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April 6, 2011 5:03:30 AM

Hi - settled on these components but wanted to be certain about their compatibility. Feel free to chuck in any other advice as well. Cheers, M.

AMD Phenom II AM3 955 Black Edition (3.2Ghz) CPU $150.00

G Skill Ripjaws 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24 (CL9D-4GBRL ) $56.00

Asus M4A88TD-M/USB3 $109.00

Total $315.00

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April 6, 2011 5:09:10 AM

mullenmj said:
Hi - settled on these components but wanted to be certain about their compatibility. Feel free to chuck in any other advice as well. Cheers, M.

AMD Phenom II AM3 955 Black Edition (3.2Ghz) CPU $150.00

G Skill Ripjaws 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24 (CL9D-4GBRL ) $56.00

Asus M4A88TD-M/USB3 $109.00

Total $315.00


Should be, but..is this all? I mean did you want advice on graphics cards, hard drive, power supply, case, aka the rest of it?
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April 6, 2011 5:23:25 AM

No, I'm updating CPU, mobo and RAM and already have that other stuff. Just need to be sure that the CPU and RAM are compatible with the mobo. Cheers for the quick response.
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April 6, 2011 6:30:08 AM

Thanks AznShinobi...

I looked at the 2400 but it's at least $210 here in Australia.

I have a local supplier that I'd prefer to buy through so that if anything goes wrong I only have to drive up the road to exchange/refund/get support.

I think their prices are pretty good too.

As far as RAM goes, my options are either the ripjaws or as follows...

Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB (2x XMS3 2GB) PC-12800 $59
Geil 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1600 PC12800 CL9 $60
G Skill 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 9-9-9-24(CL9D-4GBNQ $55

Does anyone have any recommendations?
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April 6, 2011 6:33:04 AM

I should mention I'm not a gamer. I use my PC for Internet surfing, photoshop and indesign and audio/music recording. I'll be connecting it to my TV and using it as my central media centre at some stage too - so I want to future-proof now a little bit.
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April 6, 2011 8:56:49 AM

Cheers AznShinobi

Unfortunately the mobo link you posted doesn't lead to a mobo page. I can't find any mobo's for $70 at UMart - not at the Sunshine Coast store I'll be shopping at anyway.

I'm still not sure whether the processing power of the i5 will benefit me more than the the extra cores on the Phenom - I often use multiple programs at once and I've read that's where 4 cores will come in handy. I looked at the best value chip link, but it constantly refers to gaming performance, which I'm not that interested in.

What do you think?
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April 6, 2011 4:36:40 PM

the 2400 is a quad core processor
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April 6, 2011 8:28:04 PM

AsRock H61M-S - Motherboard 69$ online. 79$ instore I just suggest online ordering then instore pickup.

The i5 2400 ($210)

G Skill 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1333 PC10600 (F3-10600CL9S-4GBNT) - 46$ online, 56$ in store.

The i5 2400 is a quad core as Pacioli pointed out. Also did you even read the rest of the article? In synthetic benchmarks which is most relative to you, "Labled Multitasking" It destroys the 955. And still kills a six-core 1075T
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-cor...

You seem to really like AMD. If that is your wish, you can get it. If you look at the other link.
i5 2500K vs 1100T
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288

The 1100T loses in every situation (minus a few), the 2500K is only a 2400 with higher stock clock (not by much) and both costs the same.
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April 7, 2011 12:12:10 AM

Ok, you sold me - I have to drive a bit further to pick these up but hopefully it will be worth it. Cheers for your help.
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April 7, 2011 2:53:54 AM

Best answer selected by mullenmj.
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