Sep 1, 2011
I'm not sure if i'm doing this right, but i'm hoping i can get some help with a new build.

Approximate Purchase Date: End of Sept.

Budget Range: $1300 Or lower if possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3D modeling with Blender (Not my job, i just want to try my hand at it)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tigerdirect.ca, Ncix.com

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU, AM3+ Motherboard, ATI Graphics card.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Large Case if possible, good cooling.

Build Thoughts

Case - Rosewill THOR V2

Motherboard - GIGABYTE AM3+ 990FX

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 1600 MHz

HardDrive - OCZ Solid 3

Power Supply - SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold

Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 2GB

Media Drive - ASUS 24X DVD Burner


Nov 24, 2010
Why do you want to do AMD? Is there a particular reason why?

At the moment Sandy Bridge i5-2500k is a nobrainer hands down BUT since you're this late in the game, as I'm sure others will ask: Why not wait for AMD Bulldozer? You're going to be spending an extra $120+ for a processor for a few months.

The new 32nm process might prove promising and an alternative to Sandy Bridge.

*Protip: It looks like you're in canada but, the website slickdeals will fosho allow you to save lots of money & use that saved money to go either to 1)your bank account or 2)even better parts.

*2gb memory runs 3 monitors in eyefinity. Get 1gb and save money if you're not going to go massive resolutions.

I cant speak for the OP but my reasons why my next computer will be AMD are
1/ they respect their clients by not making their hardware obsolete in 9 months
2/ they have often outperformed intel , if not on absolute performance then certainly bang for buck
3/ their marketing department spends way less time hyping their products and making stupid claims , that then get repeated endlessly by fanboys
4/ Its time

The only thing I would change about the build is to use a phenom 955 instead . Its the exact same part clocked a little lower , and with an unlocked multiplier it is very easy to clock it at 965 speeds and beyond .

Its also probably worth adding a cpu cooler to the build . A scythe Mugen or Yasya


Nov 24, 2010

Granted EVERYTHING I'm replying to is YOUR reasons for your next AMD computer. Not gonna waste my time typing all this and not hitting submit.

#1 is valid.
#2 is only valid WITHIN certain price points. i5-2500k is clearly the best bang for buck at a HIGHER pricepoint.

Yes, if you must have an AMD platform, I'd advise a 955 (which is what I have) find it on sale, for roughly $100-$110 and use that as a temporary CPU before bulldozer comes out.

were you trying to make a point of some kind?