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I want to keep the 5 core components (CPU, Mobo, GFX, PSU & RAM) under $800. Oh yeah, and I'm a OC'ing noob...

What I'm looking at right now:

CPU: 1090t (hoping to OC to at least 4GHz)
Mobo: ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (Want to OC but know nothing about OC'ing anything!)
GFX: GIGABYTE GV-R695D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 (will unlock)

The mobo is what I'm the most skeptical about, it is a good deal (open box) and it seems like it's be a good starter board. I see a lot of you guys on here (I've been trolling for a while, lol) with the formula series boards, but those are a little too pricey for me. I want to at least leave the option open for crossfire, although I don't think I'll need it for a while, because I've read that the card I have above can handle any game on max. But I dunno what to dunno what to do... Just grab this one and worry about buying a board with better xfire support when I actually plan on buying a 2nd card? Or spend about 2x as much for the xfire now even though it wont do me any good for a while?

I'm wanting to OC the ram if possible and eventually get a liquid cooling solution to see how far I can push the CPU. All I need is to be sold on a decent PSU and I'll hit the checkout button on newegg. Any suggestions on a PSU or anything I have listed above? Anyone with similar builds?

I really appreciate any help, I'm driving myself and my girlfriend crazy!!redface.gif
Edited by jerred121 - 3/23/11 at 11:06am
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post #2 of 48
Let me start by saying, if you want crossfire then there is no point in buying that mobo. The second pcie slot provides only 4x bandwidth. If you must crossfire, you have to get a board with 16x-16x crossfire or at least 8x-8x crossfire capabilities. But as you have mentioned yourself, those boards are a bit pricey. The m4a79xtd evo board ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402 ) however costs a bit less and provides 8x crossfire. But then again this is a board with amd700 generation chipset (which lacks sata/usb 3 capabilities).
Now, the decision is yours. Personally I prefer single gpu solutions for lower power requirements and less heat. The 6950 (even when it is not unlocked to a 6970) is a pretty powerful card, which will provide excellent support for at least 1/2 year/s. Then you can easily sell it and get the best card available. The GTX560 is my preferred card though, for its cuda and physx (and also drivers).
As for PSU, first make a decision on the gpu issue. If you are satisfied with a single card, then there is absolutely no point in buying a psu over 650 watt rating. Corsair, seasonic are my brands of choice. The XFX PSUs are pretty good too.
    
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post #3 of 48
Hi and welcome to OCN.

1- What CL the RAM is?, Can you provide the link?
2- What cooler do you have in mind? with stock cooler you will not go much far in overclock.
3- A decent 650W PSU for single GPU or 750W for Crossfire are enough. Seasonic, Corsair, Antec or XFX are trusted brands.
4- I'd go with 4GB RAM and get a better mobo.
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post #4 of 48
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Thanks for the replies, but after a lot of research I think I'm going to go the i5 2500k route instead since it out performs the 1090 and 1100 in basically every case I've seen. If a mod can move this thread to a more appropriate forum, that would be great.

@saint-
1. It's CL is 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

2. When I can afford it I'm going to go for a budget water cool solution, stock air will have to do for now until i want to crank it up further.

3. Going with a 750W Antec.

4. Think 4GB will be good enough? Even as a non-gaming user, I'm really demanding, and $100 for the 8GB gskills seemed ok (even though that set was $75 a few days ago)

I still am in that same boat as far as mobo goes - in fact, I'm even more confused now that I switch to Intel.
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post #5 of 48
High CL doesn't like to AMD, but if you change to SB that's not a problem.

Good choice in PSU and for mobo you can take a look of P8P67 Pro.
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welcome and yeah SB is the better choice, budget probably i5-2500k and GA-P67A-UD4 since you want to Xfire.
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post #7 of 48
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since its probably going to be a while before I get a 2nd card, wouldn't it make sense to go with a cheap mobo without xfire for now and upgrade when prices have dropped some and get a 16/16 when I really need it? That makes more sense to me instead of getting a board that can only do 8/8. With the 6950 unlocked to a 6970, shouldn't that be good for gaming on high specs for a while?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jerred121;12841129 
since its probably going to be a while before I get a 2nd card, wouldn't it make sense to go with a cheap mobo without xfire for now and upgrade when prices have dropped some and get a 16/16 when I really need it? That makes more sense to me instead of getting a board that can only do 8/8. With the 6950 unlocked to a 6970, shouldn't that be good for gaming on high specs for a while?

That would easilly handle most games on high detail for 24+ months
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Excellent, that is what i wanted to hear, I can worry about upgrading the mobo and adding another one of these bad boys when I think the time is right, i'm going to pull the trigger in the next hour, so if anyone has any other advice before I checkout I'd really appreciate it. Particularly any suggestions on a sub $150 mobo ($100 - $130 ideally).

Also, this has been by far the best forum I've come across thus far for help with this build - quick, helpful and insightful responses. Thanks a lot guys!
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Originally Posted by jerred121;12841248 
Excellent, that is what i wanted to hear, I can worry about upgrading the mobo and adding another one of these bad boys when I think the time is right, i'm going to pull the trigger in the next hour, so if anyone has any other advice before I checkout I'd really appreciate it. Particularly any suggestions on a sub $150 mobo ($100 - $130 ideally).

Also, this has been by far the best forum I've come across thus far for help with this build - quick, helpful and insightful responses. Thanks a lot guys!

Before you fire off the order, list all the parts your going to buy so we can see them.

Are you going with an intel i5 2500k build? This i would highly recommend
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