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April 24, 2011 4:00:29 AM

Hello I am about to build my first gaming pc and I would like some recommendations for the rest of my components.

Components:
GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 24, 2011 12:26:33 PM

First off, please read the "how to ask for new build advice" http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

It makes it easier for us to simply read though your requirements and then choose parts according to your overclocking/multiGPU/Budgetary/etc wishes!

Some initial advice though!

Generally for gaming computers you don't want to go for anything over 4 cores. The extra cores are simply not utilized in modern games and you have the issue of a quad core CPU is faster than a Hexa core CPU with 2 of the cores disabled! In the AMD Range the Phenom II x4 955 or 965 are optimal for this use!

For the motherboard I tend to recommend the 800 series chipset from AMD and for the moment the ASUS range of motherboards as they are supposed to be offering Bulldozer support via a BIOS update which would allow upgrading to the AMD FX series without having to buy a new motherboard, and then OS

For other parts just quickly (you can find all these on newegg but I do not have time to post links I'm sorry)

CPU -- AMD Phenom II x4 955 B.E.
RAM -- GSKILL Ripjaws 8GB 2 by 4GB sticks
MOTHERBOARD -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631
GPU -- ASUS AMD Radeon 6950 Direct CUII edition
CASE -- Cooler Master HAF 912 or similar (Case preferences please)
Power Supply -- Seasonic M12 620 watt or larger if wanting to crossfire later!
OS -- windows 7 Home Premium
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April 25, 2011 3:57:55 AM

iSwagger said:
Sorry that was my first post but is this the GPU you recommended
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yep thats the one! Generally with the Radeon GPUs you'll want to get one with a different cooler to the stock edition! The stock edition uses the centrifugal fan which gets quite noisy! The Radeon GPUs however are better if you are going with an AMD processor as they don't require as much CPU power to run!

Please take a quick look at the latest intel Sandy Bridge range of CPUs aswell before you make a decision on the build! I'd be recommending the Core i5 2500 edition for about $200 and a P8P67 motherboard from ASUS! I assume that you would rather not overclock your CPU?
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April 25, 2011 8:26:49 PM

Im certain I want a AMD processor and I may over-clock probably not though.
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April 26, 2011 2:14:28 AM

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Im certain I want a AMD processor and I may over-clock probably not though.


Okay then ... Well while the AMD offerings are not as fast as the Intel at the moment, they will do the job!

Also if you can wait until mid June when the AMD FX range of CPUs come out then I would recommend doing that ... but if you really need a new Computer now then the AMD Phenom range will do the job!
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April 26, 2011 2:55:11 AM

New line of CPU's :o  I will wait for them and so I can have more money when I purchase.
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April 26, 2011 4:38:59 AM

Sure thing, Just bump up this thread or start a new one when the time comes! Keep an eye on Tom's as I expect that there will be a lot of benchmarking noise when the Bulldozers come out!
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May 6, 2011 12:06:34 AM

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