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Hi All

A friend asked me to put together a spec for an AMD machine for him. What i know about AMD could be written on a post it note, so i did a bit of research and came up with the following build:

Processor:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135664
AMD Black Edition Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Socket AM2 2.6GHz
£80

Motherboard:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-094-MS&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=
MSI K9A2 CF AMD 790X (Socket AM2)
£65

Memory:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129954
Kingston 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz
£47

HDD:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/122660
Seagate ST3160815AS 160GB Hard Drive 7200RPM
£34

Optical Drive:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129159
NEC Optiarc AD-7173S
£18

Sound Card:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135807
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
£48

Graphics Card:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-165-SP&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=416
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3870 XT 512MB GDDR4
£159 x2

PSU:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/114933
Antec TruePower Trio 650W PSU
£69

Case:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/112659
Antec Solo Quiet Mini Tower
£51

CPU HSF:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/125307
CNPS7500-ALCU LED 110mm Super Flower Cooler
£19

Case Fans:
http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/120mmfans/coolink_120_r
http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/92mmfans/coolink_93_r
http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/92mmfans/coolink_93_r
£11
£10
£10

OS:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/123052
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium x32Bit OEM
£62

Total: £683 or £842 (the second price is with the extra gfx card on)

A couple of questions:

Is crossfire worth it? Also, he said he wanted a quad core CPU. Are the new Phenom's any good? I know Intel Quads are fast but unnessesary at the moment.

Any coments or advice much appreciated.

I've listed two total prices. The first is with one graphics card and the second is with two. Also, i've rounded all prices up to the nearest pound to cover shipping charges.

Thanks.
 

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Looks decent. I would go with an Intel/nVidia build now though because they have the best high end parts on the market. Look at something like this:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping (2.4GHz 1066MHz) Socket 775 L2 8MB Cache (2x4MB (4MB per core pair) Retail Boxed Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131950

Asus STRIKER EXTREME 680I SLI Socket 775 onboard Audio ATX
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/126240

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad PCI-E 750W Power Supply
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-001-PP

EVGA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB Superclocked "Crysis Edition" GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) x 2
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-041-EA

Everything else looks good.
 

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I have a new Intel build as my home machine (e6750, p35). My friend is an AMD fan though. I explained that Intel and Nvidia have the upper hand at the mo but he seems to have made his mind up.

It is kind of cool to be able to buy the processor, chipset and graphics card from the same company though!

Any thoughts on Crossfire Matt? Worth it or a bit of gimmick?
 

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Well the problem is that ATi is just not doing well in the high end market. The HD 3850 & HD 3870 cards were actually going to be the HD 2950 however ATi renamed them. It was a marketing tactic. The 8800GT will be a better choice IMO. Look at the K9N Platinum for SLi.
 

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K9N SLi platinum is a great board, But on SLI its :


1 card = 16x pci-e
2 cards (Sli) = 1slot 16x, and the other is 8x pci-e.


I dont know if its the same with the 8800GT but in SLI both slots need to run at 16x.
 

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You won't notice much of a difference with the other card being 8 lanes. That is why the 650i is such a good deal; the reduced number of lanes doesn't impact performance that much however it is significantly cheaper.
 

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Oh right so you can use SLI with the 8800's on the K9N SLi plat. then?

I guess i got confused with the 'You must require two 16x pci-express slots' under the SLi bit for the 8800GTS.
 

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Ah right fully understood, Thanks Matt.




@ zero-one - I fully Recommend the K9N SLi platinum, Its a brilliant board and ive had no problems with mine at all.
 
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