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I know a good bit about Intel computers, as I have built two stable machines for my family. I am trying to learn more about AMD before I build my own computer. So, my question is...What do I need to know about building an AMD machine that I would not already know from building an Intel machine.

Specifically, I am confused about the HyperTransport thing. What HT speed to I pick on a motherboard and processor? I was looking at the phenoms and their HT is 3600 while all the compatible boards had HT under 3000?!?!

Thank you!
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This may get you up to speed up to the Q4.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/324
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as of right now AMD is slower. give it time im sure that will change. z
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Since it gonna be a rig for the family, I highly recommend getting a mobo with the chipset latest "AMD 780G" which comes with the best integrated graphics ATM (The integrared Radeon HD 3200 is almost an equivalent to GeForce 7800). On the other hand, don't sweat the HT, cause it won't play that significant role IMO.

for more info on the new 780G, check this video here
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Just to note, the next rig that I will be building is for myself. Integrated video/sound = bad!
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Originally Posted by bruestle2 View Post
Just to note, the next rig that I will be building is for myself. Integrated video/sound = bad!
my bad

But roughly, what's your budget?
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My budget is $1000 for parts that I don't already have.

I want a Phenom Black editon, a RAID 0 setup with two 250GB drives, and a nVidia 9600GT.

What motherboard and ram would y'all suggest for this? I want to do some moderate overclocking, but nothing major.

Things I already have:
GeminII CPU cooler (It was free + shipping before on Newegg and it got good reviews)
Antec True Power Trio 650W (I wanted a backup/test PSU that I could also use on a future build)
X-Fi XtremeGamer (It is coming out of my current computer)


Note: All input is accepted. If you would recommend something that I did not specify that I wanted, or you don't think the parts that I have are up to par, then I would like to hear from you!
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I suggest the 790X mobo from Gigabyte (same one i sue in my rig) and for RAM its a tough choice.
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Keep in mind that the 780G board with integrated graphics will be able to run a PCI-E video card together with the integrated video to get maximum GPU performance from the system. Think of it as crossfire wth the integrated video.


Tom's Hardare: pg 7 of 19
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Hybrid-Crossfire
Until now, it was only possible to create a CrossFire configuration using dedicated ATI/AMD add-in graphics cards, but AMD is adding the integrated graphics chip of the 780G/V chipsets to the list of dual-GPU capable parts.
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