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Old June 10, 2011, 09:53 AM
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Hello all I'm new at building computers and I'm still in the looking for parts. I think I nailed the parts down except for the video card. Ill explain Down below after I give off the build I'm thinking of getting. Feel free to criticize and give suggestions. Note I want to play games at the highest settings as this is what this build is primarily for. I would like to keep the price under $1000.

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3
Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case

Motherboard:
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3
Newegg.com - ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Power Supply:
XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2
Newegg.com - XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Newegg.com - 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 - CD / DVD Burners

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems

Extra case fans:COOLER MASTER R4-L2S-122B-GP 120mm 4 BLUE LED LED Case Fan
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER R4-L2S-122B-GP 120mm 4 BLUE LED LED Case Fan

Now the only thing missing is the video card. I really don't know whats best for this build. I want to be able to crossfire/SLI in the future. Help/
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Old June 10, 2011, 11:08 AM
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Newegg.com - ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
is a better board ASrock sucks in my opinion

video card:
Newegg.com - MSI R6850 Cyclone PE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

its a pretty good product ;-) i love MSI rocks for overclocking

and go with ram that 1600MHz just in case you later decide to overclock it or sumthin

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Old June 10, 2011, 11:16 AM
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I would consider the 1055 4 a few $ more or the 1090t. Change your HDD 2 either WD 1tb Black 6gb/s or the Samsung.

As 4 gpu, get the best u can afford/care 2 spend on 1. If ur thinking of eventually going 3D, imho the Nvidia 560/570 r good. If you watch carefully, there are pretty good deals on 580s in the bst

right now.

As 4 memory, i'm not sure how more memory affects performance in the AMD systems, but when I had the dual channel setup with 64 bit os, I maxed out at 8 gbs. Don't know if more than that

would help with newer systems other than a lot of video encoding,.....

Perhaps 1 of the experts may b able 2 help with that 1.
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Old June 10, 2011, 11:19 AM
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if you wanna go big go with a 6970 :-) those things rock.. i know my friend overclocked his to 1Ghz
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Old June 10, 2011, 11:29 AM
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Its a nice build and all, but I am not sure about the X4 965. While still being a good CPU, its fairly old and the architecture is due for a change (technically by the end of summer)... So I would try to avoid going for "old tech" when the newer one is right around the corner. However, if you do go for that, I would possibly consider more than hexacores even if might not make a difference at the end of the day.

Otherwise, if you want to go for a Phenom II, maybe consider going through the used market.
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no way you'll max anything unless you had a 5k or so budget..:)

anyway.

like per above,start with the gpu. 6950 1 or 2 gigers

then trickle down to the cpu. id go for a 2500k and p67 or z68

4-8 gigs of ram

and so on. you should be able to do it.
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