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April 17, 2009 10:59:38 PM

Will this combo work?

Phenom II X4 940
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

SAPPHIRE 100258-1GL Radeon HD 4850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB SATA II 7200 RPM 32MB
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

OCZ StealthXStream 600W
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

LG DVD+/-R
Cooler Master 690

This set up will be used for moderate gaming and more for productivity and web surfing. I tend to have tons of apps open at once so my research pointed me towards the quad core processor. I also chose the mobo for future upgrade opp to am3 if necessary. Any and all suggestions are welcome, thanks!

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April 17, 2009 11:37:57 PM

You gone matched up DDR2 ram with a DDR3 motherboard.

Get this or a similar set instead: 4gb G.Skill DDR3-1333

Otherwise, looks like an excellent build, make sure to grab a 64 bit os.
Edit, looks like there is a combo deal for $40 off for Vista Home Premium 64bit + the Phenom II X4 940.

A 1gb Radeon 4870 would of course give better performance for about $50 more, but thats your call.
April 18, 2009 10:28:39 PM

Ditch the StealthXStream, OCZ's ModXStream or GameXStream series are much better suited for gaming rigs.

Totally agree with irkjab about the 4870.
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April 18, 2009 11:10:32 PM

irkjab said:
You gone matched up DDR2 ram with a DDR3 motherboard.

Get this or a similar set instead: 4gb G.Skill DDR3-1333

Otherwise, looks like an excellent build, make sure to grab a 64 bit os.
Edit, looks like there is a combo deal for $40 off for Vista Home Premium 64bit + the Phenom II X4 940.

A 1gb Radeon 4870 would of course give better performance for about $50 more, but thats your call.



You have just matched up an AM2+ processor with DDR3 which will NOT work .


The OP's solution was to stick with the 940 be , the same RAM and change the motherboard to an AM2+ board supporting DDR2


PS Newegg have 940be/mb combo's at better prices .
April 18, 2009 11:19:22 PM

My bad, missed the AM2+ processor.

Why not keep the AM3 motherboard and go with an AM3 processor instead though? That way you keep the ability to upgrade
April 18, 2009 11:58:20 PM

irkjab said:
My bad, missed the AM2+ processor.

Why not keep the AM3 motherboard and go with an AM3 processor instead though? That way you keep the ability to upgrade


I presume the OP wants a quad , and you can put AM3 cpu's into AM2+ boards so there is some upgrade path

but like you I would choose a 720 be , the original mb and DDR3 ram
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