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January 20, 2011 8:40:51 PM

Hi there, I am going about building a computer for the first time and I have a few questions. I have so far purchased most of the parts, and I think I got everything right lol. Here is what i have so far:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-147-...

Video: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (This is something I purchased for another system, but could never use due to the psu being only 400 watts)

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OK, so my question is, will all of those parts be compatible with the motherboard I purchased?

Also, I was thinking of going with this ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- would that be compatible with the motherboard and everything else? If not, could anyone suggest a good 4gb of ram that would be under $50 ?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks :) 

P.S. I have keyboard, mouse, speakers, and optical drive I am salvaging from another system.

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January 20, 2011 11:13:45 PM

Anyone? Please?
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January 20, 2011 11:44:25 PM

I steer away from giving advice on AMD systems....but you'll get more answers if you don't make everyone do a clickfest to find out what ya components are ....

You just purchased that GFX card a very long time ago. It's a 10th tier card which you can compare here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

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January 21, 2011 3:08:05 AM

As Jack stated, it helps to name the components and then provide the link underneath them but I'm shocked you didn't get advice sooner.

Personally, I don't like the case just based on looks but it'll suit you fine as long as you don't mind how it looks. You could also look into something like the HAF 912 which I just noticed is on sale for $50.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The graphics card is quite old and lacks any significant power. I'd recommend one of these:
HIS 5770 - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus GTX 460 768MB - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte 6850 - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, save yourself some money on the processor and get the 955.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you want to save more money, check out these Athlon II processors. The only difference between the Athlon II's and the Phenom II's is an L3 cache which has a very minor impact on performance in most situations. I may be wrong, but you may even be able to unlock the L3 cache on the Athlon II's but don't quote me on that.
Athlon II X3 445 - $77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Athlon II X4 640 - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that, everything looks good but it would really help had you filled out this form instead.
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January 22, 2011 6:27:10 PM

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January 22, 2011 6:27:54 PM

Grove said:
As Jack stated, it helps to name the components and then provide the link underneath them but I'm shocked you didn't get advice sooner.

Personally, I don't like the case just based on looks but it'll suit you fine as long as you don't mind how it looks. You could also look into something like the HAF 912 which I just noticed is on sale for $50.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The graphics card is quite old and lacks any significant power. I'd recommend one of these:
HIS 5770 - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus GTX 460 768MB - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte 6850 - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, save yourself some money on the processor and get the 955.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you want to save more money, check out these Athlon II processors. The only difference between the Athlon II's and the Phenom II's is an L3 cache which has a very minor impact on performance in most situations. I may be wrong, but you may even be able to unlock the L3 cache on the Athlon II's but don't quote me on that.
Athlon II X3 445 - $77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Athlon II X4 640 - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that, everything looks good but it would really help had you filled out this form instead.


Thanks for the info :) 
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January 22, 2011 6:43:16 PM

Glad to help. :) 
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