Building a Phenom II system

I am currently building a Phenom II system
I have already bought a GPU (XFX HD Radeon 4870 1gb) , a case (CM 690) and Seagate Barracuda 500gb
I still need to decide on a motherboard, DVD burner, RAM and PSU. I currently don't want to Crossfire but I don't know about the future.
The reccomendation:

For the motherboard, I don't know if i should go with DDR2 or DDR3.
For PSU, I don't know don't know how much would be enough for a 4870 1 gb and phenom II
My budget for the system is 1k but the everything is around 1.5k
I live in Canada so the prices are a little higher

Looking forward to your advice
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  1. Go for DDR3, it's going to be cheaper and easier to upgrade later, I recommend 4GB for now. (About 100$ in Canada)
    For a PSU you'd be fine if you have a 500W one, but if you want to CrossFire at a later time, go for a 650W to be sure, I'd recommend Corsair or Antec Earthwatts. (Antec's 650W Earthwatts is about 110$)
    As for the board, I usually build with ASUS boards, for them, M4A78T-E and M4A79T Deluxe, both are good, just check with your budget which one fits your needs best.
    As for the chip himself, I guess you will be taking the BE one? Don't forget your fan on it if you do.
    As for DVD, I usually don't bother much about, all I want to do is read and burn occasionally, although I've realized that Pioneer's are very noisy compared to LG's. So personally I stick with LG. And that's about 30$.

    Hope it helped :)
  2. Shnur said:
    Go for DDR3, it's going to be cheaper and easier to upgrade later.

    This is really a FINE point and one I think hasn't been mentioned much. I wonder when we'll actually need more than 4GB though?
  3. Its a coin toss between ddr2 and ddr3 IMO .

    If I had the extra money I would buy ddr3 , but if I was on a budget it wouldnt worry me at all to run ddr2 .

    By the time you upgrade a computer it usually comes down to replacing cpu/mb/ram as a package anyway . 4 gig is fine , more is not going to be used by almost all 2009 applications and games
  4. Checked the prices lately? :)

    DDR3 1333 is maybe 10 bucks more than DDR2 1066. I think AM3 boards make sense now, and all the popular Intel boards such as the UD3P come in a DDR3 flavor..... You factor in that DDR2 prices have risen in the last two weeks while DDR3 has dropped, and where does that leave us?
  5. ^ Time for AM3 + DDR3... :P
  6. With AMD I would wait at least until they have the DDR3 errata fixed. Right now running in dual channel is unreliable. Besides DDR3 doesn't give much of a real world performance boost (any that would be readily apparent to the end user that is).
  7. AMD's latest Phenom II processors may experience unreliable operation when running more than one stick of DDR3-1333 or DDR2-1066 memory on a channel using standard JDEC voltages. AMD has instructed motherboard manufacturers to have the BIOS downclock DDR3-1333 to DDR3-1066 and DDR2-1066 to DDR2-800 to ensure stability.
  8. <Generic copy/post from another thread. Doesn't completely apply due to your video card, case, and hard purchase. Further, you aren't limited by size.>

    Recently just ordered parts for 2 new builds for friends. Both will be used for "light multi-tasking," but mostly "MMO Gaming."

    Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 360 <They wanted "smaller" desktops than mid-towers. This case offers desktop and tower "usable" configurations, ATX MB usability, and decent price.>

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W <Modular for case. Plenty of power for eventual duel 4770 Crossfire.>

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720

    MB: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P <Crossfire capability, socket AM2+, DDR2 ram usage>

    Ram: Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 <Fast timings at DDR2 800 in duel channel mode, AM2+ CPU socket limitation>

    CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER GeminII S <Smaller profile for small case. Offers ability to directly blow air on ram if wished.>

    Thermal: ARCTIC COOLING MX-2

    Burner 1: LG Black 22X

    Burner 2: LITE-ON Black 24X <Retail for software.>

    Graphics Card: XFX HD-477A-YDLC Radeon HD 4770 <Expensive, but the warranty is nice. Crossfire in future.>

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB <Case only allows for a single drive. Further, users requested disk space.>

    Wireless: ENCORE ENUWI-N IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 USB 2.0 802.11n Wireless Adapter <They requested wireless capability, but not "usually used." I don't know why, but you do what they tell you...>

    "Video Exhaust Fan": Rexus NMB-MAT (Panaflo) 80mm

    "CPU/Case Intake Fan": Scythe GentleTyphoon D1225C12B4AP-14 120mm

    OS: Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit <They requested it...>

    Monitor: ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD

    <No keyboard, mouse, or speakers at this time.>

    Cost: Slightly over $1,000 US Dollars post mail-in rebates & shipping

    Another $120 dollars would make it a Crossfire system if so desired.
  9. AMD has said that DDR3 support is a BIOS issue and not a CPU issue. I'm sorry I don't have the link right off. I read too much and sometimes loose track of where I get info :)

    I'm still coming down on the DDR3 side, but it's a valuable argument right now.
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