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December 27, 2009 6:58:04 AM

first time building a gaming comp, i came up with these parts. Can any one give me some advice as whether these parts are compatible with each other, or if the parts are crappy recomend some good parts with a similar price. thanks.

Case: 1 x ThermalTake Armor+ MX Aluminium Tower Case - Black
USB, eSATA, HD Audio, 23cm Fan, Side Window, NO PSU - ATX

Power Supply: 1 x ThermalTake 750W Evo Blue - ATX 12V v2.3, EPS 12V v2.91, 140mm Blue LED Fan, Modular Cables
6xSATA, 2xPCI-E 8-Pin, 2xPCI-E 6-Pin

Motherboard: 1 x ASUS M4N72-E Motherboard
AM2+, nF750a SLI, HT 5200, 4x DDR2-1300, 2x PCI-Ex16 v2.0, 6x SATA-II, RAID, 1x GigLAN, 8Chl, 2x Firewire, ATX

CPUs | Processor: 1 x Phenom II X4 965 Quad Core (3.4GHz) - AM3, 2MB L2 & 6MB L3 Cache, 45nm SOI, 125W

Memory - RAM: 1 x 4096MB (2 x 2048MB) PC2-6400 800MHz DDR2 RAM (Dual Channel)

Hard Drives - Internal: 1 x 500GB 7200rpm Serial ATA-II-300 HDD

CD/DVD/Floppy Drive: 1 x 22x DVD+-RW Dual Layer DVD Burner

Video Card: 1 x Inno3D GeForce GTX275 - 896MB DDR3
448-bit, 2x DVI, HDTV, HDCP, Fan - PCI-Ex16 v2.0 (633MHz, 2.27GHz)

Keyboard: 1 x Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard - Programmable Macro Keys, 1ms Response Time, (Black Edition), USB2.0

Mice: 1 x Razer Copperhead, 2000dpi - Anarchy Red LED

Monitor: 1 x 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor

Operating System: 1 x Microsoft Windows 7 - Home Premium - 64-Bit

December 27, 2009 7:25:02 AM

those parts are fine , however, if I were you I would get a 955 not 965 as they are basically the same processor , and with the money saved get an AM3 mobo instead of AM2+, and ditch the geforce , ATI make miles better cards for the money , the 5750 is one example at around £100
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December 27, 2009 7:25:02 AM

Everything looks solid, except that you probably want 4Gb of memory, as opposed to 2Gb.

Other than that, it looks ready to be built. Have fun :) 
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December 27, 2009 7:43:32 AM

Thanks for the advice, would this card work better than the gtx 275? or not ? or should use another type of radeon card similar to this pricing.

Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 - 1GB DDR5
256-bit, DVI, VGA, HDMI, DP, HDCP, Fan(Vapor-X) - PCI-Ex16 v2.0 (870MHz, 4.2GHz) - Dual Slot Overclocked
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December 27, 2009 8:29:52 AM

Dude, why are you getting an AM2+ board? Get an AM3 board and DDR3 RAM. AM2+ is obsolete.


4890 is essentially the same as 275.
How much are you paying for the 275? I guess 250, right?

For $50 more you can get a 5850. Miles ahead of 275. Also, DX11, lower power consumption, lower heat generation... ++++. :) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?
Item=N82E16814102857&cm_re=5850-_-14-102-857-_-Product

And yes I would ditch that processor too and get a PII 955BE. Can be overclocked to the same levels as 965 with ease.

For a keyboard, I would suggest a logitech G15 for almost the same price. But they have separate G keys, which is a plus.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a mouse, I would strongly suggest logitech G500.. Best mouse ever. See the reviews. Google it..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And do you have a gamepad? Most of the games these days are console ports and are best played with microsoft Xbox 360 controller for Windows (Bionic commando, Tom clancys HAWX, Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia etc.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What hard disk are you buying? I dont see a brand name there. I would suggest Samsung spinpoint f3, WD caviar black in that order of performance.....

Happy gaming mate....
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December 27, 2009 11:46:14 AM

Ya I second the AM3 board for you. The rest looks pretty good.

And personally I would select a different power supply, like a Zalman 750. But that's just my personal preference really.
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