My 1st build.

Hi all! :hello:

So I would like to know what you think of this build so far. (have not bought it yet)


Mobo:ASRock AM3 M3A770DE/A/ASR Motherboard Socket S/L 5200MT/S

GPU:Asus 1GB Radeon HD 6850 DirectCU PCI-E 2

RAM:Kingston 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM Memory

Hard drive:Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda 1TB GB 7200rpm SATA Drive with 32MB Buffer

For WLAN:TP-Link TL-WN781ND 150Mbps Wireless PCI Express Adapter

Case:Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Chassis with Window/Blue LED Fan/Midi Tower

CPU:AMD HDZ965FBGMBOX Phenom II X4 965 - 3.4 Ghz AM3 Black Edition CPU, Retail Packaged

Optical Drive: LiteOn IHAS122-18 22x Internal SATA DVD-RW BLK OEM

As u probably noticed I did not include PSU in there since I dont know should I buy 600w or 650w (I am adding one HD 6850 later on.)

Q1:Would this build work?

Q2:What how much wattage should my PSU have?

Q3:Can I add the 2nd GPU whit out buying new parts?

Now, I am on a budget but if you have suggestion on switching/getting extra stuff I can use about 100$ more on this.(I'd still rather not :??: )

Sorry for the long post but I'd really want to nail this on the 1st try :ange:
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  1. Switch your motherboard with an AM3+ one. The next one offers SLI and Crossfire at 8X / 8X which is the least that you should aim, for a multi GPU setup.

    ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262

    For RAM choose a 1600MHz speed kit. Future proofing without spending much money ;)

    Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104203

    A better case with USB III in front panel

    NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146077

    955 and 965 is the same CPU, so you can save some $$ by getting the 955

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    If you can go with a 6870 that would be great..otherwise 6850 can do the job

    SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

    And get this HDD...

    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=spinpoint%20f3

    For PSU a good 650-700W can easily hold both 6850 or 6870 Crossfire

    CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012
  2. Thank you for helping!

    I will look into that stuff.

    Thank you again :D
  3. Thats a great little build you put up Op, nice one

    an Am3+ Mobo will allow you to upgrade the chip in future but its non essential in my eyes
    and I'd say a decent 700-750w psu, you are going to try overclocking after all :)
    Moto
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