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May 1, 2010 6:01:31 PM

hello folks, im building a new pc and i have a few questions:
so as im planning my build should look like this

AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE
NZXT Gamma pure black case
CoolerMaster GX Series 650W PSU
ATI Radeon HD 5770

and i have a dilema between 2 motherboards:
Gigabyte GA790XTA-UD4


ASrocK 890GX extreme 3

which one will fit better with the x4 965 BE ?

and i also got a dilema about RAM kits...there a lot to choose from

I want to hear from you guys what do you think abot GEIL ?
honestly i heard about them today. Are they good ?
some1 would ask " why the hell he wants geil instead of ocz , corsair ,G.skill " well because from the available i can choose this is the only one that is listed in the memory support list on the gigabyte talking about this KIT

Geil Value 4GB DDR3-1600 Ram Kit (PC3-12800, 8-8-8-28, GV34GB1600C8DC)

and i dont know how realy matters iff the kit is listed in the memory support list...

also im looking at theese too :
Mushkin Blackline Stiletto 4GB DDR3-1600 Ram Kit (PC3-12800, 8-8-8-24, 996681ST)

Corsair Value Select 4GB Kit DDR3-1333 (2 x 2GB, PC3-10666, 9-9-9-24, CMV4GX3M2A1333C9)

OCZ Black Edition Ready 4GB DDR3-1600 Ram Kit (PC3-12800, 7-7-7-24, OCZ3BE1600LV4GK)

OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB DDR3-1600 Ram Kit (PC3-12800, 7-8-8-26, OCZ3F1600LV4GK)

OCZ Black Edition AMD Ready 4GB Kit DDR3-1600 (2 x 2GB, PC3-12800, 8-8-8-24, OCZ3BE100C8LV4GK)

what do u think ? which one is the best ?

sorry about my noobish questions but i just dont wanna go whrong :) 


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a b } Memory
May 1, 2010 8:15:31 PM

Well, those OCZ Black Edition kits will most likely support AMD-based motherboards. Get the 7-7-7-24 kit if you can, if it's a lot more expensive than the 8-8-8-24 kit, don't bother. As for the motherboard - I'd get the ASRock - it has three PCI-e slots but only two of them work at 8x/8x or 16x if you just use one. Also, it supports eSATA3, SATA III and USB 3.0, DDR3 memory and is a newer AM3 board, while the Gigabyte is an AM2+. I'd get a Corsair VX550W or TX650W instead of your Cooler Master GX650W.
a c 163 } Memory
May 2, 2010 12:55:13 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

Is a joke right? the 790XTA-UD4 AM2+? Gigabyte 790XTA-UD4

The 790XTA-UD4 support USB 3.0 adn SATA III too. The ASRock comes with onboard video that IMO isn't good for a gaming rig, so, avoid that mobo.

For the RAM. Maybe none of those, I would go with this Crucial or this G.Skill. About GEIL...IMO=Not good.

Finally, this are the power requirements for the 5770.

ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 System Requirements

PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
450 Watt or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)
Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to for a list of Certified products
Minimum 1GB of system memory
Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
DVD playback requires DVD drive
Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive
For an ATI CrossFireX™ system, a second ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 graphics card, an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per graphics card (included) are required

The recommended PSU is for the entire system.

So, if u only want run a GPU, the PSU is overkill and u can go with this Antec 550W BUT if u want Crosffire u can go with this Antec 650W
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a b } Memory
May 2, 2010 1:44:06 AM

Ah, must have seen the MA790X-UD4 instead.
a c 163 } Memory
May 2, 2010 2:09:59 AM

Don't worry, sometimes happen.
May 2, 2010 8:49:19 AM

@ Lmeow yeah the asrock has 3 PCIe but i doubt i would use even 2 so it was straight about the chipset cuz its newer..
and this is the strangest thing : the OCZ black edition ( 7-7-7-24) is cheaper than (8-8-8-24) its cheaper about 30 euros

@ saint19

i know that IGP sucks and i dont plan to use it but it was about the new chipest.But when i google the gigabyte mobo , there arent any reviews and the asrock just came out and allready have a couple.

for doesnt hurt if there is more than enough :) who knows maybe 1 day i will Xfire them or upgrade to a better one

and about the RAM kits i would get G.skill whitout a doubt but there are not any in the shop im looking ( im not from USA) so i would go with ocz imo i think they are the best available