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March 15, 2010 7:21:45 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a few days

BUDGET RANGE: $700 max before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming(mostly mmo)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, DVD, Case, Video Card, Monitor, Operating System

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever you think is best for me

OVERCLOCKING: No/Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I can't decide between a Phenom II x4 955 build or an i5-750 Lynnfield build. I might go with the i5 if someone can find me a RELIABLE motherboard for less than $120. I'm hitting my budget cap with motherboard selection.

Is my AMD build good? Or could I refine it?

Also, need someone to verify RAM compatibility with motherboard for me. I looked at the product page and found G.Skill F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO on there, not -4GBRM. Is that completely different? And the AMD motherboard doesn't list 1600mhz RAM as standard. Not sure what this means. Would my RAM run at 1600?







STILL NEED:

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


***Not sure about the i5 build based on the fact that AM3 socket will support hexcores, and the mobo I selected allows SLI/Crossfire, has USB 3.0, etc. It's more upgradable than a 1156 would be. If I'm looking to SLI and upgrade CPU in a year or two, an AM3 build is better, right?

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March 15, 2010 2:18:36 PM

Hi, solid build for me. The mobo is very good and the CL or the RAM is good too.

But I can't see any GPU. The RAM will work without problems in your mobo, you don't need worry about the QVL.

For 1600 you need set the timings manually in the BIOS.

You can safe a little money with a 550W PSU, it's enough for a system like yours and a 5770.
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March 15, 2010 3:01:21 PM

listenmylove said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a few days

BUDGET RANGE: $700 max before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming(mostly mmo)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, DVD, Case, Video Card, Monitor, Operating System

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever you think is best for me

OVERCLOCKING: No/Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I can't decide between a Phenom II x4 955 build or an i5-750 Lynnfield build. I might go with the i5 if someone can find me a RELIABLE motherboard for less than $120. I'm hitting my budget cap with motherboard selection.

Is my AMD build good? Or could I refine it?

Also, need someone to verify RAM compatibility with motherboard for me. I looked at the product page and found G.Skill F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO on there, not -4GBRM. Is that completely different? And the AMD motherboard doesn't list 1600mhz RAM as standard. Not sure what this means. Would my RAM run at 1600?







STILL NEED:

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


***Not sure about the i5 build based on the fact that AM3 socket will support hexcores, and the mobo I selected allows SLI/Crossfire, has USB 3.0, etc. It's more upgradable than a 1156 would be. If I'm looking to SLI and upgrade CPU in a year or two, an AM3 build is better, right?



You seem to be missing the fact that i5/i7 prices are pretty similar and the LGA1366 socket will be getting 6 cores CPUs this year also. AM£ socket is near the end of its life - its primarily what is holding AMD back at the moment. While bakcwards compatable CPU's and mobos is good for the customer intially in the long run it can actually hold back future development
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March 16, 2010 1:39:46 AM

ulysses35 said:
You seem to be missing the fact that i5/i7 prices are pretty similar and the LGA1366 socket will be getting 6 cores CPUs this year also. AM£ socket is near the end of its life - its primarily what is holding AMD back at the moment. While bakcwards compatable CPU's and mobos is good for the customer intially in the long run it can actually hold back future development


So what would you suggest as to an i5 build? I want to go with a LGA1366 socket, but every 1366 mobo I've found that isn't too pricey has bad reviews.

An i5-750 Lynnfield is $200. That only leaves me with about $150 maximum for the mobo. I just can't spend more than that on the CPU/mobo.

That's why I was going with the AM3 build. For the CPU + mobo it was only $280. See: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

But if someone can find me an i5 + 1366 mobo deal for less than $350, and with good mobo reviews and compatibility with my RAM, I'll do that. I don't need mobo to have SLI/Crossfire ability. I don't care if it's a micro. I would prefer a couple USB 3.0 ports. I haven't been able to to find one like this myself(with good reviews that attest to reliability). I just don't want one that has a good chance of dying in less than a year!
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March 16, 2010 1:47:38 AM

saint19 said:
Hi, solid build for me. The mobo is very good and the CL or the RAM is good too.

But I can't see any GPU. The RAM will work without problems in your mobo, you don't need worry about the QVL.

For 1600 you need set the timings manually in the BIOS.

You can safe a little money with a 550W PSU, it's enough for a system like yours and a 5770.


My GPU is puny:
Recertified: EVGA 512P3N802DX GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I just went with that because all I'm going to be doing for the next year is playing some older games, especially WoW. I'll spend $300 on a good GPU next year. This is why I wanted the 650W PSU. Could I run a great GPU on a 550W? I don't want to have to upgrade my PSU when I do my GPU.
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March 16, 2010 11:51:29 AM

^You are confused, the i5-750 is socket LGA1156, the socket 1366 are for the i7-9xx series.....

This GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 can help you, but the problem is that only support Crossfire at x4.
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March 17, 2010 10:22:07 AM

saint19 said:
^You are confused, the i5-750 is socket LGA1156, the socket 1366 are for the i7-9xx series.....

This GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 can help you, but the problem is that only support Crossfire at x4.


Not confused, just wanted a board that I would be able to upgrade to an intel hexcore someday. 1156s are predicted to not be able to do that. 1366 definitely will be able to.
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March 17, 2010 1:15:10 PM

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Looking for 1366 if I'm going with an i5-750.


As I understand you want an i5-750 that is socket 1156, and you want a mobo 1366 to upgrade an intel six-core (wasted of money IMO). The i5 and 1366 mobo AREN'T COMPATIBLE

Conclusion: 1- I miss-understood to you or 2- You don't know what you want.
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March 17, 2010 9:52:36 PM

Oh. I didn't know 1366 couldn't take an i5. I thought for sure it did. But hey, I'm brand-new.

I've ended up going with the Phenom 955 Build. It's going to be more than enough for me as it is, and I've found a great mobo for it.

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks everyone for your input.
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March 17, 2010 9:55:10 PM

Best answer selected by listenmylove.
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March 18, 2010 3:29:06 AM

Any time, that's why we are here. And feel free to ask if you have another question.
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