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$~500 Dollar Build, Any More Suggestions?

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April 30, 2009 10:04:09 PM

I picked out the parts, and I need some help to see if these are any good. If you have a suggestion or different parts, if you would please keep the build around 500 dollars. I really need help deciding from the Asus or Gigabyte motherboard

23.99 Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
74.99 Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM
79.99 ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
74.99 GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
59.99 Rosewill Stallion Series RD600N-2SB-SL-BK 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
36.99 PNY Optima 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD2-667 - Retail
54.95 Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
59.99 AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor Model AD775ZWCGHBOX - Retail
134.99 XFX GS250XYDFC GeForce GTS 250 512MB Core Edition 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

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April 30, 2009 10:16:45 PM

I would get the Gigabyte board. The new UD series of boards are awesome.

Avoid Rosewill PSU's at all costs! You should look for a quality unit from Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, or Antec.

AMD CPU's have a built-in RAM controller that benefits from faster RAM. I would try to pick up a DDR2 1066 kit.

Where are you buying your hardware? Here's some suggestions if you can buy from newegg:

PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail $79.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $54.99
April 30, 2009 10:18:23 PM

Whoa wait thats way over my budget...
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April 30, 2009 10:18:46 PM

If rosewill's psu are bad then why do they have good reviews?
April 30, 2009 10:26:32 PM

The parts I chose raise the price less than $40. If you want to gamble with a Rosewill PSU, that's up to you. You have been warned. The PSU is NOT the item to try to save a buck on. You want to get the highest quality PSU you can because if your PSU blows up, there's a very good chance it will take other hardware with it.

If my suggestions above really blow your budget out of the water, you could get a 4770 and save enough to be about the same as your original build.

SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $109.99 - $10 MIR

A Corsair 400CX would power the 4770 just fine and save you even more money.

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $59.99 - $10 MIR
April 30, 2009 10:28:10 PM

Ok I'll go away from rose will, is the 4770 any better then the 9800gtx+(gts 250) ?
April 30, 2009 10:28:40 PM

Are antec's psu good?
April 30, 2009 10:34:23 PM

Oh I already have that combo, I just couldn't list it because the wish lists wouldn't let me put in combos/
April 30, 2009 10:36:40 PM

Wow I thought the 4850 compared to the gts 250, the 4770 beat the 4850
April 30, 2009 11:13:33 PM

still going with the gts 250, but changed psu to ocz 550 fty
April 30, 2009 11:29:56 PM

weirdmystery said:
Is the Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply - Retail good?

Not really, Thermaltake usually over-rates their PSU wattage rating quite a bit. Take a look at the Amp ratings on the different rails:

+3.3V@22A,+5V@32A,+12V1@14A,+12V2@15A, -12V@0.3A,+5VSB@2A

Notice how the +3.3V and +5V rails have higher Amp ratings than the +12 rails? That's not a good thing. That PSU also doesn't have active PFC which is another indication of a sub-par PSU. The 400CX I linked above is actually a more powerful PSU. Look at its Amps:


You'll notice that the 12V rail gets 30A. Most of the major components run off of the 12V rails (CPU, GPU, fans, etc...) The 400CX is also 80 plus certified and has active PFC.

There is a lot more to consider when buying a PSU than the wattage rating.