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DFI LANPARTY DK 790FX-M2RS AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

AMD Phenom Quad Core Processor 9600 AM2+, Retail (Black Edition)

SAPPHIRE 100225TXSR Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail


I'm also wanting to use a fusion block for water cooling, can anyone give me some info on this?

Finally, what do you guys think about this build? What would you add, what would you subtract?? All comments welcome, help me out with some good feedback please!
 

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Um just asking why, but why are you going from intel to amd? If you wanted to upgrade I would say keep going down the intel route, but if you want to go amd, I think that's good, idk much about amd motherboards, but dfi is a good brand and the black edition is def the best out right now for phenom. The 3870 is a good card so overall it's a good build, but I suggest keeping the q6600 and getting a new board and fan.
 
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Um just asking why, but why are you going from intel to amd? If you wanted to upgrade I would say keep going down the intel route, but if you want to go amd, I think that's good, idk much about amd motherboards, but dfi is a good brand and the black edition is def the best out right now for phenom. The 3870 is a good card so overall it's a good build, but I suggest keeping the q6600 and getting a new board and fan.
I have the B3 stepping for Intel, I want to try something in another direction. I thought about the SLACR, but then changed my mind. I'm going AMD.

Also, I plan on going with the fusion water block hopefully...but that could obviously change.
 

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I'll keep the HIS video card in mind, thanks much for the input. :toast:
 

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I have the B3 stepping for Intel, I want to try something in another direction. I thought about the SLACR, but then changed my mind. I'm going AMD.

Also, I plan on going with the fusion water block hopefully...but that could obviously change.
Ohhh ok, sorry I've started assuming all q6600s are G0s lol woops.

Well for Amd it looks good, hopefully someone can comment about that specific mobo and not just the brand like me.
 
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Ohhh ok, sorry I've started assuming all q6600s are G0s lol woops.

Well for Amd it looks good, hopefully someone can comment about that specific mobo and not just the brand like me.
Hehe, yeah I bought my q6000 before the SLACRs went mainstream.
 
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Anyone heard about ram problems on the mobo I listed?
 

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If you really want to go AMD why not wait for the 9550?
 
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If you really want to go AMD why not wait for the 9550?
At that time I may decide to get it, this is going to be a project I start on soon. Very very soon.

Thing is though...I'm not looking for a e-penis, I don't want to top anyone here. I'm just going to do some major OC work.
 

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I dont think a Phenom would be the best cpu to use for a oc project..
 
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I dont think a Phenom would be the best cpu to use for a oc project..
I've heard the old Phenoms not so much, I've read many reviews saying the black edition does well. I'm looking to get close to 2.5 ghz-3.0ghz.
 
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To my knowledge, the DFI board you're looking at requires a BIOS update to be able to use a Phenom BE.
 

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Even with a Black Edition, you're looking at a 200mhz overclock tops.
 
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To my knowledge, the DFI board you're looking at requires a BIOS update to be able to use a Phenom BE.
Can you show me a source saying this? I don't want to spend all this money and the cpu not even be compatable with the mobo without a flash...
 
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If you wanna go AMD, I'd wait on the 780 chipset for Hybrid Crossfire. Otherwise I would stay put. Your B3 at 2.86ghz is still faster than an overclocked Phenom, so I would use your money and spend it on a better video card with some killer cooling. You'll get a ton more performance that way, but if you're wanting to have fun with overclocking grab an e2180. Major downgrade, but they're fun as hell lol

EDIT: For the 790FX all I've found with the BIOS is that you'll have to immediately flash it to solve some issues with RAID, SATA, and USB keyboards. Not sure about CPU compatibility, but they're bound to have fixed that by now.
 
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:confused: they only got it to 2.6GHz stable to test in that review I would stay with intel if you dont want to be disappointed in the OC but its your cash do what you want

so what you going to do with the Q can I have it :D
I've had a bunch of friends on msn messanger getting to 2.8Ghz, and above that is a gamble is what I'm told. I was using that site as a reference to how to overclock the things, I have a few other sites that I've seen people getting above 3.1 Ghz, but not as stable as say the q6600.

I'll be using my q6600 for another comp, that I might also upgrade in the near future, but I'm not sure.
 
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