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Longtime viewer, first time poster.
I'll be coming across a bit of money in the near future and I'm looking at spending it on a new PC (gaming/general use). Thinking of something along these lines:

CPU: AMD AM3 Phenom II X4 955BE
Mobo: Asus M4A87TD-USB3
GPU: 2GB AMD Radeon HD6950
Case: Antec 900
PSU: Antec Neo Eco 450C $61 (BYO power cord)
RAM: 4GB DDR3

Decidied to go AMD simply for the "bang for your buck" factor. Basically just asking for advice, is it a decent build?, compatible? anyways I could improve it? etc.
As for ODD, HDD just going to grab something cheapish
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post #2 of 22
Could get a higher watt PSU & 500GB HD or 125GB or less SSD.
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post #3 of 22
Thats pretty good just make sure that all of the parts are compatable and whats the ram? 4gb ddr3 doesnt help much.
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post #4 of 22
might want a quality psu too, and with the hdd make sure you get good rpm's for gaming
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post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by supercole View Post
Thats pretty good just make sure that all of the parts are compatable and whats the ram? 4gb ddr3 doesnt help much.
Yeah, not too sure yet thinking something like:
G.Skill F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ 4GB (2x2GB) or G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB)
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1055t Gigabyte GA-790XT-USB3 ASUS 6950 2GB Corsair 1600Mhz (2x2GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Lite-on DVD-RW Windows 7 64bit Antec Earth Watts 650W 
Case
CM 690 II Advanced 
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1055t Gigabyte GA-790XT-USB3 ASUS 6950 2GB Corsair 1600Mhz (2x2GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Lite-on DVD-RW Windows 7 64bit Antec Earth Watts 650W 
Case
CM 690 II Advanced 
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post #6 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by supercole View Post
might want a quality psu too, and with the hdd make sure you get good rpm's for gaming
Any suggestions? I'm leaning towards Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ 7200RPM
My computer
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
1055t Gigabyte GA-790XT-USB3 ASUS 6950 2GB Corsair 1600Mhz (2x2GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Lite-on DVD-RW Windows 7 64bit Antec Earth Watts 650W 
Case
CM 690 II Advanced 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
1055t Gigabyte GA-790XT-USB3 ASUS 6950 2GB Corsair 1600Mhz (2x2GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Lite-on DVD-RW Windows 7 64bit Antec Earth Watts 650W 
Case
CM 690 II Advanced 
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post #7 of 22
to run the 6950 you need a higher watt PSU for sure. The min is 500 for that card. I would recommend getting a 650W PSU because you don't want to run PSU's near the load limit all the time. Plus you will get better power efficiency with a higher wattage unit.
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Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 280 x8 Noctua NF-A14 PWM fans Windows 10 64-bit BenQ XL2430T 
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BenQ XL2420T Realforce Tenkeyless 45g Corsair AX860i Corsair 750D 
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Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.2GHz Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R rev. 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 580 6GB DDR3 OCZ Platinum @ 1600 6-8-6-24 1T 
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BenQ XL2420T Realforce 87UB Corsair HX850W HAF-X 
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Intel 3610QM N56VZ NVIDIA GT650M 2GB 8GB 
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Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung EVO 500GB EK Supremacy EK GTX780Ti block Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 420 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 280 x8 Noctua NF-A14 PWM fans Windows 10 64-bit BenQ XL2430T 
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BenQ XL2420T Realforce Tenkeyless 45g Corsair AX860i Corsair 750D 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G Pro Logitech G640 Sennheiser Game One 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.2GHz Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R rev. 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 580 6GB DDR3 OCZ Platinum @ 1600 6-8-6-24 1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial C300 Samsung HDD Noctua NH-D14 with 3 NF-P14 fans Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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BenQ XL2420T Realforce 87UB Corsair HX850W HAF-X 
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Intel 3610QM N56VZ NVIDIA GT650M 2GB 8GB 
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post #8 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by mount-eerie View Post
Any suggestions? I'm leaning towards Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ 7200RPM
Get a Western Digital Black HDD or a Seagate Barracuda. Both are awesome hard drives if you dont want to go SSD.
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Intel i7 4790K ASUS Maximus VI Hero EVGA GTX780Ti 16GB G.Skill Trident X 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung EVO 500GB EK Supremacy EK GTX780Ti block Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 420 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 280 x8 Noctua NF-A14 PWM fans Windows 10 64-bit BenQ XL2430T 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Realforce Tenkeyless 45g Corsair AX860i Corsair 750D 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G Pro Logitech G640 Sennheiser Game One 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.2GHz Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R rev. 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 580 6GB DDR3 OCZ Platinum @ 1600 6-8-6-24 1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial C300 Samsung HDD Noctua NH-D14 with 3 NF-P14 fans Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Realforce 87UB Corsair HX850W HAF-X 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Zowie FK Artisan Hayate ASUS Xonar Essence STX 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3610QM N56VZ NVIDIA GT650M 2GB 8GB 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 4790K ASUS Maximus VI Hero EVGA GTX780Ti 16GB G.Skill Trident X 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung EVO 500GB EK Supremacy EK GTX780Ti block Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 420 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 280 x8 Noctua NF-A14 PWM fans Windows 10 64-bit BenQ XL2430T 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Realforce Tenkeyless 45g Corsair AX860i Corsair 750D 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G Pro Logitech G640 Sennheiser Game One 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.2GHz Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R rev. 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 580 6GB DDR3 OCZ Platinum @ 1600 6-8-6-24 1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial C300 Samsung HDD Noctua NH-D14 with 3 NF-P14 fans Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Realforce 87UB Corsair HX850W HAF-X 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Zowie FK Artisan Hayate ASUS Xonar Essence STX 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3610QM N56VZ NVIDIA GT650M 2GB 8GB 
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post #9 of 22
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[QUOTE=hfcobra;12416114]to run the 6950 you need a higher watt PSU for sure. The min is 500 for that card. I would recommend getting a 650W PSU because you don't want to run PSU's near the load limit all the time. Plus you will get better power efficiency with a higher wattage unit.[/QUOTE

Cheers, that was one thing I was definitely unsure about. Any recommendations on the cheaper side of the spectrum?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
1055t Gigabyte GA-790XT-USB3 ASUS 6950 2GB Corsair 1600Mhz (2x2GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Lite-on DVD-RW Windows 7 64bit Antec Earth Watts 650W 
Case
CM 690 II Advanced 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
1055t Gigabyte GA-790XT-USB3 ASUS 6950 2GB Corsair 1600Mhz (2x2GB) DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Lite-on DVD-RW Windows 7 64bit Antec Earth Watts 650W 
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CM 690 II Advanced 
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post #10 of 22
[quote=mount-eerie;12416142]
Quote:
Originally Posted by hfcobra View Post
to run the 6950 you need a higher watt PSU for sure. The min is 500 for that card. I would recommend getting a 650W PSU because you don't want to run PSU's near the load limit all the time. Plus you will get better power efficiency with a higher wattage unit.[/QUOTE

Cheers, that was one thing I was definitely unsure about. Any recommendations on the cheaper side of the spectrum?
Not trying to bash you or anything but one place you never want to save money is with PSU's. If you get a good quality one then the rest of the computer hardware will last longer and be better protected from small power surges. Better quality means cleaner power to the hardware.

I would recommend Corsair heavily. They make the best PSU's around and I will only buy PSU's from them from now on.

You could get a Corsair TX650W for under $100 if you want too. It is an older model but anything from Corsair is a great product!
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My laptop
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 4790K ASUS Maximus VI Hero EVGA GTX780Ti 16GB G.Skill Trident X 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung EVO 500GB EK Supremacy EK GTX780Ti block Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 420 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 280 x8 Noctua NF-A14 PWM fans Windows 10 64-bit BenQ XL2430T 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Realforce Tenkeyless 45g Corsair AX860i Corsair 750D 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G Pro Logitech G640 Sennheiser Game One 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.2GHz Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R rev. 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 580 6GB DDR3 OCZ Platinum @ 1600 6-8-6-24 1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial C300 Samsung HDD Noctua NH-D14 with 3 NF-P14 fans Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Realforce 87UB Corsair HX850W HAF-X 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Zowie FK Artisan Hayate ASUS Xonar Essence STX 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3610QM N56VZ NVIDIA GT650M 2GB 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 830 256GB Fancy Blu-Ray burner Windows 64-bit backlit 
PowerMouse Pad
battery or wall yes 
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Dream Machine
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My laptop
(10 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 4790K ASUS Maximus VI Hero EVGA GTX780Ti 16GB G.Skill Trident X 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung EVO 500GB EK Supremacy EK GTX780Ti block Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 420 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 280 x8 Noctua NF-A14 PWM fans Windows 10 64-bit BenQ XL2430T 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Realforce Tenkeyless 45g Corsair AX860i Corsair 750D 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G Pro Logitech G640 Sennheiser Game One 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.2GHz Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R rev. 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 580 6GB DDR3 OCZ Platinum @ 1600 6-8-6-24 1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial C300 Samsung HDD Noctua NH-D14 with 3 NF-P14 fans Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Realforce 87UB Corsair HX850W HAF-X 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Zowie FK Artisan Hayate ASUS Xonar Essence STX 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3610QM N56VZ NVIDIA GT650M 2GB 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 830 256GB Fancy Blu-Ray burner Windows 64-bit backlit 
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