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So I've been asking questions in a computer thread lately, but haven't got very far because of varying opinions. I finally decided after coming upon this site several times that I'd register and ask here.

So my situation is this. I need to build a new computer because my old desktop is 10+ years old. It was also an AMD build. I need to build this around the $600 - $700 max range. Components needed.

MOBO, CPU, GPU, 4 or 8 GB RAM, 1 HDD, PSU, Case, and Monitor. I already have a Lightscribe DVD burner that is SATA ~2 years old.

Now for the requirements. I'll be doing full HD video editing a few times a week. I'll be gaming most of the week. If you don't mind, the game is Rigs of Rods. I plan on buying BF3 and want to run that at fairly high settings, but I understand a $600 - $700 has its limits.

QUALITY. Quality is detrimental. I had my last system slightly more than 10 years before it started causing weird problems, let alone being incredibly slow. I plan on overclocking a Phenom II x4 955, so UEFI appeals to me since this would be my first overclock. It wouldn't be much though, just enough to still use stock cooler, or some better air, nothing exotic though.

I'm really having a toss up on the motherboard though. I don't think ASUS quiet fits into my budget, Gigabyte lacks UEFI, and I am weary about MSI's build quality. This brings in requirements for the motherboard. I'd like to get the new 900 series chipset, because it's new and would allow me to upgrade to bulldozer in future years. I need at least 4 SATA 6. (2 HDD's & 2 Media Drives. Don't include the extra HDD or 2 Media Drives in the cost, I'll buy those later). Since I'm editing video and have external hard drives with eSata and FireWire, then those would be nice.

I really can't think of anything else, except that I'd like a case with USB 3.0 and FireWire or eSata on the front. Also note that I may plan on running Dual Crossfire on this system one of these years, so plan that into the PSU.

I'll be buying this over Black Friday, so you can go over budget as long as you think the price will drop into budget that day. I've never shopped on Black Friday before, so I don't know how much prices will drop on components. I'll be buying off of Newegg.com.

Thanks for reading my uber-long request. Never mind, it doesn't look so uber-long out of the editing box.
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600 dollars sounds hard, especially with a monitor if you are going to play BF3..
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131767

Here is a "budget" board I've gotten for a rig for my gf. It has, 6 Sata 6's, UEFI bios, 2 PCI x16s(to run to GPU's) and you can strap a bulldozer in.
Also has USB3, and I've successfully overclocked a Phenom 1035t x6 from 2.6 to 3.5 ghz on generic ram.

Doesn't have firewire, which seems to harder to fine on the newer boards.. I got it on my older Gigabyte board, but since it is an 880g with 4+1 power phase I can't OC an x6 on it.

And its 99$
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Actually now that I think about it. Is there a way to connect an eSata port on your case to a SATA 6 on your board? It only makes sense, and that would make my search for a board that much easier.
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Originally Posted by Iceman00789 View Post
Actually now that I think about it. Is there a way to connect an eSata port on your case to a SATA 6 on your board? It only makes sense, and that would make my search for a board that much easier.
Some of them allow you to plug the esata cable from the front into the esata port on the back of your motherboard. Similarly to how some of the front panel usb3 works.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131767

Here is a "budget" board I've gotten for a rig for my gf. It has, 6 Sata 6's, UEFI bios, 2 PCI x16s(to run to GPU's) and you can strap a bulldozer in.
Also has USB3, and I've successfully overclocked a Phenom 1035t x6 from 2.6 to 3.5 ghz on generic ram.

Doesn't have firewire, which seems to harder to fine on the newer boards.. I got it on my older Gigabyte board, but since it is an 880g with 4+1 power phase I can't OC an x6 on it.

And its 99$
Built a rig with that board, 8gb gskill 1600, samsung f3, sapphire 6870, and 95w phenom ii x4 945 for my friend back in august for ~$630. Just the tower. I'd recommend something similar or for your encoding you could also consider one of the x6s. The 1035t is OEM on newegg for 125 after promo code right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103856
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Some of them allow you to plug the esata cable from the front into the esata port on the back of your motherboard. Similarly to how some of the front panel usb3 works.

Built a rig with that board, 8gb gskill 1600, samsung f3, sapphire 6870, and 95w phenom ii x4 945 for my friend back in august for ~$630. Just the tower. I'd recommend something similar or for your encoding you could also consider one of the x6s. The 1035t is OEM on newegg for 125 after promo code right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103856
I'll have to do some more research on whether I can plug the eSata cable from a case into a free SATA port. That would save some money since I wouldn't need a board with eSata or FireWire.

I was actually looking at the EVO version of that board, but heard that it is really picky on memory. I guess what I'll probably need to do is research newegg's prices last Black Friday on camelegg.

After some more searching I found this on Tom's Hardware
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Originally Posted by tecmo34
First... The eSATA cable on the expansion adapter plugs into an open SATA slot on your motherboard. This is an option so if you don't plan to use the extra slots, I wouldn't worry about installing it (I typically don't on all of my builds).

Second... It isn't required to be in ACHI mode, unless you are running a SSD for TRIM support. For standard hard drives the biggest benefit is the hot swap ability. If this isn't a feature you are concern with, don't worry about it. It is something that can be changed without a reinstall. Just follow the instructions provided in the "best answer" of this thread...
I'm assuming it would be the same for an eSATA on a case.
Edited by Iceman00789 - 10/22/11 at 9:10pm
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ASRock 970 EXTREME4

$110 at Newegg.

Has firewire and usb 3 headers for front of case. eSATA is in the rear.

*Love* my Asrock 890GX Pro3.
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Here ya go

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Take Allen86's setup, take an RG530 instead,

instead, instead, and save ~$7 by getting the F3 1TB
and not only could you get an FX-4100 for that price instead (it should outperform a 4Ghz 955 at ~4.8+ Ghz and consume less power) but you can also fit a 6870 into the budget over a 6850.

4.2Ghz 4170 consuming less power than a 3.7 Phenom II x4:
click here
Edited by xd_1771 - 10/23/11 at 10:32am
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