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February 4, 2011 2:54:22 AM

Hey everyone,
I am attempting my first home gaming/media pc build, and needless to say I am not absolutely confident in my hardware choices. Listed below is the system I am ready to start ordering parts for, notably missing RAM, as I was hoping someone with more experience than myself might suggest an ideal choice. What I am hoping for is any notes or suggestions on performance or compatability, thanks in advance!

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black edition 3.4 Ghz
Mobo: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
PSU: ePOWER EP-600NE-XV 600W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.92 Power Supply - OEM
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
GPU: MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
RAM:
OS: Windows 7 64 Bit
Optical:LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe
TV Card:
Case: Xion Predator
February 4, 2011 3:01:36 AM

You can get great Ram, G.SKill Ripjaw 4 or 8 gb sets from newegg for 50 and 100 dollars. I would recommend a different power supply... maybe a corsair or XTX in the 550-650 watt range. I don't like MSI boards... actually I don't really like anything but ASrock and ASUS as I have had higher failures with other companies. Hard drive is good, same one I use, but lots of people recommend the samsung spin instead or the velociraptor. I am not overly familiar with AMD motherboard chipsets or processors so someone else will have to guide you there. Everything else looks good :) 
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February 4, 2011 7:45:03 AM

shade2399 said:
You can get great Ram, G.SKill Ripjaw 4 or 8 gb sets from newegg for 50 and 100 dollars. I would recommend a different power supply... maybe a corsair or XTX in the 550-650 watt range. I don't like MSI boards... actually I don't really like anything but ASrock and ASUS as I have had higher failures with other companies. Hard drive is good, same one I use, but lots of people recommend the samsung spin instead or the velociraptor. I am not overly familiar with AMD motherboard chipsets or processors so someone else will have to guide you there. Everything else looks good :) 


Thanks a lot for the advice, I had actually originally picked an asus board that had come well reviewed in conjuction with the Phenom II, but changed to the MSI board because it supported 6GBps transfer rate, as does the HDD, though I did read that the 6 over the standard 3 is overkill, true?
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February 4, 2011 1:09:37 PM

Supports Crossfire x8 + x8, instead of x16 + x4:

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SATA 6 GB/s is good for SSDs or future hard disks. I recommend you get it.



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February 4, 2011 5:27:32 PM

evongugg said:
Supports Crossfire x8 + x8, instead of x16 + x4:

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SATA 6 GB/s is good for SSDs or future hard disks. I recommend you get it.



Thanks for the great recommendation, I took a look at that board and you're right, it's a better board, and it's actually cheaper than the price I had found. Now before I click "order" and max out my credit card, I read a lot of reviews saying that the stock CPU cooler fan that comes with the Phenom II is not quite sufficient and under load can make an awful noise, any thoughts?

Thanks again for all the insight!
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