for this build i am building it for my brother and we are going halves on the cost.
and he kinda wants a bit more flashy case.
Raidmax Elite Series Gaming Case Sirius Mid tower - ATX - no power supply - brushed aluminum silver - USB/Audio << he likes this on it has 3 fan instead of 2 would this be better?
Also some else suggested to me i go with the phenom II because its where the future is at instead of sticking with the athlon 64
He suggested using this Cpu: AMD Phenom II X2 550 3.1Ghz 7MB Cache AM3 Black Ed and then saving money on the psu and going with the 450w corsair
He suggests that i change to a AMD 780G chipset but all the boards with this chipset are microATX what is the difference between microATX and ATX and would a motherboard such as:Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H - Motherboard - micro ATX - AMD 780G - Socket AM2+ - UDMA133, Serial ATA-300 (RAID), eSATA - Gigabit Ethernet - FireWire - video - High Definition Audio (8-channel)
If i went with the phenon II processor would i need to get DDR3 ram? or change it to DDR2 1200MHz?
Micro atx boards are just shorter from top to bottom and you lose 2 expansion slots . Most people never fill the pci and pci-e slots on an atx board anyway so no worries at all about going m-atx . M-atx boards fit in atx cases .
Im with gkay about using a 780 or even 770 nb chipset board . The gigabyte you mentioned is a great mb . There are 780 and 770 series mb's that are full atx
If that x2 550 is in the budget thats a stronger processor than the 7750 . Its an am3 processor but still runs in an AM2+ mb with DDR2 ram
The HX corsair is modular and a brilliant psu . I have a 620 w version and its so quiet its amazing .
The 450 watt will be enough though and its good quality so thats a compromise I'd happily make to get the X2 550 processor .
CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 3.1GHz 7MB Cache AM3 Black Ed
MoBo: Gigabyte GA-M720-US3 - Motherboard - ATX - nForce 720D MCP - Socket AM2+ - UDMA133, Serial ATA-300 (RAID) - Gigabit Ethernet - FireWire - High Definition Audio (8-channel)
GPU: SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON HD4850 512MB PCI-E
CASE: Raidmax Elite Series Gaming Case Sirius - Mid tower - ATX - no power supply - brushed aluminum silver - USB/Audio
PSU: 450W Corsair VX-450 ATX Power Supply 120mm fan PCI-E Graphics Card Connector
HD: Western Digital 500GB 7200rpm SATA
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB KIT DDR2-800 PC6400 CL5-5-5-15 MEMORY RETAIL F2-6400CL5D-4GBNT 2GBx2
Yes that will all work together and be a good computer
but [ theres always a but ]
the motherboard has chips made by nVidia [ who make the graphics cards ] and they dont perform quite as well as AMD chip sets do