New System Build- 1st time!

Hello all!

First time builder, just checking to see if the parts i have are going to end up making a nice computer.Any tips, comments, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Motherboard-ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD

Processor-AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

RAM- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBH

Power Supply-CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready

Heat Sink-XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

also with the hard drive someone was telling me you could set it up in a "RAID", i was wondering what it was, should i set it up, and what would be good for it?

Graphics Card- i have no idea so any suggestions would be great for this

Case-again no clue. i guess something that would fit everything would suit me just fine.

thanks again all.
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  1. i dont know what you plan to use this rig for, but im gonna guess ur a gamer, incase you havent noticed, there is a 95watt version of the 945
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103696

    i have no idea what ur price range is so im gonna suggest a 5770

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102864

    errthing else is good, hav phun, i wudnt suggest raid, because you dont sound particularly savvy
  2. ah thank you for the heads up on the 95w. appreciate it. thanks for the info on everything else too. i'm actually having a friend build it, and he overwhelmed me when explaining it. thanks again!
  3. Raid wont help much with gaming performance and requires multiple hard drives. The Samsung F3 500GB is a faster, cheaper drive than that WD 640, though.

    The Graphics card is dictated by the monitor resolution. There is a sticky about how to ask for build advice, it would help alot if you could reformat your post and answer all the questions.
  4. jrudd said:
    Hello all!

    First time builder, just checking to see if the parts i have are going to end up making a nice computer.Any tips, comments, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Motherboard-ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD

    Processor-AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

    RAM- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBH

    Power Supply-CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready

    Heat Sink-XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

    Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    also with the hard drive someone was telling me you could set it up in a "RAID", i was wondering what it was, should i set it up, and what would be good for it?

    Graphics Card- i have no idea so any suggestions would be great for this

    Case-again no clue. i guess something that would fit everything would suit me just fine.

    thanks again all.


    This hdd is faster than a Caviar Black:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
    $55 -Freeshipping

    A very good and popular case:
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
    $55

    This gpu sips energy, supports dx11, and generates little heat, perfect for crossfire:
    SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102864&cm_re=5770-_-14-102-864-_-Product
    $165
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