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March 14, 2010 12:35:00 PM - Casecom 6788 Black Mid Tower Case with Full Black Interior/Exterior 120mm Blue LED Front Fan - No PSU - Xilence Red Wing 120mm Quiet Fan - 3&4pin connection - Maxtor 320GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEMs - Arctic Power 500W PSU With PCI-E 2x SATA, 20+4 ATX12V 8pin +12V Connectors - Retail Boxed - Kingston 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ecc CL5 Unbuffered 1.8V - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor - Gigabyte GA-M52L-S3P nForce 520LE Socket AM2+ 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard - Tenda Wireless-N PCI Adapter

I just want to know if this build will work, like, if the powersupply will work with everything else etc. (i have no idea)

Also, if anything needs changing in order to function properly, or i need to buy more cables etc.

Furthermore, please don't tell me to get a larger hdd or upgrade anything else (unless neccessary to function) i have a budget and i don't want to exceed it.

Thanks in advance.

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March 15, 2010 3:00:48 AM

Incompatibility spotted!
The Gigabyte GA-M52L-S3P only supports 95W TDP and under AM3 chips
even so it's essentially an AM2 on rather dated HT 1.0/PCIex16 rather than HT 3.0/PCIex16 2.0 and this is outside the IGP performance which has greatly picked up after AM2 chipsets Lastly Antec/Corsair/OCZ PSU
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March 15, 2010 4:10:38 PM

What are the benefits of having AM3/DDR3 combo?
I forgot to mention that i have a ATI 4870 1gb GFX card.

Also, the board is MATX? will the components fit in?

March 15, 2010 4:21:18 PM

1. The sun is going down on DDR2 platforms so when the music over at least one could reuse those DDR3 ^^
2. Yes and the HD 4870 is only 9-9.5" and most cases could house it - have at least an intake and exhaust fans in case though
March 15, 2010 4:28:15 PM

I don't quite understand what the difference between a ATX/mATX?
March 15, 2010 4:30:02 PM

ATX is larger with more expansion slots such as PCI slots, etc Either are standard form factors though so no worries
March 15, 2010 4:37:46 PM

Thanks for all this help, one more question, do you suggets a matx board for my build or a ATX?

Oops, i also didn't add a DVD/RW drive, and the gfx card hehe

March 15, 2010 4:41:54 PM

Unless you dead set on a CF/SLI set up it really doesn't matter but your call i guess hehe
March 15, 2010 4:48:40 PM

I can get a cheaper mobo with only 2 RAM slots,
at the moment i have 2 x (2x1gb) = 4 sticks of ram
or should i opt for 2 x (1x2gb) = 4 sticks of ram

I could save money on mobo or is it more efficient to have 4 separate sticks of ram?
March 15, 2010 4:53:02 PM

Given a choice i would populate as little DIMM slots for the same capacity but on a tight budget i'd opt for just the single 2GB stick hehe
March 15, 2010 4:59:11 PM

That depends on your needs. At the moment you are ok with the mATX batuchka suggested. This will leave you with only the PCIe x1 slot available though. The GPU will take up the PCIe x16 and cover the top PCI slot. The wireless N adapter will then fill the last PCI slot. If you need more then that, I would recommend an ATX motherboard.

EDIT: I look away for a couple minutes and end up posting late :( 
March 15, 2010 5:01:20 PM

Thanks kaa0653, but what other components would require an additional pci slot?

And would i be able to use my Wireless-N adapter in this one ? e.g would i have enough space for it?
March 15, 2010 5:06:48 PM

TV tuner cards, additional GPU (SLI or CF) and sound cards to name a few, I didn't see any intended use until after I had posted.

March 15, 2010 5:08:56 PM

kows1337 said:
Thanks kaa0653, but what other components would require an additional pci slot?

And would i be able to use my Wireless-N adapter in this one ? e.g would i have enough space for it?

Yes. That would leave you with an open PCI slot but you would cover the PCIe x1 with the GPU. If that is all you need though either board will work for you.
March 15, 2010 5:17:31 PM

Just double check the voltage for the RAM with the manufacturer, then set this in the BIOS.
March 15, 2010 5:22:28 PM

I have to set the voltage i want in the BIOS? The RAM is 1.8v as it says on the webpage
March 15, 2010 5:32:20 PM

RAM draws power through the DIMM slots on the motherboard. The motherboard regulates the voltages. Many times I've had the default setting of AUTO for RAM voltage work fine, but I have run into instability issues that were due to inproper voltage settings for the RAM.