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August 16, 2008 3:42:01 AM

This is my first time building a comp, been doing some researchin here and there, and so here it is, my final list of parts,

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9950
Mobo: Asus M3N-HT Deluxe / Mempipe
RAM: OCZ (OCZ2RPR10664GK) DDR2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR2_SDRAM PC2-8500 1066 MHz Reaper HPC Edition 4GB(2x2048) Dual Channel Kit
hd: Western Digital VelociRaptor (WD3000GLFS) 300GB SATA II 10000RPM 16MB (OEM) * 2
Case: Thermaltakehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermaltake VH8000BWS Armor+ MX Mid-Tower Case 5/1/(4) Bays USB e-SATA Audio Fans Black
PS: OCZ GameXStream 1010W Power Supply - Active PFC, 120mm LED Fan (OCZ1010GXSSLI)
Disc drive: LG G-H20L-S10 /Black SATA LightScribehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LightScribe DVD-Writer 20xDVD+R/-R 8xDVD+RW/6x DVD-RW 12xDVD+/-R9 Dual Layer 48xCD-R 32xCD-RW OEM
OS: Microsoft Windows Vistahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista Ultimate 64-Bit (OEM)
Video card: BFG GeForce 9800GTX OCX Chipset

just tell me what you think, I already bought the power supple, the ram, and the video card, and planning to get the rest tmw.....

i hv been hearing that the mobo i chose wont work well with the OCZ Reaper 4gb of RAM, is that true? And if so, is there anyway i can bend around it so i can still use the RAM that I bought alrdy???

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August 16, 2008 4:11:13 AM

Just for a quick note, what is the "purpose" of this build? Gamimg? Workstation? Media Player?

Might want something like a Q9300 or better
8GB of RAm is easily plausible for over 2 grand

I haven't heard that the new raptors are anything special, could be wrong though.

If you can bring some more details to the floor we can help out a bit more.
August 16, 2008 4:16:09 AM

Hmmm what are you going to be using this computer for.... what size monitor are you planning?.... and why did you choose AMD for your processor? Most gamers would go with a fast core 2 wolfsdale or yorkfield and a ATI/AMD 4XXX series videocard.... esp the new 4870x2 card. If you still have the reciept I would consider taking back the 9800 GTX and getting a fat 4870x2 or at least a 9800GX2. Or if you can use the trade up program trade up to the 9800gx2.
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August 16, 2008 4:37:15 AM

hmmm the comp is mostly going to b for all 3..... gaming, media player and workin.....i use a 24" samsung lcd.......hmmm i cant refund the 9800 GTX cuz i alrdy done the rebate.......just having trouble figuring what i should get for mobo and cpu.......since i alrdy bought the video card, ps, and the ram, i might as well stick with em.....and if i do switch up the hard drive with the less rpm, what should i get with the spare $ from the new raptors?
August 16, 2008 4:53:24 AM

2300$ budget?? dude dont buy amd.. intel is faster.. get the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 cpu, asus 790i motherboard, and get another 9800 for sli..



DO NOT BUY THAT AMD CPU/MOTHERBOARD, THE Q9550 WILL SMOKE IT TO ITS GRAVE FOR A FACT.
August 16, 2008 5:46:55 AM

waijay said:
This is my first time building a comp, been doing some researchin here and there, and so here it is, my final list of parts,

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9950
Mobo: Asus M3N-HT Deluxe / Mempipe
RAM: OCZ (OCZ2RPR10664GK) DDR2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR2_SDRAM PC2-8500 1066 MHz Reaper HPC Edition 4GB(2x2048) Dual Channel Kit
hd: Western Digital VelociRaptor (WD3000GLFS) 300GB SATA II 10000RPM 16MB (OEM) * 2
Case: Thermaltakehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermaltake VH8000BWS Armor+ MX Mid-Tower Case 5/1/(4) Bays USB e-SATA Audio Fans Black
PS: OCZ GameXStream 1010W Power Supply - Active PFC, 120mm LED Fan (OCZ1010GXSSLI)
Disc drive: LG G-H20L-S10 /Black SATA LightScribehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LightScribe DVD-Writer 20xDVD+R/-R 8xDVD+RW/6x DVD-RW 12xDVD+/-R9 Dual Layer 48xCD-R 32xCD-RW OEM
OS: Microsoft Windows Vistahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista Ultimate 64-Bit (OEM)
Video card: BFG GeForce 9800GTX OCX Chipset

just tell me what you think, I already bought the power supple, the ram, and the video card, and planning to get the rest tmw.....

i hv been hearing that the mobo i chose wont work well with the OCZ Reaper 4gb of RAM, is that true? And if so, is there anyway i can bend around it so i can still use the RAM that I bought alrdy???


Q9550-$330
Asus X48 Rampage Extreme-$400
4GB of OCZ Reaper DDR3 1600-$220
4870x2-$570
Corsair PSU HX1000-$230
Raptor 300GB-$290
Vista 64bit Home Premium-$100
Sunbeam Core Contact CPU-$40
Antec 900/1200 case (what I would choose) or something else

(All priced through newegg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newegg )
August 16, 2008 6:00:54 AM

crysis900,

did you read his post. he already bought his video card, ram and power supply? so you'll want to figure out your requests based on that.

waijay,
i personally don't think the velociraptor is worth it. sure it is a little faster than drives that cost half as much or less and have more than double the memory but the reality tends to be it isn't very noticeable and doesn't really effect your gaming. it is nice to have if you have pimped your more important stuff out but lots of places to spend money before there. and if i am reading correctly you are getting 2? that is almost 600 bucks? too bad you already got your video card. you could do some pretty awesome stuff with that $$.
August 16, 2008 6:18:07 AM

+1 for an intel build due to big budget.
August 16, 2008 8:07:13 PM

It looks like you bought Crossfire certified Memory??...... so you will have a difficult time finding an SLI motherboard that will support it.......not saying it wont work just saying it wont be on the list of memory modules that the motherboard manufacturer's prefer.

Its DDR2 so I would look to an older x38 or 780i northbridge chipset. Ussually people pick thier motherboard first then buy the memory that is recommended for it, as most of the compatibility issues involve memory.

If you can return the memory ...I would consider doing that first. The OCZ memory configurer is pretty weak and doesnt have very many boards mentioned there. Its kind of a crap shoot as to weather that ram will work with any motherboard you choose.

I looked at the newegg comments on that ram and the motherboards mentioned there was the XFX 780i, Asus P5Q deluxe, Asus P5Q Pro, Asus P5k deluxe wifi, GA-X48-DS4. Of these the XFX 780i is the best match for the parts you currently have. You may also want to google other peoples computer builds to look for ram/motherboard compatiblity.

Since you cant return your videocard .....seriously look into this:
http://www.bfgtech.com/tradeupprogram.aspx

You have 100 days from the time you purchased the card to upgrade..... the one to get is the 9800GX2.
August 16, 2008 9:51:11 PM

alright thanks for the advice.......
August 16, 2008 11:17:20 PM

Dude...OMG I can't believe what you did. Seriously you have to try and send back the 9800GTX and the RAM that you bought. I don't think you know how good of a Computer that you could've built yourself with $2300. It sounds like you just jumped into this too fast. Im NOT trying to offend you in any way shape or form but you made some big bad choices with the way your spending these very good 2300 dollars.

Here is what you could've gotten yourself if you would've done some research. If you can return those components (the Graphics Card, RAM, and PSU) you could get yourself this rig. Note that this rig only comes out to about $2000, maybe even $1950 after rebates, which is $300 under your budget.

Case: Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS

PSU: ABS Tagan 1100Watt Modular PSU

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHZ

RAM: 8GB PC2-6400 (800mhz) Ram

HDD: 150gb Raptor Drive for OS, Games, and Programs
250gb Seagate 7200rpm 32mb cache for Documents and media (Music, Movies, Tv Shows, Photo's, Video's etc.)

GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4870X2. Murders a 9800GTX

DVD Drive: Any of your choice

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit.

This system comes out to like $2000 after rebates which is $300 under your $2300 budget and this kills the AMD system that you are planning on building.

Once again. I am NOT trying to offend you in any way shape or form but it sounds like you just went in way to fast. You just started buying parts without much thought. You said you bought a 9800GTX and someone said your RAM is Crossfire Certified (Which is for ATI Cards Not Nvidia) that tells me you didn't do to much research. I hope you can return those parts and start over again and get the Components that I listed above. I really hate to see those very good 2000+ dollars go to waste on that AMD system. You could get something MUCH more better with that money without getting anywhere near your budget.

Hope you can start over.
August 17, 2008 3:33:33 AM

yeah, totally comp noob here, i listen to a friend who help me out with the list, got kinda excited and when buying without doing much research........sighh, but i'll do my best to sort it out
August 17, 2008 3:54:46 AM

waijay said:
yeah, totally comp noob here, i listen to a friend who help me out with the list, got kinda excited and when buying without doing much research........sighh, but i'll do my best to sort it out

Since you can't return the 9800 try to sell it on Ebay. You probably get at least 150 bucks for it on ebay. Maybe im wrong though. but you should check it out.
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