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September 3, 2010 4:51:15 PM

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

This is my new PC i'm building. First time doing this, therefore i'm trying to find some help on a motherboard that goes with this. I'm not planning to SLI or Xfire in the future, so I don't need that feature. Trying to keep the cost between 70-80.
Any advice would help!
Thanks in advance.


looking at this one...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 3, 2010 5:20:04 PM

Faster G.Skill RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Better brand ODD : LG SATA DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support

Great combo - Gr8 HDD + Gr8 PSU - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB + OCZ Fatal1ty 550W

The Corsair is a great PSU, but a tad too expensive at these budgets.

Mobo : The 770 chipset is actually for much cheaper & non-future proof builds. No Xfire, no USB 3.0, no SATA III, no eSATA III. I'll ask you to go with the 870/SB850 - ASRock 870 EXTREME3 - only 90 bucks.
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September 3, 2010 5:29:29 PM

yeah but im trying to keep the total cost at 700-800. New to this stuff, what does SATA do? and I don't plan on xfiring or sli.

The corsair is on amazon for about 65 free shipping, still better to go with the combo deal or no?
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September 3, 2010 6:57:53 PM

SATA is the new data transfer technology; it replaced IDE (ribbon-sytle) cables. SATA is exponentially faster than IDE and most, if not all, motherboards will only come with SATA ports to connect your HDD/ODD to.

If, really want to cut costs, you can search for a mobo that still uses IDE interface, but you will probably be forced to downgrade your entire build (except for the case and PSU).
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September 3, 2010 7:05:46 PM

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That be alright with my current setup?
Also, do you think i'd be better off with combo - Gr8 HDD + Gr8 PSU - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB + OCZ Fatal1ty 550W ?
right now I'm looking at a 550w corsair psu and a western hard drive
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September 3, 2010 7:22:43 PM

Yes, that mobo will be all right. I have always been a fan of the OCZ Fatal1ty brand; it has done well for me, but when it comes to PSU, I wouldn't buy it if it isn't at least 80+ certified. Also, since I can't visit newegg on this computer (at work...), i'll just have to tell you what I look for in a PSU.

1. 80+ certified
2. 3 (or more) +12v rails
3. +12v rails @ ~18A (or higher)
4. SLI or Crossfire Ready


The wattage output is important, but the amount of load each rail can take is more important. Though you don't want to use SLI or Crossfire right now, you should still consider getting an SLI or Crossfire ready PSU. IF you decide to use two GPU in the future, you wont have to worry about the PSU being adequate; it will be.
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September 3, 2010 7:22:44 PM

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX = 149.99

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case = 69.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM = 187.99 -20 MIR = 167.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive = 54.99

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card = 229.99

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM = 17.99


Total= 800.92- 20MIR
=780$
Good deal?
All the parts work together?

Found a killer deal on that 850w PSU and G.SKILL Ripsaw RAM.
The only other option is this
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive instead of the Western 500g. 5$ more w/ promo code.

Edited...Actually, im not sure those Ripsaws work with AMD...the specs say designed for Intel...
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September 3, 2010 7:35:49 PM

Yes, its a good deal and those parts will work together. For the RAM, you'll have to go into the BIOS and set them to the advertised specs.

While the larger HDD is at an attractive price, keep in mind that Windows will take longer to scan through a 1TB partition than it would a 500GB partition, so if you don't need the extra storage space, stick with the 500GB.
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September 3, 2010 8:06:43 PM

500 gbs is more than enough I think.
Now I jsut have to decide on the 65$ corsair PSU or that combo...its about a 15$ difference with that combo
Thanks for your help
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September 4, 2010 2:08:20 AM

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

will that work with a GTX 460? Specs say something about crossfire, which i thought was for Radeon cards only? I don't plan on getting two graphics cards...just need a mobo that will work with the 460 and a AMD phenom II x4 955
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September 4, 2010 4:56:49 AM

AMD motherboards will typically be Crossfire supported. This does not mean that an nVidia card will not work. You can use the 460 on that mobo.
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September 4, 2010 7:35:56 AM

Hi voicestobeheard, a few quick points -

Point 1. I'll take Corsair any day ahead of anything. If you can get the 550VX for cheap and can afford it, absolutely go with it. No questions asked.

Point 2. Why on earth would you need a 850 Watt PSU for unless you wanna SLI a couple of GTX 4xx's in a core i7 system? You have categorically stated - No SLI / XFire! Save yourself some money. Seriously. Since you're just learning 'bout these things, I'd seriously like to believe that you won't be needing a 2nd GPU anytime soon.

Point 3. All RAM work with all systems. As long as the stock voltage stays between 1.35-1.65, you needn't worry even for the i7's. Specially designed for Intel / AMD is mostly marketing gimmick.

Apart from these, your current build looks good to me. But do go back to the 550 (Corsair/OCZ). You won't be needing the 850. Not by a longshot.
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September 4, 2010 7:50:38 AM

well for a psu

this if you thinking 5970 or gtx 480 upgrade in future or even sli gtx 460 or this for what you currently have its better and cheaper then the vx550,this is the modular version
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September 4, 2010 1:46:31 PM

calguyhunk said:
Hi voicestobeheard, a few quick points -

Point 1. I'll take Corsair any day ahead of anything. If you can get the 550VX for cheap and can afford it, absolutely go with it. No questions asked.

Point 2. Why on earth would you need a 850 Watt PSU for unless you wanna SLI a couple of GTX 4xx's in a core i7 system? You have categorically stated - No SLI / XFire! Save yourself some money. Seriously. Since you're just learning 'bout these things, I'd seriously like to believe that you won't be needing a 2nd GPU anytime soon.

Point 3. All RAM work with all systems. As long as the stock voltage stays between 1.35-1.65, you needn't worry even for the i7's. Specially designed for Intel / AMD is mostly marketing gimmick.

Apart from these, your current build looks good to me. But do go back to the 550 (Corsair/OCZ). You won't be needing the 850. Not by a longshot.


Thanks for the tip!
So would you recommend getting SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply 89.98$

or

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 54.99$
+
Corsair CMPSU-550VX 550-Watt VX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Core i7 and Core i5 64.99$
Total = 120$
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September 4, 2010 2:44:34 PM

Ha Ha! Actually, the Samsung HDD & Corsair PSU. WDC is is just as good. It's just that, the Spinpoint F3/F4 series are a bit faster than the Cavier Blue series. Not that 'twill make any phenomenal difference, but since both cost exactly the same ($55), I'll look to go with the faster one, I suppose.
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September 4, 2010 3:25:26 PM

calguyhunk said:
Ha Ha! Actually, the Samsung HDD & Corsair PSU. WDC is is just as good. It's just that, the Spinpoint F3/F4 series are a bit faster than the Cavier Blue series. Not that 'twill make any phenomenal difference, but since both cost exactly the same ($55), I'll look to go with the faster one, I suppose.


yeah, id do that...but the samsung and OGZ PSU are a combo deal
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September 4, 2010 3:31:59 PM

I know, I linked you to it. It's just that the Spinpoint series is faster as I said & Corsair is well, Corsair :) 

EDIT - Just to confuse you some more you can also go with the $60 Seasonic 520 that Obsidian linked you to. It's plenty good.
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September 4, 2010 3:42:34 PM

lol alright, so you think i should spend the 30$ more and go with the Corsair vs the OCZ?
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September 4, 2010 4:00:26 PM

Yup, Corsair / Seasonic, whichever is cheaper / better value. Can't go wrong with either.
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September 4, 2010 4:05:58 PM

Corsair for sure. Other good ones are..

Seasonic
XFX
Coolermaster
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