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New builder attempting a Llano build, please advise...

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July 15, 2011 3:26:51 PM

Brand new to the forums, so please forgive me if I'm not asking correctly for adivce for this.
Just seeing if anyone has any recommendations or advice, or criticisms for this build.
I am a first time builder and will be using my two 500mb SATA II drives from my previous system, as I don't feel I need more than that, but didn't know if I should maybe pick up a SATA 6 drive for the speed. Also using my DVD/CD burner from the previous system.

Please let me know what you think, and thanks in advance!

CPU: AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103942&cm_re=fan_for_FM1_socket-_-19-103-942-_-Product

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-A75-UD4H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128515&Tpk=GIGABYTE%20GA-A75-UD4H%20FM1%20AMD%20A75%20%28Hudson%20D3%29%20SATA

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory (there will be two sets of these for a total of 16 GB's of RAM)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455

GPU: PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (I understand that with the Lllano this will be overkill on the graphics, but that's what I'm going for!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131374

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

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July 15, 2011 5:07:58 PM

Your better off just getting a Phenom 955 if your not planning on using onboard as the A8-3850 uses an Athlon II processor.
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July 15, 2011 5:40:43 PM

Few things that you should know. Llano APUs are good no doubt. Its main selling point is the capable on die GPU. Since you plan here on using a reasonably powerful discrete GPU, the whole thing of buying a Llano CPU makes no sense.
Also 16 GB of RAM is not needed even if are into heavy multi-tasking. 8GB is more than sufficient. Here's my suggestion the Intel way :

CPU & Motherboard : $333- i5-2500K & MSI P67A G45 (review of i5-2500K)

PSU & RAM : $175- GSkill RipjawX (2X 4GB) & Thermaltake Black Widow 850 (80 plus bronze, modular )

GPU: $235- EVGA GTX 560Ti

Case: $36- NZXT Gamma Classic

Total (Excluding Rebates) : 779 USD

Rebates: 70 USD


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July 15, 2011 6:06:05 PM

So I would be incorrect in thinking that adding the extra card would act in a Crossfire capacity in this build?

The main reason for that would be to help with the various graphic design tasks required by this computer.
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July 15, 2011 10:31:07 PM

The card would not work in CF with the HD 6850.
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