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March 17, 2010 11:00:42 PM

hi guys,

i'm considering building a new pc and have got a components list. i just wanted to make sure if all the listed components are compatible with each other before i start building. i'm a noob at this and this is going to be my 1st build so plz bear with me

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

hope i'm not missing any important parts. thanks in advance

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March 17, 2010 11:48:05 PM

Looks good. The only thing I could not confirm is the memory. According to the ASUS memory compatibility page, the Corsair is CM3X, but what you have listed might also work.

The Cooler Master is a trusted brand, but you don't need that much power and could save some $ with something of less wattage.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 18, 2010 5:02:52 AM

For me and for the $$ its a wee bit light on the most impt dept. if this would be a gaming rig: the GPU
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March 18, 2010 5:15:37 AM

if gaming is your main focus, id lower the CPU and grab a 5850 instead. a phenom II 550 would perform almost as well in most games, but the more powerfull GPU would make up for it by miles.

+1 to cmichael too, don't buy a CM PSU. corsair are a brilliant brand, guaranteed quality.
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March 18, 2010 5:49:37 AM

A single HD 5770 is fine for say 1680 x 1050 but i wouldn't take it to Full HD ^^
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March 18, 2010 11:52:08 AM

cmichael138 said:
Looks good. The only thing I could not confirm is the memory. According to the ASUS memory compatibility page, the Corsair is CM3X, but what you have listed might also work.

The Cooler Master is a trusted brand, but you don't need that much power and could save some $ with something of less wattage.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Thanks for pointing out the ram issue . After reading some reviews some people had an issue with the RAM and the asus mobo. so i decided to change the RAM to

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD4GX3M2A1600C8


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March 18, 2010 12:00:17 PM

batuchka said:
For me and for the $$ its a wee bit light on the most impt dept. if this would be a gaming rig: the GPU



Yes. i did have a good gaming rig in mind. i was trying to stay inside the budget of $1000 including a good monitor and logitech gaming mouse and a keyboard. But after thinking it over i've decided to go with a better gpu. Thanks
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March 18, 2010 12:14:13 PM

welshmousepk said:
if gaming is your main focus, id lower the CPU and grab a 5850 instead. a phenom II 550 would perform almost as well in most games, but the more powerfull GPU would make up for it by miles.

+1 to cmichael too, don't buy a CM PSU. corsair are a brilliant brand, guaranteed quality.



Yes i have decided to go with the 5850, this is probably going to be another noob question but is there a huge difference btwn the manufacturers. XFX, HIS, Sapphire which one is the more reliable one?
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March 18, 2010 12:23:31 PM

No difference between their gpus, all ok.

Only difference worth noting is their after-sales services like warranty.

Just look for the one with longer warranty (XFX i think).
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March 18, 2010 12:23:46 PM

i have another question on the GPU, guys. i have noticed that the price on the 5850 has hiked up from its starting price of $300. is there any chance of a new card coming from radeon anytime soon( say in a month or two) so that i can wait for the price to come down or should i jump on the card now before the price goes up again?
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March 18, 2010 5:29:57 PM

At this point, you should probably wait. nVidia is supposed to be releasing their new line of cards in just over a week.
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March 18, 2010 7:38:18 PM

coldsleep said:
At this point, you should probably wait. nVidia is supposed to be releasing their new line of cards in just over a week.


availability will be short for the first couple of months though, so i don;t think its worth him waiting.

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March 18, 2010 7:47:14 PM

welshmousepk said:
availability will be short for the first couple of months though, so i don;t think its worth him waiting.


Oh, I didn't mean "wait and buy a Fermi card". I meant "wait and see what effect the Fermi cards have on prices of other cards and then buy whatever is most reasonable."
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March 18, 2010 8:03:51 PM

coldsleep said:
Oh, I didn't mean "wait and buy a Fermi card". I meant "wait and see what effect the Fermi cards have on prices of other cards and then buy whatever is most reasonable."


even so, ATI won't be dropping prices until fermi is readily available. unless they are in direct competition, there is no need for a price drop.
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