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My second build gaming machine

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October 24, 2011 2:38:38 PM

Well I sold my old system and am ordering my parts this week. My first build i did was two years ago and was a athlon x2 250 oc'd to 3.8ghz with a HD4850 512 which served me well. Here is the specs of my new system.

CPU- phenom II x4 955 (plan on oc'ing)
GPU- Sapphire HD 6870 1gb (already bought. got for 160 plus free dirt 3 steam download)
Case- coolermaster Cm 690 II (not sure if I will get the basic or advanced. the basic is 69.99 atm and I've seen the advanced
for 79.99 but usually 89.99 will there be a noticeable difference for the 20 dollar difference. I want good cable
management and air flow. I'm not stuck on this case but for the price and reviews it seems like a good deal. Any other
cases that fit the criteria for around the same price?)
Ram- G.skill 4gb ripjaws X ddr3 1333
Cpu Cooler- Not real sure on this 100% yet. i'm thinking either the coolermaster 212 evo or corsair a70. the A70 is 39.99
the evo is 31.05. which would you recommend or another recommendation between those prices but no more
than 40.
HDD- any 1TB drive probably western digital.
Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ( don't need xfire/sli only gaming at 1680x1050 and the 6870 should be plenty for that
probably 1080p too)
DVD Burner- Asus dvd burner
PSU- XFX 550W PRO550W

So that is that. Anything that anyone would change or have any comments on. I thought about getting the fx 4100 but from what i seen in reviews the only thing the new fx chips are good for is heavy threaded apps (correct me if I'm wrong). i think its a pretty solid budget pc. I will be using this mostly for gaming along with HD video, internet browsing.

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October 24, 2011 2:53:34 PM

get 8gb of ram. you'll thank yourself later.
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October 24, 2011 2:53:57 PM

Why would you get the Phenom II over a Sandy Bridge system? Gaming is all about single core performance, and Sandy Bridge provides that in spades over Phenom II, especially the i5-2500K.
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October 24, 2011 3:04:47 PM

budget pc?
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October 24, 2011 9:03:31 PM

drew455 said:
get 8gb of ram. you'll thank yourself later.


Why is that. I`ve had no issues running 4gbs before.
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October 24, 2011 9:07:19 PM

Mozart25 said:
Why would you get the Phenom II over a Sandy Bridge system? Gaming is all about single core performance, and Sandy Bridge provides that in spades over Phenom II, especially the i5-2500K.


Yeah but its 100 dollars more plus the motherboards are more so i would have to scrimp on a video card and a few frames per second a cpu will provide is nothing compared to a good video card.
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October 24, 2011 9:09:55 PM

drew455 said:
budget pc?


Well i guess that my opinion. How about budget 1080P gaming system. anything under a grand I would consider budget gaming. Like i said thats my opinion.
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