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Attempting my first build

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October 21, 2010 8:26:14 PM

Hey guys, i've been thinking about doing my first build and been a bit nervous about messing up so i wanted to double check that all the parts will work together and make sure i have everything i need.

I do not plan to overclock.
I know the mobo can't sli/crossfire.

CPU AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ940XCJ4DGI - OEM link

Motherboard Foxconn M61PMV AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard link

RAM GeIL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model GX22GB6400LX link

GPU HIS H485FM1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card link

PSU RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply


APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case link

Harddrive Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive link

Heatsink COOLER MASTER DK9-7E52A-0L-GP CPU Cooler link

thermal compound MASSCOOL Fanner-420 Thermal Grease link

My main concern is the heatsink, on the specs it says it's compatible with the Phenom II X4 processor but only up to 65W. and the processor has a Thermal Design Power of 125W so would they be compatible? i haven't seen any other heatsinks with a watt limit so i was concerned.

I'd be very grateful if anyone could help, thanks :) 

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October 21, 2010 9:12:28 PM

I haven't considered am3 and ddr3 much because the processor has nice benchmarks for it's price, but i'm not against am3/ddr3.

Budget is around 500$ not including the OS

thank you for your suggestions
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October 21, 2010 9:42:03 PM

Foxconn's stuff is cheap, but it's not very reliable. It will most likely run for a year and then give out on you. I would get a better brand of motherboard, like this MSI MicroATX board:
Or this Gigabyte:

I'd also double your RAM to 4GB; you'll get better all-around desktop performance:

Also, you have no need for a 730W PSU, and like rolli59 suggeted, you should get a better brand PSU. Try something like this Antec:

If you figure out all of the parts you want/need, you might be able to find some combo deals and save a few bucks or get better parts for the same price.
October 21, 2010 10:07:35 PM

Thank you, the msi board seems like a much better choice also because it allows am3 upgrade too for only 3 more dollars

i went with both rolli59 's suggestions, and which has the 650w psu is more than i need but it'll be good for future upgrades

i got extra ram sitting around already so i'll be at 4gb

again thank you both for being so helpful
October 22, 2010 6:11:42 AM

Very helpful, thank you