Sep 12, 2011
I'm planning to build a gaming rig that will be able to play the games of today and the near future. I know down the road I'll have to upgrade but I'm talking about games like Skyrim, Mass effect 3, Rage, etc.

Case- Corsair 600t

Motherboard- ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX

Hard Drive- Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Supply- CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Video Card- EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Video Card- XFX HD-687X-CNFC Radeon HD 6870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

P.S: I've read from people that I should get a Phenom II 4 and with the saved money i should get another graphics card. Or is it better to buy the Phenom II 6 right now instead of having to upgrade later.

What components should I change/keep?

I welcome any suggestions and thank you.



Jan 2, 2011


Indeed, you could do much better with the given budget.

Even if you insist upon running an AMD CPU, using a hexa-core specifically for gaming is a bit wasteful. You would likely see the same "real world" performance while running a 955/965.