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August 17, 2010 3:55:23 AM

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout

Mobo:ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

GPU- GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

HDD- Samsung 500GB Spinpoint F3

PSU- OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active

Ram- G Skill Ripjaws 4GB CL 7-8-7-24 DDR3 1600

OS - Windows 7 OEM for builders

Total - 1034$

Some final thoughts: Where can I learn how to set my whole computer up? First build and all..
Is it all Compatible?
Get the Static Wrist Strap?
What is BottleNecking?
Where can I learn how to Overclock well.
This guy I work this, in my opinion the most tech savvy guy I know, told me "Don't use Newegg" "Why? It's got the cheapest prices on everything!" "That's because its mostly secondhand or sent back and fixed" whats your opinion on his opinion? (BTW this is the same man who told me global warming wasn't real same time last year)

Thanks for your time, and thank you even more for answering my questions

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August 17, 2010 4:43:27 AM

1. This post that's stickied to the top of the forum has several good guides. The 'Step by step guide to building a pc' under section 4 is the one you're looking for.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/288241-31-read-postin...

2. It is all compatible. 2 minor issues, however:

a. Some people don't like ocz psu as some of them are just plain crap. The you picked looks decent. If you'd like to get a more reliable one, however, get one from Antec, Corsair, or Seasonic. Here's an example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

b. I have the same RAM in my system. It may or may not have issues with AMD processors, as reported on the Gskill forums. Personally, I am unable to get my computer to boot stably if I set the RAM to 1600, so I keep it at 1333. It doesn't really matter too much, but just thought you should know. It's definitely solid ram though, and gskill has great support.

3. You don't really need an anti-static wrist strap, but it really wouldn't hurt to get one either. They're like $10 maybe, and it acts as insurance, so might as well not fry your mobo/processor.

4. Bottle Necking is when one part of your system is 'more powerful' than another part, and is really bound to happen with any system. For example, a system that has a CPU bottleneck will not play games faster with a better CPU; a system that has a GPU bottleneck will not play games faster with a better GPU. In your case, your CPU is probably more powerful than your GPU, so if you want to upgrade your system in the future, get a better GPU.

5. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259903-29-overclockin...

6. Idno, all the parts I've gotten from newegg have looked new and work fine.
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August 17, 2010 5:34:44 AM

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August 17, 2010 5:38:14 AM

Thanks already ordered but forgot the strap. I'll do it in a clean no carpet environment anyways. Answered every question thanks, after all this about computers I think i could learn the ram issue and hopefully fix it. Is my mobo sli ready? Probs not and I'll read that oc guide
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August 17, 2010 1:13:13 PM

No, sorry, your mobo is not SLI ready. The only AMD mobos that are SLI ready are the 980a series (there's also an older version, 780a or 750a or something, I can't remember). Your PSU can't handle 2 GTX460 anyways, because it only has 2 PCI-E connectors (1x8pin, 1x6pin), and each GTX 460 requires two (2x6pin).
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