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February 5, 2009 2:43:53 PM

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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February 5, 2009 5:44:36 PM

Could've saved some money on the RAM, it won't run at 1066 with 4 sticks.

Cooler is overpriced. Decent performance.
February 5, 2009 5:49:01 PM

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 $69.99

The price is very low right now. Get them while they're still available. They won't last long at that price.
February 5, 2009 7:01:24 PM

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 :)