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.
  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

    I need this:
    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

    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

    More power than you need for now:
    FSP FSP550-80GLC-R 550w 12v:4x15a 20+4pin Active PFC $113+8 10/21/06

    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


    MSI P965 Neo-F LGA775 965 ATX Conroe $93+6 10/15/06
    Hardwarezone Review MSI P965 7/21/06


    Kingston value 2G 533 KVR533D2N4K2/2G $224+5 10/21/06
    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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