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I'm looking to buy a Phenom II x6 1055T or 1090T. Is the 1090T worth the price or would I be better off buying the 1055T.

I also need a motherboard that supports crossfire but I am a complete newb and lazy when it comes to that stuff. (Though I'm capable of doing so) Would it also be worth spending 2 to 3 hundred or will a 90 dollar one work almost if not as good as an expensive one.

I'm lookin to spend as little as possible even if I suffer a slight performance loss when doing quantity of quality. If someone has a 1055T or 1090T please offer it and I will buy!

Please all geniuses help me build a cheap powerhouse!
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This motherboard looks pretty sweet for the price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130249

Also, if you're planning on overclocking, I'd buy the 1055t.
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You may hear a lot of ideas, but frankly a $90 to $120 board can overclock quite well, but there's a caveat.

The 1055T can only be overclocked by FSB, so you need a board that's comfortable at 260 FSB or higher, and some of the cheaper boards have trouble over 250. So, you actually need a better board to get a 1055T to reach its potential (about 4Ghz + ), as opposed to the 1090 - but it's a better investment to get the better board if you look forward to AM3 upgrades, though again if you stick to unlocked chips you alleviate the problem.
Edited by JVene - 6/7/10 at 12:08pm
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The only major difference between the 1055T and 1090T, other than price and stock clock speed, is the unlocked multiplier on the 1090T. This means you don't have to OC via the FSB but can simply just up the multi on the CPU and raise the CPU voltage accordingly. There have been great OC results on both but if OC'ing the 1055T (since it can only be OC'd via the FSB), it might be wise to invest in a higher end board that can handle the higher FSB.

If you get the 1055T, I would suggest the Gigabyte 890FX-UD5 board. It is the most balanced board of the 890 chipset series in terms of price versus the performance you get. If you get a 1090T, you can most likely then go with an 890GX chipset board such as the Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H board instead.
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The difference between the 1055 and 1090 is that the 1090 is 'unlocked'. Hence it can overclock furthur on cheaper boards. This is only important if you plan to overclock it to its max. If you are content to sit lower, 4.0ghz or lower, I'd go with the 1055. As for the board, from my searching this is the board id get. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130274
Some cheaper boards do have decent performance, but they have drawbacks, as you get what you pay for! Good luck!
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Thanks for all your guys' quick response! I'm not much of an overclocker. My brother PR1M3R (if you've seen him on here) is the one who knows all that and does it for me I'm just lookin for a board that will work great with this chip. I'm just trying to build a monster machine haha something that will power anything with no hitch.

AND OF COURSE CHEAP!!

any ideas on what kind of case and cooling system would work best if I do plan to overclock.
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You gonna SLi/CrossfireX in the future?
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post #8 of 19
I say spend a bit more on the board and get the 1055T. As the others have mentioned you need a stronger board to clock the FSB and remain stable. You will also benefit from having the extra features a more expensive board includes. I highly recommend the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula.
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any ideas on what kind of case and cooling system would work best if I do plan to overclock.
I would say anything like an Antec 900 or Cooler Master 690 II would be a great case. They get great airflow and aren't overboard on looks. I really loved my original CM 690 but I also love the P183 that I have right now. If you go high end on the board, again I would recommend the Gigabyte 890FX-UD5. Cheaper than the ASUS Crosshair IV and can overclock almost just as good.
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this board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131633
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