Building a rig with an AMD Phenom X4 9950
Received an AMD Phenom X4 9950 for review last week which came with a Gigabyte motherboard and a huge ATI Radeon HD4870 X2 graphics card. I thought I’d build a gaming machine with this test unit and compare it with my own Intel Code 2 Quad X6600.
The Phenom X4 9950 is currently the fastest CPU coming out of AMD. Codenamed, Agena, the quad-core CPU runs at 2.6GHz built from a 65nm process.
The graphics card is a Palit ATI Radeon HD4870 X2 512-bit GDDR5 with 2GB of memory, dual-link DVI and TV-out/HDMI. This monster is a power-guzzler that you will need at least 650watts or higher for your power supply.
I checked around with several local online PC shops and couldn’t find any price listing. It costs $550 in the US so expect to shell out more than Php25,000 when this one becomes available in the Philippines.
The motherboard is also a fresh new one out of Gigabyte. Part of the S-Series, the MA790GP-DS4H mobo supports Dual Channel DDR2 1066MHz, has an integrated ATI Radeon HD3300 graphics as well as a built-in 128MB DDR3 1333MHz SidePort Memory.
My problem now is that the PSU I bought for building this rig is only rated at 600watts. Haven’t seen any power supply higher than that.