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September 12, 2011 4:53:21 AM

This is for a gaming PC

Case- Corsair 600t

CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz

Motherboard- MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Memory- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Supply
- CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Video Card-XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 (HD-695X-CNDC) 2048MB PCIe x16 Gen 2.1 Eyefinity 6 Edition


F.Y.I
This is the first time I'm building a desktop computer. I finally got a job that gives decent pay.
I don't know much about computers because I never had a chance to purchase one but now that I can I'm ready to dive into the world of computers. I've done my research and I got a good grasp of the components.
I welcome anyone's insights and thank you.

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September 12, 2011 4:58:27 AM

That looks very solid! I must say I purchased the 600T case today and it's awesome! I can't wait to put the components in it. Are you thinking of adding another graphics card for CrossFire down the road? That might require a bump in the power supply wattage. What about a CD/DVD/BluRay drive?
September 12, 2011 5:12:30 AM

I'm going to add a DVD/Blu-ray drive. But I was just posting up the important parts of the computer.

I'll also think about adding a second video card.

Thanks for the post.
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September 12, 2011 5:19:46 AM

I was going to suggest the opposite, as even for Crossfire you don't need 850w. This is the HX 750, it's $20 cheaper and has the same $10 rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would strongly advise against the X4 980 and that motherboard, as they're old tech and rapidly becoming unsuitable for gaming. I would know, I run a Phenom II X4. I don't know how set you are on that case, but you could save $50 easily right there and get yourself a 2500k, which is the best gaming processor out there, along with being the best value in a CPU anywhere. It runs $50 more than the X4 980 ($10 more if you live near a Microcenter) and is 1.5-2x more powerful, depending on the task at hand.
September 12, 2011 5:25:07 AM

The motherboard you have would have access to amd fx which based on its pricing should perform equal to or better than the sandys. From my experience even though intel's processors are better now they are not necessary since phenom's are efficient enough and you paying a price premium when it isn't really necessary. If your going to overclock get the phenom ii x4 955, it can easily achieve the same clock speeds at a lower cost. Also maybe a crossfire solution would be better since you have a board that is compatable. With the saved money you get from the phenom x4 955 you could get 2 radeon hd 6850.
September 12, 2011 5:53:28 AM

Thanks guys. I'm taking your advice and doing research on the components you suggested that I should change.
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