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May 12, 2012 1:11:37 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: June, maybe July.
Budget Range: 500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing at home, watching movies.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard mouse monitor speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an AMD CPU, not sure which Mobo.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1400 x 900

Additional Comments: Don't care about bling, would like it to be quiet, but not a necessity.

I would like to know if these parts would work together, regarding voltage, watts, pins, and connections. I am not very good with PC's, I have tried looking at each individual spec and I had no clue what I was doing. Any help would be appreciated. All I know is that the Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 uses 2 6 pin connectors and I don't think my PSU has that. If you can take a look at all these specs and help me out I would very much so appreciate it.
Current Planned Parts:
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (100314-3L )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 12, 2012 5:10:21 AM

Any help please?
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May 12, 2012 5:34:40 AM

I'd change the psu for a seasonic 620 watt modular, but that's just personal preference I suppose. I'd also get an xfx hd 6870 instead of sapphire given that xfx has a better rma record than sapphire.
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May 12, 2012 5:37:28 AM

Do you have case and os
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May 12, 2012 5:39:56 AM

The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 requires 2 x 6 pin Pcie connectors and looks like the power supply you are looking at doesn't have that. However, the 6870 comes with two 4 pin to 6 PCI-e adapters so you could connect it that way.

Since your planning on buying a new PSU anyway you might as well get one that has 2 6 pin PCI-E connectors. You should be able to find some that are similar in price to the one you listed. Here is one possible PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

The 970 chipset is a good value, as long as you don't plan on setting up crossfire or doing a heavy overclock.
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May 12, 2012 5:43:33 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Do you have case and os

Yes! I just need a new PSU and maybe a new mobo.
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May 12, 2012 5:44:39 AM

tonync_01 said:
The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 requires 2 x 6 pin Pcie connectors and looks like the power supply you are looking at doesn't have that. However, the 6870 comes with two 4 pin to 6 PCI-e adapters so you could connect it that way.

Since your planning on buying a new PSU anyway you might as well get one that has 2 6 pin PCI-E connectors. You should be able to find some that are similar in price to the one you listed. Here is one possible PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

The 970 chipset is a good value, as long as you don't plan on setting up crossfire or doing a heavy overclock.

Do you know if the CPU i posted in the thread can work on the Mobo i posted? The mobo on newegg says its for 8 cores and the Phenom II X4 965 is a Quad core.
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May 12, 2012 5:52:15 AM

Yes, that mobo is compatible with the AM3 socket, which is what the CPU you have listed is.

It looks like a nice build.
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May 12, 2012 5:55:31 AM

tonync_01 said:
Yes, that mobo is compatible with the AM3 socket, which is what the CPU you have listed is.

It looks like a nice build.

Thank you very much, tonync_01. :)  Do you happen to know what 12v rails are? I have no clue. Also, could you recommend a PSU that has 2 6 pin PCIe connectors that is modular? Thanks again. I also don't plan on Overclocking, or Crossfire/SLI, so would I need 600 watts?
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May 12, 2012 6:00:46 AM

jarf said:
Thank you very much, tonync_01. :)  Do you happen to know what 12v rails are? I have no clue. Also, could you recommend a PSU that has 2 6 pin PCIe connectors that is modular? Thanks again. I also don't plan on Overclocking, or Crossfire/SLI, so would I need 600 watts?


Sorry, I don't know much about how the rails work in the PSU, but I do know the PSU I listed has sufficient power for your system. The modular Power Supplies are usually a lot more expensive. I've heard good things about the Corsiar professional series, but they're expensive. That's what I want to get when I get some money :) 
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May 12, 2012 6:05:17 AM

tonync_01 said:
Sorry, I don't know much about how the rails work in the PSU, but I do know the PSU I listed has sufficient power for your system. The modular Power Supplies are usually a lot more expensive. I've heard good things about the Corsiar professional series, but they're expensive. That's what I want to get when I get some money :) 

Ah ok, thanks. I was also wondering, in the PSU you posted on newegg, where does it show it has 2 6 pin PCIe connectors? Just for future reference so I know what to look for. :) 
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May 12, 2012 6:08:28 AM

jarf said:
Ah ok, thanks. I was also wondering, in the PSU you posted on newegg, where does it show it has 2 6 pin PCIe connectors? Just for future reference so I know what to look for. :) 


Its on the details tab under connectors. It has: 1 x 6Pin PCI-E Connector
1 x 6+2Pin PCI-E Connector (this can be used as either a 6 pin or 8 pin)
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May 12, 2012 6:11:15 AM

tonync_01 said:
Its on the details tab under connectors. It has: 1 x 6Pin PCI-E Connector
1 x 6+2Pin PCI-E Connector (this can be used as either a 6 pin or 8 pin)

Gotcha :D  Thank you. Have a great night/day sir!
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May 12, 2012 6:14:41 AM

why amd intel is better despite what some people will tell you, I would not go with an AMD cpu. AMD used to be nice because it was considered a cheaper alternative to Intel that would still get you pretty decent performance. That's not really the case anymore though, because their newest processors aren't much of an improvement over their last generation of processors. They're best 8-core cpu barely keeps up with the Intel i5 2500K, and it's more expensive.
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May 12, 2012 7:10:20 AM

Best answer selected by Jarf.
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