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Mid-rge Gaming PC Build

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October 12, 2011 11:50:19 PM

Hey guys, just looking for some input on a new rig I want to build. I'm new, so if there is anything that is incompatible, please let me know. If I can make improvements anywhere, advice would be greatly appreciated, Thanks.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week
Budget Range:$700-1000
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: canadacomputers.com (Obvious reasons I'm sure haha)
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: Gonna be going AMD Phenom II X4
Overclocking: Probably not, since I don't know what I'm doing
SLI or Crossfire: Down the road

So far this is what I've come up with:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955BE

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 Socket AM3+
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=5...

GPU: Radeon HD6870
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=5...

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750W
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=5...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=5...

Case: Unsure

HD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=5...

Optical: Unsure/whatever works

Also: Was going to invest in Coolermaster Hyper 212
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=5...


Any help would be awesome guys, ty

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October 13, 2011 2:43:26 AM

Ya i was looking into a HAF actually. Didn't know exactly how much room I'd need tho. Any suggestions in the way of my set-up? Or is it lookin like it will be a decent build?
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October 13, 2011 4:04:03 AM

Just to clarify, are you sure that you will be using crossfire/sli in the future?
And do you HAVE to use that processor?

I ask this as your processor will bottleneck any multi card solution and so waste the extra power. You could get a cheaper mATX board and use the money for a more powerful single card solution - maybe a 6950 or GTX560Ti.

If you are looking for crossfire/sli, the i3 2100 is much better than the 955
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October 13, 2011 3:54:41 PM

The reasoning behind the processor was that I am on somewhat of a budget, and decided to go the AMD route. I was under the impression that the 955 BE was the best solution for my money. If I was going intel I would want an i5, but I just don't want the price of my rig to go through the roof. As you know, it becomes a pretty slippery slope haha
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October 13, 2011 3:56:24 PM

I also really liked the energy saving features of the bluetooth connectivity on the MOBO
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October 13, 2011 4:07:20 PM

mattyg_nz said:
Just to clarify, are you sure that you will be using crossfire/sli in the future?
And do you HAVE to use that processor?

I ask this as your processor will bottleneck any multi card solution and so waste the extra power. You could get a cheaper mATX board and use the money for a more powerful single card solution - maybe a 6950 or GTX560Ti.

If you are looking for crossfire/sli, the i3 2100 is much better than the 955


I call BS. Please show proof.
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October 13, 2011 4:09:45 PM

My opinion is that's a very powerful build, especially when you get the cash to get 6870 CF. I've heard good things about that mobo too. Buying that CPU though you're obliged to learn to overclock it ;) 
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October 13, 2011 4:36:29 PM

Use DirectCanada.com to get better prices. You can use them to price match or order from them. They have free shipping! I have never used them to buy, but I have used them to price match.
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October 13, 2011 4:47:00 PM

Thanks everyone, great advice for sure! ARchamps I see in your build you used the Hyper 212. Is that something you'd recommend as far as cooling goes?
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October 14, 2011 9:46:13 AM

While relevant to the OP, this is more aimed towards FinneousPJ.

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I call BS. Please show proof.

I do admit, I should hedge such a claim.

New claim: Your processor may bottleneck an SLI/Xfire build.
Proof: Extrapolation on how it already partially bottlenecks in Crysis Warhead with GTX285. You lose 5 frames at 60fps vs i7 965.
Increase complexity and double GPU compute power: 50 versus 60? 17% loss?

[EDIT]TRUE PROOF FOR ORIGINAL QUOTE:
To quote Tom's Hardware: "Here, the Core i7 shows a solid lead over the Phenom II system"
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-versus-i7,2360-6.html
FarCry 2 with XFire 4870's.
Just as a disclaimer, bottleneck and significantly reduced performance are two different things.

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so waste the extra power

I never stated the frame rate would be terrible. Just that you may as well get a single card solution for maximum value.
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With more intense games (i.e. BF3 on ultra) coming out, this would only be more exaggerated.
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October 14, 2011 1:20:45 PM

On the other hand in the link you posted we see a 120$ Phenom II (when overclocked) matching a more than twice as expensive Intel chip ;) 
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