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June 11, 2011 3:49:18 PM

Im well aware that this computer will have some power. Im looking for input on the parts and any suggestions.

Case- COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior

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

CPU- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

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

MOBO- ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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

GPU- XFX HD-687A-ZDBC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (2x running crossfire)

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

PSU- COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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

Memory- CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory with Airflow Fan Model (2x totaling 4 cards)

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

CPU cooler- CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

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

HD- Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

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

Disk Drive- LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support

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



Because im spending around 1800 dollars on this i want to make sure im getting the most bang for my buck, so input would be much appreciated

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June 11, 2011 5:04:10 PM

everything is fine, bet get this parts instead of some you have

get this psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it will run any card in sli or crossfire and you will save save some money

get this hard drive instead too: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

get this sets of ram instea: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and thi mobo, it supports sli and crossfire and will support bulldozed natively too: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


with the money you will save with the parts i said to you you can get better video cards like a crossfire of hd 6950's
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June 11, 2011 5:07:13 PM

gaming! an x6! the i5 2500k is the best gaming cpu on the market right now. and games can only use like 3gb of ram so 8gb 1600mhz will be great and it is the standard. with the i5 2500k there is no need for watercooling. games are not going to use blu ray until a couple of years when the price of them goes down think of it as an upgrade.

i5 2500k 225$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

motherboard 190$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -duel ethernet ports for better internet connection

case 120$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu 120$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram 85$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu cooler 80$- http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-Heatpipe-Bearing-Cooler-NH... -this is a very quiet cpu cooler and cools great!

HDD 60$- http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern...

dvd burner 21$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gpu 1 320$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
gpu 2 320$- http://www.amazon.com/Radeon-XFX-6970-Graphics-Card/dp/... =640$ only 1 rebate per customer per product for both sites

ssd 235$ after shipping- http://www.provantage.com/corsair-cssd-f120gb3-bk~7CMHD...

total- 1776$ now that is a gaming computer! ;) 
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June 11, 2011 5:13:54 PM

the title says AMD gaming rig haha
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June 11, 2011 5:17:45 PM

i know he should reconsider and i told him why. if he does skip the x6 since it is a waste of money if you are just gaming and get the x4. oh and i have AMD gpu's in the rig i posted haha
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June 11, 2011 5:26:43 PM

well he will be able to use bulldozer too, i dont see a reason why he should not consider amd
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June 11, 2011 5:31:23 PM

sure then he can get the x4 and wait until august to get a cpu which i think will not beat the 2500k in gaming even though i want it to so it will drive down prices. i just dont see a 6 or 8 core processor being good at gaming. and he posted an am3 motherboard you need an am3+ mobo to run bulldozer and am3+ mobo's can run x4's if you didnt know that.
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June 11, 2011 6:06:01 PM

think when games start using more cores, it could be in a while, but it will happen
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June 11, 2011 6:15:25 PM

there is no reason to think that far ahead in the future. any ways ivy bridge which will kill bulldozer is coming out late this year and it will run on the 1155 socket like sandy bridge. there is really no reason to go with amd for a gaming rig
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June 11, 2011 6:53:16 PM

i think it comes down to personal preference in the end, lets see what he says
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June 11, 2011 7:08:18 PM

Thank you both for the input. from the start ive leaned toward AMD due to the price per core, which tends to be lower with AMD. I dont know too much about the intel chipsets but i like how easily overclocked the AMD's are. I would have gone with either one, but i already have an AMD Athlon 2 x4 630 that i will probably use until i either need the 1100t or have the money to upgrade. ill probably go with the MOBO you recommended, megagabobe, it looks solid and seems to match better with the GPU. hah, yeah im worried about looks and matching color. as for the blu ray, ill probably be using that for movies too so i just got that because it can play dvds as well. The only reason i picked out a 1000w psu is because i have 3 other hard drives that i want to install and that set me at 860-something watts on the psu calculator. Thanks again for the input and ill look into intel a little more before making any purchases.
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June 11, 2011 7:48:23 PM

no problem bro, you do not need a 1000w psu, get the 850w i put in the links, and the ram too its much cheaper, you wont feel a difference from the dominators to the ripjaws
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June 11, 2011 7:53:35 PM

price for performance ratio goes to intel and the i5 2500k can be oc'd to 4.4 ghz without even touching voltage and just bumping up the cpu multiplier to 44x (i'm running mine at that right now). price per core is no way to judge a cpu if you are just gaming games can only take advantage of 4 cores. if you want to save your money and wait till ivy bridge a good processor to get is a i3 2100 it is better than the x4 955 in gaming even though it has 2 cores. 3 hdd's can not take up that many watts! what site are you on?
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July 7, 2011 12:48:53 AM

My final computer build specs.

changes made:

-instead of getting the 1100t im going to stay with my athlon x4 630 until bulldozer is released

-for the mobo im going with the crosshair v formula which will be better than the sabertooth and the crosshair iv

-for the gpu im going with a single xfx radeon hd 6950 1gb dual fan gpu and ill be upgrading to dual or tri crossfire down the road

-and for the cooler im going with the h60 because it is less bulky and i like the mounting system better

feel free to give me any final suggestions before i order the parts in a week or so. :) 
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July 7, 2011 9:24:05 PM

kilbury said:
My final computer build specs.

changes made:

-instead of getting the 1100t im going to stay with my athlon x4 630 until bulldozer is released

-for the mobo im going with the crosshair v formula which will be better than the sabertooth and the crosshair iv

-for the gpu im going with a single xfx radeon hd 6950 1gb dual fan gpu and ill be upgrading to dual or tri crossfire down the road

-and for the cooler im going with the h60 because it is less bulky and i like the mounting system better

feel free to give me any final suggestions before i order the parts in a week or so. :) 


Everything looks fine to me, i still would get the phenom II 955 but thats just my opinion, i believe the athlon II x4 can run any game right now with good FPS
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July 9, 2011 12:17:12 PM

I thought about getting another cpu but i figured i got the crosshair v which is bulldozer compatible so i might as well stick with my athlon that i have from my last computer until bulldozer. i do a lot of editing and other stuff like that and ill be going to college for enginering so im thinking an octa-core processor would be nice for design programs in the future.
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July 11, 2011 2:15:23 AM

kilbury said:
I thought about getting another cpu but i figured i got the crosshair v which is bulldozer compatible so i might as well stick with my athlon that i have from my last computer until bulldozer. i do a lot of editing and other stuff like that and ill be going to college for enginering so im thinking an octa-core processor would be nice for design programs in the future.

if you already got the athlon from an old computer stick with that =D, until bulldozer comes out, i share the same opinion as u haha
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July 11, 2011 4:01:03 AM

Didn't read everything, but I can agree with the idea of keeping your chip. I've got an Athlon II x4 640 and it runs pretty much everything I want at this point. Get a very nice GPU with the $$ you save, and I'd hold off for Bulldozer which should compete with i5/i7. So at that point, if you've got the $$, then upgrade. But for now, with a good card, I think your system will run pretty much everything you want.
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July 11, 2011 5:15:41 AM

If you are building AMD then use a new AM3+ mb with a 9XX series chip set
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July 11, 2011 5:42:19 AM

i have an asus crosshair IV formula and I believe it will be compatible with bulldozer, so im a bit calm now haha
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July 11, 2011 6:19:10 AM

megagabobe1 said:
i have an asus crosshair IV formula and I believe it will be compatible with bulldozer, so im a bit calm now haha


Its an 8XX chipset . From the look of the white socket you may need a BIOS update to run BD , if it will run it at all .
Have you even checked the ASUS website ?

With a 9XX chipset you have certainty and all the power management features of BD will work .

In other words you are spending a lot on technology thats already passed its use by date
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July 11, 2011 2:23:39 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Its an 8XX chipset . From the look of the white socket you may need a BIOS update to run BD , if it will run it at all .
Have you even checked the ASUS website ?

With a 9XX chipset you have certainty and all the power management features of BD will work .

In other words you are spending a lot on technology thats already passed its use by date

i've checked the asus website and there is a bios update to be able use bullzdozer, but the power saving features will not work
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July 11, 2011 2:48:01 PM

Power saving features, phooey, lol. Long as you've got a good power supply, and don't mind a higher electric bill.
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July 11, 2011 8:53:04 PM

so , yeah , dont waste money on an older tech mb with features you cant use

and esp not that one since you havent mention quad crossfire...which isnt even possible with 6870's

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July 12, 2011 3:41:02 AM

Outlander_04 said:
so , yeah , dont waste money on an older tech mb with features you cant use

and esp not that one since you havent mention quad crossfire...which isnt even possible with 6870's


i bought it before bulldozer was announced bro.... haha, im just saying that if i want to, i will be able to use bulldozer
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