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October 20, 2011 12:37:14 AM

Hey there, I am now building a new gaming system for my friend and I was just wondering if I can get a check over to see if the parts I have are compatible. There are a couple parts that are not listed (GPU and DVD) because I am selling them to him.

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.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASUS M4N68T-M V2 AM3 NVIDIA Geforce 7025/nForce 630a Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I'm selling him my old GTX 275 for 55$ and a DVD drive for 15$.

My main concerns
1) Are they all compatible?
2) Any Parts you would change?
3) Any cheaper and greater alternatives?
a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 12:58:02 AM

looks ok. no problem there. if he wants to upgrade the cpu in future an intel motherboard and i3 2100 would be another option. then you can always go to an i5/i7 or IB cpu later
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 1:21:19 AM

I have issues with some of it.

the NForce board is awful. get an AMD board, ASUS 760G with am3+ is $54 if you want bulldozer ability. AS Rock 880 is $50 if you arent worried about upgrade path.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 1:21:26 AM

Yuck an old GTX 275? I would not sell him that buy that. The $500 build in tom's hardware is better than that. It has a 6870.
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October 20, 2011 1:53:11 AM

Im getting mixed signals, will the motherboard selected be able to utilize a Phenom II 955 and a GTX 275?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 1:55:28 AM

It can, I'm just saying that the old GTX 275 is crap.

Edit: oh wait, it's a decent one. Lol
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 2:02:00 AM

ricestrike said:
Im getting mixed signals, will the motherboard selected be able to utilize a Phenom II 955 and a GTX 275?


The motherboard in your list is a turkey

Only it if you hate your friend and want him to have a bad computer .

Go to newegg . search AMD motherboards , then AM3+ motherboards .
Ideally then search for the 970 series chipset
but there are cheaper options
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October 20, 2011 2:21:33 AM

Since, my motherboard is so trash. Is there any motherboard on Newegg.ca is acceptable? ( I don't hate my friend :L) Also decided to get a 4 gb kit of rip jaw instead of 8 gb managed to shave off 20$
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 4:07:55 AM

technically, so do mine, Outlander. Both are am3+ boards, but may need a BIOS update to install a bulldozer chip.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 4:20:02 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
technically, so do mine, Outlander. Both are am3+ boards, but may need a BIOS update to install a bulldozer chip.


Technically thats not correct.
The older chipsets dont support all of Bulldozers features

But its a matter of budget IMO
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 7:59:15 AM

Why get a bulldozer? It sucks anyway.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 8:07:51 AM

Hopefully we can get some posts from people who actually bought the BD to see more tests on it and how it works for them
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 8:10:46 AM

Emelth said:
Hopefully we can get some posts from people who actually bought the BD to see more tests on it and how it works for them


A lot of tech sites have reported disappointing figures. Why would you ask normal consumers about it? In the end, they'd be happy about it since it's what they wanted to buy.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 8:16:58 AM

For me if I can achieve 60 FPS its good enough for me, for shootings gaming I going to want at least 100 FPS, it would just all depend of what fits the pocketbook at that time, plus who knows maybe in the future like a lot of reviews said when games can actually use all 8 cores (who knows when that is gonna happen though) it might become great
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 8:20:05 AM

Emelth said:
For me if I can achieve 60 FPS its good enough for me, for shootings gaming I going to want at least 100 FPS, it would just all depend of what fits the pocketbook at that time, plus who knows maybe in the future like a lot of reviews said when games can actually use all 8 cores (who knows when that is gonna happen though) it might become great


In 10-20 years or so? Me, I'm not picky as long as I get 30 FPS. I'm good.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 20, 2011 8:21:44 AM

lol so true like i said who knows when it will happen
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