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June 21, 2010 2:32:38 AM

Hey everyone, i'm looking to buy a few new parts. Its for gaming, watching videos, the web. etc. Would all of these be compatible and should i change anything? I'm not looking to crossfire at all. Cheaper the better also

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 HDZ955FBGMBOX (the C3 stepping correct?) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E1681...

Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Mobo - MSI 870A-G54 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E1681...

I currently have an Antec 500watt psu http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... Would this be Sufficient to power all of this plus a 5850?

Right now I'm running a Q8400, 2g ddr2 and the 5850 and it seems fine.

If my antec EA-500 is not enough im looking at the 650 watt http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... or possibly a Corsair 750 watt. (the price is a bit iffy.)

Everything shipped to my door (PSU,RAM,Mobo,CPU) is 510$ or 540 with the corsair psu.


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June 21, 2010 2:38:43 AM

Forget the AMD build just get these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And get a similar set of memory for 4GB.

It will perform just as well as the AMD build.

Yeah the 500w should work, but it will be a little close and the 650w Antec for $75 is a good deal, up to you.
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June 21, 2010 2:48:14 AM

well i just recently bought the Q8400 which was an upgrade from a E6550. In games my fps is alot better but in general programs, start up and shutdown for windows it seems like it became sluggish. Which is why im thinking of just cutting my losses and getting a 955 and ddr3 memory. If i do not need a new psu thats a bonus. Getting new ram,cpu,mobo for a 955 is only 70$ more than the Q9550 and i get USB3 and 4gb DDR3 vs 2gb DDR2 im on now.

edit: and to add another 2gb of memory ( i have 2gb now) will cost another $50 making a new build look that much more teasing.. to me atleast
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June 21, 2010 3:31:45 AM

Honestly, you could just overclock the processor, that would fix it. You are suffering from low clockspeeds, put that processor to 3.2-3.6 GHz and you will be fine. You will need a heatsink, the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is good and can be found for about $30 around the web. Then go and buy another 2GB of RAM and you have an upgrade for under $100.
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June 21, 2010 3:53:10 AM

do not buy a quadcore lga775. they are capable processors and i definitely disagree with anyone who dares call em outdated useless crap, but at this point i dont think it would be very wise to spend $280 on a cpu that runs on an older platform.
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June 21, 2010 3:57:32 AM

chopsuey25 said:


CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 HDZ955FBGMBOX (the C3 stepping correct?) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E1681...
GOOD

Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
GOOD

Mobo - MSI 870A-G54 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E1681...
GOOD

I currently have an Antec 500watt psu http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... Would this be Sufficient to power all of this plus a 5850?
GOOD


so just build this, and later you will be happy that you can upgrade your processor and ram and all that, instead of putting another $300 into an older system.



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June 21, 2010 3:59:47 AM

Well i have a potential buyer for my cpu (q8400) and mobo. if i sell the memory too which should be easy. then my getting the 955/mobo/ram will only cost me 188$. which i dont mind.

thanks for the reply's so far guys/gals !
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