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December 13, 2011 1:13:25 PM

Since I plan on continuing to play a lot of SC2 and SWTOR and want better performance, I decided to upgrade my current system. However, I ran into an issue where my current Motherboard (ASUS M2N68-AM SE2) is absolute crap and wont even recognize my Asus 6850 (my old card is a 9500GT). So I've decided to just build a new system, however, my issue is really if I should go with the Phenom II X4 or swap over to Zambezi? Any suggestions?

Here is my build list (parts in Bold I already have)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz OR AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz
Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 OR ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 DDR3
GPU: Asus AMD Radeon 6850
Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB Cavier Black
PSU: OCZ ModXstream PRO 600W
Case: Antec 300

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December 13, 2011 1:25:02 PM

The Zambezi setup will edge out the Deneb setup. AMD FX-4100 + M5A88-V EVO AM3+ with GSKILL DDR3-1600. The DDR3-1333 is fine, but no need not to up the speed with the crazy low prices. If you are looking a low latency memory that is a different story as DDR3-1333 CL7 is faster than DDR3-1600 CL9. DDR3-1600 CL8 is probably the sweet spot for price for performance...
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December 13, 2011 1:25:42 PM

Don't forget the CPU Cooler so you can overclock... Hyper 212 EVO.
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December 13, 2011 1:29:00 PM

Since you dont have motherboard or CPU.....I would seriously consider switching over to INTEL and go with a z68 motherboard and either i3-2100 or i5-2500k processor. Both will out perform what AMD has to offer in terms of gaming.

What budget do you have to spend on CPU/MOBO/RAM?

(RAM id recommend looking at 1600MHz RAM, either G.Skill or Corsair Vengeance, CL9 is fine, 8GB is fine. It shouldn't cost more than a few $ more than 1333MHz).
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December 13, 2011 2:15:43 PM

I'm partial to AMD so I'll be sticking with them for the long run! Here is what I've narrowed it down to based on the feedback

CPU: FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz
Motherboard: ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
GPU: Asus AMD Radeon 6850
Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB Cavier Black
PSU: OCZ ModXstream PRO 600W
Case: Antec 300

I changed the motherboard to a 9 series chipset so I can have a "Scorpius" system (lol). Overall this should be a big improvement over my current Athlon II X4 620 and crap $50 Asus Motherboard.
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