Updated PC Build-Compatible?

CPU: AMD FX-8150 (Waiting till it's buyable)

Graphics: Palit NE5X5600HD02F GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261108

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=10nivjval3w4x

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=samsung%20f3&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=10a0mdpo4u8wz

DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

PSU: (POSSIBLY) Rosewill LIGHTNING Series LIGHTNING-800 800W Continuous @50°C,80 PLUS GOLD Certified,Pipe-rock Modular Design,Single +12V Rail,ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.92,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active- PFC ,Fan LED color switch Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182238

Case: Rosewill ARMOR Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,Full mesh design front bezel, comes with Six Fans-1x Front 120mm Fan, 2x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, 1x 80mm Fan on motherboard tray, 1x Side 200mm Fan, option Fan-1x Bottom 120mm Fan - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147047

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 (oh and if someone could tell me the difference between professional and home premium, that'd be great!)

Wi-fi Adapter: ASUS PCE-N13 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 150/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 64-bit/128-bit WEP, TKIP, and AES WI-Fi alliance WPA, WPA2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320048


Also, if you have any other parts in mind, I would prefer it to be on Newegg.
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  1. It looks to be compatible, but terribly inadvisable as well. What are you going to use it for?
  2. Mostly gaming, next to that internet browsing, schoolwork, and finally movies.
  3. EDIT: Changing the RAM down to 8GB.
  4. MIK_1st said:
    EDIT: Changing the RAM down to 8GB.
    Good choice, with the money saved, maybe you can just get an i5-2500K and OC it to 4.0GHz+ with an after-market cooler.
  5. Your RAM is still terribly underpowered. One of the surefire advantages of building your own over getting an OEM is good (and fast) RAM. I like the look of these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    The Radeon 8570 won't be out for 18 months, did you mean 6570?

    Grab the X4 955 and save yourself $50

    Here's the cheapest quality SLI mobo I could find:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510
  6. Zenthar said:
    Good choice, with the money saved, maybe you can just get an i5-2500K and OC it to 4.0GHz+ with an after-market cooler.


    I'm no computer expert, but isn't the AMD CPU faster? I read about the OC speed on Amazon (w/out an after-market cooler) and it was the same as the AMD CPU (which is 3.7Ghz not OC'd). People have been OC'ing the AMD CPU to 4.4Ghz without getting an after-market cooler.
  7. Zenthar said:
    Good choice, with the money saved, maybe you can just get an i5-2500K and OC it to 4.0GHz+ with an after-market cooler.


    I'm no computer expert, but isn't the AMD CPU faster? I read about the OC speed on Amazon (w/out an after-market cooler) and it was the same as the AMD CPU (which is 3.7Ghz not OC'd). People have been OC'ing the AMD CPU to 4.4Ghz without getting an after-market cooler.
  8. cuecuemore said:
    Your RAM is still terribly underpowered. One of the surefire advantages of building your own over getting an OEM is good (and fast) RAM. I like the look of these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    The Radeon 8570 won't be out for 18 months, did you mean 6570?

    Grab the X4 955 and save yourself $50

    Here's the cheapest quality SLI mobo I could find:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510


    Oops, meant the 6870! I just couldn't remember what the name was, sorry!
  9. The 2500k clocked at 3.3GHz is considerably faster than the X4 980 at any speed.
  10. cuecuemore said:
    The 2500k clocked at 3.3GHz is considerably faster than the X4 980 at any speed.


    Hm... well I think I'd rather stick with the CPU I have at the moment. Just my personal choice.
  11. MIK_1st said:
    I'm no computer expert, but isn't the AMD CPU faster? I read about the OC speed on Amazon (w/out an after-market cooler) and it was the same as the AMD CPU (which is 3.7Ghz not OC'd). People have been OC'ing the AMD CPU to 4.4Ghz without getting an after-market cooler.
    Right now, clock for clock the Intel Sandy Bridge (like the i5-2500K) is faster (a 3.0 GHZ Intel would feel faster than a 3.0Ghz AMD). That said, yes the AMD stock speed of 3.7 GHz is faster than Intel I5-2500K's 3.3GHz, but the later would still match it in final performance. Moreover, the i5-2500K can easily reach 4GHz (with tools provided my the motherboard manufacturers themselves), can be pushed to 4.5GHz rather easily manually in the BIOS (took no more than 5 min. for me) and with some effort, people have been pushing it to 5GHz (with lots of time and good air coolers).
  12. Zenthar said:
    Right now, clock for clock the Intel Sandy Bridge (like the i5-2500K) is faster (a 3.0 GHZ Intel would feel faster than a 3.0Ghz AMD). That said, yes the AMD stock speed of 3.7 GHz is faster than Intel I5-2500K's 3.3GHz, but the later would still match it in final performance. Moreover, the i5-2500K can easily reach 4GHz (with tools provided my the motherboard manufacturers themselves), can be pushed to 4.5GHz rather easily manually in the BIOS (took no more than 5 min. for me) and with some effort, people have been pushing it to 5GHz (with lots of time and good air coolers).


    Oh >_>. Well, could you link me to the parts required for an Intel build, and the parts to OC it with ease? I don't know much about what kind of motherboard and RAM is required for it. If the prices are low enough on Black Friday, I might switch over to that CPU.
  13. CPU: Intel i5-2500K
    MB: Gigabyte Z68X-UD3P

    All other parts should work just fine. If you want 3rd party cooler to OC decently, the Hyper 212 is usually the one recommended. although I prefer the (pricier) Xigmatek coolers (SDT-1283 + ACK-I5361).
  14. The Nvidia 560 is basically very comparable to the AMD 6870. I personally would get the Phenom II 965 and just slightly overclock to same specs as your 980. Its an unlocked "Black Edition" so it will easily overclock. A bus overclock from 200 to 220-230 would be ideal and just leave the multiplier at default. You'll be overclocking your northbridge as well which is quite beneficial up to 2200-2400Mhz. Remember to drop hypertransport to 9x multi or u may get problems. They are practically the same CPU's anyways, just clocked different from factory. The 6-core 1090T or 1100T are very attractive options and closely priced. I would truly wait just a bit longer for the AMD Bulldozer release, as your motherboard is compatible.
  15. jonnycatz1990 said:
    The Nvidia 560 is basically very comparable to the AMD 6870. I personally would get the Phenom II 965 and just slightly overclock to same specs as your 980. Its an unlocked "Black Edition" so it will easily overclock. A bus overclock from 200 to 220-230 would be ideal and just leave the multiplier at default. You'll be overclocking your northbridge as well which is quite beneficial up to 2200-2400Mhz. Remember to drop hypertransport to 9x multi or u may get problems. They are practically the same CPU's anyways, just clocked different from factory. The 6-core 1090T or 1100T are very attractive options and closely priced. I would truly wait just a bit longer for the AMD Bulldozer release, as your motherboard is compatible.


    Yes, I was considering the Bulldozer when it came out. It's just that it might go a bit higher than my budget is.
  16. Zenthar said:
    CPU: Intel i5-2500K
    MB: Gigabyte Z68X-UD3P

    All other parts should work just fine. If you want 3rd party cooler to OC decently, the Hyper 212 is usually the one recommended. although I prefer the (pricier) Xigmatek coolers (SDT-1283 + ACK-I5361).


    Ok, thanks. But if I decide to NOT overclock, would the AMD be faster?
  17. MIK_1st said:
    Ok, thanks. But if I decide to NOT overclock, would the AMD be faster?
    Based on this chart, yes, even at stock speeds the i5-2500K (3.3Ghz) is faster than even the X4 9800 (3.7 GHz).
  18. If you really don't want to OC (which I find would be a shame on SB given how easy it is to do) and want to save money, you could consider getting something like an i5-2300 or an i5-2400 and an H67/H61 motherboard; yes even those perform as well or better than the X4 980. But you have to understand that you completely forfeit OC with this choice (like in zero/nada/nil, not "not as good").
  19. Zenthar said:
    If you really don't want to OC (which I find would be a shame on SB given how easy it is to do) and want to save money, you could consider getting something like an i5-2300 or an i5-2400 and an H67/H61 motherboard; yes even those perform as well or better than the X4 980. But you have to understand that you completely forfeit OC with this choice (like in zero/nada/nil, not "not as good").

    Wow, I geuss Intel really is as good as they say. I just don't understand how Intel is faster than the AMD one... Oh well, I'll just go with it I geuss. If I come up with the money by the time I buy my parts, I'll DEFINETLY go with Intel!
  20. One thing to understand about the "speed" of a processor when expressed in Mhz or Ghz (applies to RAM also BTW) is that is is barely the "electrical frequency"; the true performance of a CPU lies in the number or operations it can do per seconds (ex: MFLOPS = 1000 FLoating Operations Per Seconds). For example, if a CPU runs at 3Ghz and each operation takes 10 cycles to complete, you get 300 operations/seconds, but take another processor running at 2Ghz that takes only 5 cycles per operations and it get 400 operations per second which would feel much faster.

    As you might guess, it isn't actually THAT simple, a CPU supports hundreds (if not more, you can always count them here) and each can take a different amount of cycles to complete depending on the architecture of the CPU (which can vary from one generation to another, not just the brand, the old Intel Pentium 4 used to be one of the worst to the point where they basically went back to something closer to Pentium 3 when they created the Core processors). Other factors can also influence the performance such as cache and how it is managed.

    For RAM it is a bit more simple as the number of cycles it takes to complete an operation is the CAS rating.
  21. EDIT: After getting some advice, I'm changing the PSU to a different brand as well as to 650W
  22. Can anyone recommend decent speakers? Just a pair that will last me a while, and has good enough sound quality.
  23. EDIT: Changing the PSU and the Case
  24. EDIT: Changing the CPU, Motherboard, and RAM Brand
  25. Not sure exactly where you are going but the Giga-Byte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ 990FX might help you get there.

    As will some DDR3 1866!
  26. Wisecracker said:
    Not sure exactly where you are going but the Giga-Byte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ 990FX might help you get there.

    As will some DDR3 1866!

    Ok, thanks! I'll get some 1866 with the $30 saved for that motherboard.
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