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January 3, 2012 3:21:29 PM

I am building my first computer soon and I am still deciding on what to put in it. I am mostly going to be gaming and I want a setup that will be able to handle 3 monitors. This is what I have so far:

Case: Coolermaster HAF X
CPU: AMD FX 6100
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3
Graphics: 2 x XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB
PSU: COOLMAX ZP-1000B 1000W
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB
Heatsink: COOLER MASTER V6
HD: Hitachi 500gb 7200rpm
Discdrive: Asus dvd/cd burner

As I said this is my first build so any opinions are much appreciated. Let me know if you think it is too much or if I should change something. I have been going back and forth between intel and amd but I think for gaming the fx 6100 should work fine. I also read on multiple forums that the radeon cards in crossfire work better on 3 monitor systems.

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January 3, 2012 3:23:14 PM

Its a good build.
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January 3, 2012 3:48:44 PM

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PSU: COOLMAX ZP-1000B 1000W


Do *NOT* - repeat - do *NOT* get a Coolmax PSU. They are a really terrible and unreliable manufacturer, they're also an OEM for companies like Ultra who don't make good products in general. Go with a Seasonic or Corsair. These would be much better choices for the money:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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CPU: AMD FX 6100
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3


I have that same board and it's an excellent board but the AMD FX series still needs a lot of work before it will begin to compete with Sandy Bridge. A lot of motherboards including this one won't support FX out of the box without a BIOS flash which means you'll have to have an older AMD CPU in order for this to work.

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HD: Hitachi 500gb 7200rpm


Hitachi hard drives are not that great - everything I've used from them has a much higher fail rate than anything else on the market. Stick with WD, Samsung, or Seagate - much better options.

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Graphics: 2 x XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB


You actually don't need the 6970 since the 2GB 6950 - with a BIOS flash - will run comparable to the 6970 and it will save you quite a bit of money.

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As I said this is my first build so any opinions are much appreciated. Let me know if you think it is too much or if I should change something. I have been going back and forth between intel and amd but I think for gaming the fx 6100 should work fine. I also read on multiple forums that the radeon cards in crossfire work better on 3 monitor systems.


In theory the FX should work fine, but right out of the box there's no AM3+ motherboard that will support it natively without a BIOS flash, and a lot of manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the latest AMD releases. You're better off going with Sandy Bridge - especially if you want to run multiple displays.

Try this build - it's a lot more comparable to what you have, with components that will last a lot longer and give you fewer headaches.

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $149.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
RAM: 8GB (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance PC12800 1600MHz 1.5V - $48.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B - $59.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $109.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB - $149.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video card: 2 x Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 - $279.99 each ($559.98 total)
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