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August 28, 2009 7:33:35 PM

So I building my computer for the first time and I finally picked out all my parts, but before I order I just want to make sure that the hardware I decided on is good and that it will work with all the other hardware.

CPU - AMD Phenom II X3 720 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - EVGA Nvidia GeForce 8800GT - http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_8800_gt_us...

PSU - BFG ATX12v 2.2 450 Watt

RAM - G.SKILL HK 4GB -http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive - SAMSUNG DVD Burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drives - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - AeroCool Vx-R - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other - AeroCool V12 Fan - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So this is my set up for my new comp, if this set up is good then please say so.
If you have any suggestions on better hardware, or maybe some of this hardware won't work together, do say so.
My budget is around $600 for the computer, but I already on the GPU, PSU, speakers, mouse and keyboard.
So the hardware I have listed will only run me around $490. I also plan on buying a decent monitor.

Thanks.

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August 28, 2009 8:00:01 PM

the onboard ati3300 will beat the 8800gt if I'm not mistaken, I think it will bottleneck your cpu. is it better to got with ati card to max out the dragon platform
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August 28, 2009 9:27:30 PM

The main problem is that I already own the PSU and GPU and I'm not really looking to buy a new GPU or PSU so, is there any other alternatives?

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August 28, 2009 9:40:59 PM

Well if you already have the PSU and GPU at least get a decent hard-drive like the one I posted above... stay away from seagate drives if you can......

other than that you are fine.....
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August 28, 2009 9:51:13 PM

KK I go for that hard drive.
So I should be fine with the MOBO's on board video chipsets and the 8800GT?
August 28, 2009 9:53:02 PM

Yes sir..... Just make sure you take your time building and If you hit a BUMP just let us know and we will help you out.....
August 28, 2009 10:03:45 PM

Thanks for the help.
August 29, 2009 1:17:19 PM

OvrClkr said:
Well if you already have the PSU and GPU at least get a decent hard-drive like the one I posted above... stay away from seagate drives if you can......

other than that you are fine.....


Wow, I've used Seagate for years, no problems. For a long time they were the only ones with a 5 year warranty on their consumer level drives. I know they had some issues with their Gen 11 drives (primarily above 750GB), but they've seemed to sort them out with their Gen 12's. Not only that but Seagate consistently perform at the top of their class. I don't have anything against Western Digital, but I'm not sure turning someone away from any brand without justification is wise. In fact the only drive I have ever had fail within it's warranty period was a Western Digital drive. It was awhile ago, and I wouldn't let it stop me from getting another (actually I have purchased from them since). I can say the Western Digital's RMA process was excellent.

To the OP, use whatever brand HDD your comfortable with and whatever you think gives you more bang for the buck.
August 29, 2009 7:01:30 PM

Seagates used to be fine drives... not anymore... as far as bang for buck, performance and reliability the WD Caviar Blacks are second to none ATM.......

75.00$ For 640Gb (32 meg cache) 5 year warranty - Seagate can't match that.....

Seagate no longer does 5 year warranties......
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