Budget build (Ancient Antec PSU ok?) Mobo & RAM?


Approximate Purchase Date: Tonight, if possible!

Budget Range: $100-130 for mobo, <$50 for 8GB RAM (total system build budget is $390 for me)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Everything: scripting to video editing (no folding or gaming)

Parts Not Required:
I own: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, PSU=Antec True550, CPU, ssd)
I am purchasing: hdd, BD-RW, DVD-RW, GPU, mobo, RAM

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: mobo must have USB 3.0 & SATA III (6Gbps)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (Variable -> 1024x768+)

Additional Comments: (Aesthetics are a ludicrous consideration for me at this point. Silence is golden. In the summer, my room can reach 108 degrees Fahrenheit.)

I am putting together my first system for me. I have helped many, many people build systems for themselves. The difference is that they are rich, while I am not. I just had them buy all new components. I am trying to recycle my old, gladiator-of-a-PSU in my new build, if possible. I am looking at:
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134133
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130608
MOBO QVL: http://www.msi.com/file/test_report/TR10_2408.pdf
PSU: Antec TruePower 550 (Model: True550) (circa. 2003-2004) ...should be this guy: http://www.antec.com/specs/true550_spe.html

My 1st concern is connecting my GPU to my PSU. The GPU should come with a connector/adapter for connecting to a molex/other on the PSU, right?
The GPU says that it draws 29W max, so that should be fine. I have done a few system PSU calculators...no problems there....unless I am blind somewhere? Online system calculators tell me that I need a minimum of 338W, 388W recommended.

My 2nd concern is RAM. None of the RAM (2x4GB) I have checked is on the QVL list. My experience has been very positive in guessing in the past. Normally, if I have quality RAM & a quality MOBO, I have no direct compatibility issues. I would like to make sure (due to budget concerns). Anyone know about G.Skill Sniper (Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR)(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460&Tpk=g.skill%208gb)
...with this MOBO.
My (secret) PhIIx4 CPU can do:
Frequency (MHz) XX00
Bus speed (MHz) 667 MHz Memory controller
One 2000 MHz 16-bit HyperTransport link.
As I understand it, it can not even run the memory at 1866? The mobo will just run it at 1333, correct?
(I would not even mind dropping down to 1066 memory if I could actually see it on a QVL. The latency of 7 would be nice, I guess.)

Are there any other concerns I should have?

Thanks ahead of time. I am excited. I have all of this stuff in my Shopping Cart that I can finally afford! :)



P.S. Please be gentle.
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  1. I forgot to add that I would be interested in a case also, preferably from a well-known manufacturer. Low temps would be my top priority.

    eSATA interface(s) on the mobo would be extra swell.

    Thanks again,


    P.S. I am just waiting for your replies. I will buy these parts immediately.
  2. Did I do something wrong?
  3. probly not.

    Most of your parts look ok, however, even with Antec's quality, an 8 or 9 year old Powersupply is not going to cut i, just too old. Too much capacitor wear, and too many changes in what's important ( 5v has declined and 12v has risen in importance since 2003)

    The good news is that as long as the capacitors aren't ready to blow, it should run what you have for a bit. The Antec Neo Eco 400W is on sale at newegg though, for $34.95, and would give you the piece of mind of a new PSU.
  4. Thank you, ScrewySqrl. I went ahead and bought a new Antec Earthwatts 500W (80-Plus certification was a must).
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