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October 7, 2011 1:31:54 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: late this month or early next month

Budget Range: $500 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Videos

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS, Optical Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter.com newegg.com tigerdirect.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Blue n Black

Overclocking: When I upgrade to BD

SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire dual 6950's later

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

AMD Budget Gaming Build (upgradable)

Phenom II x4 840 w/ ASUS M5A97 EVO AM3+ 970 ATX AMD ($180)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 1.5TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 7,200 RPM ($60)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 ($62)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 760 Watt ATX Power Supply ($80)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Palit GTX 460 768 MB (Fermi) ($80)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower Computer Case ($40)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Xigmatek Apache EP-CD903 Black 92MM CPU COOLER ($8)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

TOTAL = $500

Upgrade Plans.
CPU -> FX-41XX
Graphics Card -> Radeon HD 6950 -> Crossfire Radeon HD 6950
Case Fans -> 3 more 120mm case fans

How long does this build have to last?

4 years


Thanks for your time and opinions guys.

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October 7, 2011 2:54:45 AM

I though you would have bought your rig by now, hasn't it been 1 month already since you last asked for build advice.

Anyway since you are planning to buy next month and the bulldozers are coming out this month, better wait and ask again when it's released.
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October 7, 2011 2:57:17 AM

You wont be able to crossfire two 6950's with that motherboard . I know it says its crossfire x compatible it would be really limited by the second graphics card slot running at x 4.
Motherboards with the 970 chipset cant crossfire properly , except the asrock which does some magic electric trick to make that possible .

But theres not much chance you will need two graphics cards any time soon , and by the time you ever do there will be newer be a newer generation of graphics cards available to upgrade to .
Its always worked out for me that by the time I could crossfire or SLI I was always going to be better off with one newer single card .

I like this build a lot . Sensible , and a good foundation to build on when funds become available
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October 7, 2011 10:27:39 AM

So, I should get a 990FX mobo?
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October 7, 2011 10:31:25 AM

990 yes or the ASRock 970 Extreme4
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October 7, 2011 10:32:04 AM

cutebeans said:
I though you would have bought your rig by now, hasn't it been 1 month already since you last asked for build advice.

Anyway since you are planning to buy next month and the bulldozers are coming out this month, better wait and ask again when it's released.


I won't have the funds to afford BD. :( 
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October 7, 2011 10:42:27 AM

ok thanks guys.
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October 7, 2011 10:42:37 AM

Best answer selected by samuelspark.
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