First pc build....help?

Hello,
this is my first pc and so far i have chosen the following parts
amd phenom x2 555 (as i could unlock it to four cores)

mobo
asus evo
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=462579

ram
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=365661

case
either
http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom

or

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=611035

or

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=796692


can u guys help me choose a powerpack, graphics card and brief me on anything else i need?

thanks :D
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  1. The RAM you have chosen is a triple channel kit .
    You need a dual channel kit .
    2 x 2 Gig is fine for gaming

    This is a later model cheaper motherboard
    http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=609346

    MAYBE you can unlock the cpu . Dont EXPECT to be able to

    Graphics card selection needs to be made with the monitor resolution in mind . What monitor are you using?
  2. mussie said:

    this is my first pc and so far i have chosen the following parts
    amd phenom x2 555 (as i could unlock it to four cores)

    Maybe.

    You need to choose the video card first. The power demands of the video card will drive your PSU decision.

    All of that will depend on your budget.
  3. Outlander_04 said:
    The RAM you have chosen is a triple channel kit .
    You need a dual channel kit .
    2 x 2 Gig is fine for gaming

    This is a later model cheaper motherboard
    http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=609346

    MAYBE you can unlock the cpu . Dont EXPECT to be able to

    Graphics card selection needs to be made with the monitor resolution in mind . What monitor are you using?


    since there is a chance i could end up with 2 cores i might go with the amd phenom ii x2 955 black edition, that evo mobo looks good and ill put some http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=305746 (ram) in umm does it matter if its slower at 800mhz opossed to like 1333 mhz? im using a pansonic widescreen monitor its not hd and about 3 years old? and i have no clue of which graphics card to choose ;P
  4. You need DDR3 RAM for that motherboard .
    There is very little difference in performance with RAM speeds . 1333 MHz RAM can be a fraction faster than 1600MHz RAM if it has tighter timings . You will see numbers listed next to the ram like 7-7-7-21 or 9-9-9-24 . LOWER is better .
    The sweet spot in NZ for RAM value is probably cl8 1333 MHz .
    But the performance difference is really small .

    If you are on a budget then consider the Athlon triple cores . Its the same exact processor core as a phenom but with a little less memory in the cpu its self . And gaming doesnt benefit much from more than 3 cores .
    But buy the 955 if you can

    If you can afford the 955 you should also check out the possibility of building using an Intel i3 2100 and an H67 motherboard . That can perform better than the phenom in some situations
  5. Outlander_04 said:
    You need DDR3 RAM for that motherboard .
    There is very little difference in performance with RAM speeds . 1333 MHz RAM can be a fraction faster than 1600MHz RAM if it has tighter timings . You will see numbers listed next to the ram like 7-7-7-21 or 9-9-9-24 . LOWER is better .
    The sweet spot in NZ for RAM value is probably cl8 1333 MHz .
    But the performance difference is really small .

    If you are on a budget then consider the Athlon triple cores . Its the same exact processor core as a phenom but with a little less memory in the cpu its self . And gaming doesnt benefit much from more than 3 cores .
    But buy the 955 if you can

    If you can afford the 955 you should also check out the possibility of building using an Intel i3 2100 and an H67 motherboard . That can perform better than the phenom in some situations


    so for ram something like this ?
    http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=560172

    iv heard that the phenom ii x4 955 is as good as the i7 ( a little worse) fps wise for gaming . what i really want from my pc is to be lag-less in games like call of duty modern warefare 2 on HD and if possible crysis just to show off. so which graphics card will i need with the evo mobo and amd 955? or should i consider the i3 and h67 for this seeing as my budget is around $1000?
  6. also for my HDD is this alright? and is there any benifit on spending more money on a better mobo like http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=859468 ? and if the pc is going to used for gaming for less than 30% of the time is it worth spending over $150 on a good graphics card ? or maybe a 3d 1?
  7. It would have been really useful to know the resolution of your monitor and whether or not you need a copy of windows .

    The gfx card has to calculate how to "draw" each pixel so the higher your resolution the more gfx power you need and the less important the processor becomes . For a relatively high resolution screen like a 22 - 24 inch LCD or a 1080 p tv Id build this

    AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2GHz Socket AM3 $118.82

    Gigabyte GA-880GMA-USB3 $172.26
    AM3+ mb that will take the next generation processors when they're released later this year

    G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 PC10666/1333MHz CL8 $89.00

    Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD502HJ 16MB 500GB $66.09
    Very fast hard drive

    Antec Three Hundred 82.82
    Not as flashy as the cases you listed but very good cooling and it frees up a lot to spend on stuff that will make your computer perform better.

    Lite-On iHAS324 DVD 31.25

    Sapphire Radeon HD6870 (11179-09) HDMI Dual-DisplayPort Dual-DVI 1GB $335.02

    Antec High Current Gamer 520W psu $118.28

    $1013.54


    If you have a 19 inch monitor then change the gfx card to a 6850 , and spend the change on a stronger processor
  8. Is it possible to
    Unlock the x3 and with overclocking, is it worth doing with the risks involved?
  9. I'd say you have more chance of unlocking an X3 than you have of unlocking a X2

    but its the luck of the draw . Some you can and some you cant
  10. Unless you are going to upgrade the monitor really soon then get a 5770

    and spend what you save on a quad core or the case you want
  11. Could this work?was planning to get this with a mac laptop anyway
    http://www.apple.com/displays/
    If im look at a monitor which would u reccomend? Or should i just get the 5770, but what will i b sacrificing?
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