1. How do I know if a certain power supply can power my system adequately?
2. Is there a way to overclock the Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition and still use the stock heatsink & fan?
3. What are the benefits to getting an AM3+ mobo instead of an AM3(if any at all)?
4. Are the parts I've selected going to work good together? if not, what are some improvements that could be made?
5. Will I need to buy any extra parts? (any cables, thermal paste, screws, standoffs)
Thanks for reading If anyone can help me, I'd appreciate it soooo much!
1. Go to the Details section and see what cords the PSU has, You will probably need a 24Pin MoBo, 4-8Pin MoBo, and a few molex and PCIe cords
2. You can, but it's going to overheat your system and may cause system failure (chances are it won't destroy the CPU because they have safety systems)
3. AM3+ allows you to upgrade to the upcoming Bulldozer CPUs, and ARE compatible with the AM3 socket CPUs
4. gonna work, only I would suggest a cheaper case so you can get better parts such as a better MoBo and graphics card.
5. No, unless you are buying a aftermaket heatsink and fan, then you don't need anything.
Here would be my build suggestion:
No, don't, not this time. Normally I would say the same thing as zoot but since newegg is giving $10 off the 965 but not the 955, the prices are the same, but the 965 already has its CPU running at 3.4GHz
You can OC the 955 higher than the 965, but you can also OC the 965. As for the w/o the aftermarket HSF, I wouldn't recommend it, it would overheat your CPU if you don't buy an aftermarket one.
The TeamElite one has heat spreaders, preventing one area of the RAM being too hot, the G.skill one doesn't have the heat spreaders
DO NOT BUY THAT POWER SUPPLY!!!! Do not buy a cheap power supply, they are unreliable and could potentially damage your system if it fails. Buy from trustworth brands like: Corsair, Seasonic, and Antec...yes they will be more expensive but the money is well spent because chances are, you can re-use that PSU in another build later.
Rosewill's cases are nice; not too expensive, and have quiet fans.
Ding me for not having the link, but I could have sworn Tom's did some tests and found that heat spreaders on RAM really doesn't make a difference.
If that particular Rosewill PSU is internally identical to the RP500-2, Jonnyguru passed it with a score of 8.5, so isn't a cheap system-killer. The only trouble is, that was a little over four years ago, and there are MUCH better choices available today. A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch), and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands. Except for the case (I prefer your original selection), r0aringdrag0n's parts list is good. If $589 is really more of a strain than you'd like, with your current monitor resolution (on the order of 1366x768), you could safely reduce the graphics card to a HD6770 without suffering for it, and quite frankly would do well even with "only" a HD6670.
Edit: Actually, if you're not really all that interested in overclocking, and are indeed willing to spend up to $600, and don't really care what Bulldozer may or may not bring to the table, you would get better performance out of an Intel Core-i3 system. Take a look at the last $500 (actuall $526) SBM article at Tom's, but plan to spend a little more to get a better mobo than the deadend they chose.
1) the bulldozer is suppose to be AMAZING, but since that's just talk...we really don't know.
2) That works fine, but once again, I would choose between: Corsair, Antec or Seasonic, just because they have a reputation of being good. If you are lucky, the Rosewill might perform better than a Corsair. It works though.