Jul 30, 2011
Below is my build mainly from newegg, i am planning on picking this all up from Frys within the next 2 to 3 weeks.I'd very much appreciate any critiques(glaring errors like bottlenecking and advice on different parts) and help in getting me the most bang for my buck.I also am willing to add 100 dollars to my build price in addition to the power supply which i am a bit concerned about how much power i really need...Thanks in advance for any and all assistance.

Memory-CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Motherboard-GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Graphics Card-EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
Ready SLI Support Video Card

Processor-AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ980FBGMBOX

Storage-Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Dvd drive-LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support




asrock makes higher quality motherboards than msi and biostar. are you talking about proffesional reviews because most of neweggs reviewers are idiots. have you seen tomshardware is recommending the asrock p67 & z68 extreme4.


But I've heard about issues with 6870 and the fact it heats up like a mfer. I personally also think that 560 ti or no ti will overclock better. Like the MSI Twin Frozr. If you go for budget ATI just get 6850 it can overclock to 6870 performance and way cooler. Will free up some cash for other parts
The temps will be about the same, and generally depend entirely on airflow. Thought the 560Ti is a better card, a strict budget will force the OP to get a lesser card. The 6870 at least performs very comparably to the 560Ti.

I'm not a fan of the Frozr and most other custom cooler designs because the heat is exhausted inside the case, rather than outside.

Temp/power comparisons located at bottom.



I would say it performs close to 560. But I guess at this price point you better off getting 6870. Also don't know anything about msi exaust problems but they get the job done with least noise. And for hot air getting trapped inside , if that what you mean when u say heat is exausted inside ( it's allways exausted inside first .. duh ), that's what side air ducts are for.
We're just recommending the 6870 due to the budget constraint - otherwise I'd be wholeheartedly pushing either a 6950 or 560Ti.

Reference coolers generally exhaust out the expansion slot, so the hot air ends up outside the case rather than inside. I'm not fond of any aftermarket GPU cooler (not limited to MSI's Frozr), but that's just personal opinion.