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post #1 of 23
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Hi guys,

So this is my 8th AMD based build. I wanted an extreme PC for gaming and web creation/Photoshop & Co. I went a bit crazy here but tried to keep it under 1500$. I never really OC'ed before exept my last build that runs a X2 555 BE at 3805Mhz without any major problems and I really want to take advantage of what the new build can offer in terms of performance and stability.

Here is my components list, I still have 2 weeks to exchange or bring back any item so your suggestions and comments are welcome.

* ASUS Crosshair IV Formula

* AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

* A-DATA S599 AS599S-128GM-C 2.5" 128GB as a OS drive

* G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH

* XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB

* CORSAIR H50 CPU Cooler <-- Returned

* Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W

These are less than 1 year old items that I'm keeping from the old build:

* Cooler Master HAF 932 case

* Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB as storage drive

* ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD Burner (PS3 reads the Blue-Ray's )

* Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Mouse

* SteelSeries Merc Stealth Keyboard

* 27.5'' I-INC LCD monitor

Let me know what you think about it, I was saving for a Sandy-Bridge build but I guess the bridge just collapsed ... so AMD FTW!

I will post some pics in the next 2 days probably. Thank you!

UPDATE:

Since the H50 seems problematic sometimes and the air cooling debate is a bit confusing, I decided to jump the fence and go with a custom water loop. I'm having fun with this build so why hold back. If I have to pay close to $100 CAD to get a NH-D14 I guess I will put an extra $100 and get under water . So hit me with your suggestions and by tomorrow I will post a list of components of my own choice after a bit of research.

Thanks everyone, you are really a great help!
Edited by Wess - 2/6/11 at 8:49pm
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post #2 of 23
You could save some money and get a lower power supply.
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post #3 of 23
don't think you need a 1000w PSU.
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post #4 of 23
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Well I agree that the PSU is a bit overkill, but I was thinking about being future proof. I know myself, I will be going for a Phenom II X6 1100T and a 2nd 6950 in a few months.
You guys think that an 800W PSU will do the job with a CrossFire setup?
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post #5 of 23
Yes 800 should do cf 6850's but with a 1000 watt it might be better because with my 750watt psu its optimal operation is at 325 watts its the most efficient so a 1000 watt isn't that much overkill
http://c1.neweggimages.com/BizIntell...owersupply.jpg

good idea on the 955 over the 965 its cheaper and practically the same just bump the multiplier. i wish i would of done that
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post #6 of 23
i'd wait for amd's next platform
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post #7 of 23
change the PSU get a seasonic or corsair arround 850watt with the money .

I did a crossfire 5850 OC with a 750watts psu just fine with a thuban sooo

but like evryone says wait till bulldozer if you can't wait go ahead .
    
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post #8 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Marc-Olivier Beaudoin View Post
but like evryone says wait till bulldozer if you can't wait go ahead .
Well to be honest I try to get the new stuff after a few months of release date, I was ready to jump the fence for a S-B build around a 2600K but I was right about waiting. AMD is not perfect maybe but what happened with Intel lately made me skeptical.

Thanks guys for the suggestions. But I made the stupid mistake of opening the PSU packaging so no way to bring it back (5% restocking fees at CanadaComputers).So I guess I'm stuck with it. The rest of the items are still sealed. I will start the build in a few days depending on how this thread goes.
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post #9 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by obsidian86 View Post
i'd wait for amd's next platform
+1...Either that or your looking at 2 new builds within the year.
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post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Bull View Post
+1...Either that or your looking at 2 new builds within the year.
I totally agree Bull, but as I said, my next build will be next year after things settle down and enough info and reviews are available. So yeah, I'm not really a hardcore adventurer that gets the stuff the day of release
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