This is my first time building a computer and I have spent the last couple months or so researching parts for it. This is what I have come up with
Case - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
Motherboard - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
DONE - Processor - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
DONE - RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Hard Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
DONE - Graphics Card -SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
DVD Drive - SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
Power Supply -Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Im getting ready to buy and I just wanted to make sure I am not overlooking something obvious that will ruin it all. been a reader for a while but first time posting any information you have would be very appreciated.
Alright I can look into that thank you. My only reason for not getting an am3+ to start with was when I was checking compatibility with pieces a lot of pieces say they are compatible with am3 but I never saw am3+ so when it says am3 does that mean it works with am3+ also?
I can get the quad core cpu I have in my original post for about $115 on sale with a promo code from new egg compared to the six core version for about $170 do you think the extra $55 or so is worth it?
Then same with the GPU the one I got seems to cover everything I want putting most games at max settings is there a real reason to spend the extra $20 or so on the 6870?
Im just trying to cut as much money as I can from places I at first went a little overkill.
This PC will mostly be used for a combination of graphic design work, adobe and what not and then a decent amount of gaming.
Honestly I would just keep the quad core because games dont really take advantage of 6 cores. Then I would spend the extra money saved from that and get the 6870...here is a chart of the two against each other. Some games increase are not as big as others. OR you could just OC the 6850 to get somewhere closer around the 6870 performance.
Video editing and other type programs will benefit from the 6 core. Just depends on what you mostly use the system for.
The only thing I would add to your build is an SSD drive. I got my first one a few months back, and wished I upgraded ALOT sooner! They are insanely expensive, but worth it if speed and responsiveness is your thing. Unfortunately, lower capacity drives are somewhat performance throttled, yet still 10x better than HDD.
They have just released a patch for the 8MB bug so everything with SSD should be working fine now. Not sure it really affected AMD though...just intel. I don't have an SSD so....yeah. Something to look in to.