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Old 08-03-2011, 07:17 AM   #1
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hi guys just about ready to start my first build ive selected the following components, i am not sure about the video card at this stage, already have hdd and dvd, any comments or recomendations would be a great help, thanks,

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 Motherboard
CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced
Corsair CMP4GX3M2B1600C8 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
CoolerMaster eXtreme Power Plus 500W
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:12 PM   #2
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Whats your budget?
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:27 AM   #3
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looking to spend about $800 including the video card
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:45 PM   #4
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In my opinion, if you are going for an AMD build, I would wait until the new bulldozer CPU comes out. The official (leaked images of their launch dates) expected date is September 9th, 2011. The reason being is because it is a new architecture that out performs the Phenom II counterparts by 50% (quad core vs quad core). And, it is only a month away!
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Well, one thing to note here Bass, is that the motherboard that the OP has chosen is an AM3+ motherboard, so part of me thinks they know about that bit. Nothing wrong with building a new system now with AM3 and then taking the plunge to AM3+ based CPUs/APUs later.

If you can find a less expensive board, that might be worthwhile, $200 is a lot in an $800 machine that you don't have a video card picked out for yet.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:41 PM   #6
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Im after a board that supports sata III and usb 3. and i already have an oem copy of windows 7 to use with this board, so i really dont want to have to upgrade the board for as long as possible,.so i sort of figure i should get a good mobo now and upgrade other components as i can afford them, also any suggestions on a video card or cards, am i better of to have 2 smaller cards and use the crossfire or 1 better card,
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