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Mid-Range Gaming Rig, Final Build

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June 22, 2009 1:16:15 AM

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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June 22, 2009 1:22:28 AM

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
June 22, 2009 1:39:01 AM

+1 on hunter315's comments

What HDD are you going to use for the build?
June 22, 2009 7:28:54 AM

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

June 22, 2009 3:12:26 PM

That ram is a 3 stick i7 kit. You want either 2 or 4 sticks so you can run dual channel,
June 22, 2009 10:41:40 PM

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?
June 23, 2009 12:48:28 AM

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.
June 23, 2009 2:22:14 PM

The motherboard listed in your first post uses DDR3. The new ram you linked is DDR2. It won't work.
June 23, 2009 2:28:36 PM

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.
June 23, 2009 10:31:55 PM

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.
June 24, 2009 7:25:02 AM

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?
June 24, 2009 3:34:49 PM

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.
June 25, 2009 7:16:33 AM

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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