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newbie builder needs help with finding a mobo for first build

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October 22, 2008 3:27:54 AM

well here are the specs and everything here was found on i need to know if the mobo i picked for it will actually work with everything and a good power supply

cd/dvd burners: LITE-ON 52X CD Burner Black ATAPI/E-IDE Model DH-52R2P-04 - OEM/ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black E-IDE/PATA Model DRW-2014S1 - Retail

Case: Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-B Blue Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Memory: OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2x2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail (The Official Memory of the Championship Gaming Series) - Retail

Mobo(want to know if its compatiple): GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail

Video card: ASUS AH3450/HTP/256M Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card - Retail

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October 22, 2008 3:44:46 AM

Sure that motherboard will work with that CPU, but it doesn't make much sense IMO. That's a micro-ATX motherboard with onboard video and it's being put in a full tower case. Did you pick that motherboard for the onboard video? What is the intended purpose of this computer? I would go for a newer P43 chipset board if price is your main concern.

I would make sure to swap the DVD burner for a SATA model.

You should also consider getting a little better RAM. That RAM takes 2.1v to get pretty slow 5-4-4-18 timings. This Mushkin RAM runs at the standard 1.8v and has better timings (5-4-4-12) for less $. $69.99 - $20 MIR

Edit: What is the budget for this build, and what will it be used for? The PSU recommendation will depend on budget and whether you will be running a discreet GPU.
October 22, 2008 3:52:56 AM

i picked that motherboard because i thought it would work and i thought it was a regular atx size board i will be using it for light gaming mostly for music and movies and i origannily wanted a budget of 600 but i blew past that oh and i forgot to put in the video card the video card is a ASUS AH3450/HTP/256M Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card - Retail
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October 22, 2008 3:58:24 AM

i know but the GHz is higher for the dual core and i don't know ow to overclock even though i could learn how but i heard it was dificult to do
October 22, 2008 4:00:44 AM

That video card is an AGP card. You will need a PCI-e card. The new 4670 card would be a great entry level card. Here is the motherboard, GPU, and PSU I would recommend for your build:

GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $86.99

HD 4670 - pick one you like from this list:

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply - Retail $59.99 - $10 MIR

If you don't need all 750GB, I would consider the faster WD6400AAKS drive to save $25:
October 22, 2008 4:12:59 AM

thanks i really apreciated it