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Compatibility Check and Thoughts

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November 30, 2008 8:27:44 PM

Okay this will be my first build, my dad used to work in computer/server setup and is a little rusty.

Is all this compatible and will I be able to play games like WoW well?

Processor- AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.1GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 89W Dual-Core Processor
Case- RAIDMAX SIRIUS ATX-701WB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Power Supply- RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply
Graphics Card- SAPPHIRE 100258-1GL Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
Memory- Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Hard Drive- Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive)
Motherboard- ASUS M2R32-MVP AM2 AMD 580X CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard
Operating System- 32-bit Vista Ultimate
CD Drive- LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-16D3S-08

Also am I missing any essentials besides mouse, keyboard, and monitor?
(The monitor I will use is my 32" Dynex HD TV w/ a VGA cable, will that work?)

November 30, 2008 9:06:35 PM

Here are a few things to consider:
* Your mobo only supports DDR2 800 mHz (which is all that you really need).
* Your mobo has the SB600 chip which isn't bad, but might as well get a mobo with the newest SB750 chip instead for little more.
Here's a comparison of several 790gx based mobo's, which come with the SB750 chipset!
* Case looks okay. Others to consider are the Antec 300 or the Cooler Master 690.
Cooler Master 690 case for $83 shipped!!
Newegg's link to the CM690 case, much more details at this link.
Antec 300 case for $54 shipped!!
Newegg's link to the Antec 300 case
* PSU - Not sure how well the RAIDMAX PSU is, but I've had them fry on me and they are usually not as dependable as I'd like them to be, so I'd opt for something a bit different. Here are a few to conisder for your build:
Antec Earthwatts 500w PSU w/34A on the combined rails, >80% efficient, 2 x 6 pin PCI-e power connectors, and is only $50 shipped!!
PCP&C 610w PSU w/49A on the 12v rail, >80% efficient, 2 x 6 pin PCI-e power connectors, and is $60 after $35 MIR!!
* Memory - I'd suggest getting DDR2 800mHz, unless your going to be putting in a high end Phenom later, but 95% of build only need DDR2 800mHz RAM.
$50 shipped! Is CAS4 (4-4-4-12 timings) and runs at 1.8-1.9v!!
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
* HD - The Velociraptor doesn't really make much difference in performance, so why not get more space and spend less??
$70 shipped!! Fast and roomy, what else do you need?
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
* CPU - If your sticking with AMD than the 6000+ is a good buy. If you consider an Intel C2D or similar than I'd consider getting an e5200 and OC it to 3.4-4 gHz, but that is up to you.
$83 shipped!! Consider getting an aftermarket CPU HSF if you OC more than 3.2 gHz.
Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
Aftermarket CPU Cooler for $27 shipped, unless you buy more from, than the shipping cost goes down as you add more parts.
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Here is TH $650 build w/the e5200 and the ACF7pro CPU HSF!
* DVD Burner - You should consider getting a Burner and not the ROM drive. It isn't that much more and you'll use it, believe me! Get a retail version, so you get the software to read/burn DVD's!!
$27 shipped! Currently Out of Stock, but should be in stock soon!
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail
* GPU should be fine, if you need to save a little go with the 512mb version of the 4850, it probably doesn't make too much difference from what reviews I've seen, so that'll be up to you.

* You did forget to mention the OS that your going to be using? I'd vote for Vista Home Premium 64bit for the OS, if you have to buy an OS.
December 1, 2008 12:32:34 AM

^+1. Well said! esp. on the PSU, CPU,GPU and the HDD.
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December 1, 2008 12:42:34 AM

Shadow703793 said:
^+1. Well said! esp. on the PSU, CPU,GPU and the HDD.

TYVM!! I try and explain the best that I can. I can get a bit long in tooth over stuff, but hopefully it makes sense to the OP!
December 1, 2008 12:56:11 AM

Get a dependable power supply unit, for example, an Antec brand one. Skip the after market heat-sink and fan, the stock one is adequate enough. Stick with regular DDR2-800. WD6400AAKS and WD6401AALS are highly recommended hard drive disks.
December 1, 2008 1:03:02 AM

What they said - great recommendations.

I"d get Vista 64 bit and not 32 bit, you'll need the 64 bit to make use of all that memory. And Home Premium is likely the version best suited for you, should be cheaper too (compared to Ultimate).

Good luck!