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I am looking into building an AMD Rig and was wondering what you thought?

 

 

CASE: Cooler Master HAF 912 (60$)

Motherboard: Asus m4a89td Pro (170$)

CPU: AMd Phenom 1090T or 1100T.. Haven't Decided (180$)

RAM: Corsair XMS3 1333Mhz 6Gb (50$)

PSU: 750 Watt Corsair 80+ Cert

GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6850 (160$)

HDD: WD Caviar Black WD7501AALS 3Gb/Sec 750GB 7200RPM Dual Processor (70$)

 

 

Under 800$

 

 

Well what do you think. I would like to set OC to 4Ghz 24/7 Stable and be under 50 Degrees at 100% at any given time

Where can i improve and not adjust too much on price per component?

Whats a Good AM cooler thats hasslefree to install and wont break the bank?

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If i were you i would wait till Bulldozer comes out. The price of everything else will probably drop, so you can get it cheaper or even run Bulldozer if it doesn't cost a lot. Other than that, the build looks very solid.

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6 gig RAM kit is triple channel and AMD is dual, get either a 4 gig or 8 gig kit.

 

For the cooler I would look at the H60 based on the criteria you mentioned.

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Yes i am aware of Bulldozer, but this will not be my main system just a decent AMD gaming Rig.

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I do not wish to use liquid cooling, with a little know how and ingenuity you can get great numbers with amazing air flow and a decent AM cooler. just like i did with my current build in siggy and thats at a 24/7 OC

Thank you for the Triple Channel heads up. im pretty new to AMD and completely forgot about that.

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Yes i am aware of Bulldozer, but this will not be my main system just a decent AMD gaming Rig.

Ok, but it's just a few weeks away!

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Im anxious to see the benchmark numbers of the Bulldozers be nice to see if it can hang with a I7-2600, my 2600k w/OC gets a passmark cpu score of 10,892... A stock Phenom 2 1100T gets a 6300 and ive seen Passmark cpu scores for a Intel i7 980x OC well over 12,000

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The PSU is way overkill, my system (see my signature) runs fantastic on a 560 watt PSU-- much more efficient. In fact, I have a kill-a-watt hooked up to the wall socket right now and I am currently drawing only 275 watts of power (and my Logitech Z-5500 speakers, 2 25" monitors, cable modem, router, and cell phone charger are also hooked up so it's actually using less than that). Ideally, you want your idle PSU usage to be about 50% of the PSUs max for the best efficiency, altho any good power supply will have a fairly wide range where it runs efficiently--it's still a good rule of thumb I think.

 

Also, I am not at all crazy about your HDD choice. If at ALL possible, drop an SSD on it--I know they are expensive, but the HDD is BY FAR the largest bottle neck in your system. My system (which uses the same vid card and processor) has a decent SSD from which to boot, but Windows Experience or whatever still shows my lowest score to be from the drive--a 6.9 if I recall correctly. Everything else is 7.6 - 7.8. Not that I'm advocating putting much faith in Windows Experience Index as a reliable and accurate benchmark, but it's still good for rough comparisons such as these I think.

 

To shave some cash off the price, you might consider a different motherboard, altho I don't really have one to suggest off the top of my head, I may pop over to new egg and see what I can find, but unless you need a feature laden motherboard, there are decent offerings that are reliable and that overclock which are cheaper (probably). Also, scaling back on the unnecessary wattage from the PSU might save you a few dollars. You can get by with 1333 RAM since the 1090T is multiplier unlocked just fine, but I agree with the post above, get 4 or 8gb, not six.

 

Can't offer much guidance on the cooler, I built my box mostly for silence and am running it at stock speeds for the moment, however--I had it at 3.9 stable and with some tweaking I'm positive it'd hit 4. There is a great thread on overclocking the 1090T around here somewhere. . . .

Here: http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=183403

And also here is a link to some pics of my setup since our builds are similar

http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=180802

 

Hope this helps!

Bruce

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The PSU is way overkill, my system (see my signature) runs fantastic on a 560 watt PSU-- much more efficient. In fact, I have a kill-a-watt hooked up to the wall socket right now and I am currently drawing only 275 watts of power (and my Logitech Z-5500 speakers, 2 25" monitors, cable modem, router, and cell phone charger are also hooked up so it's actually using less than that). Ideally, you want your idle PSU usage to be about 50% of the PSUs max for the best efficiency, altho any good power supply will have a fairly wide range where it runs efficiently--it's still a good rule of thumb I think.

 

Also, I am not at all crazy about your HDD choice. If at ALL possible, drop an SSD on it--I know they are expensive, but the HDD is BY FAR the largest bottle neck in your system. My system (which uses the same vid card and processor) has a decent SSD from which to boot, but Windows Experience or whatever still shows my lowest score to be from the drive--a 6.9 if I recall correctly. Everything else is 7.6 - 7.8. Not that I'm advocating putting much faith in Windows Experience Index as a reliable and accurate benchmark, but it's still good for rough comparisons such as these I think.

 

To shave some cash off the price, you might consider a different motherboard, altho I don't really have one to suggest off the top of my head, I may pop over to new egg and see what I can find, but unless you need a feature laden motherboard, there are decent offerings that are reliable and that overclock which are cheaper (probably). Also, scaling back on the unnecessary wattage from the PSU might save you a few dollars. You can get by with 1333 RAM since the 1090T is multiplier unlocked just fine, but I agree with the post above, get 4 or 8gb, not six.

 

Can't offer much guidance on the cooler, I built my box mostly for silence and am running it at stock speeds for the moment, however--I had it at 3.9 stable and with some tweaking I'm positive it'd hit 4. There is a great thread on overclocking the 1090T around here somewhere. . . .

Here: http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=183403

And also here is a link to some pics of my setup since our builds are similar

http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=180802

 

Hope this helps!

Bruce

 

 

 

How much was the psu you have?

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Yea im sure my Mobo is overkill, i would jus tlike to have enough Bios features to enable a steady 4GHz OC hasslefree..all suggestions are welcomed

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How much was the psu you have?

 

It was pretty expensive, Seasonic is very proud of their PSUs, but I needed something extremely quiet. There are comparable PSUs which cost less I'm sure (although they may not be as consistent in quality, still good though)

 

Here is the first thing I found on newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

It's butt ugly, but it's got 440 reviews, the vast majority of which are 5 stars and it's only 64 bucks--even better, it's an Antec, which is at least a name-brand unit and 80+ certified.

 

My Seasonic 560 is 126.99, and if money isn't a problem I can't recommend it strongly enough. I don't think I've ever heard it running. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151098&Tpk=seasonic%20560

 

edit: as for a robust bios, shouldn't be a problem finding that on a more economical board

Bruce

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The reaffirm the previously stated - the 750w Corsair is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much. On that build you could work on an 80+ 450-500w. I'd learn towards 500 for future upgrades. Generally, if you're not going for a dual GPU setup stay clear of the heavy duty PSUs :)

The Antec you were linked to is good - it has more than enough power for your build.

 

6GB... is that not a tri channel ram for LGA 1366 based processors? You want to go for dual channel on a Phenom.

 

As for the motherboard, you should go for an AM3+ model. If you have ANY intentions of upgrading in the future you shouldn't be looking at anything other than the 9xx series chipsets. I'd go for:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157266 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510

 

 

 

The problem with coolers is that a majority of the effective ones are HUGE - making the process straightforward but cumbersome. I'd recommend a Corsair H50 or H60 - should be very easy to install while still providing great cooling performance.

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