsair Vengeance 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Memory Kit CL9 1.5V Non-ECC Unbuffered

As I'm planning on using this build for the majority of my university work with no trouble I wanted a good build,
so was just really looking for help from people that have a good understanding on building computers.

Thank you to anyone that helps.

April 15, 2011 8:12:36 PM

CPU - The X6 is overkill for gaming. You are better off with a Phenom X4 955 as four cores is all games will utilize. If you are doing HEAVY video editing and graphics design the X6 may serve you better in that space. If you settle on the X6, look at the 1075T as it is the same chip as the 1090T and 1100T with a different multiplier from the factory. Pair either CPU with the Hyper 212+ CPU cooler and you are all set for 4.0ish GHz overclock with a simple multiplier and voltage change in the BIOS.
**EDIT** "Simple overclock" may be a bit liberal, but following an overclocking guide would get you a very nice stable overclock.

MB - You can't really go wrong with either of those boards.

RAM - Stick with a dual channel kit (installed in pairs). The Corsair Vengance series is fine, but a lot of people recommend GSKILL Ripjaws series. Stick with DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5v unless your budget allows for you to get CL8 or CL7 modules (lower latency is better). 8GB (2x4GB) is fine for now allowing you to add another 8GB down the road if needed.

You are on the right track and shaping up to be a good build. Enjoy that rig!
April 15, 2011 8:13:52 PM

For Video Editing and Games, I would go with an Intel Core i7 2600k and a good P67 motherboard. Also, Nvidia's technologies(Cuda,OpenGL) are better for video editing as well as for gaming. So NVidia and Intel are the clear winners for me here!

Although I will post two different builds for you because I think that an AMD System can do the job too!

A very good case that is cheaper than NZXT, so you can buy more important parts for your system.

Antec One Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

P67 Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would get 2(two) 570's because 1)they scale very good in SLI and they are very close to 6990 in terms of gaming perfomance 2)For video editing 6990 can't use it's second core to process video and although a lot of video editing programs don't scale with SLI, you will have better perfomance even with 1 570 in use!
3)6990 is LOUD! :pt1cable: 

2* ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For RAM 8GB seems good to me for now!I think 12GB is overkill.

Kingston HyperX Grey Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

















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April 15, 2011 8:14:25 PM

looks pretty good
Intel would be better for lots of stuff, but AMD will work fine too. check out some benchmarks for these processors at the same price http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=203
starcraft 2: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/129
AMD is definitely the way to go for multi monitor gaming, but beware as the 6990 might get very hot and noisy if that would bother you
what have you chosen as your PSU and are you going to get an aftermarket CPU cooler? also HDDs/SSDs?
April 15, 2011 8:18:24 PM

With 2 570's he can have not only NVidia Surround but also 3D Vision surround for superb gaming experience!
April 15, 2011 8:25:15 PM

michxymi said:
With 2 570's he can have not only NVidia Surround but also 3D Vision surround for superb gaming experience!


AMD destorys Nvidia in multi monitor gaming. The extra VRAM really helps
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/04/11/amd_radeon_69...
OP should only go with nvidia if he wants the 3D, but AMD supports 3D as well
April 15, 2011 9:39:08 PM

attackllama: nice update, errm for the PSU i've had a look at some cooler master and Antec ones, around 850W, im not 100% sure if that has enough power for the rig as of yet, any thoughts, and Im thinking about a SSD for my operating system and main most powerful programms, and a HHD's due to the amount of space they have for the lesser stuff, movies, music, ect. for the CPU cooler im not to sure. any thought i would like to no I have a decent cooler in case i choose to over clock if that a good way to go.
April 15, 2011 9:39:49 PM

sadams04- Thanks for the help, I've looked at overclocking, but never used it,
is it a good way to go?
April 15, 2011 9:41:18 PM

michxymi: Nah the sound of components would not really bother me, ive looked at multiple graphics cards, and for the 2 cards the MOBO has CrossLinx 3, but ive heard mix reviews on combining the cards together.
April 15, 2011 11:36:56 PM

the coolmaster hyper212 is a great cooler, and it is relatively low priced
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For PSUs, quality is important. Corsair is one of the most trusted names for PSUs. For a powerful card like a 6990, you should probably get 750w or higher. I believe the 6990 can use up to 450w on its own when it is overclocked
April 16, 2011 1:24:42 AM

attackllama said:
AMD destorys Nvidia in multi monitor gaming. The extra VRAM really helps
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/04/11/amd_radeon_69...
OP should only go with nvidia if he wants the 3D, but AMD supports 3D as well

I wouldn't say AMD destroys Nvidia in 3d gaming. If anything helped AMD in that review it was the presence of the 6990 and the absence of the gtx 590.
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