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September 3, 2010 8:23:44 PM

Okay I'm fairly new at building computers and I sort need help to see if everything's okay with this build. Like, will everything be compatible and connect well? I'd like to learn how to know if the CPU will work on a motherboard, or if I have enough power for my computer. Things like that.

Use:Gaming, videos, and office work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Total: $1100

Budget: $1200

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September 3, 2010 8:45:48 PM

I agree with obsidian on swapping to two Samsung F3s instead of that 2TB drive, they will be cheaper and just as fast.

I would take the XFX 650W unit over the 650TX or the Seasonic S12II, its modular, and significantly cheaper after rebate and promo code, its $85 before $20 MIR and $2 shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that it looks good, just be aware that you cannot SLI on that board.


If you want to learn more about picking parts check out proximon's guide, it helped me quite a bit when i was picking stuff for my first build
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257075-31-guide-choos...
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September 3, 2010 9:28:18 PM

What does it mean to not be able to SLI? And will the PSU be enough for the computer :o ?
September 3, 2010 11:36:40 PM

by sli it means that in the future, if you are going to get another card, you wont be able to install the 2 cards on your mobo for twice the power. lucky for me i bought my computer parts sli ready although i had no intention of using 2 graphics cards at once at that time, later i bought another graphics card, so maybe you may want to get an sli ready mobo for your sli ready graphics card
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September 3, 2010 11:58:56 PM

^ Correction, you can physically install and use 2x cards, however you will not be able to use SLI. However, you can still CrossFire on that board. If you plan to get 2x GPUs down the road, you may want to get a 5850, however, note there is ~$40-50 difference between the two.
September 4, 2010 1:26:31 AM

Shadow703793 said:
^ Correction, you can physically install and use 2x cards, however you will not be able to use SLI. However, you can still CrossFire on that board. If you plan to get 2x GPUs down the road, you may want to get a 5850, however, note there is ~$40-50 difference between the two.



He may have trouble with Crossfire on that board.

Expansion Slots:
PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 1


SLI and Crossfire X are the same thing, but both require at least 2 PCI E 2.0/2.1 x16 slots.
It will require more power from your system, and you will only be able to use one screen, but you will see a hefty performance increase from a single gpu.

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September 4, 2010 2:12:03 AM

^ LOL. I was looking at a different board (this is what I get for having many tabs open at once lol). And yes, you can't CrossFire with only 1 PCIe x16.... :lol: 
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