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Expert opinion on new setup?

Hey,

Plain and simple;
I'm going to build a computer.
I've never built a computer before.
The most I've done inside is maybe adding some RAM or a GPU.

I'm pretty confident as far as putting the pieces together, etc. but before I buy anything, I'd just like to have someone who knows what they're doing assure me that everything will be compatible, etc..
(or, if not, maybe recommend something that would be.)

here goes;

ASUS M4A88T-M Motherboard;
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6321553&CatId=5539

Thermaltake TR-55 TR2 ATX 500W PSU
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=899123&CatId=1079

AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition CPU
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1742344&CatId=4432

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102882

what say ye?
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  1. Best answer
    Avoid that Thermaltake power supply at all costs. The TR2 is blow up your computer bad.

    For the parts you have listed this is plenty of power.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151077

    Might as well get DDR3 1600 for $6 more. It will make a noticeable difference from DDR3 1066.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    Motherboard is cheaper at newegg ( as are most things).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131657

    Motherboard and processor are fine. Personally I would rather have Asus over Foxconn. The video card is fine as well as long as you are not thinking about gaming with it.

    O1die you might want to revise that RAM recommendation. It's out of stock.


    Edit: That CPU is not on the motherboards supported list.

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A88TMUSB3/#CPUS

    Here is a Gigabyte board for the same price that does support it.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128458

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3515#
  2. Just a quick comment, if you are planning to do some gaming, i suggest this card:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125383

    if you're willing to spend a hundred or so more, this will improve gaming by A TON.

    (plus its sexy)
  3. Awesome.

    Thanks for all the responses.

    Upgrading an old brick a few pieces at a time, and that's the card I already have.
    Will upgrade eventually, but wanted to be sure what I had would be usable for the time being.
    Same with RAM.

    Thanks!
  4. Best answer selected by turbinia.
  5. Glad to help. Good luck with the upgrade.
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