Will this setup work well?

I want to buy this rig for (legal) ps2 emulation.
Any advice or problems?
(alredy have case & w7)
budget is 515 w/ shipping.

I have concerns about the wattage, cooling, and the fact that the
mobo only has 2 pci-e slots (x16/x4) and the 460 takes up both.
(would it still work?)

Cart Item List:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
$113.99

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
$44.99


MSI 870S-G46 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

$79.99


Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

$89.99


EVGA 01G-P3-1380-KR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) SSC+ 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

$169.99

Grand Total: $498.95
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Grumpy9117
  2. Spend a few more bucks and pick up an AM3+ board

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767
    $95 ASUS M5A97 AM3+

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016
    $65 Antec BP550 Plus 550W (you can save a few bucks with this one, and get modular)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231310
    $37 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (These OC very well, and are approved. Later pick up another of these to equal 8Gb, be sure to have a 64bit OS)
  3. As far as the ram, no.
    I'm not an OC'er.
    What difference does AM3+ bring?
    (because I trust MSi)
    Also, is 550w enough?
  4. A dual-slot card doesn't take up both PCI-e slots, lol. It takes only one, and also covers the normal PCI slot directly below it (dual-slot).
    Shouldn't it be really easy to do PS2 emulation? It's not exactly advanced hardware.
    The AM3 might be a good idea, though. It might let you upgrade your processor later, if Bulldozer is compatible (I don't know if it will be).
    How did you manage to find such an expensive power supply? This Corsair 500 would be fine:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&Tpk=corsair%20500
    That RAM is still good, OCing or not.
  5. Corsair ain't powerin this.
    Only their RAM really lasts.(in my opinion.)
  6. Honestly ASUS is a much better company than MSI (better all around: Support, Drivers, and stability). The AM3+ board will be better for any future upgrades you may want to do (ie Bulldozer), it also has USB 3.0 ports. 550W is more than enough, and Corsair PSU's are very high quality. G.Skill is the brand I prefer, cheaper than Corsair anyways and just as good.
  7. I don't plan on upgrading for at least 5-6 years.
    Lastability, baby!
    (might add more RAM though.)
  8. All the more reason to get something that supports USB 3.0 then. The G.Skill I linked is cheaper, and is a single 4Gb stick (not 2x2Gb). The ASUS board is also an x16/x8 config, not x16/x4 like the MSi.
  9. Usb 3.0 causes Fan problems from what I hear.
    Also, I got 2 sticks of 2 gb just in case one failed.
    What is the difference between x16/x4 and x16/x8?
    Will it slow down ONE video card?
  10. Whoever told you that USB 3.0 causes fan problems was on something.
    Better off going with a single larger stick of ram, it's faster and more can be added later (especially at the price it was showing)
    x16/x8 is the better config, yes the x16/x4 will throttle the card in the x4 lane.
  11. I revised a little. Any more help?


    MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813130275
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    $94.99




    EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
    Item #: N82E16814130571
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

    $175.99

    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817371016
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    $64.99

    CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M1A1600C9

    CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M1A1600C9
    Item #: N82E16820145328
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy



    $39.99
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103808
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)



    $119.99

    Subtotal: $495.95
  12. Looks better, though I personally will not touch another MSI product (MSI is gonna die, just a matter of when and where), every MSI board I have had has fried within 6-8 months (and taken other hardware with it)
  13. Here we are after the PSU (Antec) burnt out and Msi failed to deliver(FIRE) (I was testing these on an older unit.)


    Link Depot 16 FT HDMI TO DVI Cable Model HDMI-DVI-5

    $13.99

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

    $25.99

    ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    $99.99

    Recertified: PNY RVCGGTX4601XXB GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814133394
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    Service Net Recertified Replacement Extended Warranty Plan

    1 year: $16.99(remove)

    $134.99

    COOLMAX CXI-600B 600W ATX12V ATX 12V v2.2 SLI Certified / CrossFire Ready and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply

    $59.99

    Arctic Silver MTX-2.5G Matrix Thixotropic Premium Thermal Compound

    $5.95

    CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M1A1333C9

    $29.99

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor HDZ720WFK3DGI - OEM

    $74.99

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

    $28.43

    Subtotal: $474.31
    Extended Warranty Fee: $16.99

    Shipping: $15.71


    Grand Total: $507.0
  14. Looks good, but I'd get a better PSU than that coolmax. Look for: Antec, PC P&C, Enermax, Silverstone/Seasonic , Corsair, XFX, and Lepa (rebadged enermax).


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031
    $69.99 Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS (has a $20 MIR)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256071
    $69.99 SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS

    Usually I go with Ceramique instead of the MTX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100017
    (same price)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162052
    $129.99 Galaxy 60XGH3HS3CUD GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    $5 more on the proc will net you a quad
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103932
    $79.99 AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
  15. Thanks. As for the quad, I'll go with this.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103940
    (How does the 460 compare to the 465?)
    508! very nice!
  16. I will pay no more than $75.00(That's with shipping) for a case. Any recommendations?
    (I also got rid of the hdmi adapter(Video card comes with vga)
    and could afford this!
    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817371044 (any better?)
  17. Depends on what you are lookin for in a case, but here are some suggestions.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
    $55 CM HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112322
    $70 LIAN LI Lancool First Knight Series PC-K59W

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196
    $70 CM Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP (recommend this one)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352010
    $75 Fractal Design Core 3000
  18. I just want the roomiest one.
    (That last one is 85$ with shipping! Oh my.)

    And we have a winner!
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119233
    $55 CM HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1
  19. Hello?
    Is this PSU any better?
    Same price...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044
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