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First time build, amd/ati, advice needed on final parts list

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October 25, 2010 9:54:28 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 Weeks
Budget Range: $1100-1200 AUD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, music and itunes, internet browsing
Parts Not Required: Optical Drive, HDD, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, soundcard, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.pccasegear.com
Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences:by brand or type AMD CPU & ATI Graphics
Overclocking: Mild if any
Crossfire: Yes in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Hi guys,
I've been reading up for a while now on these forums and they've answered a lot of questions for me, however I thought I'd check whether all this will fit together before I make any rash purchases I may later regret, the issues i've stumbled across are:
1. Which specific model of G.Skill Ram at 1600 will this motherboard take? I had a look on the gigabyte website and was still confused
2. If I go with the ripjaws would they fit underneath a Hyper-212+ cooler? or should i go for some different ram?
3. Will a 650W psu be sufficient if i were to throw in another 5850?
4. Is this motherboard going to be sufficient with the two x16 lanes running at x8 if i did crossfire?
5. Tossing up between the antec 300 and the 900, is it worth the extra money?
6. Looking to install windows 7 onto the ssd, is the 30gb kingston going to be sufficient? or should i fork out for some more quality and or capacity?
7. Should I hold out for a 6900 series card? the 6800 are heaps more expensive then 5800 here in australia for less performance it seems....
If you can answer some or any of those questions it would be of great help, thanks alot.

PARTS LIST:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 965 3.40GHz
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper-212+
Video Card: Gigabyte OC ATI Radeon HD 5850
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650TX
Case: Antec Three Hundred
Memory: G.Skill RipJaws DDR3 4GB 1600
SSD: Kingston V Series 30GB?

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October 25, 2010 1:00:58 PM

1) As far as I know, any DDR3 1600 will work.

2) if you aren't going to get into heavy overclocking, consider getting a 955. Both the 965 and 955 can be overclocked to ~3.6 GHz on the stock cooler. Consider the CoolerMaster if you plan a heavier overclock than that.

3) the 650 should handle 2x 5850s.

4) the difference between 8x/8x and 16x/16x is 2%. that means if you get 100 fps in 16x/16x, you get 98 in 8x/8x. Its not hugely significant

5) I'd pick the 300. the 900 is is just huge, the 300 is fine nd holds up to 6 120mm fans.

6) 30 GB should be enough to install the OS and a few (2-3) major applications but no games, get a bigger drive if you need more than that.

7) 6900s are out next month, no word on pricing, but 'more than the 6800-series' is almost certain.
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October 25, 2010 10:56:23 PM

Thanks for that Sqrl,
So do you think going the coolermaster is more hassle then its worth at stock speeds? And If i wanted to overclock later would I have to take the whole rig apart to put in the coolermaster?
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October 25, 2010 11:05:06 PM

If you're just going to run stock speeds, you don't really need the HSF. If you plan to OC now or later down the line, just get the HSF and put it on when you build your system. It's not much hassle compared to the stock HSF but will be a hassle if you add it on later down the line.
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October 25, 2010 11:14:23 PM

Also would the hyper 212+ fit in an antec 300? I hear some guys have trouble fitting them to some cases
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October 25, 2010 11:32:46 PM

thanks kureme, and do you think a 2x2 gig kit of ripjaws would fit underneath it? I've heard the overhang from the fan doesnt allow for some ram types...
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October 25, 2010 11:46:32 PM

Good question, I believe for that specific set of ram it won't fit without modding them (removing the ram heatsink) at least one of them.

You can always put the fan on the other side of the cooler so that won't be a problem. Just make sure you have it sucking air out the back and not blowing the air at the back of your ODDs.
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October 25, 2010 11:55:19 PM

so would you reccomend going for a different set of ram? or just fitting the fan to the otherside?
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October 26, 2010 3:05:47 AM

you could go for 4 GB of basic GSkill Ram (not the ripjaws) which would fit just fine
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October 26, 2010 4:26:36 AM

would there be any noticeable decrease in performance?
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October 26, 2010 11:12:16 AM

the difference between 1333 and 1600 is minimal.
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October 26, 2010 11:34:32 AM

Best answer selected by knighty14.
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