You will probably get similar performance for less cash on an AMD platform. The graphics card will need to be different if you plan on using SLI since there are very few motherboards that use AM3 only and have a NVidia chipset. Also, the Antec 900 is a mid tower case which will restrict your choice of graphics cards given the lack of depth in a mid tower ATX case. However, if you are going to use a single graphics card, you may be able to scrape by. Here are some suggestions for an AMD setup.
Case: You already know which one you want, so I won't include one here. If you want to have multiple graphics cards, I do suggest a full ATX case.
Motherboard: ASRock M3A780GXH/128M AM3 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
- Reasonably priced and has all the features one could want. This motherboard supports AMD's AM3 processors only, the AM2+ processor you were looking at will not work. This motherboard also allows for Crossfire and uses DDR3. $92
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
- This is one of AMD's newest CPU's based off the more efficient Phenom II design. This CPU is very similar to the AMD CPU you were looking at earlier, though this one is AM3 and has a higher clock speed. The Black Edition processors mean the multiplier is unlocked, allowing for easy overclocking. This CPU beats or is on par with CPU's in Intel's Core 2 line given it's speed and inclusion of L3 cache. In this case, the 955 usually beats the Q9550, however, actual performance differences vary based on the application and PC setup. $189
RAM: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066
- An AM3 motherboard requires DDR3. Remember, you need a 64-bit operating system to use 4GB or more of RAM. $72
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
- This one will be more than enough. A Crossfire or SLI setup might require more power, but I don't suggest using Crossfire or SLI in a mid tower PC case anyway. $99 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)
GPU: POWERCOLOR AX4870 1GBD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB
- If you're not planning on using SLI, you can use the card you suggested. If you want to use two or more cards, than you will need to go ATI. You can get the HD 4870, which is one of the best they have, or you can get the HD 4890. The HD 4890 is only about 5% faster than this and costs $30 more. Both the 4870 and the 4890 are single GPU core cards. $144
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB
- This drive has a higher capacity and more cache than the one you suggested. Either will work. $79
Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B
- This drive will read and write most optical media. $29
Total Cost: $709
Things to consider
Windows 7 is not out yet, but plan on spending about $100 more on an operating system. You can purchase Vista now and get a free Windows 7 upgrade coupon. If you want to do that, here's the link
. If you want to use another case, a full ATX case, the Thermaltake Eureka VC8000BWA
is a nice choice. If you want to experiment with overclocking or want an aftermarket heatsink, the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
is a good choice.
Edited by DJBPace07, 02 September 2009 - 02:49 PM.