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 12/07/2009 05:07 PM
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spacecowboy13
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Hi there all! I've been doing some extensive research from my new build and i need some advice on some key components.

First alittle info on why I'm doing this build: I enjoy gaming and besides that I use my computer mostly for music composition, producing, and editing. I also want to be able to do complex video and picture editing with smooth playback. And as far as gaming goes I most do online shooters. I may overclock in the near future.

Ok so to the build...I'm pretty much set on the amd phenom II X4 965 BE. I'm not sure which way to go with the MoBo. Here's what I've been looking at:

gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P
MSI 790FX-GD70
ASUS M4A79T

one of my problems is I've always had nvidia gpu's and I have no idea where to start with ATI...any suggestions on gpu's for this processor?

Thanks in advance this really helps!
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 12/07/2009 05:58 PM
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I would have to say go with the Asus board and the radeon 5850 or 5870 or if you have lots of bucks than the 5970 would be the one.

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 12/07/2009 06:45 PM
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You can use a Nvidia card on that ASUS board, but it won't do sli.

And I believe that MSI board is a crossfire setup as well.

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 12/07/2009 08:12 PM
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All 3 motherboards are great, the ASUS is an easier board to use if your new to overclocking, the Gigabyte has a back-up bios just in case you have a bad bios flash you can easily recover, a few more settings in the bios than the ASUS.
The MSI has the most settings in the bios which favors a more experienced overclocker and has a great layout for crossfire 2x-4x and room for sound cards as well without interfering with the graphics cards.
Your graphics card will depend on your monitor res you use.
I play a lot of first person shooters too like CS,AA3,COD and such.
The ATI 5770 is a great bang for the buck if your on a budget it will play all the first person shooters on high settings, but if you have more cash go for the 5800 series.
On what ever board you decide on just check their DDR support list before your ram purchase and and if you plan to overclock make sure you do some research for a good CPU fan.
 12/07/2009 08:55 PM
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thanks for all responses! they really help.

so i'm leaning toward the gigabyte mobo would it make a difference if i got the 125w or 140w processor?
 12/07/2009 08:59 PM
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Originally posted by: spacecowboy13

thanks for all responses! they really help.



so i'm leaning toward the gigabyte mobo would it make a difference if i got the 125w or 140w processor?


Not all 140w rated boards can successfully run the 140w 965 (weaker mosfets, etc.).

I suggest the 125w 965, it runs cooler on less Vcore CPU voltage.

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Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
Corsair HX850W Modular
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 12/07/2009 09:25 PM
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spacecowboy13
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cool, thx!

so here's where i'm at:
processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE 125W
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

now for the gpu, i like the Radeon HD 5770 so its good on it's own and i can always crossfire later.
as far as brands go i'm looking at the sapphire 100283L, gigabyte GV-R577D5-1GD-B, and XFX HD-577A-ZNFC
is one better than the others? would it be wise to match the gigabyte mobo with the gigabyte gpu?

thanks again for all your help!
 12/07/2009 10:03 PM
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also any recs on ddr3 brands? g.skill seems to be the best buy. any thoughts?
 12/07/2009 10:54 PM
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The XFX has a lifetime warranty and the others just have 1-5 years.
mushkin
GSKILL
Corsair
These would my top choices and work great on AM3 platforms.
 12/08/2009 07:38 AM
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Well i specialize on AMD rigs for those on a more humbler *cough* budget and Kingston and Team Elites are very dependable and seems to snug into any/every AM3 mobos i have built with but think you can go for hiher end RAMs hehe Think from what i hear Crucial value series is fine as well

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