First AMD Build

Hello,

Thanks for taking the time to look over this.

It's been about 8 years since I've done a build (yes, my last one lasted me that long) and I'm hoping to focus on long-term upgradeability in addition to immediately having an above average gaming rig.

Thus, I'm attempting my first AMD build. My last two have been Intel. Please provide feedback on components and let me know if you see any glaring issues or obvious upgrades.

I already have a 1TB SATA HD, so that is not included in the build.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=18648626

Thanks again!
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  1. Everything is compatiable, but why 16GB RAM?
  2. I those money you can buy a much more performant computer based on Intel i5 2500k.
  3. Sorry...

    Approximate Purchase Date: Before Dec 20, 2011

    Budget Range: 600-900

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, Working Remotely, Media Hub, Video Editing,

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

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

    Country: US

    Parts Preferences: Attempting AMD build

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (would need different PSU)

    Monitor Resolution: Undecided

    Additional Comments: See OP
  4. If you can get an i5 into a $700 build more power to you


    Edited: Ooo $900 max now let me see how I can tweak a i5 in there :D
  5. Looks good. I love the Corsair TX PSUs. Any particular reasons you are choosing AMD?

    If you want a gaming machine I might splurge on the GPU a bit more. Also the 6870 can be had at around the same price as the 6850, after rebate:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561
  6. Emelth,

    I wanted the 4GB sticks, and it was affordable to buy 4x.
  7. Every part are very nice to have one.
    http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html
    Use this site to know how much power you need and please add 150W for correct power you need.
    That's all, most of all part are very fine~ spec.
    good luck~
  8. 1- If you plan to SLI or Crossfire:

    If you MUST stay in AMD:
    You should get a 'weaker' CPU (get a Phenom II X4 955 for example and OC it)
    And spend the money in a more powerful PSU.

    If you can go to INTEL:
    Go for the i5-2500k, it's an awesome CPU, and futureproof is much more capable than Phenom II for future apps, it's monocore performance is just great.

    Long-term upgradeability can't happen, IMO, without a mobo exchange. I think AMD will change the socket for their next CPU launch (piledriver)
    Buying this AMD isn't good for future upgradeability, this CPU is pretty much the better AMD cpu for gaming now (thuban and bulldozer DO NOT give better performance in games), and, only IF AMD:
    - skyrockets the piledriver IPC
    - AND maintain the socket
    You would be able to upgrade to a better gaming cpu
  9. singemagique,

    As I said, it's been a while since I've done this. Last build I went Intel Duo in a 775 socket on a gigabyte motherboard. This may be ignorance, but it's my understanding that AMD does better about socket compatibility for long term upgrades, so I figured getting the AM3+ board would last me longer. Also, I've read it actually excels in gaming, and is more affordable.
  10. Vitornob and singe,

    I'm not sure it'll be necessary to crossfire, but I wanted the capability should I decide to. Thus, the 6850.


    Also, the Phenom II 955 was only ~$20 cheaper on Newegg, thus just saying "screw it" and getting the 980.

    I can easily upgrade the Corsair PSU to 750 if need be, just thought 650 would be enough. Need to rerun my numbers.

    Also, anybody have any experience with that case?
  11. Vitor,

    What mobo would you reccomend then?
  12. Not a very good build if I say so myself.

    Don't worry I will help you!

    Stick with the CM Storm Scout case. It's pretty good. $70

    AMD Phenom II x 4 965 + XFX 6950 $366
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.771093

    Antec Earthwatts 750w $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371051

    Asrock Extreme4 970 AM3+ Motherboard $118
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262

    G.skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600MHz $45
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    Reasons why I chose these parts.

    Getting a 6950 would be better than a 6850 and with the motherboard I chose you can add another 6950 when your performance goes down, which I assure you will not go down for a while.

    The PSU will be able to handle OC and crossfire and have plenty of watts to spare.

    The G.skill ram is one of the best. Nuff said.
  13. Did you need an OS as well, and a CD/DVD player?
  14. A Intel build I considered, fyi: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=222

    Cutebeans, why that MOBO over the original one?

    I do not need the OS (have Win7Pro) nor Optical Drive (Have one from previous build, and rarely use it, regardless)
  15. Thought so make sure you update your first post to the format and add in all the parts you have already so people dont get confused
  16. the first motherboard is too expensive for your needs and you won't notice the diffrence with the one I chose.

    I do agree with most of the people here saying an i5-2500k build would be better.

    An i5-2500k + 6950 combo
    z68 motherboard
    750 antec earthwatts
    G.skill Ripjaws 8gb

    But I saw the title and it seemed that you wanted to go purely AMD.
  17. About the mobo:
    Since the AM3+ Socket COULD BE changed to another socket in Piledriver, I just wanted to point out that the build can't be highly upgradable in the CPU area without a future not yet existent mobo change.

    (It could be better achieved with an intel rig, since ivy bridge uses the same LGA 1155 socket as Sandy Bridge, but since this is strictely an AMD build, this is out of question)
  18. Sounds like I should revisit my first draft of an i7/i5 build... Thanks all.
  19. BOOOYAHHH! Got an intel build for you that will beat the crap out of those AMD builds. You can take it or leave it and I assume you have an HDD since you didnt put one in your Wish List

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $50.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    Intel Core i5-2500K - $215.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $125.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $26.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $245.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $95.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular - $75.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017&cm_sp=Cat_Power_Supplies-_-Spotlight-_-17-341-017

    Total: $805 (W/o Shipping/Taxs/MIRs)
  20. vitornob said:
    About the mobo:
    Since the AM3+ Socket COULD BE changed to another socket in Piledriver, I just wanted to point out that the build can't be highly upgradable in the CPU area without a future not yet existent mobo change.

    (It could be better achieved with an intel rig, since ivy bridge uses the same LGA 1155 socket as Sandy Bridge, but since this is strictely an AMD build, this is out of question)


    I highly doubt anyone with an i5-2500k will jump to Ivy Bridge.
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