Mid-Range Gaming Rig, Final Build

Final Build

How does it look?

CPU:

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945FBGIBOX

$225

Graphics:

BFG Tech BFGEGTX275896OCE GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

$249

RAM:

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK

$120

Motherboard:

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

$90

PSU:

Corsair 650W

...On a 21.5" Monitor
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  1. Whats the resolution on the monitor and where are you buying from? You dont need triple channel memory just dual channel and you wont get any benefit from 6 GB over 4GB for gaming
  2. +1 on hunter315's comments

    What HDD are you going to use for the build?
  3. I've read that buying DR33 will make it easier to upgrade in the future and it will become more useful given that DDR2 is heading out? Also, I can't find it for the life of me now, but I read somewhere that with my Mobo/CPU I need to keep my ram at 1.5 volts? Does that sound right?
    I can find some DDR2 with good timing but it all has 1.8+ volts.

    Resolution I was going to run 1920x1080 or under.

    And as for the HDD, I was going to just pick a 650gb 7200 up from the local store.

    Or if I can find it:

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives
  4. The CPU/GPU pair seems well balanced.
  5. That ram is a 3 stick i7 kit. You want either 2 or 4 sticks so you can run dual channel,
  6. orangegator said:
    That ram is a 3 stick i7 kit. You want either 2 or 4 sticks so you can run dual channel,


    Oh so I can't have an odd number with my setup?

    And you guys think it would be better to run, for example, a 4-4-4-12 DDR2 then 7-7-7-24 DDR3?
  7. Ok here's the deal. The AMD supports dual channel, the I7 triple channel. Now for AMD some boards support DDR2 and some DDR3.

    Dual channel means 2 sticks not DDR2. Triple channel is 3 sticks not DDR3. You can get triple channel DDR2. Chanelling and DDR is 2 different things.

    So for the upgrade find a board that supports DDR3 Ram as that is the new stuff that will be used down the road. Then get a dual channel DDR3 kit which will be 4GB. 2 x 2GB sticks.

    Also check out some of the ATI vide cards...some good deals in there. What about a 1000GB hard drive...they are dirt cheap.
  8. Yeah, I was just not thinking. My mobo is dual channel so will get 4gbs in two sticks.

    I think I will get a 1tb.

    Last question. Do I need low voltage ram with my mobo/cpu?

    I was thinking of one of these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104020

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227267
  9. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166 $54.99 Free Shipping*
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
  10. The motherboard listed in your first post uses DDR3. The new ram you linked is DDR2. It won't work.
  11. swap the CPU for a 955 and the gfx card for a 4890, you save a good amount of money and will have increased performance.
  12. Helloworld_98 said:
    swap the CPU for a 955 and the gfx card for a 4890, you save a good amount of money and will have increased performance.


    Oh yeah, I need to either change my mobo or stick with ddr3. Thanks.
  13. So do I need to stay under 1.65 volts on the RAM for this build or is that for the i7? Or am I totally confused?
  14. iholly said:
    So do I need to stay under 1.65 volts on the RAM for this build or is that for the i7? Or am I totally confused?


    Only with i7 DDR3 needs to be less than 1.65V. You can use higher voltage ram with other cpus.
  15. orangegator said:
    Only with i7 DDR3 needs to be less than 1.65V. You can use higher voltage ram with other cpus.


    Thank you for the answer!
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