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So with games like Skyrim, Diablo III and HotS coming out, I finally decided to replace my rig.

So far here's the build I had in mind which should fit into my budget ($1000) with parts available from the local shop I got to.

CPU: Phenom II X4 965 (3.4G) 8mb black ed.C3 Deneb ($140)
Mobo: Gigabyte 880GM-USB3L usb3/d3 ($97) or Asus M5A78L-M LX ($67)
RAM: Corsair 4GB 1333 ddr3 (x2) ($55)
GPU: PowerColor HD6950 2gb ddr5 ($324)
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 700w Modular 80+ ($125)
HDD: Seagate Baraccuda 1TB ($103)
Chasis: Thermaltake V3 black mesh ($50)
CPU Fan: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 ($37)

I'm undecided about the board since I dunno which brand is better. I've always used Asus and they've worked well for me, but my friends are also recommending I get Gigabyte.

I'm torn between Asus' Surge protection (which happens a lot more often than I'd like with the power in this country) and Gigabyte's Solid Capacitors

Chose those boards since I'm trying to go for something that's compatible with AM3+ when I get the funds to upgrade in a year or two (so yeah, I'm also looking for a board that should last 2 years or so).


Other things I'm wondering about the build...

Will my CoolerMaster Silent Pro 600m 80+ be enough to power this rig? (even when worked to say 95%)

And, is there any chance that a games FPS performance will get bottlenecked by the setup?
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post #2 of 11
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Will my CoolerMaster Silent Pro 600m 80+ be enough to power this rig? (even when worked to say 95%)
Yes, However If you want to Xfire I would pick up a 650 from Seasonic -Corsair,XFX,antec..

I really wouldn't recomend the case, I had it for a spare pc and it was crap, its very cheapy made. Also you might as well get 1600 ram.
Edited by andrewmchugh - 11/8/11 at 12:43pm
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are you adamant about AMD? If not I would recommend to go intel. I get jealous of all of the builds I do that blows my rig out of the water =[ If surge protection is a definitive factor I would definitely go ASUS. Their quality and customer service is always top notch, and a reason why everyone recommends ASUS in the first place.

Also, isn't that HD 6950 a bit too much? I would go for a GTX 560ti instead and probably save money.
And if your local store has a 955, it's pretty much the same as a 965(just faster clock). Overclock potential is the same but generally you can find 955's for around 115-120.
Edited by Hollowpb40 - 11/8/11 at 12:43pm
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@andrewmchugh
Thought about that for future upgrades. Unfortunately the store here doesn't stock ATX boards (I don't think 2 HD9650's will fit in a uATX) that support AM3+

It is something I'm considering tho for later upgrades (much, much later)


@Hollowpb40
Don't think I can afford Intel at the moment with the boards and CPU's costing double AMD's.

And I've had some bad experiences with local distributed Nvidia GPU's. 2 died in under 6 months, while 1 died freash out of the store <_<

As for the HD6950, I figured I'd go that route since games like Fallout and Oblivion start to drop to less than 24 FPS once I activate all my mods... and I'm using a GPU 1-2 tiers higher. So I figured if I wanted to play Skyrim with full mods on the highest setting, I'd go 3 tiers higher than the recommended.

Since you're using a Phenom II x4 955, how is it?
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post #5 of 11
personally I love my 955, have it clocked to 3.8 with no problems. However I've built over 5 Intel builds and I love them all. Makes me jealous of how much money people really have for PCs.

I haven't found any problems with my GTX 460, nor have I had problems with my friends 570. He upgraded from a HD 6870 and said anti-aliasing completely makes the HD6870 a turn off for AMD cards.
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do you want to stick with the phenom 965?? or do you plan to upgrade down the road??
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post #7 of 11
The m5a-lx is incompatible with the 965 due to vrms
you are paying way too much for a Hyper 212+
The fx-4100 may be a better choice, and for less
if that ran is cl9... again, overpaying, by over $20...
Edited by xd_1771 - 11/8/11 at 1:28pm
post #8 of 11
wow. Didn't think spam could reach Overclock.net.

ANYWAYS! How do you like the look of the case? The look of cable management? If it was my choice on a budget, I would stick to a higher quality case(cases that have better than mediocre cable management options) and stick to a non-modular psu. Not only would it save you money for not having a modular PSU, but it would also open a bunch of options for case preference and the ability to mod the case also increases, not to mention design quality.
post #9 of 11
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personally I love my 955, have it clocked to 3.8 with no problems. However I've built over 5 Intel builds and I love them all. Makes me jealous of how much money people really have for PCs.

I haven't found any problems with my GTX 460, nor have I had problems with my friends 570. He upgraded from a HD 6870 and said anti-aliasing completely makes the HD6870 a turn off for AMD cards.
Yeah I heard 955 was friendlier to overclocking as opposed to the 965. Although to be honest I don't think I'm confident enough to attempt OC's with rather slow customer support services around here.

Hmmm I wonder if the HD6950 does any better with AA. And here I thought ATI's AA was "fixed" with the arrival of HD6850
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post #10 of 11
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The m5a-lx is incompatible with the 965 due to vrms
you are paying way too much for a Hyper 212+
The fx-4100 may be a better choice, and for less
Unfortunately the stores around the area don't have an fx-4100 in stock yet, nor to they have an idea for how much it'll cost when it comes out. Best available procs at the moment is Phenom II X6 1090T.

As for the fan, tell me about it. prices here are f*ckd up x_x

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Originally Posted by Hollowpb40 View Post
wow. Didn't think spam could reach Overclock.net.

ANYWAYS! How do you like the look of the case? The look of cable management? If it was my choice on a budget, I would stick to a higher quality case(cases that have better than mediocre cable management options) and stick to a non-modular psu. Not only would it save you money for not having a modular PSU, but it would also open a bunch of options for case preference and the ability to mod the case also increases, not to mention design quality.
Actually I'm a minimalist so the I prefer a "simplish" looking case which is why I went for the Thermaltake v3. Also not a big fan of really heavy/large rigs, so I'm sticking to a mid-tower instead of a full. Saves space on my desk.

Well if my CM Silent Pro 600m is good enough to power the new setup, I think I'll be able to use that on something else instead.
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