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blowmedown
02.22.2012 , 05:53 PM | #711
Quote: Originally Posted by Hostility View Post
Actually, the processor and graphics cards are the only parts I HAVEN'T gotten yet haha I was just planning on getting them within the next week or so. So any input on an alternative graphics card or processor is greatly welcomed. I was just told that the amd fx 4100 was one of the best out there for it's price.

Other than that, how does the rest of the build stack up? And what other processors/graphics cards with a similar performance would you guys recommend?
Did you get a quality PSU ? If you bought a good PSU and not a cheap overrated one.
i'll list a couple diferent prices both are better than the 4100.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103995
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103923
GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150521
http://www.hwcompare.com/9710/geforc...adeon-hd-6870/

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KrimzonWarrior
02.22.2012 , 05:54 PM | #712
WHy does crossfire actually HURT my performance? I have two Radeon 5770s in Crossfire and get around 30 fps, but when I deactivate one I'm typically in the 40-50fps range.

Weird. Also have an AMD Phenom II X6 1055t (@2.8ghz) if that matters, and 8gb of RAM with a 7200 RPM HDD.

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blowmedown
02.22.2012 , 05:55 PM | #713
Quote: Originally Posted by KrimzonWarrior View Post
WHy does crossfire actually HURT my performance? I have two Radeon 5770s in Crossfire and get around 30 fps, but when I deactivate one I'm typically in the 40-50fps range.

Weird. Also have an AMD Phenom II X6 1055t (@2.8ghz) if that matters, and 8gb of RAM with a 7200 RPM HDD.
All games do not suport Xfire/sli If its in all games your mother board may not be a ture xfire board can you list it.
And sorry but english is my 3rd language if i word things wrong.

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Hostility
02.22.2012 , 06:08 PM | #714
Quote: Originally Posted by blowmedown View Post
Did you get a quality PSU ? If you bought a good PSU and not a cheap overrated one.
i'll list a couple diferent prices both are better than the 4100.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103995
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103923
GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150521
http://www.hwcompare.com/9710/geforc...adeon-hd-6870/
I'm going to be using a corsair 500W PSU. Most of the ATI cards I looked at require a minimum of a 550W PSU :/. But thank you so much for your input! I think I am going to buy the first processor you linked

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blowmedown
02.22.2012 , 06:20 PM | #715
Quote: Originally Posted by Hostility View Post
I'm going to be using a corsair 500W PSU. Most of the ATI cards I looked at require a minimum of a 550W PSU :/. But thank you so much for your input! I think I am going to buy the first processor you linked
The CX series is what i think your looking at in the PSU it's not their best quality and AMD cards use less power. This would work well for your system. I actually have this card in my son's i3 2100 system draws about 11 more watts than the 550ti and better performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131374
http://www.hwcompare.com/9711/geforc...adeon-hd-6850/

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Hostility
02.22.2012 , 06:29 PM | #716
Quote: Originally Posted by blowmedown View Post
The CX series is what i think your looking at in the PSU it's not their best quality and AMD cards use less power. This would work well for your system. I actually have this card in my son's i3 2100 system draws about 11 more watts than the 550ti and better performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131374
http://www.hwcompare.com/9711/geforc...adeon-hd-6850/
Thank you so much for your help!! I was able to find that card on tigerdirect for about ten dollars cheaper: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...436&CatId=7005

So, basicaly, the AMD Phenom II X4 960T + the HD Radeon 6850 1gig would be a much better option than the AMD FX-4100 + EVGA GTX 550 TI 2gig?

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blowmedown
02.22.2012 , 06:47 PM | #717
Quote: Originally Posted by Hostility View Post
I'm going to be using a corsair 500W PSU. Most of the ATI cards I looked at require a minimum of a 550W PSU :/. But thank you so much for your input! I think I am going to buy the first processor you linked
They rate the PSU needs over what is truly needed in case you buy a cheap 300 watt PSU that their selling as a 500 watt.
I would never build a system using over 75% of the true watts of the PSU using the TDP you should be fine with the CPU you picked and the 550 ti or a 6850 that i listed
cx 500 has 408 true watts look at the 12 volt rail amps and x 12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139027

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blowmedown
02.22.2012 , 06:54 PM | #718
Quote: Originally Posted by Hostility View Post
Thank you so much for your help!! I was able to find that card on tigerdirect for about ten dollars cheaper: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...436&CatId=7005

So, basicaly, the AMD Phenom II X4 960T + the HD Radeon 6850 1gig would be a much better option than the AMD FX-4100 + EVGA GTX 550 TI 2gig?
Yes as i linked the card charts and the CPU charts.

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Hostility
02.22.2012 , 06:56 PM | #719
Quote: Originally Posted by blowmedown View Post
They rate the PSU needs over what is truly needed in case you buy a cheap 300 watt PSU that their selling as a 500 watt.
I would never build a system using over 75% of the true watts of the PSU using the TDP you should be fine with the CPU you picked and the 550 ti or a 6850 that i listed
cx 500 has 408 true watts look at the 12 volt rail amps and x 12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139027
Thanks, man! I think my build is going to look like this now:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 960t

MoBo: ASRock 970 Extreme4 SLI/Crossfire AM3+

GPU: HD Radeon 6850 1gig

RAM: 8gig Corsair Vengeance

PSU: 500W Corsair CX series

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200RPM

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blowmedown
02.22.2012 , 07:01 PM | #720
Quote: Originally Posted by Hostility View Post
Thanks, man! I think my build is going to look like this now:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 960t

MoBo: ASRock 970 Extreme4 SLI/Crossfire AM3+

GPU: HD Radeon 6850 1gig

RAM: 8gig Corsair Vengeance

PSU: 500W Corsair CX series

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 7200RPM
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