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Need Advice for 8gb on an ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3

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March 23, 2009 5:06:27 AM

I'm in the process of figuring out what I want for a system build. I've decided to go with a AMD Phenom II AM3 set up. I'm either going with a x3 720 or waiting for x4 950 next month.

I think I'm going to go with ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 for the motherboard. What I need some help with is figuring out what the best memory is to go with this board. What I'd like to do is get 8gb that runs at least 1600mhz. Thanks for any help.
March 23, 2009 1:04:20 PM

Why an AM3 motherboard, well unless you have the money ok but, am2+ is really big right now(populated).

As it was said before. I'd buy the AM2+ motherboard, nice tight timing ddr2 800mhz/1066mhz, AM3 cpu x3 720BE/x4 940BE and wait till am3 boards are actually completely ok to buy since they came out not to long ago. Could have some adjustments that still need to happen as cpu's keep coming and coming.
March 23, 2009 4:55:57 PM

Like you said, it's in my budget. Also I'm going for the future proofing. This is my third computer, second self built. Usually I go about 4-7 years between systems and only make minor upgrades as needed. I figure might as well go with AM3 and DDR3 now since that will pretty much be the standard in the near future.

I was thinking of going with a I7 build, but between the savings on an AMD board and CPU I can spread the saving around to other parts such as GPU, better cooling etc. Plus I can pick up a few new games. :D  I've been dieing to play Fallout 3.
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March 23, 2009 5:00:44 PM

Well how much you have in mind?

This is a FULL rig your buying right? case and all?
March 24, 2009 6:58:17 AM

Thanks for the help.

Yes I'm going with a new system from the ground up. My budget is 1000-1400

I'd like to save as much as possible

Right now this is what I'm looking at

HD
750GB Western Digital
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Corsair 850w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
Coolmaster RC 690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Plus four more fans

GPU
Geforce GTX 280 1gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I was thinking going with a Radon for the crossfire option in the future, but I read that those suckers run pretty hot. I can live with one card for the foreseeable future.)

CPU
AMD Phenom II x3 720
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Or like I said before wait for the x4 950/955s that are coming next month.)

CPU Fan
Coolmaster V8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows Vista 64bit

I was hoping someone that has the Motherboard running 8gb at 1600 could chime in with what memory they used.
March 24, 2009 11:03:51 AM

Hmm, well, 640 wd black will always run faster than a 750gb black wd, it runs on only 2 platters. I would say either the 640gb black wd or the 1tb.
March 26, 2009 1:47:24 AM

Ok i'm getting in this conversation.

I just recently done my own personal build with this motherboard and CPU (M4A79T and X3 720 BE) (see reply above for links)

Well lemme just give you links to the stuff i got on it now:
CPU Cooler:
Sunbeam CR-CCTF
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case:
CoolerMaster HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU:
OCZ Stealth X Stream 700w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM:
4GB OCZ Reaper 1333MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video Card:
GTX 260 (core 216) 896MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD:
Hitachi 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So far I'm really happy with this build. I have my processor overclocked at 3.4Ghz currently, don't know if I should go higher or not (probably will though).

I only use 4GB of RAM but I don't think that any more is really necessary. All my apps never ever utilize the full 4GB of ram, so unless you are going to be doing 3D rendering programs or stuff like that I really think that 4GB is all that is necessary. And if you are going to be doing that I suggest getting the X4 processors.

As for me all I really do is game. With the X3 and GTX 260 I love to play Crysis, but only 1280x1024 for now (plan to upgrade later). With all the settings on High and about 4 or 5 settings turned on Very High, and also 8XQ AA I average around 45 FPS. So about that GTX 280: I think that you could probably save $100 or so if you just go with one of the GTX 260's, and it'll still play all your games with incredible FPS. (but if you do get the 260 be sure to get the Core 216 version, there is a difference between the 216's and 196's)

And the CPU cooler you got, I know you may not know this, but this MOBO's RAM is VERY close to the CPU. So with that cooler, it will block 1 RAM slot if not 2. So just be very sure what aftermarket cooler you are going to get for this MOBO. Even with my cooler I got (just installed today) it blocked 1 slot of my RAM with the fan attached, which resulted in me having to move my memory from the original slots I had them installed in.

This is what the install was with it: http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/9062/p1040425.png

So any more questions?
March 26, 2009 5:01:08 PM

Hey, get that 850tx and the RC-690 in the combo package then if you want to, sli later(well its a xfire board) and for the same price is the s1283v cooler.

BTW on the radeons, its normal for them to run 50-75c theres no problem with them getting that hot. You overall temp will still be in the 30c-40c

I dont know this, mabye you do, am2,am2+ and am3 sockets, can just a regular am2 or x3 x4 compatible cooler hook onto the am3?
March 26, 2009 5:11:43 PM

fullmetall said:

I dont know this, mabye you do, am2,am2+ and am3 sockets, can just a regular am2 or x3 x4 compatible cooler hook onto the am3?


Yeah the AM3 Socket clips for coolers are exactly the same as the AM2+ socket clips. Just make sure what direction the clips are in so that way you can avoid any clearance issues you might possibly have.
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April 9, 2009 2:25:51 AM

Be careful with the 1600 mhz ram!!! If you don't have updated bios you may run into problems with booting your system for the first time. Not to mention there is little if any performance gain over 1300 ram.
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