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Old August 26, 2010, 09:17 AM
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MoBo Asus M4N75TD $100
Newegg.ca - ASUS M4N75TD AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU AMD 1055T CPU $212
Newegg.ca - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX

GPU EVGA GTX 460 $250
Newegg.ca - EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

I tried sticking within your price range of around $560. This setup allows you to have a really decent CPU with great OC potential. You'll also be sporting one of the best mid ranges GPU's with a lifetime warranty from EVGA. The MoBo is decent as well, it does have SLI which runs two cards @ 8x. You could probably do better in the MoBo area if you were looking to spend a bit more, but for your price range, this is a pretty decent setup for a gaming rig.


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For about $50 more, you could grab this MoBo that supports 2 lanes @16x and the latest 980a SLI chipset.

Newegg.ca - ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

Or this one, which would be close as well after a mail in rebate, it has better memory speed potential . Also with 2 lanes @16x and the 980a SLI chipset:

Newegg.ca - MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

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Old August 26, 2010, 09:20 AM
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Er, I wouldnt expect AM3 to be kicking around much longer either, and definitely not much longer then 1156 will be. Bobcat and Bulldozer are due out shortly (Q4 2010 for Bobcat, Q2 for Bulldozer) which probably means we wont see any new processors from AMD until then. Buy the best bang for your buck if you're going to build today. "Future Proof" is always something that makes me laugh now. I did believe in it at one time, now I think it was poor judgment. Just my thoughts.
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Old August 26, 2010, 09:58 AM
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GFaust, are u a mind reader? The ASUS M4N98TD was the exact alternative board I was looking at, as was the 1055T for a proc. Jeez, you're good.

Now, I have:

ASUS M4N98TD EVO
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz

About the card; One of the reasons I chose the MSI Hawk was because I really like the TwinFrozr cooler, and want to have a TwinFrozr card. So, instead of, say, the EVGA 460, why not an MSI 465?

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With the nVidia chipset, now I can run x16/x16 CFX. $360 fits better in my budget than $520, though. That is the only problem.
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Old August 26, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Well the reason is, that board actually only supports SLI with Nvidia cards. In order to run CFX you'd need a mobo with chipset with CFX capabilities. SLI is for Nvidia only as CFX is for ATI only. I chose the 460 mostly because it has excellent reviews and in SLI, the extra money is worth it. In SLI it will boost your system performance to phenomenal levels for it's price point. Also, I linked the incorrect one initially. This is the one I meant to link:

Newegg.ca - EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

This model has the EE branding which is an external exhaust. Instead of fans blowing hot air into your case, this actually shoots it out the back. This is also known to be a very quiet card. Not to mention that the clock speeds of the GPU and RAM and significantly higher than MSI's 460. Did I mention it also has a lifetime warranty? 8)

Ultimately it's up to you and what you would like to spend, but if I were to choose, that would definitely be my selection.
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Old August 26, 2010, 10:35 AM
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Right, the nVidia chipset....

Oh well, I guess I could scrounge up the extra $160...
But right now my budget can't fit that.

Thanks for the suggestion, but I think for now I'm gonna stick to my guns. I'll try out the ASUS board with the GTX 465s later and see how it goes. Now I need the rest of my money...
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Old August 26, 2010, 10:57 AM
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This benchmark is typically why I'd choose the 460 over the 5770. The 5770 looks good on paper, but the 460 outperforms it quite a bit. Also, you chose the 465, which is decent in it's own respect, but the reason I chose the OC'd 460 at the same price is because of the performance difference. The core clock of the 465 from MSI is only 607 MHz while the 460 from EVGA is 763MHz. That's over a 20% difference in GPU speed.

You can choose whichever, I just wanted to clarify my choices a bit more as opposed to just sounding like an Nvidia/EVGA fanboy. lol
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Old August 26, 2010, 11:03 AM
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Yeah, I get it. You don't sound like a fanboy, your decision is sound. All I'm saying is that if I'm not gonna go for the P55-based setup I had originally, I'd go for this.
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