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April 8, 2012 4:49:00 AM

Hi guys, I am going to build my first AMD based rig and was looking for some suggestions or advice. I want to play games mostly on it and I kind of have a list of parts already.
Case:NZXT Tempest 410
Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU:AMD Phenom II x4 975
Gpu:GeForce GTX 560ti
Psu:Thermaltake 600w
Os:Windows 7 professional 64bit
Memory: G-skill Ripjaw 8 gigs DDR3 pc3 12800
HDD: 1 tb 7200rpm

Thanks for any suggestions, I really appreciate it.

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April 8, 2012 5:01:11 AM

Not a great choice of motherboard in my opinion. I had the UD5 variant of it, and it died 3 weeks after I got it. Maybe you'll have better luck with it than I will.

Power supply is sufficient. Although I'd make sure you have one that is 80+ certified with a decent warranty. Generally you can tell the quality of the power supply by a good warranty (say 5 years) and 80+ certification.

Case is kinda funky looking for my liking, but NZXT definitely gets my vote.

Good video card.


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April 8, 2012 5:57:08 AM

Avoid Thermaltake power supplies. Some of them are so bad as to be dangerous to your motherboard and GPU. Stick with a quality brand like Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling, XFX, Silverstone, Enermax, OCZ and Antec.

Now is not the best time to build an AMD box because Intel is better at all price points. If you just have to have an AMD you are doing well by avoiding the Bulldozer line. The X4 975 is a decent CPU.
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April 8, 2012 7:30:48 AM

Thermaltake, nice looking power supplies, bad components. AVOID THEM AT ALL COSTS!
April 8, 2012 9:56:27 AM

add a CM 212+ cooler as that CPU can OC very well with a good aftermarket cooler.

The 990xa-UD3 is cheaper and largely the same. Ask yourself do you need the couple extra features on the 990FX board. If not save the cash and get the 990xa.
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April 8, 2012 12:27:19 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
April 8, 2012 12:37:41 PM

Instead of the GTX 560 why not get a 7850 or 7870 , when they are overclocked they can reach the perfomance of 7950 and 7980 , and they consume less power than the 560.
How much does the 560 cost?
April 8, 2012 3:30:32 PM

Well the 560ti is $250. I was thinking about changing my motherboard the the asus saber tooth 990fx, it got good reviews and it has a good price.
April 8, 2012 3:36:28 PM

anort3 said:
Avoid Thermaltake power supplies. Some of them are so bad as to be dangerous to your motherboard and GPU. Stick with a quality brand like Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling, XFX, Silverstone, Enermax, OCZ and Antec.

Now is not the best time to build an AMD box because Intel is better at all price points. If you just have to have an AMD you are doing well by avoiding the Bulldozer line. The X4 975 is a decent CPU.


+1

Why build with AMD now? A couple years ago, maybe, but at this point, there is no benefit (price/power/features) only detriment.
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