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Athlon II X4 Build Named Kamtastic II

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Well I've been wanting to upgrade/replace my 6400+ Black Edition for awhile now but the power requirements on my OC'd Phenom II 940 made it more of an energy user than my 6400+ so I decided to go with an Athlon II X4 because they seem to do a lot better on power consumption tests than any others I've seen. Unfortunately, after reading some news, I found out that AMD is releasing a new C3 Stepping of the Athlon II X4 and a newer model called the 640 that will run at 3.0Ghz (200 x 15). If it gets released before I put my build together, I'm waiting as long as possible, then I'll sell the 630 and buy the 640. Here's my build log so far. I will update with links as I buy each piece.

CPU: Athlon II X4 630
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H
PSU: OCZ 700w GameXStream - I got for $15
Case: Thermaltake V9 Black Edition
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB will arrive soon
GPU: I'll either throw in one of my 4850's or buy a 4890...leaning towards the 4890
Sound: I'll move my X-Fi Xtreme Gamer from my Kamtastic build to this one
Optical: Still working on this one, I'm wanting one with Lightscribe...weird because i'll probably never use it but just in case Preferably IDE
HSF: Waiting on the 3RSystems Ice Age II currently. However, got the Kingwin XT-1264 for $15 shipped

Now, what I'll end up doing is moving all the HDD but 1 from my 6400+ to this one and then retiring my Athlon XP and just using the 6400+ BE for all my streaming and movie watching while using this new one as my 24/7 PC as it will use less power and lower my electric build. I'll still be using the same monitors and tv's.

Edit: Well I just sold that old case that's been taking up space so I'll probably buy the new case within the next couple of days.
Edited by KamuiRSX - 2/18/10 at 7:08am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X4 630 Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H Visiontek 4850 512MB Reference 8GB A-Data DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar Black Currently Samsung 20x SH2022 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x Samsung Synchmaster 226BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 OCZ 700w GameXStream Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Razer Copperhead 
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AMD Athlon II X4 630 Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H Visiontek 4850 512MB Reference 8GB A-Data DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar Black Currently Samsung 20x SH2022 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x Samsung Synchmaster 226BW 
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Logitech G11 OCZ 700w GameXStream Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Razer Copperhead 
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Edited by KamuiRSX - 2/23/10 at 2:20am
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AMD Athlon II X4 630 Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H Visiontek 4850 512MB Reference 8GB A-Data DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar Black Currently Samsung 20x SH2022 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x Samsung Synchmaster 226BW 
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Logitech G11 OCZ 700w GameXStream Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Razer Copperhead 
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AMD Athlon II X4 630 Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H Visiontek 4850 512MB Reference 8GB A-Data DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar Black Currently Samsung 20x SH2022 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x Samsung Synchmaster 226BW 
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Logitech G11 OCZ 700w GameXStream Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Razer Copperhead 
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Sounds like a sweet little build....i have definitely been giving the Athlon X3 and X4 series a hard look due to the energy efficiency when compared to the Phenom II's...my rig's pretty sad in that department compared to the Athlon X3/X4 series...
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Sounds like a sweet little build....i have definitely been giving the Athlon X3 and X4 series a hard look due to the energy efficiency when compared to the Phenom II's...my rig's pretty sad in that department compared to the Athlon X3/X4 series...
lol I know the feeling. I was hoping my Phenom II 940 would use less power than my 6400+ but even with 2 8800GT's in SLI, my Phenom II 940 rig uses a hell of a lot more power so I try to only use it when it's absolutely needed. The performance decrease from Athlon II to Phenom II is only about 5% total which isn't bad for the huge drop in price. Check my sig for a link showing the overclocks of the people who have joined so far.
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AMD Athlon II X4 630 Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H Visiontek 4850 512MB Reference 8GB A-Data DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar Black Currently Samsung 20x SH2022 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x Samsung Synchmaster 226BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 OCZ 700w GameXStream Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Razer Copperhead 
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AMD Athlon II X4 630 Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H Visiontek 4850 512MB Reference 8GB A-Data DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar Black Currently Samsung 20x SH2022 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x Samsung Synchmaster 226BW 
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Logitech G11 OCZ 700w GameXStream Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Razer Copperhead 
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lol I know the feeling. I was hoping my Phenom II 940 would use less power than my 6400+ but even with 2 8800GT's in SLI, my Phenom II 940 rig uses a hell of a lot more power so I try to only use it when it's absolutely needed. The performance decrease from Athlon II to Phenom II is only about 5% total which isn't bad for the huge drop in price. Check my sig for a link showing the overclocks of the people who have joined so far.
Have you tried severely down clocking the 940 to the 6400+'s core speed and compared?

And yes i have been keeping track of the clocks achieved for the Athlon II series and they definitely exhibit good voltage/clock ratio's
Edited by Rewindlabs - 1/11/10 at 11:15am
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I just ordered one of those X4's, the 620 though, and with the GA-MA785GM-US2H though. Very interested in seeing how this preforms.
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Have you tried severely down clocking the 940 to the 6400+'s core speed and compared?

And yes i have been keeping track of the clocks achieved for the Athlon II series and they definitely exhibit good voltage/clock ratio's
That comparison was at 3.2Ghz for stock to minuscule overclock comparison and then I upped the OC to my 6400+ back up to 3.4Ghz and then upped the Phenom II as well and even with the 6400+ needing the voltage bump and the 940 on stock volts, the 940 rig still used more power

So I use it for whenever I need to do video encoding. The thing flies through encoding them all

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I just ordered one of those X4's, the 620 though, and with the GA-MA785GM-US2H though. Very interested in seeing how this preforms.
You should see a very noticeable performance increase Nice motherboard as well.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X4 630 Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H Visiontek 4850 512MB Reference 8GB A-Data DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar Black Currently Samsung 20x SH2022 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x Samsung Synchmaster 226BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 OCZ 700w GameXStream Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Razer Copperhead 
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AMD Athlon II X4 630 Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H Visiontek 4850 512MB Reference 8GB A-Data DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar Black Currently Samsung 20x SH2022 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x Samsung Synchmaster 226BW 
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Logitech G11 OCZ 700w GameXStream Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Razer Copperhead 
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You should see a very noticeable performance increase Nice motherboard as well.
I hope I see an increase as well. I specifically chose that board for it's form factor; I plan on buying the P180 Mini quite soon.
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I hope I see an increase as well. I specifically chose that board for it's form factor; I plan on buying the P180 Mini quite soon.
Nice. From what I've seen, the 785g's do a pretty decent job of overclocking and it's Gigabyte so that's always a +

Also, update on the build log. Just ordered the Thermaltake V9 Black Edition New for $22 shipped ($71 for the case - $49 from old case) and picked up an OCZ GameXStream 700w PSU earlier today from a local guy for $15 brand new still sealed

I'll post pics of each tomorrow or whenever the case arrives so I can do both unboxing's in one day.
Edited by KamuiRSX - 1/11/10 at 8:54pm
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AMD Athlon II X4 630 Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H Visiontek 4850 512MB Reference 8GB A-Data DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar Black Currently Samsung 20x SH2022 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x Samsung Synchmaster 226BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 OCZ 700w GameXStream Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Razer Copperhead 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X4 630 Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H Visiontek 4850 512MB Reference 8GB A-Data DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB Caviar Black Currently Samsung 20x SH2022 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x Samsung Synchmaster 226BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 OCZ 700w GameXStream Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Razer Copperhead 
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I look forward to these pictures.
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