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August 21, 2009 9:55:39 PM

Im building my own cpu here are my specs

AMD Phenom II X3 Triple-Core Processor 720 (i may oc down the road)

M4A78T-E 790GX AM3 ATX Motherboard

4gb 1333 ddr3

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3

xfx Radeon HD 4870 1024MB
Antec Nine Hundred

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

and for my heat sink i am going to get a sunbeam core contact

are there any parts you would suggest i get or not get?? i play mostly l4d and flight simulator, may get far cry 2

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August 21, 2009 10:02:53 PM

How about links to your parts? Especially the memory. Is it dual channel or triple channel? Triple channel is for the X58 mobos used with the Intel i7.
August 21, 2009 10:04:22 PM

Dont get 6GB of ram, only get 4 for a non i7 build. The antec 900 should have plenty of cooling even without the add on fan, i would also swap out the ecogreen drive for the spinpoint for $5 more, or the caviar black for a bit more. If you use the template shown here we can probably help you find a better build for your needs
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August 21, 2009 10:31:01 PM

the memory is triple channel, and thanks for the help with the case. would it still have enough if i oc the video card. the reason im getting 6 is because it costs about the same as 4 so i figured what the heck. i dont plan to upgrade for as long as possible
August 21, 2009 10:50:18 PM

Get 4 gb with CL 7, im guess that is a fairly high latency dual channel kit, CL9 likely, you dont get a benefit above 4 GB for most things, and you will actually take a performance hit because it will be running in single channel mode instead of dual channel mode.

The majority of the heat from your graphics card gets exhausted out the back of the case by the cooler on the GPU and the antec 900 has a ton of cool air being pulled into the case by the front fans.

Link to your parts because im sure there are better deals on some of them, if you are buying from newegg you can get combos on a bunch of those.
August 21, 2009 11:29:30 PM

thanks for the help on the cooling. im sorry for the stupid question what are you talking about cl 7 and cl 9. im assuming its memory but im not sure sorry for being n00b

and ill link the parts soon
August 21, 2009 11:35:40 PM

CL is cas latency, it refers to how many clock cycles it takes for a block of ram to get accessed, lower numbers are better, but often they are achieved by boosting the voltage. Low latency at low voltages indicates higher quality chips than those that have to raise the voltages.

this is a cl 9 kit

this is a cl 7 kit

take a look at their specifications to see their full set of timings, a few recent reviews by the toms staff has shown that the performance difference between CL7 and CL9 at 1333MHz is greater than the difference between 1066MHz and 1600MHz ram which is only about 2%. Even if you get the cheapest ram you can you probably wont see too much of a difference between it and using super expensive ram.
August 21, 2009 11:54:17 PM

ok thanks for answering my n00b question i think im gonna get the cl 9

August 22, 2009 12:01:03 AM

Be aware i did not search for the lowest price on those, just found 2 where the only difference was the timings

You can save $20 by getting your PSU combo'd with your case

And another 10 by comboing the GPU and CPU

I advise against the open box one because all you get is the board, you dont get the cables that it shows in the picture, or the manual and for a first build that manual is invaluable. This board will only cost you $22 more after MIR.
August 22, 2009 12:26:53 AM

thanks for all the help
the computer costs 858 thanks a ton guys versus 1200 previously