600ish budget gaming build

Hey folks,

Looking for any suggestions, improvements, recommendations on the current build I have planned I have already purchased my graphics card which is the Geforce gtx460 so that's done with as for the other components here's what I'm looking at

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955

Mobo: ASUS M4A78T-E (only because it's posted as a bundle with the 955 on NCIX.com) having difficulty deciding on a motherboard, since there seems to be so many differing opinions, ultimately looking for something that is good, cheap and compatible

RAM: OCZ Signature 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

Cooling: CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler

PSU: Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600w ATX 12V V2.3 Silent Power Supply 20/24

HD: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (it's eco friendly... sweet)

Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

please critique, thanks!
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  1. 1) note that because you've chosen an amd build, you wont be able to sli your 460 in the future.
    2)ram is iffy because its slower and its timings arnt that great. If you grab some g.skill for $10 more it'll be 1600mhz cl8, assuming your is in the $70ish range.
    3) Try the cm hyper 212+, its high performance air cooling for $30
    4) eco harddrive = slow (if your really cared about eco friendly switch to an amd gpu lol)
  2. 1) although i don't currently have any plans to sli i would like to have to option open, do i have to get an intel processor in order to be able to sli with my 460?

    2) would something like this be better for ram then? G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7S-4GBRL

    3) sounds good

    4) :( just chose one of the cheaper harddrives I found on newegg, it had some of the same specs as other non eco friendly hds in its price range would it be that much slower?

    thanks for the tips btw :D
  3. get the Samsung F3 1 TB instead. Power use isn't THAT different, but its much faster
  4. The problem with that amd board is that it wont support sli, in fact i dont think any newer boards will. So if you want that option open you'll need to either switch to an intel build or get a ati card instead.
  5. if you're only going to use 1 card, it doesn't matter. That board only handles one card anyway.
  6. ram and hd suggestions look good i'll swap those in

    as for sli capable motherboards i looked around and this one appears to support both sli and my amd processor will it be compatible with the rest of my stuff?

    MSI NF750-G55 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
  7. its a generation old, an AM2+ board with DDR3.
  8. completely lost when it comes to motherboards, can someone suggest an affordable one that is compatible with the x4 955, geforce gtx 460 and is sli capable?

    so far the make up looks like this as per sqrl and bavs suggestions:

    CPU: Amd Phenom II x4 955

    Ram: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

    Cooling: CM hyper 212+

    HD: Samsung F3 1 Tb

    PSU: CM silent pro M600 600w

    Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX mid tower case
  9. here's a much better config. with your already purchased gtx 460.

    cpu/mobo:phenom 955/asus M4N98TD EVO AM3(sli capable x16/x16)
    psu/hdd:xfx 650watts/samsung f3 1tb
    case:cm haff 912
    dvd drve:cheap sata drive
    ram:mushkin enchance blackline 4gb cl7
    hsf:cm hyper 212+

  10. sweet combo deals, somehow managed to miss those when i searched the site. Thanks man that set up looks perfect for me
  11. i took a look again the unfortunately the psu/hdd combo is only offered on the .com website and not the .ca bummer, i'll have to purchase those separately or look for a different combo
  12. managed to find the psu in that combo with a rebate so hopefully that makes up for it being comboless

    i found this harddrive which is 10 bucks cheaper than the samsung and in comparison has the exact same specs
    HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332
  13. Ehh id stay away from the hitachi hdd's. In the past they had bad failure rates.
  14. thanks for the heads up i'll stick to the samsung then
  15. yes, he's right. stick to sasmung. your welcome :)
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