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June 10, 2011 1:58:30 AM

1st Build: My biggest concern is compatibility. Please let me know if see any glaring problems. Build recommendations are more than welcome. Thanks for all the help.

1. CPU

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. Motherboard

ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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

3. GPU

MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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

4. Memory

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

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

5. PSU

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. Case

Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

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

7. Optical Drive

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

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

8. Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

*Already have monitor, mouse, and keyboard*

Thanks for all the help. I really appreciate it.


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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
June 10, 2011 2:46:55 AM

yes thats all fine and will work together

Three suggestions though .

The Samsung F3 500 gig hard drive is faster

You might as well use a 955 Phenom . Its the exact same part and can be overclocked to 965 speds very easily

Future upgrades to the next generation bulldozer processors are possible if you use an AM3+ motherboard
These two Asus boards are a better choice IMO
ASUS M5A87 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or an even better board for a bit more money
ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 10, 2011 3:03:35 AM

Is there any reason why everyone suggests the samsung f3 for all the builds on this site? Is it any better than the western digital or hitachi hard drives?
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
June 10, 2011 3:07:43 AM

mrjellybean said:
Is there any reason why everyone suggests the samsung f3 for all the builds on this site? Is it any better than the western digital or hitachi hard drives?


Its faster

usually its cheaper too
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June 10, 2011 3:18:59 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Its faster

usually its cheaper too

Isn't the RPM and connection speed the same?
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
June 10, 2011 3:25:41 AM

mrjellybean said:
Isn't the RPM and connection speed the same?


yes

but just as two 3 GHz processors can have completely different over all performance so can hard drives with the same connection speeds and RPM

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June 10, 2011 3:30:51 AM

I see. How would one test hard drive speeds then?
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
June 10, 2011 4:43:42 AM

mrjellybean said:
I see. How would one test hard drive speeds then?



by checking how long they take to

write files , read files
lots of small files
etc etc

search the web . There are plenty of benchmarks
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June 10, 2011 5:26:42 AM

R u planning on over clocking? If not get the 965. If so get the 955
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June 11, 2011 4:28:35 AM

Thanks for the help everyone. I will definitely switched to the 955 and the Samsung F3.

The motherboard is a little bit tricky. I am leaning towards the cheaper M5A87 just because I don't plan on SLI (not to mention x16,x4 isn't very attractive). Also, do you think I should try and sweat it out for the new ASUS 900 serious?

Thanks again everyone. Lifesavers.
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June 11, 2011 10:05:25 AM

I don't know to much about amd but the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition is cheaper and has two more cores.
Your mobo has no internal I/O for USb 3.0 son the one on your case wont work. Ether get the standard 902 or the HAF 912, it routes the cables from the back. You only need 4GB of RAM for this build and can install more later.
I would upgrade the GPU to a 6950 and then crossfire later and then flash them to 6970.
Overall its a good AMD build but I would go intel 2500k heres a build I made I think it would suit you to a tee
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced 115
Intel Core i5 2500K 219
ASUS P8P67-M PRO Motherboard B3 159
VTX3D Radeon HD6950 2GB 269
G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 99
Western Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX 89
Corsair TX-750 V2 Power Supply 145
Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive 29
CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 25
1157
These are AUS prices but its pretty close. Same thing with the graphics
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June 12, 2011 6:18:44 PM

Thanks man, I appreciate the advice. That is a nice build, but sadly it is out of my budget at the moment. Hence, the AMD build.

Thanks again.
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June 12, 2011 6:19:15 PM

Best answer selected by illanights.
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