Mid-rge Gaming PC Build

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=569_26_335&item_id=039494

GPU: Radeon HD6870
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=569_43_557_558&item_id=035710

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750W
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=569_33_444&item_id=023467

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=569_24_311_312_612&item_id=040047

Case: Unsure

HD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=569_15_210_212&item_id=035361

Optical: Unsure/whatever works

Also: Was going to invest in Coolermaster Hyper 212
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=569_8_129&item_id=025125


Any help would be awesome guys, ty
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  1. http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advanced-Tower-SuperSpeed/dp/B001EPUQAE

    nice case for gaming :) get haf x if you dont want to clean it as often more money though
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. I also really liked the energy saving features of the bluetooth connectivity on the MOBO
  6. 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.
  7. 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 ;)
  8. I just ordered a similar type box today.
    The GTX 560 TI is on sale at NCIX and the ram you chose is too.
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58303&vpn=N560GTX-TI%20Twin%20Frozr%20II%2FOC&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=59431&vpn=CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1366

    I ordered both of those for my box.

    Jamie
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. While relevant to the OP, this is more aimed towards FinneousPJ.

    Quote:
    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.

    Quote:
    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.
    [/EDIT]

    With more intense games (i.e. BF3 on ultra) coming out, this would only be more exaggerated.
  12. 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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