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post #1 of 24
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Sooooo I was wondering if I could get any advice on this build. I have $700, +/- $100 for a build that I want to have last, have great performance, and look cool. I already have a mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor, and low-range video card (ASUS GeForce GT520 Silent). It performs ok on the games I play, but I would like as best performance as possible from this. I'd prefer to have AMD (due to cost) and an H100 for cooling. Also prefer to not mod, or make it very very low level modding.

CPU - Phenom II X4 960t
Mobo - ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
GPU - XFX Double d HD 6870
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8gb (2x4gb) 1600 Mhz
HDD - WD Caviar Blue 500Gb 7200rpm SATA III
Optical Drive - ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Case - NZXT Tempest (w/window)
PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W

I already have a 24" Monitor, Creative Sound Blaster PCI Sound Card, crap mouse, crap keyboard, and 7 disc.
Edited by MYHMTetsubasan - 5/4/12 at 11:10am
post #2 of 24
You probably dont need the Corsair h100 for that cpu, maybe get a h80 or h60, and get a slightly better cpu with it. For better graphics performance, you COULD overclock a bit, which may give you a bit of extra power. With that board, I doubt you will be getting high overclocks anyway, so a h60 should be good.
 
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2.5GHZ Mobile Quad-Core i7 Apple AMD Radeon R9 M370X 16GB DDR3 1600MHz 
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post #3 of 24
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You probably dont need the Corsair h100 for that cpu, maybe get a h80 or h60, and get a slightly better cpu with it. For better graphics performance, you COULD overclock a bit, which may give you a bit of extra power. With that board, I doubt you will be getting high overclocks anyway, so a h60 should be good.

But... But... the H100 looks so much better... Yeah, I know that I probably don't need that much cooling for the 960t, but I was kinda planning on unlocking (if I'm one of the luckies) and then OCing it to 4+, maybe even pushing further (cause it'd have the H100). Can you advise a board then? Someone was saying that a m4a79xtd or m4n98td-evo would be a good idea. Trying to keep it to Newegg, Frys, and TDirect (respectively)
post #4 of 24
I'm not the best for AMD boards, but if you give me a price point I will definitely take a look around.

If yu mean this board http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A79XTD_EVO/ it's not bad, the power design would be pretty good for overclocking, better vrm heatsinks too! biggrin.gif
 
Macbook Pro 15"
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2.5GHZ Mobile Quad-Core i7 Apple AMD Radeon R9 M370X 16GB DDR3 1600MHz 
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500GB Apple SSD None What cooling? (LOL) Mac OS 
Monitor
Retina Display 
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post #5 of 24
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I'm not the best for AMD boards, but if you give me a price point I will definitely take a look around.
If yu mean this board http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A79XTD_EVO/ it's not bad, the power design would be pretty good for overclocking, better vrm heatsinks too! biggrin.gif

Yeah, that's where I start needing assistance >.< I've never OCed before, and hmmm, prices I try to say average at $100 each, But with everything else staying same it would probably, then probably like $70. Getting rid of the fans and keeping the XM and H100, then there's an extra $93 leeway, and if you can find a better suited modular psu for less then that'll open up a little more room. And for now the GT520 will work, I'll save up for something later.
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Macbook Pro 15"
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2.5GHZ Mobile Quad-Core i7 Apple AMD Radeon R9 M370X 16GB DDR3 1600MHz 
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Retina Display 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2.5GHZ Mobile Quad-Core i7 Apple AMD Radeon R9 M370X 16GB DDR3 1600MHz 
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500GB Apple SSD None What cooling? (LOL) Mac OS 
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post #7 of 24
You absoluty need to spend on a soild foundation i,e mobo its the one of the few areas you get what you spend you plan on unlocking that 960T you could see 140 watts or higher

from Gigabyte
GA-990FXA-UD7,GA-990FXA-UD5,GA-990FXA-UD3,GA-990XA-UD3
Asus
Sabertooth,Corshair V,M5A97 EVO/PRO,M5A88-V EVO
MSI
any board with 990 chip set
As Rock
Fatality 990FX,990FX Extreme4,890FX Deluxe5,890GX Extreme4 R2.0

this is a good list with boards that are at less 8+1 or beter phase board
post #8 of 24
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this would be a pretty good board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767
or this, a bit cheaper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131657

Yeah, I have this thing about mATX boards vs ATX boards, and I've been reading up on the M5A97 before I was even putting a computer together, any other advice that you might be able to give?

So far the two that we've decided on are the;
AMD Phenom II X4 960T
ASUS M5A97.

I've also got my heart set on the H100, and I don't think that's gonna change unless someone can show me another, more low-pro 240 rad that can be in P/P.

Decided Cost So Far: $335 (w/ H100)
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by truckerguy View Post

You absoluty need to spend on a soild foundation i,e mobo its the one of the few areas you get what you spend you plan on unlocking that 960T you could see 140 watts or higher
from Gigabyte
GA-990FXA-UD7,GA-990FXA-UD5,GA-990FXA-UD3,GA-990XA-UD3
Asus
Sabertooth,Corshair V,M5A97 EVO/PRO,M5A88-V EVO
MSI
any board with 990 chip set
As Rock
Fatality 990FX,990FX Extreme4,890FX Deluxe5,890GX Extreme4 R2.0
this is a good list with boards that are at less 8+1 or beter phase board

silly internet wouldn't update your post. The EVO is an extra $20, is it worth jumping the bus for the EVO vs the regular M5A97? Or should I keep looking at different models?
post #10 of 24
eather the EVO or PRO
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