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First Build ,AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GH

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December 17, 2009 2:13:02 PM

Hi this is my first post on this forum as well as the first build I'll be attempting. My main use for this build will be listening to music and watching 1080p movies (MKV H.264) on my 40' samsung tv via HDMI and adding a bluray drive in the future. The budget is around $500 +/-, as I have a couple components I plan on reusing (SATA 1TB HDD and SATA DVD-R drive). OK, here's the plan.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

RAM: 4GB DDR3 1600 (any suggestions?)

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W 80 PLUS Certified (is this enough?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 x64 (not included in budget)

I am planning on using the onboard GFX for now and upgrading in the future if need be.

So, will this setup work?? is there anything I'm overlooking? Anything I should stay away from?

Thanks in advance for any help.

December 18, 2009 3:53:40 PM

Excellent SB750 chipset on the mobo for overclocking. Yes, the IGP can do HD video.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/chipsets/7-serie...

How about this kit?

OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail
$74.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything from my list & yours will work together. I don't think you need to upgrade to discrete graphics for HD video & no games. Modern IGPs are more than capable for 1080p.
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December 18, 2009 3:56:32 PM

I would get a 80 Plus 650W so you can get whatever GPU card you want.
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December 18, 2009 3:58:28 PM

mmm88ta said:
Hi this is my first post on this forum as well as the first build I'll be attempting. My main use for this build will be listening to music and watching 1080p movies (MKV H.264) on my 40' samsung tv via HDMI and adding a bluray drive in the future. The budget is around $500 +/-, as I have a couple components I plan on reusing (SATA 1TB HDD and SATA DVD-R drive). OK, here's the plan.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

RAM: 4GB DDR3 1600 (any suggestions?)

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W 80 PLUS Certified (is this enough?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 x64 (not included in budget)

I am planning on using the onboard GFX for now and upgrading in the future if need be.

So, will this setup work?? is there anything I'm overlooking? Anything I should stay away from?

Thanks in advance for any help.



You might want to consider a cheap graphics card if your watching movies in 1080p for smooth playback.
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December 18, 2009 6:39:14 PM

Thanks every one for the feedback...
I think i figured out what I'll be getting.

Same mobo as listed above

amd 965 instead of the 955 (good bundle at newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

780w PSU instead of the 520, it's not 80 certified though, would 650 be enough for future upgrades? it say's its 78% efficient
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

here's a 650 80 certified I was looking at:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this ram, maybe. I'll check out the one suggested above too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'll probably stick w/ the onboard gfx for now and upgrade in the future

like i said before this is my first build so my main concern is having everything work well together

any suggestions on whether to go w/ x86 or 64bit windows 7?

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December 19, 2009 12:01:47 PM

Well, for now, any 400W PSU will do. We don't know the future. We can't tell how much wattage GT 300 will use. What we do know is what's been out. If you can tell us what current gpu you're planning to upgrade to later on, we can find the right psu. i.e. You plan to get HD 5970:

Quote:
650 Watt or greater power supply one 75W 6-pin and one 150W 8-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (850 Watt with two 75W 6-pin and two 150W 8-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)


http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...

That means you'd get a 650W for 1 x HD 5970 or 850W for 2 x HD 5970s.

Go with 64bit. It's inevitable. You can upgrade the ram to beyond 4 gigs and still use 'em all in Windows.
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December 21, 2009 2:01:33 AM

Thanks, since this system won't be for gaming I'll go w/ the 650w psu. I have no idea on what gfx card if any I'll upgrade to in the future, but I can almost guarantee I'll never have the need to go w/ 2 gfx cards. Thanks again for everyone's help.
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December 29, 2009 6:49:28 PM

Just wanted to let everyone know I put the computer together and all the components worked very well together, the motherboard plays HD no problem. Everything worked on the first try. Thanks to everyone who helped.
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December 30, 2009 12:46:57 PM

You're welcome. Have lotsa fun.
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