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Building a computer that will be easy to upgrade in the future

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April 28, 2010 7:22:28 AM

Tired of buying new computers, rather just buy some new components.

Like to have it built last week, but realisticly would like to have everything ordered by 7 May.

Will use it for a variety of things: WoW, internet, some Access and SQL, some photoshop. Nothing too strenuous but my computer patience isn't good.

I'm not replacing my mouse, just everything else. Plan on using my current 19" monitor as a second monitor.

Probably buy from Newegg, USA. Might have magicmicro put the CPU, MoBo, and PSU in the case because it's planting season and farming doesn't allow time for much else for awhile.

Have no prefrences, but prefer reliablity over economical.

Probably will overclock a bit, and would like the option to do Crossfire/SLI later.

Want to make sure the parts will work together, there are no bottlenecks, and make sure I'm not building more capacity than needed, I think that I might be spending more than what is needed.

Monitor:

Asus 24" , 1920 x 1080
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:

AMD Phenom II x4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:

Cooler Master Gemini IIS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive 1:

Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BD/64GB 2.5" Desktop Bundle
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive 2:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Media Card Reader:
Koutech IO-RCM621 All-in-one USB 2.0 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
LITE-ON Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:

Thermaltake Element S
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1407&ID=18...

PSU:

Thermaltake TR2 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Keyboard:
Logitech cordless
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for any advice. Tom's has been a great resource already thanks to it's members!

April 28, 2010 10:02:14 AM

1. 6GB (3x2) RAM kit is a 3 channel kit but your mobo can only support 2 channel. Get the 2x2GB or 4x2GB RAM kit instead.
2. Intel 80GB SSD is a bit more expensive but better.
3. Get a PSU from Corsair or Antec.
4. You might want to consider buying HD5830 or HD5850.
5. You would want consider to buy mobo with USB 3.0
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April 28, 2010 1:38:49 PM

guanyu210379 said:
1. 6GB (3x2) RAM kit is a 3 channel kit but your mobo can only support 2 channel. Get the 2x2GB or 4x2GB RAM kit instead.
2. Intel 80GB SSD is a bit more expensive but better.
3. Get a PSU from Corsair or Antec.
4. You might want to consider buying HD5830 or HD5850.
5. You would want consider to buy mobo with USB 3.0


1. ok, would 4x2GB need 4 channel?
2. agreed, but too much $$ for me right now
3. & 4 I'll look into it tonight.
5. USB 3.0 I'll look into it, but could you explain why I'd want USB 3.0?
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April 28, 2010 1:50:08 PM

2 Channel takes 2 and 4 RAMs slots..3 Channels takes 3 and 6 slots.

USB3.0 is a lot faster than USB2.0, in the near future USB3.0 will replace the standard USB2.0 and gadgets with USB2.0 can still be used on USB3.0.
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April 29, 2010 4:12:18 AM

guanyu210379 said:
2 Channel takes 2 and 4 RAMs slots..3 Channels takes 3 and 6 slots.

USB3.0 is a lot faster than USB2.0, in the near future USB3.0 will replace the standard USB2.0 and gadgets with USB2.0 can still be used on USB3.0.


Thanks for the info
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