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January 5, 2012 4:18:51 AM

Hi i plan on building a new AMD build by Feb 18, i need some help and suggestions from everyone. i'm building it for my wife who wants to use it for gaming but doesn't want to spend much like the one i did with intel.

Budget: 2,000$ (US) can go a bit over it if needed but hopefully not more than 2,200$

Store: Newegg(preferred) or Tigerdirect (which ever one of them sells them cheaper)

I Already have a Razer Mamba New Edition Mice/ Battlefield 3 Razer keyboard/ 27' Seasonic Monitor/Samsung Blu-ray Optical Drive/Win7 Ultimate

-Processor:
AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX - 269.99$]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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AMD HDE00ZFBGRBOX Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Processor - Six Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3MB L2 Cache, 3.30GHz, Socket AM3, 125W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail - 199.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

-Mother Board:
ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS - 229.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
ASUS Crosshair V Formula/Thunderbolt AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - 309.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Chassis:
NZXT PHAN-003RD Phantom Full-Tower Case - E-ATX, ATX, MicroATX, 5 x 5.25" Bays, 7 x 3.5"Bays, 200mm LED Fan, White / Red - 129.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

-Power Supply: (Corsair only)
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - 189.99$

-Video Card: (preferred brand is SAPPHIRE no.1 and XFX as 2nd) (going for Crossfire)
XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 Video Card - 2048MB, GDDR5, PCIe, Dual mini-Display Port, HDMI, Dual DVI - 319.99$ x 2 = 639.98$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

-RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R - 49.99$ x 2 = 99.98$

-HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 249.99$

-SSD:
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 179.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if i get the Bulldozer + the thunderbolt mobo i get a 2,069.9$
if i get the phenom + the thunderbolt mobo i get a 1999.9$
if i get the Bulldozer + the normal crosshair mobo i get a 1989.9$
if i get the phenom + the normal crosshair mobo i get a 1919.9$

so which one should i go with? well we prefer them if its red but what do you guys think? well i look at the review that i know bulldozer sucks but still wanted to know everyone's opinion and will my 850W supply enough power for this system? or should i go with the Corsair AX1200W 80PLUS GOLD???
she plans to play them at a good FPS of 50-80 or more, like Battlefield 3, well i'm also thinking that if this system can run Crysis 2 at max setting with 40-70FPS then it should be good.
January 5, 2012 4:27:11 AM

i was looking at this but some how it seems that the 8150 has a close battle with the 1100T
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=203

but still need some people's opinion on that and about the PSU will the 850TX do well or i need the 1200AX (corsair only)??

also need someone to recommend me a really good Thermalpaste, that is good with AMD (gets hot faster than intel)
and for some good AIR Cooling. how about the CPU Cooler? should i use a Corsair 100 Liquid Cooling? or a Noctua

something that can really cool a AM3+ 8150AMD also some really good hard drive cooling and memory coolers too
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January 5, 2012 4:47:39 AM

With that budget I'd probably get an i5-2500k.....

If between those two, Bulldozer, at least that MIGHT get better with magic windows updates.
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January 5, 2012 4:52:08 AM

i5-2500k is on par with the FX-8150 and cheaper, for gaming the phenom x6 is useless, so if you HAVE to go amd get the fx-8150, but if not go with the i5
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8150-zambezi-bul...

why does your wife insist on AMD? the new intel sandy bridge processors are pretty good in terms of heat and power

and imo i think you should just get a ssd and salvage for now, no point in getting a inflated hdd, if you must, look for a samsung spinpoint F3, as fast as the black you were looking at
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January 5, 2012 4:53:03 AM

well i know getting an i5/i7 is better i have one my self but my wife is a amd fan so can't do anything with it but i guess so a Bulldozer would well
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January 5, 2012 4:56:50 AM

magic, because windows is magical in the way it can bsd you...
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January 5, 2012 4:57:58 AM

Llano is the only amd product that i can recommend, but the price point for that is a $400 build...
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January 5, 2012 5:13:59 AM

For gaming FX-8150 is a bit better than the x6 1100T black, but it not worth a $70 difference. As others have said, i5 2500k would be a much better choice. If money is at all an issue and you MUST get AMD, then get the 1100T, if money is not an issue get the FX-8150.

Can't really comment on the motherboard, personally I'd go with the $230 one but motherboards have a lot to do with personal choice once you get it down to a handful of options.

As for the video cards, if you plan on doing multiple displays and have very high resolution, then your choice is solid. If your only planning on one display you might want to hold out until the upcoming 7970. In general, multiple gpus aren't great for one display, lots of problems/headache/compatibility issues pop up and micro-stuttering can be a bit of an issue at times.
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January 5, 2012 5:28:38 AM

well so much as i want to get the intel i7 nothing i can do with an AMD FAN. but well it's for a 3 monitor display so i guess the 6970 is a good choice, but since it will be build in feb i'll look at the 7970 if it would be in the same price range, so long as they perform well with x3 27'monitor display. thanks for everyones help, for mobo i think going for the 230$ one is good it will give me more extra cash to cash in on 7970's if they are on the same price range as 6970's or just a bit higher but not as high as gtx580 3gb
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January 5, 2012 5:28:56 AM

Best answer selected by Tavo_Nova.
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