I'm looking to build my first gaming computer with the AMD Phenom II x4 955 and I'd like to run Windows 7 64 bit with 8 gigs of ram. New egg has a combo deal for the 955 and the ECS IC780M-A AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard, so this is more than likely my base to start from. Besides what newegg is recommending I have no clue what the best set up would be. I have heard that there are problems running 4 2gb 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 Dual Channel memory sticks but don't know enough about building to understand why. My budget is around 1k. I would really appreciate any and all recommendations.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month
BUDGET RANGE: Approx 1k
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, web development, surfing the internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com but am open to suggestions
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD
OVERCLOCKING: Never had before but I would like to learn.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure...sorry, not home right now to look. It's a Dell 19" lcd from 2007 so I'm not too worried.
Just so you know, the motherboard you currently have picked out does not support DDR3 memory at all, let alone DDR3 1600. As far as memory goes for that board, you'd want to get two packs of DDR2 1066 2x2GB RAM, like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which would run you about $182 in RAM alone. That or buy a motherboard that supports DDR3 RAM.
Please don't buy that combo deal. Its a waste of a quality CPU. That motherboard will not take full advantage of the 955. You would be much happier with Gigabyte's UD3P along with that 955 you are planning on getting. The UD3P is an excellent overclocker and is about $80. The only negative thing about the UD3P is no ability to Crossfire.
8GB DDR3 RAM will run fine but I don't know why you would need so much unless you do rendering or something like that. 4GB of RAM does the normal user fine with head room. Look for lower timings over higher bandwidth. That will save you money and increase performance of your memory.