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$1200 AMD Crossfire Gaming RIG shakeout configuration

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January 22, 2012 5:00:18 PM

Hi,

Another configuration to check if I have all the nuts and bolts to get this one put together.

Please let me know if I missed or miss-matched somethings.. Included in price is OS, so that is not left out of the equation for true cost.

Thanks.

PS>Please.. No Intel is better posts please.. this thread is not about determining which is better, there are already a million other threads about that. :p 


Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1 $36.99

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231422


2 $15.98
$11.84

Rosewill RFA-120-RL 4 Red LEDs LED Case Fan
Item #:N82E16835200050



1 $159.99
$149.99
AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ Six-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819103962


1 $99.99
$89.99
XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817207014


1 $9.99

XFX CrossFire Bridge Model MA-AP01-CF1K
Item #:N82E16814998048


1 $139.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
Item #:N82E16832116992


1 $139.99
$104.99
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820148441


1 $129.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136795


1 $139.99
$129.99
ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #:N82E16813157281


1 $99.99
$89.99
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window



1 $17.99

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB
Item #:N82E16827151233


2 $359.98
$329.98
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 100314-3L Video Card <=== Crossfire
Item #:N82E16814102948




Grand Total: $1,241.72

That does not include about $45 rebates.

January 22, 2012 5:25:21 PM

I can't believe that you have to buy a Crossfire bridge seperatly and that one doesn't come with the motherboard.
In going with Crossfire I would get more Watts and I say that because even though everybody will say that you don't need more I say it's a good thing to have a little extra because if you go with "just enough" and "you can get by with less" you are resrtricting yourself to a limited amount with no room for something you may want to do later on and you will be forced to get another psu.
You may not be able to aford a larger SSD but with a 64gb you will have to be monitoring the space on it so that you don't fill it up , it doesn't take much today with the size of Windows 64 bit and these games are averaging 9 to 10gb each. If you can get even a 90gb or 120gb SSD it would be better. Corsair Force GT has faster read/write speeds then the Crucial M4 and I don't see why people like them so much. I have the Corsair Force GT and they are just great.
I know you said no Intel is better posts but why are you choosing the AMD Fx-6100?
January 22, 2012 5:30:47 PM

Sorry, but I can't let it go in good conscience.
Intel.
Is.
Better.
With a 2500K ($180 at Microcenter, but even at the normal $220), you will SAVE MONEY. On your next big upgrade, when you would have had to toss the FX, you'll be able to OC a little and have a whole new CPU. There is no argument to warrant the FX on a high-end gaming system. On a word-processing box that wants to run WoW, sure, but not here.

In other news:
-Windows 7 Home. Pro won't give you anything Home won't, unless you want their easy XP thing. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/co...

-Go with a single high-end graphics card. 6870s may have micro-stuttering problems, and this way you'll be able to go Xfire/SLI in the future for an easy upgrade. Sapphire 6970, $330 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This'll come with an Xfire bridge, so that's out of the picture.

-Yeah, a bigger SSD would be nice. Could you manage another $40? $145 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-You'd be fine with a cheaper case. There are plenty of good $60 options out there. Choose by style, though.

-With a decent case, the Scout or something cheaper with three or four fans, you won't need the extras. Don't worry about it.
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January 22, 2012 6:10:16 PM

Just couldn't let it go.... :pfff: 

At least I was a little more suttle.
January 22, 2012 7:35:09 PM

I will look into a bigger PSU, although I do not plan to do much if any Overclocking, so I think even with 2 graphic cards it should be ok, at least according to the calculations I have made, it should not take up more then 500watts(no overclocking).

I will see about the bigger SSD, but I only plan to use it for the OS, and configure the Windows to use the HDD for everything else... with some regedits to point to another drive for User, Program, directories and such... I will not be using the SSD even for games.

Yeah, it sucks that these cards do not include a bridge.. go figure..

thanks for checking it out.
January 22, 2012 7:44:22 PM

I think it has to do with the price of the motherboard because I have always seen a Crossfire bridge included in the motherboards that I have purchased. I only pointed out about the size of the SSD because I have had a 64gb SSD and it was hard to be always making sure that things didn't get put on it that I didn't want but if you can configure Windows to do what you want then it will make it a lot easier.
January 22, 2012 7:54:34 PM

inzone said:
Just couldn't let it go.... :pfff: 

At least I was a little more suttle.




Its not going to make that big of a difference anyways and amd has better boards for a much cheaper price and a 6870 in cf will outperform a 580.
January 22, 2012 8:03:43 PM

That has always been the way it has been between AMD and Intel and you end up having to make a choice between price and performance and it appears that AMD has thrown in the towel with trying to compete head to head with Intel for highend cpu's and they are going in a different direction. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing for us consumers. With AMD in there pushing Intel it forced out better perfomance products and now what will be the result?
Two 6850's may outperform a 580 but then you have the option of adding a second 580 , which may be expensive but the performance is outstanding.
January 22, 2012 8:15:47 PM

I cant believe that anyone would blow $1200 on an AMD gaming build with an FX 6100 processor when a you could spend way less on an intel 2500k unit that would blow it away everywhere
January 22, 2012 8:20:41 PM

Outlander_04 said:
I cant believe that anyone would blow $1200 on an AMD gaming build with an FX 6100 processor when a you could spend way less on an intel 2500k unit that would blow it away everywhere



i wouldn't here is the build i would do for 1000$



Case: 59.99$ (COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: 59.99$ (Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: 199.99$ (ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: 39.99$ (Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: 79.99$ (HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Dvd-Rom: 19.99$ (ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: 229.99$ (Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Heat-Sink: 29.99$ (COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: 259.99$ (SAPPHIRE 100312-3L Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Shipping: 30$
Total: 1010$

add 200$ to the 259.99$ video card and you can get a 580! or take the 200$ extra and get W7
January 22, 2012 8:29:12 PM

Thats pretty much it jdwii , but not that RAM

1.65 volt RAM is not recommended by intel and would void the warranty on the processor .
1.5 volt maximum

Id also choose a Z68 chipset mb for the added versatility , but that wont add much if any cost

The budget can even allow for a $70 ,60 gig, boot drive or if you are using Z68 an even cheaper 40 - 50 gig cache SSD

And its going to beat the OP's rig everywhere
January 22, 2012 9:09:32 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Thats pretty much it jdwii , but not that RAM

1.65 volt RAM is not recommended by intel and would void the warranty on the processor .
1.5 volt maximum

Id also choose a Z68 chipset mb for the added versatility , but that wont add much if any cost

The budget can even allow for a $70 ,60 gig, boot drive or if you are using Z68 an even cheaper 40 - 50 gig cache SSD

And its going to beat the OP's rig everywhere




Lol just proves i'm more of a AMD guy but yeah i would go with this build minus the ram.
January 22, 2012 9:17:33 PM

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
$229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$99.99 and a $15 rebate makes it $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100311-3SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$349.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $329.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
$19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This toyal comes to $971.92 and later on you can add another 6970.

January 22, 2012 10:26:23 PM

inzone said:
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
$229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$99.99 and a $15 rebate makes it $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100311-3SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$349.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $329.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
$19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This toyal comes to $971.92 and later on you can add another 6970.




Lol i'd rather have the sabertooth myself. But hey.
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