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UPDATED - First Build - $846.31 - AMD - Looking for final advice

Hello all,

Over the past few months I have been reading what seems like every article on this site and many others in preparation of my first computer build; I have read hundreds of reviews on all the parts I have selected and believe I have finally come up with a decent computer.

Now that everything is selected, I wanted to post it here so that I might get any last minute tips, or suggestions for alterations to my current build.

If you happen to know of any compatability issues I may have missed, or places to shave off a few dollars, or even more optimum components please let me know :)


Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully by the end of this week, August 19th

Budget Range: $900, before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, modelling

Parts Not Required: OS, monitor, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: California, United States

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU

Overclocking: Yes

Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Any advice is most welcome!


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

HIS IceQ X Turbo H685QNT1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

TP-LINK TL-WN822N High Gain Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n Mini USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates Support 64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, Wireless MAC Filtering

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

APEVIA 2" Case speaker cable for computer cases that connects to the motherboard Model CVTCSPK


So, there is everything I have selected for this build. To restate it, I would be very thankfully if I could get some semblance of a final "Green Light" from someone with building experience.

Also, if someone could let me know if purchasing the motherboard speaker is unnecessary that would be great too. I couldn't find any specific mention of it on the specifications sheet of the motherboard or the website.


Well thank you so much Atlay, Circulate, and Outlander_04 for your great suggestions. I have made the recommended alterations to my build and I feel much more confident now.

I am going to wait till late tonight or early tomorrow to order, just in case anyone else, or either of you three saints have anything else to add or recommend.
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  1. Buy it man!

    My only piece of advice/questioning is: Why not get 2x4gig ram? Save some slots for the future. I just picked up 8 gigs (2x4gig) ddr3 ram for 48 bucks.

    Also, maybe think about getting a 250gig SSD. It's worth it IMO.
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    ^^ No, SSD is not worth it, but he can upgrade next summer..

    Okay first of all, get an AM3+ Board...

    Second, like circ said, get 2x4GB, MUCH better...

    third, Your case is veeery bad... It's not any good. If i were you i would go for: Cooler master 690 ii, NZXT M59, Corsair 650D, Etc something good.

    fourth, Your mobo already comes with a speaker, if not your case should..

    fifth, your psu is a good choice, But pay a LITTLE extra and go for the Corsair TX750M, M = modular so you don't have hell with the cables...

    Sixth, ehh everything else seems nice, but i would still say get i3-2100, better then x4.
  3. Problems with the build :

    Get a 955. Its the exact ame part clocked lower , and you can make a simple BIOS change and run it at 965 speeds

    Get a 990 series chipset motherboard [ or 970 ] because these have the latest generation features , and they let you upgrade to future bulldozer processors that are being released next month .

    Modular psu's are a gimmick in big cases

    And ,as already mentioned, 2 x4 gig of RAM
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