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Building A Computer - 1st time - is this system compatible?

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December 25, 2010 7:07:28 AM

I am building a computer for the first time - I want to keep it under 600 with shipping. I am not including a hard drive because I have a few of them. Here are the specs. (all from new egg)


Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (comes with 2 fans)

MSI 790GX-G65 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

MSI N430GT-MD1GD3-OC/LP GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX


Just wondering if this setup should work out? It seems compatible...
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December 25, 2010 9:37:33 AM

Is gaming of concern? If so, dropping perhaps to an X4 cpu, and devoting the cost savings to perhaps a GTX460 might be an option....
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a c 104 B Homebuilt system
December 25, 2010 11:23:17 AM

^+1
Keep in mind for your HDD that newer motherboards have limited PATA (IDE) connectors since SATA is now std for drive connectors.
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December 25, 2010 2:29:23 PM

Better for ram to be 4 2gig sticks or 2 4gb sticks
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a c 104 B Homebuilt system
December 25, 2010 2:37:01 PM

If you are starting out with 8GB 2x4 is better, leaves room for upgrades.
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December 25, 2010 2:52:12 PM

rolli59 said:
If you are starting out with 8GB 2x4 is better, leaves room for upgrades.


That is what I was thinking, but I was just curious as if there was a performance difference?
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a c 104 B Homebuilt system
December 25, 2010 2:54:40 PM

Sometimes the smaller sticks of the same ram have faster timings but it would be barely measurable and surly not noticeable.
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December 25, 2010 3:01:34 PM

gaming will never happen on this pc...except emulators maybe :)  I use an Xbox360 for gaming. This is meant to be a home server / workstation / etc...
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a c 104 B Homebuilt system
December 25, 2010 3:05:27 PM

d1ddyp0p said:
gaming will never happen on this pc...except emulators maybe :)  I use an Xbox360 for gaming. This is meant to be a home server / workstation / etc...

Then your selection of the GT430 is good but almost an overkill since gt220 would do fine.
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December 25, 2010 3:25:28 PM

rolli59 said:
Then your selection of the GT430 is good but almost an overkill since gt220 would do fine.


Well, this computer will be at a desk and not technically a HTPC.....( i have a dual core for that - slimline)..... ANYWAYS...

One monitor (40 inch tv) will have XBMC on it at all times, which sits by my workstation.... so, I think this gpu will be able to keep that running at 1080...while running on things as well...?
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a c 104 B Homebuilt system
December 25, 2010 3:30:59 PM

Yes it will do fine!
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