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post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by cuad;12774489 
your sister is going to play bf3 huh? Anyway, don't get an ssd on a $600 budget. I wouldn't even suggest an ssd to someone with an unlimited budget. That money would be better spent on a x4 955. Just $130 right now. Plus, there will definitely be some bottlenecking with your current choice.

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post #12 of 21
I made quite a few $600 builds lately featuring the x4 955, decent video cards, etc.... might want to do a short skim around the "$600 budget" builds here an SSD is a pretty good investment IMO, but to have the extra boot speed/app load speed or not is up to you. Me... I'm a pretty impatient guy, I'd still be yelling at my computer despite the 6 cores without that SSD
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/17/11 at 10:52pm
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I've had a random eBay Western Digital 7200RPM HDD for the past three years (bought when I was a noob) that's never let me down. That would be why I am biased against SSDs. But hey, storage devices can survive through many builds, like computer cases or good PSUs or good monitors. I just don't know because I'm hearing all this negative hype about how next gen is coming soon and all of todays SSDs will be second rate.
Edited by cuad - 3/17/11 at 11:33pm
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post #14 of 21
The difference between gen2 and gen3 is really just throughput (how much lower than .1ms acccess time can you go?).
And let's be honest, how often are you really writing multiple GB files? Hmm?

People poo poo SSD because they expect the wrong things from it. The real benefits of an SSD aren't from copying huge files or whatever, it's from access time. Put your OS and fav apps on an SSD and you'll definitely notice the difference between 13ms and .1 ms (> 100x increase, no other upgrade can offer that).

Other than that, you might look into a slightly stronger processor, only because BF2 was somewhat processor heavy (unlike most other games) so it's possible that BF3 will eat more cycles than that can provide. xd's build looks none too shabby, decent x4 should be enough power to push through your games.
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Thread Starter 
Thanx guys, I made some changes based on your feedback:

RAM Memory: $5 off w/ promo code EMCKGJE99 $15 Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104203

SSD replaced with an F3 Spinpoint:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

Lower Price Motherboard Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.608635

Lower Price cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233082

Phenom II X4 820 for $99.99 or 955 for $130?

I think we'll go with the 820 and OC it 3.5 Ghz, save $30



Shipping $4.84
Discounts from Promo Codes: $16
Grand Total:$548.76

Three Mail-in-Rebates = $40
Edited by PowerTrip - 3/18/11 at 7:26am
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Pardon me for bumping into someone elses thread with a newbie question, but, is the XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 allot better than the 212+? The reason I ask is, everything from my build is being delivered tonight, including the 212+, should I return it and get the XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283?

Thanks
post #17 of 21
The 955 is 125W and if you plan to run the 955, you should invest in a different board with a better power phase.
I'd consider the 820 more worth it anyway for the cool-running; 95W runs a lot cooler

The GAIA should be slightly better; reason is that heat is more efficiently spread across all 3 heatpipes; in 212+, really only the first 2 effectively get the heat
post #18 of 21
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The 955 is 125W and if you plan to run the 955, you should invest in a different board with a better power phase.
I'd consider the 820 more worth it anyway for the cool-running; 95W runs a lot cooler

The GAIA should be slightly better; reason is that heat is more efficiently spread across all 3 heatpipes; in 212+, really only the first 2 effectively get the heat
Is the better board directed to me? If so, do you have any recommendations, keeping it sub 120ish?

Thanks
post #19 of 21
955 + TA870U3+ - 205 after promo HARDOCPX316A
post #20 of 21
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The Gaia looks like it does not come with Thermal Paste?
edit:
Nevermind, I found the answer in the reviews, it does come with it.
Edited by PowerTrip - 3/18/11 at 8:43am
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