Advice on Budget AMD Gaming System


I have looked through the forums here and elsewhere, as well as looked at benchmarks and product info and independent reviews... and my head is starting to spin. Hoping the friendly people here can tell me if I am on the right track with this build.

Basically what I would like to know is are there any games out now that people think I wont be able to play in HD (1080).

I guess the 3 games I am looking forward to playing on this system (when they come out) are BF:BC3, D3 and GW2.

Is there anything bottlenecking this build? Is it worth spending another $150 on a 120g SSD? Does the case have sufficient airflow? Etc etc.

I am in Brisbane, Australia, so all parts will be sourced at my local Umart in Milton. Some of what I have listed is based on current availability, as I intend to buy very soon (2 weeks at most).

All advice is welcome, but I would like to keep this build around $1200.00 or less, the cheaper the better as long as performance doesn't suffer too greatly.

Prices are from Umart, Milton, and are in $AUD.

Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T(2.8GHz) - AM3, 9MB Cache,125W - $149.00

Motherboard: Asus M4A89GTD-Pro USB3 AM3 890GX 4DDR3 2PCIE RAID VGA GLAN 2FW ATX HD - $156.00

RAM: G Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24(CL9D-8GBRL) - $89.00

Graphics Card's: 2x Sapphire HD6850 1G GDDR5 PCIE HDMI DP - $168.50 each / $337.00

Hard Drive: Western Digital 500G SATA3 HDD Caviar Blue - $39.00

Case: Antec Three Hundred Tower Gaming Case- Black NO PSU - $59.00

Power Supply: CoolerMaster GX750W PSU 80+ - $115.00

Cooling: Xigmatek CPU Cooler S1283 Red Scorpion - $33.00

DVD Burner: Samsung 22X DVDRW Black SATA - $25.00

Total Price: $1002.00
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    from Umart in Milton:

    intel Sandy Bridge is a better gaming build at this point in time
    Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 SATA II 7200RPM 32M $58.00
    Corsair TX-750 750W ATX Power $144.00
    Antec Three Hundred Tower Gaming Case- Black NO PSU $59.00
    Samsung 22X DVDRW Black SATA $25.00 $2.27 $25.00
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Universal Cooler $32.00
    G Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24(CL9D-8GBRL) $89.00
    Sapphire HD6850 1G GDDR5 PCIE HDMI DP $168.50 x2 = $337.00
    Intel Core i5 2500K Processor LGA1155 3.3GHz CPU $214.00
    Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 4xDDR3 HDMI GLAN 2xPCI-E CrossFireX SLI SATA3 RA $169.00

    inc GST $1127.00

    the GA-Z68XP-UD3 MB is on pre order, but if you really want to fly get this one:

    Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD 4xDDR3 SATA3 20G Intel SSD $286

    is has a built in 20GB SSD to use Intel's smart response technology (ssd caches the HDD)
  2. Don't get a 6 core, get a quad core for gaming. Faster gHz and cheaper. 6 core is overkill.
  3. Best answer selected by JCoco.
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