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January 18, 2012 3:12:17 AM

Hi I just have a few questions before purchasing my new build. I have been going over the specs and demensions/power usage for hours and hours and wanted to make certain everything would work when I get it.

Case-Im looking to buy a -NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (dimensions 17.68"x20.00"x7.48(height))

MOBO-I have 6Gbs of DDR2 memory and am on a strict budget so I decided to look for ddr2 compatible MOBOs with AM2+/AM3 sockets. I found ASRock A770DE+ AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard (dimensions are 12.0"x 8.2") Pretty big for a MOBO but im thinking the case is big enough to fit it.

Processor- Can the ASRock MOBO support a AM3+ or AM3 above 2600MHZ HT?Because under the ASRock MOBO specs it says it can only handle 2600MHZ HypterTransport (5200 MT/S) Would I be able to get the full effect out of a AMD Athlon II X4 645 Propus 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX645WFGMBOX. Since it has a 4000MHZ HyperTransport (8000 MT/S)?

GCard-ECS NGT440-1GQI-F GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

-DVD RW Disk Drive
-PCI Belkin Wireless
-OS Win 7 Ult 64 bit

The big question is what kind of powersupply should i get that would be efficient enough in powering all this? I used ASUS's PSU calculator and it said it recommends a 350w PSU, but it seems way too low especially when I want to overclock at some point. I was thinking something around 500w-600w. Any suggestions on a good reliable PSU around 50$ with 500-600w?

-Any help and suggestions would be great.
Thanks.



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January 18, 2012 4:00:57 AM

A lot of mistakes you are making.

1. motherboard. DDR2 is a definite NO-NO today. 4GB of memory costs $20, so get a new board and some memory. DDR2 will bottleneck your experience heavily.

2. Bad CPU. An Intel Pentium G850 beats the crap out of a X4 645 in almost everything, and it costs less. I don't see any other option there, even if you overclock the X4 to its death.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/188?vs=404

3. I've said this many many times. NO NVIDIA GPU UNDER $170 IS WORTH YOUR MONEY. Get a HD6670 instead. It will run easily on any cheap 300W PSU.

Take a look at the builds in my sig for more suggestions.
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January 18, 2012 12:03:52 PM

I think your overrating ddr3 by a lot. There is actually not that much improvement in performance between ddr2 and ddr3 memory. Essentially ddr3 just has better voltage and power efficiency. You can see the performance differences at this website, http://www.anandtech.com/show/2232/7.

Id be saving a lot of money keeping my 6gb of ddr2 ram and gt 440 graphics card instead of upgrading them but you are right a $200 gtx nvidia would be great but i just dont have the money right now.
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