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August 6, 2009 5:37:14 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
Already purchased

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, word processing etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: None

OVERCLOCKING:Maybe


Hello,

I'm looking to build my first computer, and I've already purchased the hardware. I was just wondering if anyone could let me know about whether all the parts will be compatible, and if they'll be good enough to build me a solid gaming pc.

Parts:

Processor: AMD Black Edition - Processor - 1 x AMD Phenom II X3 720 / 2.8 G

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P Socket AM3 AMD 790X + SB750 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 1666(OC)/1333/1066Mhz 6x SATA 3Gb/s 7.1- Ch HD Audio Gigabit Lan IEEE1394 2x PCI-Express 2.0 Graphic Slots ATX

Graphics: EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP


Hardrive: Western Digital Caviar Blue (WD5000AAKS) 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Buffer (OEM)

Power: Corsair CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX 12V 33A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active Pfc 120MM Fan

Memory: Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-8500C5 Matched Pairs 4GB Kit (2x2GB) PC2-8500 DDR2-1066 CL 5-5-5-15 240-pin Dual Channel Memory

DVD: Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE SATA Black 22X DVD-Writer OEM with Nero Software

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black

Graphics: EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks,





August 6, 2009 5:43:10 PM

You've got the graphics card listed twice. Does that mean you're going SLI? If so, that PSU might not be enough. Corsair is conservatively rated, but still...
August 6, 2009 6:05:26 PM

750W is the lowest Corsair I would go for SLI
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August 6, 2009 9:15:35 PM

What resolution are you going to be running at? Because its impossible to SLI on an AM3 motherboard i would suggest going with a 4870 if you are at 1680x1050 so that you have the option of adding a second one in the future as games require more power. You certainly need atleast a 550 watt PSU for a GTX260 or HD4870, the corsair 550VX or the EA650 would be enough.
August 6, 2009 9:22:05 PM

It's a little to late to ask for advice after you've already made the purchase. You should have asked sooner because your DDR2 RAM is not compatible with your AM3 motherboard which requires DDR3 RAM.

Using an Nvidia GPU on a crossfire compatible board is just throwing money away. You could have got this motherboard instead.

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $84.99

The 450VX is also a little underpowered for a GTX 260. The GTX 260 requires a PSU with 36A on the 12v rail and 2 6-pin PCI-E power connectors. The 450VX has 33A on the 12v rail and only 1 6-pin PCI-E power connector.
August 6, 2009 9:30:08 PM

If you already bought it see if you can cancel the order or you will be very upset, that build wont work at all. See if you can just send it all back for a refund and then post here using the template we can give you a build that will actually work. I didnt see you had already purchased it the first time.
August 6, 2009 10:20:14 PM

Hi,

Thanks for all the replies!

I'm not going to be running SLI as I don't have the money for two graphics cards (the original post was a typo). Unfortunately, the card has been purchased, but the mobo, the ram, and power have not as I've just put the order on hold.

Should I stick with the mobo even if I'm not going SLI? Can anyone suggest some ram? And I'm also probably going to be replacing the SLU with something more powerful (any suggestions).

I just got a new HD compatible monitor...so highest res?

What do you think?


This is what I have so far:

Processor: AMD Black Edition - Processor - 1 x AMD Phenom II X3 720 / 2.8 G

Motherboard: (Maybe) Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P Socket AM3 AMD 790X + SB750 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 1666(OC)/1333/1066Mhz 6x SATA 3Gb/s 7.1- Ch HD Audio Gigabit Lan IEEE1394 2x PCI-Express 2.0 Graphic Slots ATX

Graphics: EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

Hardrive: Western Digital Caviar Blue (WD5000AAKS) 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Buffer (OEM)

Power: ?

Memory: ?

DVD: Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE SATA Black 22X DVD-Writer OEM with Nero Software

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black
August 6, 2009 10:31:23 PM

on a screen 22' an above that 260 gtx gonna really dissapoint you but maybe 1920 x 1200 on a 20' power supply get corsair 650 memory iwould get ocz or g skill ddr3 dual channel kit at 1600mhz have a look round see whats to your liking an you could get the 640 drive at a few bucks more wich is a better deal then the 500
August 6, 2009 11:02:41 PM

That motherboard doesn't support SLI even if you wanted to. You're better off going with a cheaper motherboard with a single PCI-E slot since you can't change the graphics card. Here's my suggestions:

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $84.99

OCZ Flex EX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Ehanced Bandwidth Desktop Memory Model OCZ3FXE1600EB4GK - Retail $89.99

Antec EarthWatts EA650 $79.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $74.99

Don't forget to get a 64-bit OS so you can use all 4GB of RAM and have the option of adding more in the future.

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM $109.99
August 7, 2009 12:39:27 AM

That sounds pretty good. How's the gaming on that board?
August 7, 2009 12:40:52 AM

The motherboard doesnt affect performance any measurable amount, it will be the same as gaming on any other AM3 board with a 720 and GTX260.
August 7, 2009 2:25:55 AM

Okay, so this is what I have now. How good with this CPU be?

Parts:

Processor: 1 x AMD Phenom II X3 720 / 2.8 G

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $84.99

Memory: OCZ (OCZ3G1600LV6GK) DDR3 PC3-12800 1600 MHz Gold XTC Triple Channel Kits 6GB (3x2048MB)

Power: Antec EarthWatts EA650 $79.99

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $74.99

Graphics: EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
DVD: Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE SATA Black 22X DVD-Writer OEM with Nero Software

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black
August 7, 2009 2:31:32 AM

Much better, it will actually work.
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