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Bout to pull trigger on first build.Any compatability/concerns/comment

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May 19, 2010 6:09:40 PM

I had an earlier thread but I have come to the complete build finally(in terms of what i need). I would like to put this order in pretty soon, but lack confidence in a certainty the components are compatible. If someone could please glance at this and let me know anything that looks funky, I would appreciate it very much. All input and suggestions welcomed. Thanks! A few issues I would like to highlight-
1. Is the PSU enough to supply a crossfire of 4770s?
2. This is a htpc/gaming computer.
3. Can one use multiple codes on a purchase from newegg? this is my first purchase and two of the items have codes to be used.
Thanks!

motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128398
$120.00

CPU:
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103706
$96

HD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152181
$55

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231303
$110

PSU:
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60
May 19, 2010 7:55:45 PM

Questions answered:

#1. 550 is cutting it a little close to do a CrossFire rig...better to go with a 650 or 750; Antec, Corsair, Seasonic

#2. Welcome to the HTPC club...it's an addictive habit

#3. Multiple codes can be used...there's a spot to enter at a certain point during checkout.

I agree with tecmo34 on the CPU/MOBO change...
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May 20, 2010 1:00:28 AM

Per XFXs website, for two 4770s you need a 600 Watt PSU and four 6-pin connectors. That Antec Basiq only has half the connectors and is going to be underpowered. Even the Antec EA650 only has half the connectors. The Antec TP650 or Corsair 650TX should both work. Twin 4770s is power hungry compared to the new 5000 series cards.

Isnt the 2.9GHz AthlonIIx4 630 only a few dollars more?
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May 20, 2010 3:33:22 AM

Looks like these guys are right. The Athlon II x3 Rana is a better value. I think I will be looking to get that CPU with the processor.

Edit: I will definitely have to look more into the power supply unit. It is seeming that the 550W is just not gonna cut crossfiring 2 cards or is cutting it too close.

Newegg has independent promotions on the mobo y'all are recommending, $15 instant on the mobo, and $10 gift card for the Athlon II x3 Rana 435. Both of which are expiring tomorrow. So I will be pulling the triggers on those. Thanks for the input guyz! keepem coming.
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May 20, 2010 4:05:37 AM

snowgoer1998 said:
Questions answered:

#1. 550 is cutting it a little close to do a CrossFire rig...better to go with a 650 or 750; Antec, Corsair, Seasonic

Especially since it's not the earthwatts series.
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May 20, 2010 4:11:44 AM

I made a mistake. I intend on getting a single 5770 and eventually crossfiring later. Would the power requirements still be the same in terms of a PSU with four 6-pin connectors? I looked at both 4770 and 5770 on newegg and in the specifications it only says 6-pin not two 6-pin...
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May 20, 2010 6:23:06 AM

Your PSU still won't be able to handle a Crossfire setup of two 5770's. You need a good 650watt PSU from either Antec (EarthWatts / TruePower) or Corsair (HX / TX) than you will be good to go. IMO
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May 20, 2010 6:08:16 PM

5770s only use one 6pin connector each. You still want a 650, especially if you are going to overclock the CPU. The Antec Earthwatts 650 will handle two 5770s, but not two 4770s. The Antec TruePower 650 would handle two 4770s. The difference is the True Power is a newer design that has more wattage committed to the 12V rails. The Basiq is an even older design than Earthwatts.
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May 20, 2010 8:33:17 PM

^+1...

Also, the only good Basiq made is the BP-550, which isn't strong enough. I would avoid all other Antec Basiq models outside of the BP-550.
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May 21, 2010 7:34:43 AM

*I have changed alot in this setup (Motherboard, case, PSU, CPU and included a GPU) If y'all can please take a quick look.*

I decided I don't need to crossfire, this is primarily a htpc with moderate gaming.

motherboard
:
ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$85

CPU:
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
($150 w/GPU)

HD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152181
$55

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231303
$110

PSU:
Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V V2.2 Intel Core i7 Compliant Dual 80mm Fans Full Cable Sleevings Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$42

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50

GPU:
SAPPHIRE 100293L Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
(150 w/CPU)

$502 everything shipped!
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May 21, 2010 1:58:54 PM

kalakutha said:

GPU:
SAPPHIRE 100293L Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
(150 w/CPU)

Haha, good luck gaming on that.

Go with at least the 5670 for moderate gaming. I have a 3870 and the 5670 will outperform it by a small margin. I can play most modern games, including crysis, at reduced but acceptable settings at 1920x1080. Except for crysis, I mean at 60+ FPS. Cryostasis is still not acceptable to me for gameplay with my card.

Love all your other choices; but half your links are broken :) 

The antec 300 is a fairly quiet case, but only when the fans are on minimum. Which is fine because they provide more than enough cooling at minimum anyway.
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May 21, 2010 6:03:18 PM

IIRC, the reviews of the 5570 said it even had some problems with true HD video, though that may have been driver problems. The 5670 is really much better if you are going to do any gaming.

You might look at the Antec Neo Eco 400 or Antec Earthwatts 430. Both supply more 12V amperage and should be better quality than the thermaltake for $50. Even the Antec Eathwatts 380 has more 12V amperage than the Thermaltake for $40. You might find a good combo deal with the Antec case and an Antec PSU.

I would also still look for a newer motherboard with at least USB3 like the Gigabyte 770T-USB3 <usb3> $80 or 770TA-UD3 <usb3, sata 6GB> $95
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May 23, 2010 1:23:00 AM

OK GUYZ THANK Y'ALL SO MUCH FOR THE INPUT I AM LOOKING TO PULL THE TRIGGER TONIGHT! (partially because of this crazy deal they got for this antec neo PSU for today only.) Please let me know if you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns about my build!

motherboard:
MSI 790XT-G45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90

CPU:
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
($170 w/GPU)

HD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152181
$55

RAM:D DR2 cause of the new motherboard choice!
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100

PSU:
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55(TONIGHT ONLY)

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129042
$50

GPU:
XFX HD-485X-ZNFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
(170 w/CPU)

total: 527 shipped!
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May 23, 2010 1:39:57 AM

that's good pull the damn trigger already lol
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May 23, 2010 1:47:21 AM

Decent build...

Why not spend an extra $20 or so and get an AM3 board & DDR3 RAM??
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May 23, 2010 2:27:43 AM

DDR 2 is cheaper, this is one of the cheaper 790x boards, and has great reviews.
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