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January 2, 2012 8:05:31 AM

Hello everyone, I am going to be building a new comp in 2 weeks or so and wanted to get it rated. Thank you in advance

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: 700-800 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming- swtor and skyrim.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, hard drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter, amazon. (prefer newegg and amazon since there is no taxes for them on a budget right now)

Country: usa

Parts Preferences: amd

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (x3 with eyefinity later down the road.)

Additional Comments: I do plan on upgrading the 6870 in about 6 months and will be getting either 2 6950's or 7970/7950s and will use the 6870 in different computer. Also adding an ssd later too since my hard drives are older SATA 3Gb/s


CPU AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz

CPU heatsink COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3

Memory CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

PSU CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W

GPU SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

cd drive LITE-ON DVD Burner

Windows 7 64-bit oem.

Total ends up being about 770.00 after shipping and rebates if I buy every thing at newegg.

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January 2, 2012 9:01:32 AM

It's a good AMD build. I would go for the 6950 1 GB straight away but the 6870 is fine if you need to save a few dollars now.
January 2, 2012 9:56:23 AM

If you do not need tri SLI or tri crossfire, I would go with an ASUS 990x motherboard because of better uefi bios and an HIS IceQX because it will run cooler. Also, your RAM will match the ASUS mobo. :) 

ASUS Mobo:
HIS IceQX Radeon HD 6870:

Otherwise, your build is DEFINETELY going to need a more powerful PSU if you are going to crosfire 6970's or 7970's.
For 6950's, I would not worry too much.
Try a 900w for dual 6970's :

Its okay- and find a few 120mm fans for that HAF 912

Otherwise, you are good to go!

January 2, 2012 10:01:37 PM

I am trying to save where I can, but if I could get the extra 100 would go for a 6950 2 gb. Wouldn't it Still be better to go with the 990fx for the dual 16x pcie over the dual 8x on the 990x board for the same price?

I was also worried about the 750w psu being enough. specially if I go dual 7970. Could always upgrade that to the corsair tx850 v2.

Would also like to add a couple of the cooler master 200m red led fans to the case.