Final call for revised complete build. (Really)


BUDGET RANGE: Around $1000 for everything (before/after rebates).

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (SCII, Just Cause 2, GTA IV, NFS: Shift), watching movies, multitasking.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need everything including monitor, keyboard, mouse, and OS. No speakers needed.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and Microcenter (Kinda far for me though). I never shopped on ZipZoomFly or NCIX but if you can find good prices for parts I need, please use them.


PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer AMD. Socket 1156 is dead anyway.




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Thank you everyone for helping me with this build.

CPU and PSU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
Combo Price: $219.98

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

OS and case: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Combo Price: $179.97

Memory: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBECO
Price: $95.99

Motherboard and ODD: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Price: $112.98

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Price: $74.99 ($15 off with promo)

Monitor: Acer H243Hbmid 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1 Max (ACM) Built-in Speakers
Price: $209.99

Keyboard: Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
Price: $52.99

Mouse: GIGABYTE GM-M6800 Noble Black 5+1 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Dual Lens Gaming Mouse
Price: $16.99

Revised again (This time I'm set! For real!). Just check if everything is compatible again please. I changed the PSU to a Corsair 650W b/c the 750W is too much for this rig (I think). Also, I changed the mobo b/c I thought the ATX form would give more space for the memory and the vid card. I upgraded to a Phenom II X4 955 and changed the memory to the G skill 7-7-7-21 kit because the ECO series doesn't run at 7-7-7 timings on the AM3 platform. ;_; Finally, I switched to a Cooler Master HAF 922 b/c I didn't wanna deal with crappy standoffs that came with the Antec 600.

Edit #2: Switched to the Gskill ECO 1333 Cas 8 memory b/c it was the only ECO that was below $100 and was listed on the mobo's memory QVL.

Edit #2: Switched to the Gskill ECO 1600 Cas 8 memory. After some research, it seems that as long as it's at cas 8, the memory should work fine, even at 1600.

Again, thank everyone. I will buy these parts today if they are compatible and doesn't require any drastic changes.
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  1. ? what do you mean the ECO won't run at those timings with AM3? You'll have to manually set them, sure, but they'll run at that speed. You'll have to set the set you picked out as well.

    XFX PSU had modular cabling and silver efficiency though, if it's less than 15$ savings to drop to the Corsair I would keep it.

    Excerpt from one of the reviews:

    Manufacturer Response:

    Dear Customer

    Thank you for your G.Skill purchase and review. Unfortunately on most AMD platforms you will need to use CL8 instead of CL7 at DDR3-1600. It may be a BIOS limitation, so you will want to check with the motherboard manufacturer to make sure you have the latest BIOS that may resolve the issue. You are correct in that lower voltage equals lower heat emission, but many motherboards can not set memory voltage that low, so you will want to make sure they can otherwise you will not be able to benefit from the low voltage. If you have any further questions, please feel free to let us know.

    Thank you
  3. That only applies to poor-quality mobos.

    As you can see here -- that Asus you linked supports voltage all the way down to 1.3 volts.
  4. In the Memory QVL

    For DDR3 1600
    It only supports

    4GB(2 x 2GB)

    ;_; For DDR3 1333, I only see

    4GB(2 x 2GB)

    but I don't see the memory I listed in the first post. What do I do????

    Also, the XFX PSUs that combo with the CM HAF 922 are also 650W. I don't want an Antec 900 case, so I'll stick with the Corsair 650W.

    Edit: Switched to the Gskill ECO 1333 Cas 8 memory.
  5. Anybody? Please confirm whether the memory is compatible with the mobo and if the build is good or not. ;_;
  6. Screw it. I shallz pull the trigger and see what happens. Thank you sp12 and everyone else for helping me with this build.
  7. First of all, get this 460:

    Honestly Id skip the Eco ram and get this for $3 less:

    Maybe this combo also:

    Eco ram isn't going to save you much power and you're not OCing the RAM anyways.
    Both sets would work fine, though your build as-is is decent enough to hit the buy button.
  8. While true, lower voltage ram generally allows you to use lower voltage for your CPU to hit the same clock. Only applies if you're OCing, but still relevant.
  9. I already ordered everything guys. I decided to get the Gigabyte 460 because it has a full 3 year warranty. Also, the RAM shouldn't have too much of a difference in gaming. Finally, the AsRock mobo only has a one year warranty.

    If I was experienced like you guys are, I'd get some of the parts you guys suggested but this will be my first build, so I'd rather get parts with long warranties. I'd rather not take any risks.

    But yea, thank you very much sp12 and Timop. I will try to post pics/benchmarks after I build this thing. It should be fun.
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