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October 28, 2010 10:24:07 AM

Thinking of building a new computer and would appreciate ANY comments on my proposed build. If there are any components that don't play well together, or you just think are bad choices, please let me know (even down to the case!):

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Motherboard: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Power Supply: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BN1608 OR

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD3-2AGT90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

The SSD will hold only the OS (Windows 7 64-bit) and I will get a couple SaTA drives for everything else.

For now, I'm going to reuse my NVidea GeForce 9800 GT card.

I'm going to use this computer mainly for games, but may install Adobe Create Suite CS5 if my boss authorizes me for home use. Should be powerful enough for most stuff.


Does this look like a good/stable build? Thanks for the help!

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October 28, 2010 11:24:44 AM

Except for the mushkin triple channel, AMD mobo's do not support triple channel, looks A OK...:) 
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October 28, 2010 8:25:01 PM

Ok, cool...thank you! So the Crucial memory should be ok? Or do you have a better option?

I just want to be triple sure before purchasing everything. My current build has had problems since day one and no one seems to be able to nail down what's wrong. It kills hard drives, hehe. Changed PSU, got a battery backup just in case it was a voltage issue, reinstalled Win7 multiple times. My 2nd hard drive with only Starcraft 2 on it now says it needs to be formatted.

Been through a LOT of troubleshooting, but the only thing left it really could be is either the Mobo or CPU. Better to just start from scratch!

Thanks for the help!
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October 28, 2010 8:59:44 PM

^Note that the mobo linked by mosox does not support CF, where the one in your OP does; if you plan on getting a pair of AMD cards, you don't want the one listed above. If that isn't important to you, you should get the one listed above, as it has more up-to-date features (SATA 6Gb/s, USB3.0, etc).
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October 29, 2010 10:52:34 AM

Ok, now I'm stumped between the ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard and the GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard. I know the Gigabyte has support for Crossfire, but I'm not sure I'll ever actually by two video cards to link up. Anything else make one of these a better buy? Oh, and will both be ok with my current video card? It's an EVGA 512-P3-N975-AR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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October 29, 2010 12:58:28 PM

If u want CF w/o the pain of the price tag of a 890GX have a look at Asrock 870Extreme3
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October 31, 2010 3:29:13 AM

I think I will go with the Asus mobo. I want to make sure I have a decent psu, too. Is the Rosewill psu I listed decent? Any suggestions for better for around the same price? Thanks for the suggestions so far, everyone.
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November 1, 2010 9:33:16 AM

OK, I think I've narrowed down all my choices. Here's my NEW build:

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
Mobo: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
HDD: OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD3-2AGT90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Video: Using existing NVidea GeForce 9800 GT card

Any last thoughts? I stuck with my original case, as I would like to keep it under 19" long, so it will fit in my computer desk. My current case sticks out an inch or so.
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November 1, 2010 10:02:14 AM

On second thought a 650W PSU is overkill (I thought you had a crossfire mobo), you can get this one, cheaper and very good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's a CPU/mobo combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This SSD should be better IMO, look up for reviews on the net:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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November 1, 2010 7:21:05 PM

Mosox, you are awesome. Gotta head out, but I'll research later on and post my results. Thank you.
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November 7, 2010 1:42:14 AM

OK, got a little side-tracked at work, but did the research. Unfortunately, the combo deals evaporated, hehe. Here's what I'm thinking of doing (most are the same):

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case: $54.99

Mobo: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard: $89.99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition: $165.99 (This is different and an upgrade to my last pick...but only $10 more...so might as well, eh?)

PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W; $59.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model : $74.99

HDD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) : $184.99

Video: Using existing NVidea GeForce 9800 GT card

TOTAL COST: $630.94



Also, should I get some thermal compound (Arctic Silver?) or just leave it with what comes with the processor?Is it only really necessary if you plan to overclock? Any suggestions?
I want to do this right. Thanks!!

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November 7, 2010 10:53:30 AM

I don't plan to OC; don't know enough to play around with critical settings. Am I good w/o the paste, or is it still advisable? I think my brother-in-law used it when he built his, but, if it's overkill and just another thing that could go wrong, I'm cool leaving it out.

Also, I think I'll stick with the 90GB drive. Games and other big software will go on the other drives, but I'll probably put all the little utilities, browsers, mail, etc, on the SSD. I just can't afford a larger SSD now. Later, I'll get a second to put games, etc. on and do away with the spinning drives.

Thanks again!
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November 8, 2010 5:24:20 AM

The processor in box comes with thermal paste under the stock HSF protected by a plastic packaging
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November 13, 2010 12:18:52 AM

Thanks again for all the help. I've ordered the build above and am waiting on delivery now.
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November 13, 2010 12:22:57 AM

Best answer selected by buzznapper.
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