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#1 tom5191

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 11:14 PM

I'll be starting school soon and wanting a good computer for that and gaming. I'll be studying web design and multimedia so I know I'll need a fast computer, plus the games I play. Trying to get some help/info on everything is compatible and good enough for gaming and multimedia, and what else you think I should get with the set up. There is no real budget, but trying to keep each piece of hardware under $300. What can ya help me with here?


Graphics Card -SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950
MotherBoard - ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX
Processor - AMD Phenom II x6 1100T 3.3ghz
Hard drive - Western Digital 1tb 7,200rpm
Sound Card - ASUS Xonar D2X 7.1
Ram - CORSAIR XMS 4GB (maybe x2 and make it 8gb)
OS - Windows 7 premium
Case - Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU
Power Supply - Corsair Enthustiast series CMPSU--650TX 650w
Card Reader - AFT XM-35U

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 11:21 PM

If your wanting some higher performance, why not go with some good Patriot, Corsair, or OCZ memory? I dont know about micron, but a lot of their memory Ive seen doesnt come with heat spreaders, and in a performance machine those are a must in my mind.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 11:47 PM

If your wanting some higher performance, why not go with some good Patriot, Corsair, or OCZ memory? I dont know about micron, but a lot of their memory Ive seen doesnt come with heat spreaders, and in a performance machine those are a must in my mind.



updated memory with corsair 4gb memory. Thanks for the info about micron

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 12:09 AM

Solid build for the tasks you mentioned.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 07 February 2011 - 12:30 AM

Ya it looks good, and I really dont know to much about micro other then I dont see heatspreaders on most of their stuff and that is one thing I prefer. :D

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 12:32 AM

The memory Micron memory is used on my dad's Lenovo laptop which is working fine, the temp goes up to 51C when loaded.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 07 February 2011 - 01:11 AM

what's a good dvd drive? Looking at this Asus DVD drive. And also need a SD card reader. Found this nMEDIAPC reader with 2.0 card, usb and audio ports. are these good or are there something better I should be looking for?

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 01:18 AM

lol I tend to go with the cheapest available, course ive also been burned by these, but theyre also cheap to replace. That ASUS, quality wise should work-far better then most of the ones I buy. Though I have to ask, why are you going IDE? Why not SATA?
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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 01:38 AM

lol I tend to go with the cheapest available, course ive also been burned by these, but theyre also cheap to replace. That ASUS, quality wise should work-far better then most of the ones I buy. Though I have to ask, why are you going IDE? Why not SATA?



I figured for $17 it was the cheap kind. I am going SATA; the IDE and SATA were right next to each other and same price I just linked one. I didn't even pay attention to the fact I picked the IDE one lol

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 02:31 AM

lol I wondered if that was the case. It should work, DVD drives really are a dime a dozen these days, though ASUS makes quality everything else I dont see why theyed skimp on their optical drives.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 02:55 AM

lol I tend to go with the cheapest available, course ive also been burned by these, but theyre also cheap to replace. That ASUS, quality wise should work-far better then most of the ones I buy. Though I have to ask, why are you going IDE? Why not SATA?
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Lol i like that photo. Also Asus makes nice DVD drive but unfortunately New Egg does not sell Pioneer DVD drive which they durable like my IDE drive which is still running strongly after 6 years of use.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 07 February 2011 - 03:15 AM

If you still havent bought anything theres good news for youe plans. Your CPU the AMD Phenom 1100T's price just dropped from 265 to 239 in price. Now if you have time and extra money in your budget you may want to look into the bulldozer.......but the CPU you plan on using is great......especially for its price.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 03:35 AM

I would also suggest going with an AMD chipset motherboard since nForce motherboards are few and far between with AM3 CPU's. Also, consider an AMD GPU as there are several that are more powerful, and sometimes as or less expensive, than the one you have chosen. The Bulldozer line of CPU's are planned to be unveiled during CeBIT this year in early March.

Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 - If you are not planning on using Crossfire, this is a good board. If you are planning on using Crossfire the ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX is the flagship model and one of the best you can get. A middle-of-the-road choice would be the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX in that it doesn't have the same bandwidth on PCI-E X16 as the 890FX models, but more than the 870's. Like all AMD 8 series motherboards, this allows for USB 3.0 and SATA 6. $99

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB - This card is faster than GTX 560 ti for about the same price. The GTX 560 ti is positioned somewhere between the Radeon 6870 and the 6950. Regardless, either card will work well in your system. However, you may want to consider upgrading to a full-ATX case if you are planning on using Crossfire or SLI due to thermal and space issues. $259 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 04:29 AM

I concur with DJB here, in fact I personally own the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX motherboard, and am very very impressed with it-even with crossfire.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 05:00 PM

Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950
MotherBoard - ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX
Processor - AMD Phenom II x6 1100T 3.3ghz
Hard drive - Western Digital 1tb 7,200rpm
Sound Card - ASUS Xonar D2X 7.1
Ram - CORSAIR XMS 4GB (maybe x2 and make it 8gb)
OS - Windows 7 premium
Case - Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU
Power supply - Corsair Enthustiast series CMPSU--650TX 650w
Card reader - AFT XM-35U



updated with new parts you guys recommended. wasn't really planning on running crossfire, but looking at the costs to do and it and to skip out on it, might as well get go for it.
Are there any other recommendations you guys have as far as making a fast gaming/multimedia computer?




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