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December 12, 2008 2:32:25 PM

I'm trying to build a cheap gaming computer that can be upgraded in the future. I found some parts, and want to make sure all the parts are compatible. Also, I need to know if I forgot any parts. Finally, I was asking about the mobo on another site, and they were talking about the 2 pci e express 2.0 slots and that they don't run at 16x and 16x. Therefore I wouldn't notice a difference with 2 video cards later. Please help me if you can.

Here are the parts:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

December 12, 2008 5:28:08 PM

I don't see the Athlon X2 6000 CPU on the ASUS CPU Support List for that motherboard.

Quote:
Due to AMD CPU limitation, DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+ CPU for one DIMM per channel only.


This is also something to be concerned about. If I'm reading this correctly, it's only an issue with Tri- and Quad-core AM2+ CPUs.

I would also consider upping your hard drive to one with at least a 16MB cache (the only you have listed is only 8MB).

Concerning the PCI-Ex16 slots running at x8, (x4,) x8 when multiple cards are installed in Crossfire, there is an article here on Tom's concerning Crossfire scaling which I think addresses your concern. I haven't read it yet, but I'm about to...

-Wolf sends

Edit: Here's the link:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crossfire-pci-expre...
December 12, 2008 8:45:31 PM

There are no expert reviews of that PSU, and given Cooler Master's less than stellar record in the PSU category, there is no reason to expect that PSU to be good.

The RAM you chose is CAS 7 and 2.0V.... that's awful.

Finally, I clicked your links but it's very annoying. You should at least supply generic titles for each link:

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, this is the RIGHT way to do it:
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066

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G.Skill 4GB 1100Mhz RAM

PC Power & Cooling 610W


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