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post #1 of 15
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Hi All

A friend asked me to build him a AMD system that he could use for the next 3-5 years.So i would just like some assistance(nothing has been bought yet), my biggest problem is deciding on the case.

Specs.....

MSI 890FXA-GD70 = $170
MSI N580GTX-M2D15 OC = $545
AMD Phenomâ„¢ II X6 1090T = $203
2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA III = $112(for Raid 0)
Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA III = $72(storage)
Sony 12x Super Multi Blu-Ray Writer (SATA) = $102
Corsair HX750W PSU = $181
Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 XMS 3 8GB = $116
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus = $30
Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Chassis = $106
Shipping and insurance = $32

SSD's are just so expensive still thats why i dont have 1 in but could mayb drop 1 of the 1TB drives and get ssd as boot nd 1 TB for apps and games
OPtions atm are:
Kingston 64GB SSD V+100 SATA 2.5 = $160
Corsair CSSD-V64GB2-BRKT 64GB Nova Series = $150
2nd option for card which i think would be better
ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II graphics cards = $589 (ssd nd this would take system over budget)

im in south africa so things are abit more expensive here becoz of import costs. So im on a $1700 budget.
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1.5TB Seagate 7200rpm Seagate 2TB 5900rpm LG 22x DVD Sata Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus P/P 
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post #2 of 15
I think that maybe an i5-2500K system would be better...

i5-2500K
Asus P8P67 Pro
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3/1600
Asus DC II GeForce GTX 580
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
LG WH12LS30
Antec TruePower New 750W
Antec Nine Hundered Two v3
Thermalright Silver Arrow

~$1600
post #3 of 15
I have the DF-30
Wire managment will leave you thinking for a while but its do0able,just a bit hard.

Heres some pictures anyhow





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Seagate 500gb Sata HD  1TB HDD OCZ 60GB Agility 3 SSD SATA DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Titan Fenrir Pro Evo CPU Cooler Win 7 Ultimate 64bit 2x 22" Wisdescreen / 24" Widescreen Logitech Illuminated Keyboard 
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Seagate 500gb Sata HD  1TB HDD OCZ 60GB Agility 3 SSD SATA DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Titan Fenrir Pro Evo CPU Cooler Win 7 Ultimate 64bit 2x 22" Wisdescreen / 24" Widescreen Logitech Illuminated Keyboard 
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post #4 of 15
wait for bd reviews then decide

spinning drives cannot max out a sata 2 controller
samsung f3 drives raided will be better preformance
post #5 of 15
Oh,and at the minute I think the i5 is the best band for buck
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AMD Phenom II 1090T ASUS Crosshair IV Formula Sapphire HD6870 1GB Crossfire 4GB 1333MHz G.Skill RipJaw 
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Seagate 500gb Sata HD  1TB HDD OCZ 60GB Agility 3 SSD SATA DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Titan Fenrir Pro Evo CPU Cooler Win 7 Ultimate 64bit 2x 22" Wisdescreen / 24" Widescreen Logitech Illuminated Keyboard 
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Seagate 500gb Sata HD  1TB HDD OCZ 60GB Agility 3 SSD SATA DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Titan Fenrir Pro Evo CPU Cooler Win 7 Ultimate 64bit 2x 22" Wisdescreen / 24" Widescreen Logitech Illuminated Keyboard 
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post #6 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by ffejrxx View Post
wait for bd reviews then decide

spinning drives cannot max out a sata 2 controller
samsung f3 drives raided will be better preformance
For future proof, you should wait for Bulldozer, also look at a different board. The MSI 890FX is not good with power phases and might not last long. Maybe an Asus or Gigabyte 890FX or wait for the new 990FX coming out.
post #7 of 15
with that budget, go with the intel core i5 2500k.
    
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something Coolermaster GX 650w Coolermaster Elite 430 something 
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500GB WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX Pioneer DVR-219CHV 24X24 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung Syncmaster P2770 27' + Acer G205H 20' 
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post #8 of 15
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with that budget, go with the intel core i5 2500k.
Yea thats right!!!
post #9 of 15
Either go with the i5-2500K or wait for BD, the 2500K beats the Phenom II x6 in every way.

Also consider the 6970. It is more than enough for any single monitor setup, costs so much less, and if you need more power, you can always CF later and achieve higher performance than a 580.

If you need convincing:
Crossfire 6970 vs 580: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/298?vs=305
6970 vs 580: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/292?vs=305

I could max out most games (with good fps) with a SINGLE 6850 OCed on a 1080p monitor.
Edited by Polymerabbit - 5/21/11 at 3:23am
 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel X-25M 120GB SSD, 500GB HDD + 60GB SSD cache Pioneer 22x DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell U2311H 
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post #10 of 15
With that budget (and if your friend wants a new pc now) you should probably go sandybridge.

But if your friend definitely wants an AM3 build I would wait and see how the new bulldozer boards perform before going 890fx. That should last longer with newer chipset and you can upgrade the cpu again further down the line if need be.
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