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I hope I am not sounding too rude on the thread but I am a little curious.

Isn't the new Intel i3-2100 somewhat better overall and cheaper?

I heard the x6 trumps it on rendering and such but IDK.
My budget won't allow for Intel. The x4 (and later x6) I'm looking to get is fine for what I want to achieve...both in audio and gaming. Plus i3's have never been know to work well with audio production.
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Decided to pull the trigger on the PSU + RAM combo as it's showing an additional $20 down in cart. Will have to wait to order everything else 'til late Thursday/ early Friday. Excited!
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My budget won't allow for Intel. The x4 (and later x6) I'm looking to get is fine for what I want to achieve...both in audio and gaming. Plus i3's have never been know to work well with audio production.
Oh interesting.. In Audio production, AMD cpu's better?
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post #14 of 23

Did you see this combo: X4 955 + HD 6870 for $310 after $20 mir? Also a $10 gift card on the 955. Same price as your 6850 + 955.


soooo.....

add:
GA-890GPA + win7 $260
Ram + psu combo $100 after rebates (already purchased)
Samsung f3 500GB $50 (or WD Black 500GB for $10 more)
+ $310 from cpu/gpu combo

Total = $720 with the Samsung or $730 with the WD Black (after rebates)


One other option would be to go with this:
PhenomII X4 840 + 890GPA combo $235 (X4 840 is a phenom without L3 cache - figured this option for you do to light gaming vs. heavy gaming. L3 with have little to no effect on your music. Besides, step to 6870 from 6850 more than makes up any difference)
Ram + psu combo $100 after rebates (already purchased)
Samsung f3 500GB $50 (or WD Black 500GB for $10 more)
MSI Twinfrozer HD 6870 $215 shipped after $15 mir (there are cheaper 6870s, but these are quieter)

$100

Total = $700 with the Samsung or $710 with the WD Black (after rebates)


Edit: WD black just went on sale; use promo code EMCKGJK34 for $10 off
Edited by Badwrench - 3/10/11 at 6:28am
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post #15 of 23
Another win from badwrench!
But you really gotta remember that there's a good deal on the F3 1TB that would make it $1 more (or less) than most 500GB HDDs right now
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Nice! I'll check those out. I really don't need a 1TB drive for the OS. I already have a 750gb samples drive (music apps and backup) and plan on getting a second later this year for raid configuration. Based on feedback from other musicians I work with this set up works best (audio and samples on separate HDD from OS). I also plan on getting an SSD next year for the OS drive. I might still get the 1TB and use that later as my audio/back up drive. Maybe use the 750 I have now for OS instead?

Hey Badwrench do you know how the noise level of the MSI Twin Frozer compares to the Cyclone? I'm really liking the Cyclone noise levels and the silent mode for when I'm working on music. I'm a fan of Sapphire but that card will be too noisy for what I want.
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Nice! I'll check those out. I really don't need a 1TB drive for the OS. I already have a 750gb samples drive (music apps and backup) and plan on getting a second later this year for raid configuration. Based on feedback from other musicians I work with this set up works best (audio and samples on separate HDD from OS). I also plan on getting an SSD next year for the OS drive. I might still get the 1TB and use that later as my audio/back up drive. Maybe use the 750 I have now for OS instead?

Hey Badwrench do you know how the noise level of the MSI Twin Frozer compares to the Cyclone? I'm really liking the Cyclone noise levels and the silent mode for when I'm working on music. I'm a fan of Sapphire but that card will be too noisy for what I want.
As long as you are not gaming or benching while doing your music it will be nearly silent. MSI afterburner will allow you to set up the fan profile so that it can stay quiet. As far as the Sapphire goes, I figured that after I posted it. Thats actually why I put together the second build with MSI. Not the 955 you were originally looking for, but the 840 will do you fine and even better with some oc.

Oh, and the 1tb Samsung that xd posted is quite fast as an OS HDD

Some potential changes:

PSU/ SSD combo $140 after rebates
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) cas7 $50 with promo code EMCKGJK38 - this is a great deal on great ram.
Just remove the psu/ram combo from above and replace with this stuff - adds roughly $90, but gets you better stuff and an SSD
Edited by Badwrench - 3/10/11 at 1:11pm
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post #18 of 23
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I'll look into the MSI card then. I found a combo with the 955 + 890GPA I'm happy with atm. I wasn't worried about the speed of the Samsung but more the noise due to 1TB drives having more than one platter. I might still get it and use it later for the audio drive once I get an SSD.

I already bought the Corsair PSU/RAM combo and would like to stay away from OCZ PSU's. Corsairs are considered very quiet and rank up there with Seasonic on spcr so I'll be sticking with that. Those ripjaws are pretty nice. Not sure which ram would be best now.

Hey xd_1771 what do you think?

Thanks again for all the help guys. I really appreciate it.
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Looks okay to me
WD Black hard drives are also pretty loud though (according to some others... I myself don't mind)
Good luck!
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So either RAM is ok? I know the Corsair will work out after reading through this thread and after the rebate and gift cards arrive I can add another set for 8GB total.

I don't mind the noise from my current WD Black so I'm good there as well.
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