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New Gaming build sytem...Need you rating,advice,review !!

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January 24, 2011 9:28:42 PM

Gonna use it for games, movies, music and so on.
Wanna be able to play new games coming out. Dead Space2, Portal 2, Crysis 2, Dragon age 2 !!!


Motherboard :

Gigabyte GA-870A UD3 or MSI 870A-G54 (help me decide which one)

Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz

VGA
MSI N460GTX Hawk

RAM
DDR3 4GB (2x2gb) Kingmax , 1333Mhz

HDD
WD 500GB (green caviar )

PSU (is this enough?)
CORSAIR 450W

January 25, 2011 1:11:00 AM

I am building a similar PC and here is some suggestions:

MOBO: Gigabyte and MSI are reputable venders but Asrock is one that is building steam fairly quick and a Asrock extreme3 870 board is 89.99

RAM: Im not sure what your ram is ( is it kingston?) but I would look at G.skill NS 1333mhz for 39.99

HDD: I've read a lot of forums on HDD's and all seem to say that the Samsung Spinpoint 7200 500gb for 49.99 is one of the fastest on the market paired up against WD

PSU: Im using an Antec Neo Eco 620w it's a bit more than either of us need but it depends if you are an OC or SLI/CFX gamer but I would look for atleast a 500w powersupply

oh and on a side note I would look at an aftermarket heatsink, a coolermaster Hyper 212+ (for AM3 socket) would do wonders for CPU overclocking at 29.99 dirt cheap my friend
January 25, 2011 1:31:12 AM

I like all of the above suggestions. I like msi, unfortunately they haven't done well with the 800 series chipsets for whatever reason. I have noticed a treand on newegg reviews for DOA boards and early failures. I would be cautious.

I can attest to the fact that the samsung F3 500GB are very fast hard drives. I've installed half a dozen over the last year and they are great to work with. However I have seen the F4 1TB going for $80 recently, and I would consider making room in the budget for that.

Also while the 450W may be sufficient, it won't run at its greatest efficiency at full load. You could look at the 500 W models from Corsair or Antec for a little headroom, or step up to a 600-650 W for future upgrades. Antec EA650 is a good one, or the TP 650new. I like modular supplies, but with corsair you definitely pay for modular.
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January 25, 2011 1:38:45 AM

Mobo- I would go with Gigabyte since i've used and am using their Mobo's and haven't had a problem with any.

Ram- If running 32bit OS 4Gb is plenty if 64bit I'd bump it to 8GB. G Skill over Kingston

Psu- I'd go with something 500W+. Preferably something with an 80+ rating. U only draw as much power as your system needs so better to have it and not need it :) 

HD - 500GB sounds like a lot but you can get 2TB drives for under $100 and if you're gonna be gaming/movies/music/etc i'd go bigger

January 25, 2011 9:16:23 AM

will Chieftec 550W do the work ??
January 25, 2011 10:02:00 AM

I have a similar build as well. What is your budget? If you could spend more I highly recommend it.

Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz

For $14 more, I would definitely upgrade to the 965 BE 3.4ghz. Especially if you plan on overclocking
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VGA
MSI N460GTX Hawk - Good choice


RAM
DDR3 4GB (2x2gb) Kingmax , 1333Mhz

Like Dominionz stated, Gskill over Kingston. With that said I would go with.
GSkill DDR3 4GB (2x2gb) 16000Mhz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
WD 500GB (green caviar )

Again if you can afford it for $10 more you could upgrade to the Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU (is this enough?)
CORSAIR 450W
Like previously mentioned I would go with the Corsair or Antec 650. I went with the Antec 650 because it was cheaper. But you can't go wrong with either.
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