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Old 07-23-2010, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, Plan on ordering this by Next Friday, just wanting some critique and some criticism on what i've selected so far.

DVD/CD - Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

HDD - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU - Newegg.com - EVGA 768-P3-1362-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 768-P3-1362-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

MOBO - Newegg.com - ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU - Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

RAM - Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

PSU - Newegg.com - XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CASE - Newegg.com - LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case



Comes in at - $857.83 without the 20$ Mail in rebate on the case/psu combo
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i say go with an intel i5 over AMD.
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What would you suggest for the mobo and cpu?
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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
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GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$295.

The i5-750 gives comparable performance to the Phenom II x4 965 and even edges it out (but not by much).
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so overall you think its worth the 30-40$ to go from the amd to the intel?

also is this combo Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

better than say this case / psu combo =
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Newegg.com - NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

also one question on the motherboards in the images I cant see how many sata cables are included in the mobo's box. would it be safe to say theres enough for me to go straight oem on my dvd drive and hdd
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look for a board/cpu combo.

i5's are okay, but AMD processors are very/easily overclockable. You'll be using it more for gaming, so you'll benefit more from higher clock speeds than you will with a 2.66 i5, which is better with applications.

stick with gigabyte boards...or asus. best boards IMO.
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Yeah I think im going to go with the AMD combo. Because of the mobo with SLI @ 2 16x slots.

Going for the 965 BE and ASUS Newegg.com - ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
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Yeah I think im going to go with the AMD combo. Because of the mobo with SLI @ 2 16x slots.

Going for the 965 BE and ASUS Newegg.com - ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
looks good.

now just letting you know...you don't necessarily need a black edition because it has a higher clock speed. If you're confident enough to learn how to overclock, you can choose a lower clocked phenom, and save money. Then, just buy a descent CPU cooler and overclock it to (most likely) the clock of a 965 BE, possibly even higher. That's always an option. The OEM phenom II X4 is only $117. Plus it's fun to learn more custom building techniques (well, at least for me since I'm a geek ). I bought a phenom X6, the 2.8GHz one, and overclocked it to ~4.2GHz. but of course I have watercooling, so that's why i can OC so high, even higher I'm sure.
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i5's are okay, but AMD processors are very/easily overclockable. You'll be using it more for gaming, so you'll benefit more from higher clock speeds than you will with a 2.66 i5, which is better with applications.
at stock speeds, the (2.66ghz) i5 750 will be faster than a 3.4ghz x4 965 overall. and i5's are very OCable too, you can hit 4ghz+ on them with a good cooler.
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at stock speeds, the (2.66ghz) i5 750 will be faster than a 3.4ghz x4 965 overall. and i5's are very OCable too, you can hit 4ghz+ on them with a good cooler.
really? 4ghz+ with an aircooler? doubt that...i've never seen anything over 4 with just a good cpu fan on an i5. even then, AMD is known for having the more clockable processors.

and sorry to break it to you, but my 4.4 ghz phenom plays better in games than my 3.2 ghz i5, and they both use 5770s.
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