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Pre-Buy Parts Review/Reccomendation - Anything worng?

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August 22, 2010 2:44:34 AM


CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE - Have This

RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive [...] 6822152181

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 [...] -_-Product

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC


Case: AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case [...] 6811517004

CD/DVD-Rom: SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support

This is my first build ever, so I'm not sure if all of this will work together. Any idea what cords I'll need? Thank you for any advice.
August 22, 2010 4:27:34 AM

Your links are not working quite right. However, your build is actually very similar to what I am working on for myself right now (UD3H + 965) Depending on your budget there is an HD Radeon 5850 on sale for $270 right now if that would work for you. If you did not have your processor I would have recommended this even more strongly since you can get a combo giving you $20 off. Here is the 5850 though, incase it can fit your budget:
August 22, 2010 11:29:42 AM

Thanks. Do you think a single 5770 would be enough for SC2? I won't be playing in that high of a resolution. Maybe crossfire it later on.
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August 23, 2010 5:08:25 PM

Any better/faster memory that anyone knows is compatible? Thanks.
August 23, 2010 5:13:01 PM

this is great, You don't need any cables, your PSU and motherboard and stuff will come with all the cables you need.

Any ddr3 1333/1066 will work with this board GENERALLY SPEAKING, and unfortunately that ram won't do with that motherboard.

This is fast,
August 23, 2010 9:37:42 PM

Even if it says it's compatible from gigabyte's website list?
August 23, 2010 9:44:18 PM

I don't see why the RAM wouldn't work.

The 5770 should be fine for SC2, even at 1920x1080. I'll have to dig up the link, but I believe that with an i7-930 and a 5770, SC2 at 1920x1200 Ultra details was doing about 45 fps. Even if you want to knock off a very generous 1/3rd for the difference in CPUs, you'd still be at a playable 30 fps. And if you're gaming at a lower resolution, that will increase your fps compared to 1920x1080 anyway.

750W is definitely overkill for what you have right now. It's probably still overkill for 2x 5770. You could potentially drop down to 650W, but if you want headroom just in case, the 750W is fine.

For $40, you can probably find a better HSF. I'd suggest looking at Frostytech's top "5" heatsinks list for ideas.

In general though, it's a good build. Mostly good choices all around.