Please make sure this is going to work, this is my first build. I have never even swapped a gpu before, but I am going to build my first computer using these parts hopefully. Total is about $1150 with no OS, will be using Windows 7 Home Premium.
-AMD Phenom II 965 3.4GHZ quad (Processor) $185
-XFX ATI Radeon 5870 1GB (Video Card) $400
-MSI 770-G45 (Motherboard) $70
-Lian Li LanCool K62 (Case) $120
-Seagate 500GB SATA (Hard Drive) $55
-6 GB 1333mhz OCZ (RAM) $175
-Lite-On IHDP118-08 (DVD-drive) $35
-Corsair 750TX (Power Supply) $115
Here are a few conflicting thoughts I have about this build
-I do not think 1600mhz ram will work because it has to be 1600oc ram right? Meaning 1333mhz ram o/cd to 1600?
-My motherboard only has a 4-pin power connector, does that make it not as powerful as a 8-pin mobo?
Link RAM you're buying. OCZ has major issues with certain models of RAM right now.
RAM speed is determined by block speed and memory ratio.
For example. Stock i5-750/i7-920/i7-930 is 133. Depending on your memory ratio you can change your memory speed. With a ratio of 10, you fully utilize 1333 mhz memory (133 mhz x 10). No point going above 1333 if you don't plan on OC.
You'll need to raise the block speed, ex to 200mhz, then lower memory ratio to 8 and you'll use DDR3 1600mhz. (this is a 4ghz/4.2ghz OC btw).
Yes to mobo question in so much as the CPU gets less power.
Yes you should get a better mobo.
Yes $400 5870 is the best, though xfire 4890's will probably give you more outright FPS.
It is triple channel memory. haha. Boy am I glad that I went ahead and started a thread. I was about to buy all these parts and wait two weeks for them all to arrive, only to find out it wasn't going to be as easy as I expected...! So I can only use DDR2 with this chipset? Or is that something else?
The 1600mhz ram you recommended had a few reviews that said it wasn't working right with their phenom 965. They said it was running at 1333mhz and was getting some pretty serious errors. The corsair 1333 ram is 5 bucks cheaper on newegg, I think i'll just play it safe unless someone can explain the bad reviews.
I switched everything I was buying from ebay over to newegg and saved about 80 bucks total! Thanks a lot for giving me the idea, those few extra bucks I was paying on ebay really added up!