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November 30, 2011 8:15:40 PM

Approx. Purchase date: Sometime (hopefully very soon) after Christmas.

Budget Range:500-700 although 700 is pushing it so as close to 500 as possible.(some of it depends on how much dough I get as gifts)

System usage: Gaming, Movies, Music, internet surfing sometimes several pages at once open+iTunes, Photos, word processing/school work.

Preferred sites for parts: None, what ever is cheapest. Except Newegg because I get charged sales tax.

Country: Southeast US.

Parts Preference: None, what ever is good but cheap.

Parts I have: Mouse, speakers.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: I don't have one yet so I don't know.

Current System specs: I thought I would include this because the main reason I am building it to upgrade and I want to make sure the parts I am getting are upgrades.
Type: Laptop
RAM: 4GB
OS: MS Windows Vista 64bit
Processor: Intel Core2duo CPU T6500 @ 2.10GHz
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4570
Hard Drive: 283GB

Additional Comments: My main use for this computer will be gaming in partcular SWTOR. My laptop plays most of my other games fairly well but it struggles with SWTOR (I found out in Beta) and if I have a large number things going on in the other games. I also want to play bluerays(however I will be purchasing the drive for that in the future). I will address my questions after I list the parts I have found so far in my research.

Many of these parts I found were recommended by another sight for a budget build.

Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ-129.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SRQ214/ref=ox_sc_a...

MSI AM3 USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s 870 Chipset AMD Motherboard 870A-G54-97.76 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003NYDTJY/ref=ox_sc_a...

Thermaltake V4 Black Edition SECC/Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case VM30001W2Z -39.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003SNJA8O/ref=ox_sc_a...

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom-74.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EYV690/ref=ox_sc_a...

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1556-KR-148.24 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S5CCP4/ref=ox_sc_a...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX -99.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS/ref=ox_sc_a...

Crucial Ballistix Sport 4 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM BL2CP25664BA1339-28.49 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004T8TREE/ref=ox_sc_a...

AOC 931SWL 19-Inch Wide Class LCD Monitor with High 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio-87.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MTF4JE/ref=ox_sc_a...

Now for my question which I will list in number format.
1-First off will these parts be a significant upgrade from my current system?
2-Will the combination I have do what I want?
3-Are all of these components compatible?
4-Are they all known to be reliable and of good value?
5-I will be using Windows 7 but should I get 64bit or 32bit?
6-In relation to that I read that with W7 more than 4GB RAM won't do any good is this true?
7-Is 600W enough power?
8-Where can I cut costs without sacrificing too much as this would put me at about 730 which is higher than I want?
9-Suggestions for cheaper places to buy?
10-Finally whats a good cheap monitor option that will give me good graphics so the money I spend on the card won't be wasted?
11-Are there any important parts I am forgetting that would be needed?...Ethernet/wireless card(I know this is needed but which one and whats a good cheap option?)

Thanks for the help.






a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2011 8:39:53 PM

Quote:
1-First off will these partsbe a significant upgrade from my current system?


Significant, yes. Enough to run everything at max? No.

Quote:
2-Will the combination I have do what I want?


It should for the most part but like I said - there's no way you'll even come close to running everything at max.

Quote:
3-Are all of these components compatible?


I would not under any circumstances recommend that motherboard. I had three different 870 boards used on an AMD build - all 3 fried. Try the Asrock 970 Extreme 3 or the Gigabyte GA-970-UD3. When buying memory you want to check to make sure the timing and the voltage are supported by the motherboard. As for PSU - I'd look at getting a better one for the money, try the Corsair Builder Series.

Quote:
4-Are they all known to be reliable and of good value?


Case - no. I find the low end Thermaltake cases to be very cheaply made and poor quality. If you can invest another $20 and go with the Cooler Master HAF 912.

Quote:

5-I will be using Windows 7 but should I get 64bit or 32bit?
6-In relation to that I read that with W7 you more than 4GB RAM won't do any good is this true?


5 - That all depends on memory. Less than 4GB requires 32 bit. Greater than 4GB requires 64 bit.
6 - Only if you're going with Win 7 32 bit, which I would advise against at this point.

Quote:
7-Is 600W enough power?


Yes but I'd get a better PSU. Try the Corsair Builder Series.

Quote:
8-Where can I cut costs without sacrificing too much as this would but me at about 730 which is higher than I want?


I don't know where you can exactly cut costs with this build - especially with HD prices the way they are right now - but there's DEFINITELY better areas where you can select better components.

Quote:
9-Suggestions for cheaper places to buy?


Newegg. The thing with buying parts from Amazon is that they don't stock them directly - they outsource their computer component purchases to outside sources anyways. If you don't want to get charged sales tax go with Tiger Direct - they don't charge sales tax anywhere except FL, CT, and RI, I believe. All you pay for is shipping.

Quote:
10-Finally whats a good cheap monitor option that will give me good graphic so the money I spend on the card won't be wasted?


?

If you want a good inexpensive monitor try something from Hanns G or Acer, don't go for no name brand monitors as they'll break easily and without warning - and these companies can get you on support for the things.

Try this build:

Case: Antec 300 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Asrock 970 Extreme 4 - $109.99
CPU: 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $124.99
Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 - $25.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM - $109.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $16.99
Video card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $144.99
Monitor: Acer S201H - $89.99
Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech MK260 - $29.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $941.90 ($721 without monitor/keyboard/mouse/OS)
November 30, 2011 9:15:05 PM

Thank you for the information and build suggestions. I realize because this is a budget build I wouldn't be able to run anything at max and I did expect that. 900 is a little out of my price range but it isn't far enough out that its completely undoable. I would use newegg as it seems to be very highly recommended and seems to have good prices. The problem is they charge me my state sales tax which bumps the price up almost 100. So are there any alternative sites?

Edit: also are ethernet capabilities built into the mobo or would I have to purchase a component for that as well?
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2011 10:11:52 PM

Ijustlovegaming said:
Thank you for the information and build suggestions. I realize because this is a budget build I wouldn't be able to run anything at max and I did expect that. 900 is a little out of my price range but it isn't far enough out that its completely undoable. I would use newegg as it seems to be very highly recommended and seems to have good prices. The problem is they charge me my state sales tax which bumps the price up almost 100. So are there any alternative sites?


The only other site I'd recommend is Tiger Direct - they have a really good reputation, although avoid their house brand Ultra if you can possibly help it - I've used Ultra PSUs in the past and they are absolutely terrible. One almost shorted out my system.

This build will definitely allow you to run higher than normal resolutions for games. Maybe not max but definitely way better than what you originally suggested.

Quote:
Edit: also are ethernet capabilities built into the mobo or would I have to purchase a component for that as well?


No, built in ethernet has been standard equipment since 2006. You also don't need a dedicated sound card either - the built in audio on your motherboard is just fine.
November 30, 2011 10:14:53 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Quote:
1-First off will these partsbe a significant upgrade from my current system?


Significant, yes. Enough to run everything at max? No.

Quote:
2-Will the combination I have do what I want?


It should for the most part but like I said - there's no way you'll even come close to running everything at max.

Quote:
3-Are all of these components compatible?


I would not under any circumstances recommend that motherboard. I had three different 870 boards used on an AMD build - all 3 fried. Try the Asrock 970 Extreme 3 or the Gigabyte GA-970-UD3. When buying memory you want to check to make sure the timing and the voltage are supported by the motherboard. As for PSU - I'd look at getting a better one for the money, try the Corsair Builder Series.

Quote:
4-Are they all known to be reliable and of good value?


Case - no. I find the low end Thermaltake cases to be very cheaply made and poor quality. If you can invest another $20 and go with the Cooler Master HAF 912.

Quote:

5-I will be using Windows 7 but should I get 64bit or 32bit?
6-In relation to that I read that with W7 you more than 4GB RAM won't do any good is this true?


5 - That all depends on memory. Less than 4GB requires 32 bit. Greater than 4GB requires 64 bit.
6 - Only if you're going with Win 7 32 bit, which I would advise against at this point.

Quote:
7-Is 600W enough power?


Yes but I'd get a better PSU. Try the Corsair Builder Series.

Quote:
8-Where can I cut costs without sacrificing too much as this would but me at about 730 which is higher than I want?


I don't know where you can exactly cut costs with this build - especially with HD prices the way they are right now - but there's DEFINITELY better areas where you can select better components.

Quote:
9-Suggestions for cheaper places to buy?


Newegg. The thing with buying parts from Amazon is that they don't stock them directly - they outsource their computer component purchases to outside sources anyways. If you don't want to get charged sales tax go with Tiger Direct - they don't charge sales tax anywhere except FL, CT, and RI, I believe. All you pay for is shipping.

Quote:
10-Finally whats a good cheap monitor option that will give me good graphic so the money I spend on the card won't be wasted?


?

If you want a good inexpensive monitor try something from Hanns G or Acer, don't go for no name brand monitors as they'll break easily and without warning - and these companies can get you on support for the things.

Try this build:

Case: Antec 300 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Asrock 970 Extreme 4 - $109.99
CPU: 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $124.99
Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 - $25.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM - $109.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $16.99
Video card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $144.99
Monitor: Acer S201H - $89.99
Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech MK260 - $29.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $941.90 ($721 without monitor/keyboard/mouse/OS)








I recomend the corsair tx series ans also i have a gigabyte 870A usb 3 rev 3.1 and an AMD PhenomII 965 BE and its running great maybe you got a line of defective products?

November 30, 2011 10:18:06 PM

Oh and also dont sweat it building a pc is easy i built my first system recently its easier than i thought just pick good brand name products and take your time on making sure your putting the parts in the right place it took me About 5 1/2 hours to build my rig because i was making sue everything was in right ik its alot of time but its easy good luck
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2011 10:35:12 PM

Giby said:
I recomend the corsair tx series ans also i have a gigabyte 870A usb 3 rev 3.1 and an AMD PhenomII 965 BE and its running great maybe you got a line of defective products?


I was running an X6 on an 870 and I think what got my motherboard was when I upgraded the RAM from 4GB to 16GB and was using incorrect voltage.

I'm going to reuse the CPU from the failed build (it's been sitting on my desk for like several months :lol:  ) and pair it with a Gigabyte 990FXA board, 16GB of Corsair XMS RAM, and the Thermalright Silver Arrow. I'm gonna try and crank this CPU way past 4GHz.
November 30, 2011 11:01:08 PM

Giby said:
Oh and also dont sweat it building a pc is easy i built my first system recently its easier than i thought just pick good brand name products and take your time on making sure your putting the parts in the right place it took me About 5 1/2 hours to build my rig because i was making sue everything was in right ik its alot of time but its easy good luck



Thank you as well. I am not worried about building one. Although I have never built a PC, I am quite good at figuring out how to put together/build things I have never done before. Also another option I thought about(to save money instead of a new build) but I am not sure if it would be worth the trouble/cost/time is to upgrade my laptop. I have a Dell studio 1555 and its past any warranty so I am not worried about that. Is that something that is even possible? I would just want to upgrade graphics, Hard Drive, and RAM. Unless its also possible to upgrade the processor?
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 30, 2011 11:18:24 PM

Ijustlovegaming said:
Thank you as well. I am not worried about building one. Although I have never built a PC, I am quite good at figuring out how to put together/build things I have never done before. Also another option I thought about(to save money instead of a new build) but I am not sure if it would be worth the trouble/cost/time is to upgrade my laptop. I have a Dell studio 1555 and its past any warranty so I am not worried about that. Is that something that is even possible? I would just want to upgrade graphics, Hard Drive, and RAM. Unless its also possible to upgrade the processor?


No - it is definitely not possible to upgrade that stuff on a laptop as just about every laptop on the market uses custom made circuitry made to fit the manufacturer's individual case specifications.

You can upgrade the HD and RAM but it isn't possible to upgrade anything else.
December 1, 2011 5:27:20 AM

I agree because laptops werent meant to be upgraded at least not yet
December 1, 2011 5:38:38 AM

Also why would you want to upgrade when a desktop is far cheaper and you can get better parts but if you do upgrade your pc make sure everythings compatable first oh and also i would reccomend if upgrading a laptop with an $$D but ssd can be quit expensive but boot times are alot faster my pc boots up in 15-30 seconds plus your laptop will run much quieter and cooler but only if you have the money
December 1, 2011 5:52:10 AM

Lol i meant but if u do upgrade your laptop and read the rest :wahoo: 
December 1, 2011 6:34:37 AM

Galaxy 560 Ti & Batman Arkham City on sale for $185 AR with Coupon Code "HQY49717"

wont last long........
a b B Homebuilt system
December 1, 2011 9:15:42 AM

Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$52 Acer G185HAb Black 18.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD (Open Box, free ship)
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20 GIGABYTE GZ-KF03B Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (no frills cheap case)(get a better case later)
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$95 ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$180 Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core (could save a bit and grab an i3)
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70 SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W (could get away with a 550W, Antec BP550 is $50 on Amazon)
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90 HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
ODD:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$18 SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X
GFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$130 ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit


Total: $785 + S&H (not counting MIR, or combo/specials)


Most of these can be had on Amazon, some may even be cheaper through amazon marketplace. As for the case, look for a cheap mid tower ATX case to start with. You can always upgrade to a better case later.
December 1, 2011 7:23:56 PM

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. The thing is my budget in reality is quite tight and can't really be gone over. The main reason being able to justify the expenditure to my parents. I can imagine my dad saying "you already have a laptop...and you want to spend x amount of $ to do what?" So the less money it will cost me the easier it will be for me. I then plan to upgrade things as I go along eventually getting too a system that will be where I would like it to be. Plan would be to add memory, crossfire, and better PSU eventually. So tell me if what I have here would be suitable for now. The main things I really don't want to have to upgrade later is the mobo so is the one I picked ok for longer term use.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2L7V

Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz PC3-10666 240-pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD CMX4GX3M1A1333C9- 22.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZDJ42O/ref=ox_sc_a...

Here is a second possible option for the mobo if the one above wouldn't work.
A455-3067 ::ASUS M5A97 AMD 9 Series AM3+ Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, 2133MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready(3.6 lbs)-94.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Also two questions...
1-How much difference is there between the 6870GPU and the 6770GPU? The latter saves me money and if I crossfire later will that be fine?
2-Is there a significant difference to justify $10 extra for the 955 vs. 965 on the CPUs?

Thanks for the help.


a c 91 B Homebuilt system
December 1, 2011 7:53:42 PM

Quote:
Here is a second possible option for the mobo if the one above wouldn't work.
A455-3067 ::ASUS M5A97 AMD 9 Series AM3+ Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, 2133MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready(3.6 lbs)-94.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] =A455-3067


Yes - that is a much better choice. You also might want to consider Asrock and Gigabyte.

Quote:
1-How much difference is there between the 6870GPU and the 6770GPU? The latter saves me money and if I crossfire later will that be fine?


Well the 6870 is basically the 6770 with Eyefinity. The 6770 is the same as last year's model - the 5770. If you wanted to go somewhere in the middle I'd recommend the 6790 - which is an updated version of the 6770. The nice thing about the 6790 is that it's a really great, really affordable GPU and there's really no NVIDIA equivalent that comes close for the price.

Quote:
2-Is there a significant difference to justify $10 extra for the 955 vs. 965 on the CPUs?


The only area I'd see is if you're trying to overclock it might be worth having the extra .2 GHz, but otherwise there really isn't.
December 26, 2011 7:43:14 PM

Ok so I am ready to make my purchase of components for a build but I want to do one final check of compatibility and quality. My budget has changed but I still want to not go over what I have currently chosen. Here is the build I have decided on.

Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8 GB PC3-12800 1600mhz 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit SDRAM CML8GX3M2A1600C9- 41.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00569K7LM/ref=ox_sc_a...

EDIT: HIS Radeon HD 6790 1 GB GDDR5 Eyefinity DisplayPort DVI (HDCP) HDMI PCIe X16 2.1 Video Card (H679F1GD)- 124.99
http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Radeon-Eyefinity-DisplayPort-...

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003- 134.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CCS266/ref=ox_sc_a...

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack- 99.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=ox_sc_a...

Samsung S19A10N 18.5-Inch Class CCFL Monitor - Black- 89.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057ULVDI/ref=ox_sc_a...


Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Series 500W ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC Power Supply - (RS500-PCARD3-US)- 43.24
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G0WPLK/ref=ox_sc_a...

Liteon iHAS324 24X DVD-RW SATA Optical Disk Drive- 19.89
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QGDWLK/ref=ox_sc_a...

Asus Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard (M5A97)-99.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058G65UU/ref=ox_sc_a...

Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-L2R-20AC-GP- 5.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026ZPFCK/ref=ox_sc_a...

Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600 (Black)- 10.55
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OAR26K/ref=ox_sc_a...

Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window (RC-430-KWN1)- 47.63
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O8J11E/ref=ox_sc_a...

EDIT: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition AM3 CPU HDZ965FBGMBOX - 3.40GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Processor with Fan- 129.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


As far as hdds go I know prices are high but this seemed pretty low. I was planning on buying a used cheap low cap hdd until prices went down is that still a better option even with the price on this 2tb drive?

At some point I want to be able to add a blue ray player can I do this with this mobo?

Finally is there anything else I would need for this build?

Thanks for the help.


January 4, 2012 2:53:54 AM

Here is my new build. I haven't received all the parts yet but I will soon. My concern is with the PSU. I have read that this particular model there are problems with efficiency and it doesn't run at the rated wattage. I had asked a similar questions in the new build section before I purchased, no answers, but because of rebate offers I had to go ahead and purchase. So since I can still return it will I have power problems with this build?

Thanks for the help

PSU:

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Series 500W ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC Power Supply - (RS500-PCARD3-US)- 43.24
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER


Build:

HIS Radeon HD 6790 1 GB GDDR5 Eyefinity DisplayPort DVI (HDCP) HDMI PCIe X16 2.1 Video Card (H679F1GD)- 124.99
http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Radeon-E [...] 825&sr=8-1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack- 99.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

Liteon iHAS324 24X DVD-RW SATA Optical Disk Drive- 19.89
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

Asus Socket AM3+/ AMD 970/ Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard (M5A97)-99.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-L2R-20AC-GP- 5.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600 (Black)- 10.55
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] QP6D3VDW1W

Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window (RC-430-KWN1)- 47.63
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ- 129.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] 2NCKA82YKT

Kingston Technology Hyper X 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (kit of 2) KHX1600C9D3K2/8G- 39.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

Western Digital 1.5 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD15EARS- 108.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

Samsung S19A10N 19" Class Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1366 x 768, 16:9, 700:1 Native, 60Hz, 5ms, VGA- 79.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] =S203-1982
a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2012 3:04:21 AM

Cooler Master power supplies are not noted for great reliability you would be better off with a Corsair , Antec or Seasonic.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2012 3:08:22 AM

Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-500CXV2
$49.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-500-Watt-Certified-Compat...


Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms ATX 700 CMPSU-600CXV2
$59.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-500-Watt-Certified-Compat...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W ATX12V V2.3 Modular Power Supply
$67.87
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-BP550-Plus-ATX12V-Modular/d...

Any one of these would be a much better choice then the Cooler Master.
a c 83 B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2012 3:12:43 AM

Here are the requirements for a 6790:
500w psu with two 6 pin pci-e connectors.
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-rad...
The cm 500w psu has only one such 6 pin connector. A definite sign of insufficient power, even with 500w.

I would return it. A cheap psu is not the place to economize on a build.
Stick with a quality brand such as corsair, XFX, antec, PC P&C, or seasonic.
Expect to pay $50 or so for one. If a psu can deliver the 75w on each of two 6 ot 6/8 pin pci-e connectors, it will include them.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2012 3:13:41 AM

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $49.99 and free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$59.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here are the same choices at Newegg.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2012 4:20:58 AM

You seem to be stuck on the OCZ Fatal1ty series psu. Just because Fatal1ty sold the use of his name to OCZ doesn't mean the power supply is any good. If that is what you want to get then get it , you can get whatever psu that you want to.
I gave you my recomendations of what psu's I think would be a good choice and the OCZ was not one of them.
January 4, 2012 4:23:33 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
January 4, 2012 4:23:54 AM

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  • Will I have psu issues?
    January 4, 2012 12:01:45 PM

    inzone said:
    You seem to be stuck on the OCZ Fatal1ty series psu. Just because Fatal1ty sold the use of his name to OCZ doesn't mean the power supply is any good. If that is what you want to get then get it , you can get whatever psu that you want to.
    I gave you my recomendations of what psu's I think would be a good choice and the OCZ was not one of them.


    Its not that I am stuck on OCZ its just that I happened to see that I could get a cheaper faster shipping through amazon on than the others. Just curios about this one. Corsair-Gaming Series 600-Watt ATX CPU Power Supply-GS600 If its no good I will just go with the corsair builder series.

    Thanks for the help it really is appreciated.
    !