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$450 Gaming Build Compatibility Check Please...

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February 11, 2011 1:13:09 AM

I'm doing a $450 build just to run iRacing on one screen @ 1920x1600. I just want to make sure all these parts are good to work with each other before I buy.

After some comments, I made some probably necessary changes already, but feel free to comment on what I have listed below. I'm looking to save money wherever possible.

biostar a770e3 + AMD Athlon II X2 245 COMBO
$105
cooler master elite 310 case
$40
LG DVD Burner
$17
hitachi 500 gig hard drive
$39
xfx hd4850 gpu + XFX Core Edition PRO650W psu COMBO
$110
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1333
$40
Windows 7 Home Premium 64
$99

February 11, 2011 1:46:53 AM

They do work, but you might want to add a little bit of money and buy the build in my siggy for 450$. It doesn't include OS so total it'd be 550$ but you'd get a bit more performance CPU wise and psu-wise. Also if you can get that 4850 for 70$ get that instead of the 4830 in my build.

1) 64bit OS only works with 4gb+, you need 32bit if you sticking with your build.
2) That PSU seems not very effiencent, I dunno though, not a big PSU guy but yeah....
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February 11, 2011 2:24:55 AM


Your motherboard uses DDR2 and you have chosen DDR3 memory, so switch to a DDR3 motherboard like the ASRock M3A770DE.

I would go with an AMD Athlon II X2 255, it is $13 more expensive, but is a faster CPU and much more power efficient.

Which leads me to the PSU, I would strongly suggest that you change the Diablotek to either an Antec EarthWatts Green (you will need to buy a power cord if you do not already have one) or a CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 (currently $25 AR).
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February 11, 2011 9:19:54 AM

lothdk said:
Your motherboard uses DDR2 and you have chosen DDR3 memory, so switch to a DDR3 motherboard like the ASRock M3A770DE.

I would go with an AMD Athlon II X2 255, it is $13 more expensive, but is a faster CPU and much more power efficient.

Which leads me to the PSU, I would strongly suggest that you change the Diablotek to either an Antec EarthWatts Green (you will need to buy a power cord if you do not already have one) or a CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 (currently $25 AR).


I changed the motherboard to a Biostar A770E3 along with an II X2 245 2.9GHz Regor cpu. Found a combo deal for $105 together. That solves the DDR3 problem and I get a faster cpu. All I was looking for is something faster than a 3800+ and that for sure is.

What is wrong with the Diablotek? And I see the other psu's have 380w and 430w. The 4850 calls for a 450w psu.
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February 11, 2011 9:50:31 AM

what really matters is the 12v Amperage, the Antec 380 and Corsair 430 have more than enoug. Diablotek has a reputation for shoddy work, antec and corsair are top-class quality
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February 11, 2011 11:45:20 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
what really matters is the 12v Amperage, the Antec 380 and Corsair 430 have more than enoug. Diablotek has a reputation for shoddy work, antec and corsair are top-class quality


Why is the Diablotek showing good feedback on newegg if its a bad psu?

Also, just looked up this case/psu combo. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also found this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They have similar amps on the 12V rails to the psu's you suggested.

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February 11, 2011 2:48:02 PM


Yes, that 500W PSU shows about the same amps as the 380W and 430W units, that alone should tell you something.
Also it looks like they tested it at 25C?!?! Why not test it at normal case temperature?!?!
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February 11, 2011 7:39:48 PM

kurtcrosbie said:
Why is the Diablotek showing good feedback on newegg if its a bad psu?

Also, just looked up this case/psu combo. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also found this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They have similar amps on the 12V rails to the psu's you suggested.


Don't make me find the vide of a Diablotec '1000W' psu blowing up at 600W open casket...

Really, don't take diablotek. Antec/Corsair cheap and good too.
Also, for $30 you can get 2 x2 gigs of 1600MHZ ram.


Search OCZ Special Ops in newegg.
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February 11, 2011 8:02:22 PM

vibhas said:
Don't make me find the vide of a Diablotec '1000W' psu blowing up at 600W open casket...

Really, don't take diablotek. Antec/Corsair cheap and good too.
Also, for $30 you can get 2 x2 gigs of 1600MHZ ram.


Search OCZ Special Ops in newegg.



:lol:  :lol: 

I like to call those low-quality PSU's 'fireworks factories'
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