New Build + Swapping some parts


Jul 17, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of the August of September

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 95% Gaming, 5% General Usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, speakers, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: only

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: AMD / ATI

Overclocking: Possibly

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Depends on the game.

Additional Comments: Will be using current sytem's PSU.

Hello all!

Im going to be building a new system in the coming month and i was looking to see what you guys think. My situation is a little different than most because what i am trying to do is keep my current system for gaming for my wife and then build a new system for myself for newer games. The thing is, i will be keeping my current systems case and PSU so i will need to replace the psu and the case in this system. The case i already have picked out so basically let me break this down.

I basically need to know 3 things. 1) Whats the lowest watt high quality psu that i can get to still run this comp for my wife? 2) will my current psu work for my new build? 3) What do you tihnk of the new build parts?

My current system is: MSI k9a2 platonum, phenom II 920, radeon 4850, kingston hyperx ddr2, corsair 750

New System:

MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+
I would really like to stick with AM3+ that way, the cpu i get i can replace the cpu in my current system (soon to be wifes) with whatever cpu i get for my new build if i decide to move to a bulldozer.

CPU: Undecided. This would eventually be migrating into my current setup but i have 3 im currently looking at
1)AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
I chose this because i could always get this temporarily to save some money on the build but then if i migrate it to my current setup it will still be a significant increase.
2)AMD Phenom II X4 980 BE or 975 BE This would give me better performance but cost more. Just a choice.
3)AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition I know all the reviews and such say theres no benefit and a x6 might be lacking because of the cores not used but i have this as a choice because in the future if games start using more cores and i migrate the cpu to this system it will allow it to go a little further. Make sense?

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870

Hardrive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3

PSU: Now the psu i already use in my current system. The psu is a corsair 750 and i am wanting to use it in the new build and replace it in my current build with CORSAIR Builder Series CX500, would that be overkill for my current system or to little?

Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Love kingston

That looks like about it. The case i have already picked out, all the little odds and ends i have picked out. Just lookin for the core stuff. I know this is kinda confusing (or maybe IM just confusing) but just let me know if anything needs clarification!

Thanks guys!


jason gran

Aug 25, 2010
1) high quality brands are corsair, xfx, seasonic, and antec. i think a good 400-500 watt psu should be plenty. i'd recommend the antec builder series
2)corsair 750tx is a common psu, that being said it performs very well. it should be fine unless you run dual high end gpu's and overclock heavily
3)intel seems to be the favorite. they make faster cpu's/overclock higher making them stand the test of time. If I were to pick any of those cpu's it would be the 1100t. it's only a few more dollars and will last longer than the others (speed vs new tech wise)
4)That mobo has been deactivated but make sure your motherboard is dual channel.
5) make sure your case has good airflow. most pick a cheapo case with 1 fan...for those parts you should be looking at something similar to the antec 300
6)that is the fastest hdd, no complaints
7)look into gtx 560ti. its slightly faster and you can find a card for just under 200 with rebate


I found some good parts in a couple of other builds.
$247.99 single 6950 with dirt3 game and 3 fans. GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB


Jul 17, 2011

Thanks for the response Jason!
1) Ill look into the antec series you speak of. I use to use only antec psu's but since switching to corsair psu's ive loved them.
2) I dont plan to run 2 gpu's anytime soon with new build if at all.
3) I know intel has been doing very well with their cpu's but the reason i was to stick with amd is mainly because of the backward compatibility with ym current setup. If i get an AM3 cpu for this new build i will be able to use it in my current setup if i ever decide to upgrade it to the bulldozer. Thtats really the main reason of sticking to AMD.
4) Yeah the mobo i am currently using is dual channel.
5) The case i will be putting the new system in and the case i am swapping the old one to definately are well equipped to handle it.
6) Learned that from here! lol
7) Ill look into it. Im such a ATI fanboy (which isnt necessarily always a good thing lol) that i may just stick with the ati group because of that!

Thanks again jason, i appreciate all your info! :)


Jul 17, 2011

thanks for your help. ill prolly go with that case u listed instead of the one i picked out. :)