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November 15, 2009 2:00:39 PM

I am think of the following for my new system:-

AMD PHENOM II X4 965 3.4GHZ BLACK SKT AM3 L2/L3 8MB 125W
OCZ GOLD low Voltage Triple channel 3 X 2gB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL9 PC Memory
Seagate ST31500341AS 1.5TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM
Asus M4A785TD-V EVO Socket AM3 onboard DVI VGA HDMI 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard

Any thoughts or recommendations?

Thank You

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November 15, 2009 2:57:11 PM

Your motherboard does not support triple channel memory. Get 2x4GB of dual channel.

What are the rest of the system specs? Power supply? Video card?
November 15, 2009 3:02:46 PM

Thanks for the advice on memory.

I have an Antec Overture case with 450w power supply and have not decided on a video card yet - any suggestions?
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November 15, 2009 3:27:09 PM

Your system will be able to handle any cards pretty much. It depends on what games you intend to play.

Radeon 4670: about $70. Capable of playing most modern games on playable framerates at lowered settings.

Radeon 4850: about $130. Capable of playing most modern games on decent settings. The 4870 is better.

Radeon 5850: about $300. Play most modern games on high settings.

The above is just a general idea. It would help to know what games you intend to play. If you don't game, anything 4670 and below will be more than awesome. If you don't do anything graphics intensive then the onboard graphics are good. If you intend to get a good card, you might want to consider more than 450W.

So what do you intend to do with the graphics card? Game? If so, which games?
November 15, 2009 3:37:50 PM

Not really into gaming but want a really fast good PC that will be future proof, so may go for the onboard graphics and take it from there.

thanks again for you help
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November 16, 2009 5:38:01 PM

You might want to consider going with the X4 955 BE instead of the 965. It will save you a little cash, and everything I've heard/read says that the overclocking potential is the same. Granted it will only save around $20, so it might not be worth the extra work...
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