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August 19, 2011 9:15:21 PM

Hello,
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.

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August 19, 2011 9:35:23 PM

If your going for an AMD build then get an AMD AM3+ motherboard instead of just an AMD AM3 so you will be future proof for the new cpu's when they get released.
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August 19, 2011 9:45:12 PM

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?
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August 19, 2011 9:47:13 PM

AM3+ motherboards are compatible with AM3 cpu's

The rest of your build looks pretty good to go...If it's in your budget your could jump to a 6870 GPU....if not don't worry about it 6850 will be a good starting point
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August 19, 2011 9:49:04 PM

Thank you very much.
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August 19, 2011 9:57:22 PM

No problem. Anything else?
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August 19, 2011 10:09:27 PM

just a couple simple things since you asked :) .

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.
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August 19, 2011 10:17:31 PM

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.

Gaming=quad core
Video editing and other type programs will benefit from the 6 core. Just depends on what you mostly use the system for.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=290
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August 19, 2011 10:20:07 PM

Sweet thanks I may make that switch then. Do you think sapphire is an ok brand to go with for those cards? They usually have the best price and seem to always have solid reviews.
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August 19, 2011 10:23:21 PM

Yes...if I ever switch to AMD that is the company im getting cards from.
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August 19, 2011 10:33:31 PM

That is a single program bench for cards (PassMark). That chart I gave you should have the same thing on it but along with all the other diff benchmarks.

Nevermind...the chart I gave you doesn't compare the two with that program
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August 20, 2011 6:43:45 AM

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.
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August 20, 2011 7:58:58 PM

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.
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August 30, 2011 10:35:51 PM

Best answer selected by mackz789.
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