Right now my system is bottlenecked at the CPU (according to the guys in TH in the Video Card forums) when I asked them about that card.
Here I am almost 1 year to the day when I bought that video card and now that I'm getting my tax refund within 8-10 days, I'm trying to piece together my new parts.
I'm not a serious gamer, but looking for a system that will let me play with settingson high. I play WoW (who doesn't? lol), Mass Effect 1,2 and when it comes out 3.
My budget is $350 for the Mobo, CPU & RAM -- yes, I can go a little over, but would like to stay on budget I will also need a case, a dvd burner, the one I currently has no longer burns, just reads, but I found one on newegg for $19+7($26) shipping.
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Hello TrickyNick; What PSU are you working with?
Right now, an OCZ 700w StealthXstream.
That being said, it's failed on me, and currently undergoing RMA. I may upgrade that as well, but that would be additional to the 350 budget.
My $350 budget was for the Mobo, CPU, and RAM only, the burner & case I would like cheap, but don't really have a budget in mind for them. That being said, the system you listed could probably be better.
I can't decide on the RAM. Would like to get 2x4gb if possible, I know with the above combo it will be over my 350 budget. I don't know which brands are good, or even what models within those brands except for G.SKill Ripjaws. Seems everyone is recomending them to me. I looked for ram with the following criteria*yes, only 4gb as the 8's were more than I was wanting to go over. *** Link *** Type : 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM3_. (x) > Speed : DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)4_. (x) > Multi-channel Kit : Dual Channel Kit5_. (x) > Capacity : 4GB (2 x 2GB)6_. (x) > Cas Latency : 7 (x)
I think you could go ahead and get the X4 965 CPU.
Had you thought about a CPU cooler?
Nope, I figured the stock fan would be good enough? I actually don't plan on overclocking.
With no overclocking the stock fan is just fine. GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 is an excellent choice in MB. On that list of RAM I like the first G.Skill Ripjaws kit. Mainly on the basis of the excellent customer reviews and it's choice in the Forums recommended build lists.