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Old 10-25-2011, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sons 16th Birthday gaming PC gift - please look over and make suggestions??

OK, So far this is what I have. Trying to stay under $700 including keyboard/mousse and get the best for BF3 I can. He already has a 26 inch good TV with HDMI so no monitor needed. NO GPU as he will have to buy his own ( or possible with use my Crossfired two 5770's and I will buy new GPU). So, the system must be able to do crossfire.

CPU= AMD Phenom 955 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

MOBO= Gigabite AMD3+ Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Memory= Corsair (2x2GB) Vengence Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ4GX3M2A1600C9

PSU = Corsair 650watt Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Keyboard/Mouse = Razor Newegg.com - RAZER Black USB Wired Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard

Case = Antec Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CD/DVD = Asus Newegg.com - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners

HD= WD Black Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Total = $676.88

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hAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT AN I3, oops, and a p67 board?
Though the board will be x16/x8

Newegg.com - MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32120

This would allow a better upgrade path, and perform just as well.
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HMMM no I had not - so you think the i3 will perform as well as a phenom 955? I only looked into i5 - which is too expensive. Also by getting The AMD3+ board he will be able to upgrade the processor down the road.

Will my posted system or the i3 with P67 Mobo with the rest of the list be able to do crossfire with 2 x 5770's ?
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I would stay with a quad. BC2 was pretty hard on duals so I expect BF3 to be the same or worse.
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Thats the thing trotter, the i3 is equal or better than the 955 in games like far cry, cryisis.

The Sandybridge chip spanks AMD Quads

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Who said anything about AMD? I said "quad".
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Ah.... Well. Some ASSuMEd I guess.
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Yes I assumed Trotter was talking about my Phenom as well. The Intel quad = 2500 is just too expensive. So do I go with the phenom quad core or the i3 dual core?? That link is very interesting Patron - hard to believe that a dual core can outperform a quad.

What about overclocking the phenom - have heard it done to 3.9 mhz.
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Actually, the quad starts at like 2340, at $190.00

Me, Id do the p67 and the i3, so that in a year you go to 2500k and clock the crap out of it.

i'm totally clueless on amd overclocking, sorry.
But usiung the 980 at 3.7 bas a compare, the amd does pull ahead.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/362?vs=289
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I would stay with a quad. BC2 was pretty hard on duals so I expect BF3 to be the same or worse.
BF3 tax's servers almost 100% more than BC2 did. If thats anything to go by, it's pretty killer. Go Sandy Bridge, Intel CPU's are normally superior for gaming.

This reminds me when my parents got a ATI 9600Pro for my Birthday That thing barely needed a heatsink, lol.
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