New Build Compatability

Hello all,

I am a novice at home builds to be honest. I built my first and only one about 3 years ago and now it is all outdated :(

I have been going through piecing my upgraded home build together for less than $450.00. This machine will be used for mainly mid to high level gaming.

I only need to replace a few items of which these are my chosen upgrades:

Motherboard: ASRock K10N78 AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 ATX AMD - $64.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157159

CPU: AMD Phenom 9950 Agena 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HD995ZXAGHBOX - $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103291

PSU:hec X-Power Pro 600 600W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339025

RAM:WINTEC AMPO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AMD2800-2G2K-R - x2 = $45.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161172

Video card:HIS H485QS1GP Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ4 Video Card - $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161245


I have: Case, HD, Floppy and Disc drives.
This will not be in a crossfire set up.

As I stated earlier I am a novice at this. I think I have everything matched up correctly, but is there anything I am missing? Are there better upgrades that are cheaper than the items I have posted that will still all be compatible? In your opinion will this technology still be relevant over the next three years for when I make my next rebuild?

Thank you all very much in advance for your patience with me as I embark upon this process :)
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  1. bump for replies :)
  2. Hi...
    The CPU that you have chosen is not bad...but it is a old gen Phenom...
    Instead look at this config...

    X3 720 + High-end ASUS board
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.205337

    RAM -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189

    PSU -
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    Graphics card -
    Better off spending $5 more and getting the 4870 512MB...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102810

    Total - $460 | $415 after Mail- In-Rebate...
  3. Thx for the reply gkay09 !! Looks like a great setup.

    gkay09 said:
    Hi...
    The CPU that you have chosen is not bad...but it is a old gen Phenom...
    Instead look at this config...

    X3 720 + High-end ASUS board
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.205337

    RAM -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189

    PSU -
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    Graphics card -
    Better off spending $5 more and getting the 4870 512MB...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102810

    Total - $460 | $415 after Mail- In-Rebate...


    I see that this CPU can be unlocked. Anyone know, will I be able to unlock the 4th core with this board?
  4. I doubt that you can with this board...Mostly the Biostar, ASRock boards only can unlock the 4th core...but still it not 100% sure you would succed in unlocking them...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/unlock-phenom-ii,2273.html
  5. from what I have read that is right. Looking at those boards, they are a bit out of my price range though :(

    I would liek to OC this chip. Is there a complete list of programs out there somewhere of the test I need to run to check stability/temp? A list that I can also download the program so I make sure I get the right ones? Thanks!
  6. The Prime95 is a very good app to check for the stability...
    And as for temp monitoring,
    http://www.techpowerup.com/realtemp/
    http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
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