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I am building a new system and are currently looking for a quad-core CPU (Preferably AMD), a motherboard that has four RAM slots and can support DDR2 800MHz and up (max RAM doesn't matter as long as it is at least 4GB), with 2 PCI X16 slots with crossfire support, and this rig will be for gaming and multitasking. I already have a 500W PSU, 2 7200RPM HDD drives, a case that can fit a full ATX board, a XFX ATI Radeon 4770, and 2GB (2x1GB DDR2 800MHz Mushkin) RAM modules. I have an idea on what parts I want to order but want a second opinion just in case there are better parts than these. Also I don't want to spend more than about $450 (a little more than thats ok if I need to but not much more).

Anyways here is my current parts list:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103644R

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130265

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146118


EDIT: I am also thinking of adding another video card for Crossfire and I'm thinking of pairing my current XFX Radeon 4770 with another one. My current total is $426.
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  1. Hmm i would actually suggest selling off that 2 x 1 GB DDR2 and hit an AM3/DDR3 set up but if not stay away from AM2+ socket Denebs as its Integrated Memory Controller is DDR2 only so go for AM3 socket ones ^^
  2. +1 for batuchka for AM3 and DDR3, based on what you already have and your budget.

    Your link for the CPU points to a currently unavailable item, and did not include a heatsink fan.

    You can purchase a great set of hardware for $450.00 or so. Also, keep in mind SATA 6/GBs and USB 3.0 for future proofing.

    I suggest an ASUS or Gigabyte Mobo and G.Skill memory plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674
  3. How about this motherboard I'm not really concerned about USB 3.0.

    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131633

    Edit: Also I removed the XFX ATI Radeon 4770 since I already have one and I purchase it very easily later down the road. My total is currently at $436.

    Also I swapped the RAM for this, also I have a big preference to Mushkin.

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226131
  4. mikey5802 said:
    +1 for batuchka for AM3 and DDR3, based on what you already have and your budget.

    Your link for the CPU points to a currently unavailable item, and did not include a heatsink fan.

    You can purchase a great set of hardware for $450.00 or so. Also, keep in mind SATA 6/GBs and USB 3.0 for future proofing.

    I suggest an ASUS or Gigabyte Mobo and G.Skill memory plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674


    Look at my post above yours since I can't find G.Skill RAM within my price range.
  5. Best answer
    We both had the same CPU selected. Your choice of Mobo's would be great as well, as it does have the SATA 6/GBs, USB and on-board video as well for backup, and you can't go wrong getting the latest standards.

    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131633&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226076

    -or-

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226131&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    -or-

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

    The above memory is also low priced, Corsair has a great product reputation and this memory IS listed in the MOBO's QVL.

    Either of these memory sets should work, but sometimes it can be a PITA getting an exact match for the vendors QVL. You may want to be sure and keep the receipts in case the memory doesn't work so you can exchange it if necessary. The memory I have in my recently built i7/940 ASUS P6T Deluxe system wasn't an exact match for the QVL either but it works just fine.

    Also, you don't mention an OS, and just in case you're not aware of it, sometimes, trying to install Win 7 (if that's what you intend to use) with more than one DIMM installed can lead to problems. Work-around is to just install one DIMM in the primary slot, install the OS, then add the rest of the memory.

    Hope this helps... Good luck!!
  6. Best answer selected by RailGun88.
  7. Thank you for selecting me as best answer. Please let us know how things go for you after you get the system components up and running. :bounce:
  8. K Thank You
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