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December 6, 2010 2:41:05 AM

Ok well I happen to have parts from a past failed computer building experiment lying around my house and I need a use for them. I've decided to take another crack at building my own system and as long as I don't get shipped anymore broken motherboards all should be well. The equipment I currently have is:

- AMD X3 720

- XFX ATI HD5770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Earthwatts 650watt PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Seagate barracuda 7200rpm 500gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- I already own a Case, case fans, Windows 7, and a good enough DVD drive.

So please tell me a good mobo, ram, and CPU fan and if I should upgrade or what I can upgrade with around $500

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December 6, 2010 2:08:07 PM

You've already got a good enough CPU and a great GPU + power supply (I have the same; it can handle my i7 + 2xGTX 470s).

Any of the AM3 motherboards out there will work, but make sure to get one that has DDR3 RAM support (some of the older ones do DDR2; not common, but they are out there), and then you can get some hardy low-latency RAM like G. Skill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you really wanted to, you could upgrade the CPU to a Phenom II X4 955 (one of the best budget gaming CPUs), or throw in another 5770 in CF. They are by no means necessary though.
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December 6, 2010 2:15:17 PM

MOBO: ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 265$

Other upgrades would to be add another XFX 5770 in crossfire and can also get a small SSD for boot drive !!
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