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June 30, 2011 3:29:45 AM

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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Anonymous
June 30, 2011 10:46:57 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Grumpy9117
June 30, 2011 1:25:10 PM

Spend a few more bucks and pick up an AM3+ board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$95 ASUS M5A97 AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$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=N82E168...
$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)
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June 30, 2011 1:52:12 PM

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?
June 30, 2011 1:52:26 PM

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=N82E168...
That RAM is still good, OCing or not.
June 30, 2011 1:55:06 PM

Corsair ain't powerin this.
Only their RAM really lasts.(in my opinion.)
June 30, 2011 2:13:37 PM

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.
June 30, 2011 2:22:26 PM

I don't plan on upgrading for at least 5-6 years.
Lastability, baby!
(might add more RAM though.)
June 30, 2011 2:29:20 PM

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.
June 30, 2011 2:33:30 PM

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?
July 1, 2011 8:24:06 AM

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.
July 2, 2011 11:20:19 PM

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

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$119.99

Subtotal: $495.95
July 6, 2011 8:54:48 AM

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)
August 17, 2011 3:06:03 AM

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

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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
August 17, 2011 8:30:20 AM

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=N82E168...
$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=N82E168...
$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=N82E168...
(same price)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$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=N82E168...
$79.99 AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
August 17, 2011 10:40:10 AM

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?)
August 17, 2011 10:59:56 AM

Depends on what you are lookin for in a case, but here are some suggestions.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55 CM HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70 LIAN LI Lancool First Knight Series PC-K59W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70 CM Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP (recommend this one)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$75 Fractal Design Core 3000
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