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Old February 22, 2009, 04:50 PM
DragonFlame DragonFlame is offline
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Default AMD Gaming Build

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

I'm gearing the build for gaming (Starcraft 2 when it comes out) and other misc games, NFS/Far Cry 2. It'll be for school too, but everything runs MSOffice etc.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

~1000 CAD before tax.

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

Canada - I am currently planning to buy from NCIX pricematching from other places... Though I'm willing to try if it seems better... But i haven't heard much about them outside of is pretty highly regarded in the US.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.

No preference really, really just looking for price/performance and I think AMD is winning in this.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

No my computer is ~5 years old now, so I've finally scraped up enough to build a new one. Don't need an OS though. I have a monitor though 22 inch 1680x1050 (might get a new one but that'll be a separate purchase from this one) and keyboard mouse etc. Don't need to buy new ones yet.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

There are a bunch of budget builds but I currently plan on an AM3 system and I haven't seen anyone go for one yet.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

I have heard the Phenom II X3 720 is good for overclocking and I'd like to do a bit but don't plan on doing too much.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

In the next month or so.


So my current plan is...

AMD Phenom II X3 720 - 173.69 at newegg - Buy AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Triple Core Processor AM3 2.8GHZ 7.5MB Cache 95W 45NM Retail Box - HDZ720WFGIBOX In Canada.

ASUS M4A78T-E ATX 790GX - 173.99 at newegg - Buy ASUS M4A78T-E ATX 790GX Socket AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI Video Sound GBLAN Motherboard - M4A78T-E In Canada.

Video card and PSU
I want to be able to crossfire it in the future. I'm still debating between 4850 and 4870 1gig or 512meg based on price and what I can fit in my budget. The problem is that I don't know how to calculate power consumption, don't know how much power I'll need. I was thinking the Corsair TX750, would that be enough to OC the CPU and xfire 4870's?

The Antec 300 seems like a good buy in terms of price and capabilities... I don't really know what will fit in what so recommendations are welcome as well though I guess I just want something that'll have good spacing and air flow.

This one has been pretty generic i see the western digital 640 gig recommended alot, but i don't really know why. So I'd like some info on this too.

I don't know much about RAM timings and the like so I'll need some help here. Noting that i plan to run XP so i think 4 gig is the max for it.

CPU cooler recommendations?
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