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February 16, 2012 5:06:10 AM

My Current Build Idea

CPU - AMD Bulldozer X4 FX-4100 (95W) Quad-Core Socket AM3+, 3.6GHz, 8Mb Cache, 32nm (FD4100WMGUSBX)

( http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4... )

Motherboard - Asus M5A88-M Socket AM3+ AMD 880G/SB850 Chipset Dual Channel DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 MHz 1x PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slots 8-Channel HD Audio GigaLAN 6x SATA 6Gb/s 2x USB 3.0 12x USB 2.0 Micro ATX

( http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...)

GPU - PowerColor (AX6870 1GBD5-2DH) HD 6870 1GB DDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6870 Chipset (900Mhz) 1GB (4200Mhz) DDR5 Quad Display Dual Dual-Link DVI/HDMI/2x Mini Display Port PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

( http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4... )

RAM - Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 DIMM (KHX1600C9D3/4G)

( http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... )

Chasis - Cooler Master Elite 430 Black Mid Tower Case (RC-430-KWN1)

( http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6... )
Approximate Purchase Date: Feb 17 - March 1st

Budget Range: Around 500$(CAD)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Video Editing(very minor as of lately)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Stereo/Audio, PSU (I have a 650 Watt Bronze standard CoolerMaster), Monitor,Video Cables, and Hard Drives.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.canadacomputers.com In Both Hamilton Locations.

Country:Canada

Parts Preferences:Completely Open

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Possible Later

Monitor Resolution: 1400x900 however I always game in windowed whenever possible.

Additional Comments: It'll be the first time I've made my own computer, however I've done alot of experimentation on outdated systems, and helped put together some on newer boards. I plan to keep this computer for about a 4-6 year duration, so I'd like to have customization as an option (not mandatory though). Thanks.
February 16, 2012 5:43:51 AM

Ya that build will max all the games nicely today and for the next while 1years at leased I would say for sure and BONUS with that setup you will never have to run a game windowed.
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February 16, 2012 6:00:39 AM

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i heard they had some issues with FX when overclocking.

Sames issues as with any CPU mate but that was more concerting the 8100 series.
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February 16, 2012 11:03:01 AM

Boopoo said:
Ya that build will max all the games nicely today and for the next while 1years at leased I would say for sure and BONUS with that setup you will never have to run a game windowed.

Well that's good, what would be the problem for making it rum games on max for the next couple years? Ram, Should I pick up another gpu and crossfire?
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February 16, 2012 2:41:40 PM

New Motherboard

Asus M5A97 Socket AM3+ AMD 970/SB950 Chipset Dual Channel DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 2x PCI Express 2.0 Slots 8-Channel HD Audio GigaLAN 6x SATA 6Gb/s 2x USB 3.0 12x USB 2.0 ATX

( http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... )

Two PCI-E slots, however I don't know if I can crossfire them. Is it better then the other?
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February 16, 2012 6:43:32 PM

teddiousbear said:
New Motherboard

Asus M5A97 Socket AM3+ AMD 970/SB950 Chipset Dual Channel DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 2x PCI Express 2.0 Slots 8-Channel HD Audio GigaLAN 6x SATA 6Gb/s 2x USB 3.0 12x USB 2.0 ATX

( http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... )

Two PCI-E slots, however I don't know if I can crossfire them. Is it better then the other?

It is PCI-E x16 and x4 so its no ideal but it will work I herd they have the 68xx really working good now for CF but you will still lose like 5fps cause of the x4 lane but you still will gain allot more. It the GPU that will hold you back down the road but honestly I would just get the one 6870 for today and worry about upgrading tomorrow down the road when maybe new games you want to play are running ti slow for you. The 6870 @ your res 1440x900 will run real fast cause the 6870 is really more at home on 1080p so your smaller res will leave power to spare. If you can I would try and invest in a proper x16 by x16 or x8 and x8 mobo if you want to ever CF that way you can rest assured you will not have problems with it.
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February 19, 2012 6:13:55 AM

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