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AMD Phenom II build, where to but extra cash ?

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Hello OCN !
So Im ordering some upgrades for my system next week, and I have a little spare money and I dont know what to use them on if anything. System will be for gaming mainly, but also folding.

This is what ill be ordering.
CM 690 II Advanced case
Asus M4A89GTD PRO Mobo
Corsiar Dominator 2x2 GB DDR3 1600 MHz CL8
AMD Phenom II X4 955 C3 CPU
XSPC Rasa RS 240 kit

Now Ill have a little money left and instead of saving them for next month when Im buying another GTX 460 and new PSU, Id rather spend them now, because that way its more fun. Now I know it would be hard for most of you to suggest me what to get since most of you are from another country, so prices wouldnt match, so I have already chosen some possible upgrades with the money Ill have left, and Id like for you guys to comment on which of them would have the greatest impact on my performance. My aim is to get my CPU to 4 GHz + and RAM at 1333 MHz CL7 min. so heres what I could get.

Another Mobo, best one within my pricerange would be to upgrade to an ASRock 890FX Deluxe 3. 890FX boards from other manufacturers are too expensive, and Im not really sure how big an impact a 890FX mobo would have over a 890GX mobo.

Other RAM, some Dominator 1600 MHz CL 7-8-7 or Ripjaws 1333 MHz CL 7-7-7 or Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600 MHz CL 6-8-6 or the like. But since Im gonna be OCing an unlocked CPU I dont know if it would really mean that much.

Other CPU. Upgrade from a PHII X4 955 -> 965. X6 is out of my pricerange. A 965 should be higher binned Ive heard, and maybe give me better chances of hitting 4 GHz, but Im not sure about this.

Dont think there would be any point in upgrading case, as any significant improvement would be way out of my pricerange.

So If you have any comments or anything to add, please do share
Thank you in advance.
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post #2 of 7
Gaming and folding may benefit from low timings. Try the G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 7-8-7, they'll reach 6-8-6 no problem and are at a great price. 1333 7-7-7 is only equal to around 1600 9-9-9 and usually never overclocks as well.

I would get this $90 case: NZXT Tempest EVO
Or if you don't mind $110 (and prefer a slightly alternative look) go with the Lancool PC-K62
post #3 of 7
this is what i would recomend :
mobo
PSU
CPU
RAM
Cooler
Case
Video Card 1
Video Card 2
Edited by RabbitGT - 1/14/11 at 8:40pm
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I'm selling an asus m4a89gtd pro/usb3 motherboard right now if your interested. Pm me if you are.
     
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post #5 of 7
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Thank you for the replies

@xd1771: I might have some trouble getting those Ripjaws here in Denmark, apparently danish retailers dont like G.Skill, but how does Mushkin Enhanced Redline compare to Ripjaws with the same specs ? The Tempest looks pretty nice though

@RabbitGT: Thank you for taking your time putting a build together, but I dont think you read my entire post. First of all, Ive already decided on water cooling the CPU, and second of all, I already have one GTX 460 so the second is gonna be the same (SLI Hack)

@Behemoth777: Thanks for the offer, but I dont buy used hardware.
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Samsung 840 500 GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB NZXT Kraken X60 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
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post #6 of 7
Enhanced Redline should use similar or the same ICs (though they might use better BBSE than PSC), they're just about as good as the Ripjaws; if you can't find the Ripjaws they'd be a good choice.
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Only problem with the Mushkins is. They dont fit the color scheme ! Going Black/Blue so that might be a deal breaker. Yes Im that shallow. Might have to get Dominator RAM instead just to make my PC look good. Nah, one of my favorite hardware-search-engine-sites seems to be having problem, will try looking some more for those Ripjaws
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 500 GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB NZXT Kraken X60 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
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Dell U2311h Steelseries G6v2 Silverstone Strider Plus 850W CM HAF-X 
MouseAudio
Logitech G502 SB X-Fi Titanium HD 
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Core i7 2600k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3P MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Kingston HyperX Blu 8 GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 500 GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB NZXT Kraken X60 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
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Dell U2311h Steelseries G6v2 Silverstone Strider Plus 850W CM HAF-X 
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