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August 1, 2011 6:53:40 PM

Getting ready for a new gaming rig. I like to go slightly overkill so that I don't have to upgrade as quickly. My budget is around $550 - $650 for the 4 major components. Motherboard, GPU, CPU, and RAM. I have a power supply, cd drives, hard drives, case, fans etc. Is what I have laid out a good setup? Can I save somewhere and add some more somewhere else?

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX Radeon 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II 965
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Ripjaw X 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Maybe a SSD

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August 1, 2011 7:11:11 PM

what psu do you have? do you live near a microcenter?
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August 1, 2011 7:23:56 PM

You could go with the 955. Overclocked, it'll be plenty for the GPU.
It's really impossible to go overkill on $650 :p 
This is looking like:
$120 955
$55 8gb G. Skill 1333 (You really don't need 1600; you won't see a difference at this performance level, and probably not at any other)
That leaves $475 to go between mobo and GPU.
Jeez, now I've clicked on your mobo link. How did you manage to find such an expensive AMD board? You can definitely scale down to $150 or less, leaving $300 for a GPU. Go 6950, and that'll leave you with a little extra money in your pocket, maybe for an SSD, and a plenty beastly GPU. Ask around a little more to see if a 955 can keep up with a 6950, but I think you'll be OK.
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August 1, 2011 7:44:17 PM

There is a such a range on MOBO prices that I tried to go middle of the road. I went cheap on my first build, then a little less cheap on this past one (2nd build). This will be my 3rd build and am now out of college and employed so I thought a little more would be better. This is my first try with AMD. Previous builds have been intel. From what I have been reading AMD is better and cheaper.

The 955 is $15 cheaper. Is the .2ghz not worth it? Same with the RAM. All these .# confuse me haha.

First video card I picked out, but was told its probably more than I need.
ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream700-Watt (Already own)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


My goal for this pc is to be able to play a game while being able to play a video for the gf on a second (or 3rd) monitor.
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August 1, 2011 7:45:16 PM

What is the benefit of the ASRock 990FX compared to the the ASUS 990FX?
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August 1, 2011 8:22:49 PM

SSD is an afterthought. Something I would like to have in the event I have enough left over for one large enough to hold windows 7 pro and quite a few games.


genghiskron said:
but i have very little incentive.


genghiskron, all I can offer is much appreciation. I feel that I am learning a lot from the information I am getting here and it is very helpful. I would also appreciate that you don't say it like an asshole.
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August 1, 2011 8:23:20 PM

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Wait wut?

All of the newer cards have built in hdmi?

My 6950 has one that I am using right now?


Lol still didn't answer the question as to the RESOLUTION not the monitor size, you can run a 72inch monitor and still only use 1920x1080 resoultion.


This is why I need help hahaha
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August 1, 2011 8:28:40 PM

sorry didnt mean to be a jerk, i was more referring to the fact that its no fun to argue with people about AMD vs Intel, and past experience has showed me that i end up sounding like an asshole either way.

the sandy bridge i5's are much better processors than anything AMD has to offer, not everyone can afford them.
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August 1, 2011 8:33:07 PM

Haha, I understand. I am unbiased either way. Thats why I was thinking give AMD a shot.

the i5 is $100 more. It doesnt seem likely that I will be able to get a good enough GPU by going that route.
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August 1, 2011 8:36:37 PM

do you live near a microcenter?
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August 1, 2011 8:39:27 PM

GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 has the best AMD rating on newegg. Thats all I really have to go by when choosing my own components at this point.

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

not sure what a microcenter is. Sorry for not answering that question earlier

is the radeon 6950 the best at the moment?
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August 2, 2011 12:22:45 AM

Im going to go with the 955. Just need a motherboard to go along with it. I like all the options the Asus sabertooth has, but the price is up there.
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August 2, 2011 1:25:27 AM

dmwhiteman said:
GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 has the best AMD rating on newegg. Thats all I really have to go by when choosing my own components at this point.

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

not sure what a microcenter is. Sorry for not answering that question earlier

is the radeon 6950 the best at the moment?


If you want that gigabyte mobo its on sale on ncix right now http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=62730&vpn=955%26... and you can get alot of the parts you want on ncix's weekly sales http://ncix.com/promo/promosale.php?webid=midsummer2011 I saved about 400$ on my intel computer just because of these sales :p 
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August 2, 2011 8:04:13 PM

dmwhiteman said:
What is the benefit of the ASRock 990FX compared to the the ASUS 990FX?


the ASRock is slightly cheaper, and I like ASRock ^_^. They use to be the ASUS value brand till they were spun off. It has good overclocking options in the BIOS and ASRock always has good CPU support. Heck, they have an update for their old XPress 1600 (Also known as AMD 480X) based boards to support AM3 Phenom II X4s. Of course, the ASUS sabertooth board offerx 16x/8x/8x which is better for 3 card operation than 16x/16x/4x, but if you're never going to get three cards that's a moot point ^_^
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August 2, 2011 8:42:33 PM

megamanx00 said:
the ASRock is slightly cheaper, and I like ASRock ^_^. They use to be the ASUS value brand till they were spun off. It has good overclocking options in the BIOS and ASRock always has good CPU support. Heck, they have an update for their old XPress 1600 (Also known as AMD 480X) based boards to support AM3 Phenom II X4s. Of course, the ASUS sabertooth board offerx 16x/8x/8x which is better for 3 card operation than 16x/16x/4x, but if you're never going to get three cards that's a moot point ^_^



Haha good argument! I spent the extra $10 and got the Sabertooth. Mostly because the color scheme, but as well as the minute differences. I doubt Ill ever go 3 card, hopefully 2 later this fall, but it is nice to have that option. Runnin 9800gtx in sli at the moment.
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