First Build Need Advice :)

Approximate Purchase Date: Most probably by the end of September, early October at the latest.

Budget Range: $900 tops.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (BF3, diablo 3, witcher 2, etc.)

Parts Not Required: I already have a Thermalthake 750W modular power supply that I bought couple of months ago to start my new build but had to delay it due to masters degree getting crazy :P, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: I would like an AMD machine (with AM3+ socket) since it appears to be cheaper, but suggestions are welcome of course.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: None


Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100314VXSR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB

ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Thanks in advance guys,

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  1. Galaxy 56NGH6HS4IXZ GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card . This card is $229.99 with a $40 rebate which brings the price down to $189.99 and it comes with a free game which is a $49.99 value. It also looks like the card has a better cooling solution.

    Every thing else looks ok.
  2. Get the 955BE, it's cheaper and will run the same speed, which is 4ghz. (given you have proper cooling of course)

    The new cpu's should be out this month, I'd wait. AMD finally started shipping the 16core server Bulldozers today.
  3. Ok sounds good, so do you guys recommend nvidia over amd for the GPU?
  4. At $900, I am doing SB builds .... and yes, the 900 Mhz 560 Ti's are the best bang fort he buck for quite some time now.
  5. Alright, thanks Jack. I'll look into it.
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