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Just a quick one for the experts.. NEW BUILD AMD

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October 18, 2009 9:00:52 AM

Hi guys,

hope you are having a great sunday!

Started my long awaited purchase of parts for my first pc build..

Just wanted to do a final final final check on my gaming pc (1900x1080) ;-)

CASE: Antec 902 (purchased)
PSU: Corsair 850hx (purchased)
HD: Western digital caviar 640g (purchased)

CPU: Phenom 955be
GPU: Sapphire 5850
COOLING: Zalman 9900
MOBO: Msi fx gd70
OP: Windows 7 (on the way)
Screen: Asus Vh226h
DRIVE: LG GH22LP20 22x DVD±RW IDE

I know there will be some i5 suggestions but I really am fixed on the 955be for a number of reasons. With regards to the psu - I know it may be 100w too much but I'd rather pay the extra £10 and be safe than sorry (will go xfire later on).


Any thoughts opinions would be great.

Thanks for reading guys.

PJ
October 18, 2009 9:57:54 AM

doh... forgot to add that - thinking about g skill ripjaw 4x2gb dd3 but unsure which ones....
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October 18, 2009 10:05:33 AM

the ripjaws are fine get the cas 7 1333mhz or 1600mhz ones
October 18, 2009 11:11:09 AM

any other suggestions ?? or opinions on my build guys??
October 18, 2009 12:20:37 PM

fine as in you wont get much better, yeah those ripjaws will be excellent
October 18, 2009 12:42:16 PM

The 2 things that stick out to me are, if you're just gaming, only buy 4 gigs of ram, not 8. Won't use the extra and its easy to add later if the needs of the system change.

Also, try to get a sata DVD drive and not IDE.

That PSU is a beast. Even with CF, you'll still have 150ws left over. The trend is for power consumption to go down. We've hit peak power I think and the focus of green everything is spilling into computers too.

You have a great gaming system there, enjoy.
October 18, 2009 1:20:49 PM

definitely only need 4 gig of RAM , and use the money you save to get a 24 inch monitor
Other than tht its a great rig [ and I wish it was me buying it ] LOL
October 18, 2009 4:27:51 PM

skora said:
The 2 things that stick out to me are, if you're just gaming, only buy 4 gigs of ram, not 8. Won't use the extra and its easy to add later if the needs of the system change.

Also, try to get a sata DVD drive and not IDE.

That PSU is a beast. Even with CF, you'll still have 150ws left over. The trend is for power consumption to go down. We've hit peak power I think and the focus of green everything is spilling into computers too.

You have a great gaming system there, enjoy.



Thanks for that mate.

Yup sure will stick to 4 gigs of ram.

As regards to the drive will update and change - any suggestions for decent ones or are they mostly the same?? i'm guessing that i need x24 speed right?

I'm pulling the trigger on the cpu today, it was the psu and hd yesterday and tomorrow will be mobo... ah it's great doing it day by day!!!
October 18, 2009 4:31:41 PM

i find lg makes quiet dvd drives
October 18, 2009 4:42:21 PM

much difference between x22 or x24 ??!!
October 18, 2009 4:44:15 PM

nothing you would notice
October 18, 2009 6:11:37 PM

Consider that p55 boards only support x8 by x8 crossfire while you can get a board for the 955 that will support x16 by x16.
October 18, 2009 6:51:53 PM

yeah that cable would work
October 18, 2009 6:52:46 PM

the board he chose can support up to 4 cards at x8 x8 x8 x8
October 18, 2009 7:16:32 PM

ghoulsrulefools said:
Consider that p55 boards only support x8 by x8 crossfire while you can get a board for the 955 that will support x16 by x16.



Yup that board can do 16x16x8x8... one of the best 955 boards out there at the mo.
October 18, 2009 7:35:23 PM

was gonna go for the artic silver 5....
October 18, 2009 7:44:10 PM

well congrats on an amazing rig be sure to give feed back when its done
October 18, 2009 7:48:46 PM

will post some pics before during and after.

You guys on here have been great advising me what to buy - thanks a million
October 19, 2009 1:00:00 AM

Before buying a sata cable, make sure you're not getting one somewhere else, like with the drive itself. If its OEM, then you are not. But then check the contents of the mobo, they come with sata cables too. If you're HDD was retail, that will have another. Cables can pile up quickly when everyone packages them with their wares.

As for cooling, I use this site as a starting point for reviews:
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

The Zalman 9900 only scored a 81% while the titan Obsidian linked was a 89% and cheaper. The vertical fins on the ram won't interfere with the HSF, should be plenty of clearance.
October 19, 2009 4:59:09 PM

Hi skora,

thanks for that... where's the link for the titan obsidian sorry?
October 19, 2009 5:16:20 PM

ah thanks.

just one other thin before I purchase my ram I have checked MSI's website to ensure my ram is on the recommended list. It is... but it end in different letters..

i.e - on msi's website they suggest ripjaw cas8 3gb HK

but when trying to buy the ram from a merchant they only stock cas 8 gb RM

any difference in the ram as the codes are different??

CONFUSED.COM!
October 19, 2009 5:32:34 PM

cas latency wouldn be an issue on board compatibility cas is just the speed at which your ram process data
October 19, 2009 5:35:06 PM

yup, i get that... but why are the 2 letters at the end different?
October 19, 2009 5:44:34 PM

there might be slight differences in the ram most likely cas,frequency,maximum clock possible
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