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New computer build, need opinions

  1. HDD :Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    MOBO : ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard


    G.C : (2X) XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


    P.S : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...

    SPEAKERS : Logitech Z313 2.1 Speaker System


    RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

    PRO : AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

    Total : $869.92

    What i want to accomplish is my first gaming rig, that Can run Starcraft 2 on Two 40 inch Displays, Plus Run Garrysmod With NO LAG, Also i'm big on minecraft, I'm a little sketchy on the RAM, i always have difficulty choosing RAM

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Do you need a six core processor?
     
  3. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,155   +34

    What is your budget?

    G Skill makes excellent RAM. Make sure it is compatible with your Asus motherboard.

    Corsair power supply is good.

    What are paying for those 5770 cards?
     
  4. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 179

    My budget is 900 Dollars, if i cut short, even better. A six Core processor would pretty much mean i can keept this computer running for years to come and dont have to worry about compatibility and future gaming, and i'm having trouble With RAM compatability with mothersboards, i'm not exactly sure on that subject.

    And i dont understand the Question "What are paying for those 5770 cards?"

    Does that mean they're good Cards?
     
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    I would suggest saving some money on the six core and putting into a more robust motherboard. then when the six core prices drop in a few years to what the 4 cores are selling now, you'll be able to upgrade that chip. plus the motherboard you have has a core unlocker. i turned by 80 dollar 2 core chip into a 3 core chip. you might get lucky and get all 4 cores unlocked.

    if you're not sure about memory, go to the ASUS page for the motherboard that you want, and download the qualified vendor list for the memory. Then you can look for the specific model numbers of the memory, you can usually find about half of them on newegg.
     
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,897   +88

    try this on.
    1) for the price of 2 x 5770, you can get a 6950
    2) Get a Phenom II x6 1055T, the reason is that it is the same CPU, just a little lower clock setting. the 1055T,1075,1090T and the 1100T are all the same CPU. you can save $50 and up the1055T to 3.2.
    3) put the $50 towards a better MB

    They damn near are now gwailo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...A=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=1055t&x=0&y=0
     
  7. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 179

    Sweet, you guys are awesome. Thanks allot
     
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,155   +34

    red answered my question on the 5770s in his response #1. You can often do better with a single card in the newer releases.
     
  9. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    another vote for the 6950 or you might try the new gtx 560 Ti but i would still pick the 6950 1Gb model over the gtx 560.
     
  10. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 930

    If you decide on the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T there's a good article for overclocking it over on xBitLabs.
     
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,897   +88

    +1 Mizzou, that is a great article. You can also try my settings/voltages/Ram etc for my x6 1055T if you like.
     
     
  12. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 930

    I've been tempted a couple of times to pick up the 1100T but figure might as well wait to see what Bulldozer has to offer.
     
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,897   +88

    you and me both, I am ready for my next personal build,I was going to make it a i7980 affair, but I am going to wait for Bulldozer. The reason being that AMD is acting differently this time around. they are not on a "expectation lowering campaign" They might be on to something here.
     
  14. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 179

    Hey whats up guys, so i switched my processor to the 3.0 and am saving the 50 dollars.

    and now im looking for a beefier motherboard as you guys suggested.

    What do you think og this one?

    MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    it's got mad Pci express slots, plus it takes upto 16gb in Ram

    Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
    Memory Standard DDR3 2133 (O.C.) / 1800 (O.C.) / 1600 (O.C.) / 1333 / 1066

    Kind of like it, but its $200

    What do you guys think? or could you please suggest a motherboard to me?

    All i'm really asking for is Two PCI express slots for Two Video cards, i've decided im going to take your suggestion and get a higher powered ATI card, Then maybe in a year i'll buy another one and have two running.
     
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,897   +88

  16. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    I've got the GX version of the 1st board that red is suggesting, I'm very happy with it and its options.
     
  17. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 179

    I finally finished my Computer and am Ordering it Today!

    What do you guys think, did i make a good decision?

    XCLIO A380BK ATX FULL TOWER CASE

    APEVIA BLUE LED 120MM CASE FAN

    ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 HDMI ATX

    XFX HD 6950 - I'M BUYING ANOTHER ONE NEXT MONTH, GONNA CROSSFIRE IT
    (already comes overclocked)

    RAIDMAX HYRID 730W POWER SUPPLY

    AMD PHENOM 2 X6 2.8GHZ

    G.SKILL 6GB DDR 3 1600

    HITACHI 1TB SATA HDD

    Total : $890.00
     
  18. EDO219

    EDO219 TS Rookie Posts: 298

    Very nice! Red knows his stuff. hehe
     
  19. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 179

    Yeah for real! thanks very much Red
     
  20. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    i would not use a raidmax power supply if i were you just my opinion but maybe try a corsair, Antec, OR OCZ psu of around 750 watts.
     
  21. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    ^, seconded. You can find great deals on OCZ and Antec PSUs, as well as Corsair ones, if you look around. A 600-650W PSU should be plenty for your system.

    Also, I'd recommend a Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB drive over the Hitachi or the slower Seagate drive.
     


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