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March 19, 2010 9:23:02 PM

I've finally decided to build my own computer, but I need to know what parts would be the best for the list I made?

ASUS M4A78T-E (Mobo)
Athlon II X4 965 BE (CPU)
Patriot Viper II PGV34G1600ELK (RAM)
Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply (PSU)
ATI Radeon HD 5870 Video Card (Graphics Card)
Antec 1200 (Case)
Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5Tb (HDD)
NZXT Sentry LX Dual 5.25" Fan Controller / Temperature Monitor - Black

Is it possible to have 12GB RAM on this motherboard? How would SimCity 4 and Crysis work with this? What could be changed to make it run as smooth as possible?

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March 19, 2010 9:38:14 PM

there is no need to go for 12gb of RAM for gaming. it would not help at all.

looks like i good build, though im not sure of the PSU brand, i'd suggest switching to a corsair instead.

March 19, 2010 9:45:16 PM

Everything looks fine. The PSU is o.k, but not great. I would rather you get a high quality unit from Antec or Corsair if you want to ad another 5870 down the road (I sure do :D  ). Anyway, for the RAM it accepts up to 16GB. For now just go for an 8GB dual channel kit (4GBx2). 32-bit games can only use 2GB, but games like Crysis with a 64-bit patch can make use of more than 2GB. Even so most current 64-bit games show little benefit with more than 4GB and it will be some time before you get a benefit from having more than 8GB. It's possible to have 12GB by using an 8GB kit (4GBx2) and a 4GB kit(2GBx2). If you try to use a tri channel 12GB kit (4GBx3) your system will have to run it in single channel mode, as opposed to dual channel, which will result in a loss of performance.
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March 19, 2010 9:45:30 PM

Would 8GB do so? :p 

I want to overclock the crap out of it to play Crysis maxed out...

Since i live in ireland, where would be the best (and cheapest) place to buy these? I know that EBuyer is okay, but they charge top dollar for parts :S

Also note that this will be my first build. I currently have a DELL Inspiron 531 with mediocre parts, so I want to finally have my gaming PC :D 
March 19, 2010 10:11:27 PM

I don't think having lots of memory will help much either with overclocking or getting Crysis maxed out. The area where you need to spend your money is graphics card and CPU. Seeing as you've already chosen a strong CPU, put the money saved getting a sensible amount (4GB) of RAM into the graphics card.

That harddrive is a slow green one, the green reduces performance, while saving hardly any power. Samsung Spinpoint F3, Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 and WD Caviar Blacks are the performance drives to go for.

The only site that I know of in Ireland that sells components is
March 20, 2010 5:36:33 AM

8 GB of RAM is not need now! 4 GB is more than enuf in dual mode and 6 GB in tri channel mode! Add the extra memory in abt a year when the prices go down!