Hi guys! I'm making a new pc and here are the new parts I plan to use:
Phenom II X6 1055T
4x4GB DDR3 1333
1TB WD Caviar Blue SATA 3.0
Thermaltake Litepower 700W
Thermaltake V4 Black
64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium
Old parts that are still usable:
My questiosn are:
1) Would the power supply be enough if I add a newer card? Lets say a GTX 550 Ti. Can I even go SLI?
2) As this would be used for gaming AND some 3D animation, would the set-up be reliable and fast enough?
3) Would I have any problem with Windows 7 compatibility with hardware/software/games?
the actual power output of the litepower is 600w continuous, 700w peak. Thermaltake has also been known for many of its psu's not able to produce their rated specs. It should run any single card fine, for SLI i would get a better PSU like antec, seasonic, xfx or corsair. Cheap psu's are usually cheap for a reason.
1) I recommend getting a better brand PSU and possibly a better GPU than a 550Ti, if you into serous gaming a 6850 or a 460.
2) as Above for gaming a better GPU would improve things alot and I also suggest getting an AM3+ board for future upgrades and the fact you cannot SLi on 8xx series AMD boards only the 9XXX series. You could also look at Intel 1155 CPUs and board as they outperform AMD at the moment.
3) There is no problem with Windows 7
Also unless you know the 3D animation works very well with the 6 core AMD CPUs get a 955BE or intel 1155 chips as the AMD 6 core chips are rarely good value for most users.
Looks OK except:
Coolmaster PSUs are not the best if you can get one at a similar price go for Antec or Corsair
The 6 Core AMD CPUs are no better than the 4 core ones for gaming I suggest a 955BE and overclock to 4.0GHz fairly easily as long as you get an OK cooler.
As for the RAM the timings and speed don't make that much difference to real performance, 1600MHz is the sweat spot for price/performance.
Corsair PSU's are quite expensive while Antec, I haven't found one locally available.
This system won't be used for gaming alone, I'll also use this for CAD and, eventually, 3D animation. And maybe some movie/audio editing too.
As for the RAM, is it OK to buy the cheapest 4GB DDR3 from Corsair? Is brand name just a name? And is it okay if I first drop one 4GB stick then add another 4GB stick in the future? I plan on maxing out the 16GB limit just for the fun of it.