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Hello everyone,
I just ordered all of the following hardware and software for a system that I am about to build for gaming and personal use. I wanted to get you guys to critique my build and give me any helpful information that you might know that will make the setup easier. The only things that I don't have yet are the two hard-drives that I am going to buy. I'm going to be buying two (2) Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM and configure them in RAID 0 configuration for speedy access for gaming and I am going to add another video card, i.e. same type that I have on the way for a Crossfire configuration. Thanks for any input / help / advice. My systems info is below:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

I BOUGHT 8 GB of this RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR10664GK

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX -

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM Item #: N82E16832116493

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail Item #: N82E16835118019
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  1. Could've saved some money on the RAM, it won't run at 1066 with 4 sticks.

    Cooler is overpriced. Decent performance.
  2. I'd avoid Seagate drives until they get their firmware problems straightened out. Pick up a couple of these instead:

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319&Tpk=wd6401aals $69.99

    The price is very low right now. Get them while they're still available. They won't last long at that price.
  3. LOL, you ordered first and asked later. What's the sense in that?

    I agree with the above posters. I could name a few better coolers for the same price or less, but what's the point if you have already ordered.

    You may have a problem, depending on MB layout. Here's a comment from Newegg, about that RAM you ordered:

    Cons: The heatsink is much taller than a normal ram module, so it actually touched my Zalman 9700 heatsink. Not a problem for me because I could move the RAM to another slot, but it could be a problem if you're installing a full 8GB of RAM

    About the RAM again: I was trying to find details about what theAnimal said, and found this:


    Pros: These things are great. The only problem I have is AMD's Phenom I and II CPU's. They limit DDR2-1066 per channel so you are stuck with either 2 sticks at DDR2-1066 or 4 sticks at DDR2-800. AMD should have fixed this stupid problem a long time ago.

    So, I benched DDR2-1066 4GB (2GB x 2) at 5-5-5-18 w/ 2.2v vs. DDR2-800 4GB (2GB x 4) at 4-4-3-15 w/ 2.2v. Just as I thought, the DDR2-800 with those extreme low timings outperformed the DDR2-1066. I also tested and benched the memory at 8GB (2GB x 4) at 4-4-3-15 and it too beat out the 4GB at 1066.

    I used the newest Memtest and it ran for 4 hours with all 4 rams for a total of 8GB and it passed no problem. I also ran another 2 hrs of sisandra 2008 SP1 memory tests and it too passed no problems.

    Cons: The first 2 batches I got were defective. They would not run 1066 nor would they run 800 with all 4 DIMMs used. But the new replacements are AWESOME!!!!!

    Other Thoughts: If you cannot run DDR2-1066 @ 5-5-5-18 for some reason, then settle for the faster DDR2-800 @ 4-4-3-15.

    Good build anyway :)
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