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June 28, 2011 7:52:45 PM

Hi, im trying to build a good gaming pc for 2011/2012 i am trying to stay under $1000 here is what i plan on getting

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-M2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I am using my old 700W power supply and my old pc case and cd/dvd burner with windows 7 premium 64-bit

Any suggestions on how to make my build cheaper without losing any performance will be greatly appreciated i plan to eventually get another hd 6870 card to run crossfire. I am also using a 19 inch plug and play screen but i plan on getting a 24 inch hd screen


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June 28, 2011 8:08:28 PM

Thats not a great gaming PC.
Either go for the 2500K + Z68, or a X4 955 + 990F/X with a Bulldozer drop-in a little later. Either case, a mid-range board would do and spend the money to get a 6950.
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June 29, 2011 4:49:16 AM

YOU ARE AWESOME :)  you helped me out so much that is a much better build i went with:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)

BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866

XFX HD695XZDDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

700W power supply

My only question is in the future instead of upgrading the CPU and video card could i just had another 6950 and run crossfire
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June 29, 2011 4:56:32 AM

^ Yes you can go HD 6950 Crossfire, but what is the make and model of the PSU do you have ?? A HIGH QUALITY 700W PSU would suffice for HD 6950 Crossfire - Stress on High Quality there,...
And from where are you buying the parts from ??
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June 29, 2011 5:08:52 AM

I don't think that my PSU is crossfire compatible...... so for that reason i'm having second thoughts i will go with: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866

So in the future when bulldozer is out and drops down in price i will get that :) 

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June 29, 2011 5:12:34 AM

^^Crossife 6950s would be a great upgrade path, but like gkay said, it's just an issue of PSU. If you have a high quality unit with FULL rating on the +12v rail (or sufficiently over amperage on the multiple +12v rails) you will be fine.
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June 29, 2011 5:17:55 AM

^^ Why do you have to ? Instead go with your previous config - i5 + HD 6950, when you have the money for another HD 6950, get a PSU as well,... A good quality 700-750W would cost roughly ~$90-$100 also the price of the 6950 would come down then,...
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June 29, 2011 5:22:52 AM

brian1239 said:
I don't think that my PSU is crossfire compatible...... so for that reason i'm having second thoughts i will go with: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866

So in the future when bulldozer is out and drops down in price i will get that :) 

And what if Bulldozer is another AMD paperweight ? No benchmarks,no release date...no nothing.

Try this...it's in your budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.98 + $15.00 Mail In Rebates save: $15.00
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $188.98 save: $40.00
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
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June 29, 2011 5:27:33 AM

^ Well I know Why_Me is an Intel fan ;)  but still what he saying makes sense as why to invest now itself for a CPU that has no concrete performance indicators,...
For a gaming PC, the i5 is much suited,...
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June 29, 2011 6:32:43 AM

Best answer selected by brian1239.
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June 29, 2011 6:40:04 AM

Ok i am going with the i5 2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)

XFX HD695XZDDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

And in the future i will buy a new PSU and get a second 6950

Thx you everyone for the feedback and help
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June 29, 2011 4:45:08 PM

Not to jump in late, but you want the 2500K, not the 2500. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Without the "K", you will not be able to overclock!
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June 30, 2011 3:48:15 PM

Yep i got the 2500K :)  i ordered all my parts yesterday on newegg.ca since im in canada
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