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October 27, 2010 11:24:50 PM

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!

October 27, 2010 11:47:44 PM

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)


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October 28, 2010 2:08:29 AM


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 
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October 28, 2010 2:22:15 AM

get the Samsung F3 1 TB instead. Power use isn't THAT different, but its much faster
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October 28, 2010 2:34:37 AM

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.
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October 28, 2010 2:39:13 AM

if you're only going to use 1 card, it doesn't matter. That board only handles one card anyway.
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October 29, 2010 6:01:07 PM

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
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October 29, 2010 11:57:25 PM

its a generation old, an AM2+ board with DDR3.
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October 30, 2010 6:59:18 AM

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
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October 30, 2010 4:56:39 PM

sweet combo deals, somehow managed to miss those when i searched the site. Thanks man that set up looks perfect for me
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October 30, 2010 5:26:28 PM

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
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October 30, 2010 7:13:22 PM

Ehh id stay away from the hitachi hdd's. In the past they had bad failure rates.
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October 30, 2010 7:45:27 PM

thanks for the heads up i'll stick to the samsung then
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October 31, 2010 12:30:19 AM

yes, he's right. stick to sasmung. your welcome :) 
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