from scratch: what mobo/RAM to match up with 7950GTO 512MB

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.
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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. Thank you very much for your reply. It is very helpful.
  5. You're welcome. :)
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