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As the title says I'm looking to buy my first AMD system. I don't know much about AMD but their cheaper and since I have a lack of funds I thought I might as well build one.

All I'm looking to buy is the CPU, Motherboard and Ram for now since my system is way to slow for how much multitasking I do. I'm not looking to buy everything for about a month so theirs still a chance my choices may change.

So far this is what I've got my eyes set on.

CPU: Phenom II x6 1055T - $159
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=1441

Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD-PRO-USB3 - $156
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=3156

Ram: G.Skill 6GB kit 3x2GB - $69
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=5215

Total - $385

I would rather it be below $400 but up to that is fine.

The system will be used mainly for web browsing, occasional gaming and basically having allot of programs running at once since that's what seems to happen even when I don't want it too.

My reason for looking at 6GB of ram is cause at the moment I'm using almost all of my ram so if I got 4GB it wouldn't make much of a difference.

I can get the system for about $10 cheaper at umart.com.au but msy is closer so if anyone can help with choosing parts or giving me opinions on the system I would be grateful.
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I guess this mobo is better than your choice because it support the 990FX chipset which support Nvidia SLI but the one you selected don't support it.
also slightly cheaper $149 vs. $156

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-D3
http://msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8013
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With PhII's there is a very little difference between 1600 and 1333 DDR3, I would suggest this - http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7117

8Gb RAM for less $$, less power consumption, less heat. Lower the timings and you get better than 1600 performance and end up with 2Gb more and +1 free DIMM on the mobo
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Thanks for the reply's. I don't know much about that board so I was a bit skeptical about it. Though it would be good to have the ability to have CF or SLI.
I do intend to overclock the CPU so I was a little worried about using ram that doesn't have heat spreaders.
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I highly recommend going with the Gigabyte AM3+ mobo. Similar price, but newer tech. Also, you will want to stick with either 2 dimms or 4 dimms for your ram - AMD runs dual channel. The 3 sticks of G-skill will relegate you to single channel performance.

My recommendation:

Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8G Kit(4Gx2) DDR3 1600 $80 au
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 $171 au (out of stock at that location - maybe in stock at another?)
CPU: 1155T $159

Total = $410 - a few $$ over budget, but worth it. With your want for multitasking, this will get you by for a while, then when BD comes out (if ever), you can sell the 1155T and get an 8 core FX chip.
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If you plan on overclocking getting a motherboard with VRM/mosfet cooling is a must. Stick with the asus one you picked out and go with the 8Gb's of DDR3 1600Mhz G.Skill ram that Badwrench linked.
     
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You're getting a 3x2GB set of RAM, that's for the intel motherboards supporting tri-channel RAM addressing. Pick up a 2x2 or 2x4GB set instead. The rest looks good.
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Thanks for the reply's. I don't know much about that board so I was a bit skeptical about it. Though it would be good to have the ability to have CF or SLI.
I do intend to overclock the CPU so I was a little worried about using ram that doesn't have heat spreaders.
the board you selected have 890FX while the one I gave you the link for have 990FX.
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Hate to say it but i wouldnt even go the AMD route right now. Intel has every AMD chip beat at every price point. You are wasting your money. Now if this was 2 years ago when i bought my system i would tell you go ahead but i cant tell you that now. Save your money for BD or go intel, those are you only real options at the moment.
post #10 of 18
to sum up: good cpu, get an sli/cf supported board if you plan on that for the future, and dual channel ram. also, check microcenter to see if you like any of the mobos they offer combos with. u can get a 1100t and a asus M4A89GTD PRO for 289, so same mobo with the original 1055t for 254. http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...ndlePROMO.html
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