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#1 zedsed420

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 04:04 PM

So AMD has released the new spider platform and being an old AMD warhorse, I was planning a new build with this platform in mind. 1st question, does it have to be "prebuilt" to be considered a true spider platform or can I just get a mobo with the 790fx chipset socket am2, 2 or 4 radeon hd 3800 series in crossfire, and a phenom x4 9000 series and still call it a spider platform?

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 05:18 PM

I'm pretty sure it's still considered a spider platform.

If you're talking about doing 4, 3800 series in Crossfire, I wouldn't recommend it. It would be much better to get two 4850's in Crossfire. Also, I heard you can Crossfire any combination of the 3800 series and 4800 series because they use the same drivers. This isn't supported by ATI, but it might be something worth looking into.

I'm saying this because I have a 3870, and really, it's not that great. Plus, in benchmarks, the 4850 kills it, and is usually only $40-$50 more.
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Posted 01 October 2008 - 05:19 PM

You should be able to make a Spider system on your own, given that Spider refers largely to the fact that all the parts are guaranteed compatible. The ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe looks nice!!

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 05:58 PM

Ok, heres what I think Im gonna build,
MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom 9950 BLACK EDITION Agena 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 140W Quad-Core Processor
HIS Hightech H485QS1GP Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ4 Video Card x2
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory x2
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive x2

I know its kinda pricey but I ran into a little extra money this year, coupled with the recent EXTREME disapointment when I couldn't get f.e.a.r to run on my current system above 4 fps! I accede that intel has the edge right now but I'm serously committed to the amd platform as to its solid performance, ease of upgrade and overall reliability over time, as well as overall cost. I will be using this as my primary gaming platform as well as a/v file use.
are there options I can look to that will perform at cinematic levels that may further reduce the cost? further improve overall performance? etc.

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Tygon black tubing,  all Bitspower fittings and clamps, 2 Samsung 1T spinpoint F1's 

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 06:23 PM

If you're going to create a computer with specs like that, you should increase the amount of memory you have, besides RAM is cheap. Since you're going to be doing some heavy a/v usage, I would suggest a good sound card as opposed to using on-board sound. The Asus Xonar line of cards is considered to be top-of-the-line catering to prosumers and high fidelity audio users. I have the Xonar D2X, there's nothing like playing a game with Dolby Headphone on.

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 08:30 PM

the mobos max per spec is 8 gigs which is what I listed so maybe a different mobo?

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 09:46 PM

Whoops....didn't see the X2 at the end at the end of your RAM. The mobo I listed earlier allows for up to 16 GB, I believe I was thinking about that mobo not the one you selected.

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 05:41 PM

It seems like a pretty solid build. 4gb of ram should probably be plenty for now, and you can always get 8gb in the future (you'll need a 64-bit OS of course).

Also, I'm wondering if you're going to do raid with your hard drives? It would be a good idea, to get either more performance, or back up your files.
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 03:48 PM

Probably raid 0 config

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2 XFX Radeon 4890's in Crossfire mode custom watercooled full copper EK blocks,  XSPC rs360 triple 120 radiator 
850w Antec full modular 80plus certified,  NZXT Switch Black case  Custom Watercooled Laing DDC w/ XSPC pumptop res

Tygon black tubing,  all Bitspower fittings and clamps, 2 Samsung 1T spinpoint F1's 

Windows 7 Professional x64 dual boot Ubuntu 12.10





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