from scratch: what mobo/RAM to match up with 7950GTO 512MB Tags: Homebuilt Performance RAM Systems Product Last response: October 22, 2006 11:09 PM in Systems Share Anonymous a b B Homebuilt system October 22, 2006 4:19:53 PM I am purchasing a 7950GTO 512MB. I've read that even if I buy a high performance card like this, I will still need to put it in a fast mobo with a lot of fast RAM or game play (high res with high settings) will suffer. So, since I am one of the many people on a budget, what is your recommendation for the cheapest gaming mobo, CPU, and RAM to use with my 7950GTO 512MB. I already have a Raptor HD. If it will help, I would like to play games at 16x12 res, 16xAF, AA, shadows, highest settings on effects. More about : scratch mobo ram match 7950gto 512mb Newf October 22, 2006 4:43:23 PM Quote:I am purchasing a 7950GTO 512MB. ... what is your recommendation for the cheapest gaming mobo, CPU, and RAM to use with my 7950GTO 512MB. http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/dimen_e521?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs Anonymous a b B Homebuilt system October 22, 2006 5:13:11 PM Dell does not let you take out the hard drive and operating system. I forgot to mention that I already have Windows XP and a case. What is the minimum wattage of power supply I should get? I have this: Raptor HD ATX case 7950GTO 512MB PCIE Windows XP mouse/keyboard monitor I need this: mobo cpu ram power supply What do you think is the cheapest gaming grade of these that I need that will match the performance of a 7950GTO 512MB? Related resources SG-80: Up the RAM & mix n' match IDE/SATA? - Forum RAID Recommendations - Forum New Computer from Scratch - Forum AGP users: x1600 512mb or 7800gs 256mb - Forum Max amount memory = 512MB - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Newf October 22, 2006 5:45:07 PM The Dell was meant to be a joke :roll: 8O For power supplies: Minimum$, Great value: FSP AX450-PN 450watt 12v:2x18a PSU 20+4pin $49+8 10/21/06 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104954 Well known and has fan-only low volt molex connectors (quiet): Antec TruePower2 TP2-550 12:2x19a PSU 20+4pin $87+0 10/21/2006 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103932 More power than you need for now: FSP FSP550-80GLC-R 550w 12v:4x15a 20+4pin Active PFC $113+8 10/21/06 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104018 CPU: Any AMD X2 (either socket 939 or AM2) OR any Conroe will work just fine. Since you are buying the ram, go with DDR2 on either AM2 or Conroe motherboard. I like the following combo for non-overclocking but solid perf at low cost: Conroe E6300 1.86GHz 2MB Boxed $183+0 10/21/06 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005 MOBO: MSI P965 Neo-F LGA775 965 ATX Conroe $93+6 10/15/06 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130052 http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=P965_Neo-F&class=mb Hardwarezone Review MSI P965 7/21/06 http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?id=1987&cid=6&pg=1 RAM: Kingston value 2G 533 KVR533D2N4K2/2G $224+5 10/21/06 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820144157 If you only want 1 GB then get KVR533D2N4K2/1G Anonymous a b B Homebuilt system October 22, 2006 10:28:10 PM Thank you very much for your reply. It is very helpful. Newf October 22, 2006 11:09:15 PM You're welcome. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumMSI 7900 GTO 512mb ForumUpgrading and overclocked system ForumPLS recommend : PC Upgrade ForumFirst time build, 800ish ForumComputer Cases..Help? ForumWould like to upgrade my Desktop without spending lots of money. ForumFirst OC Build ~$700 Forum1 or 2 new rigs? ForumMy system crashes in games Forumcan TwinMOS work with AMD CPU? (having problems) :!: ForumKinney, let's make a deal. ForumWindows sees 2gb RAM, CPU-z sees 3gb. ForumMore Consideration ForumYet another rig review request ForumPCI compatibility question More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !