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October 14, 2012 2:21:28 PM

Hello everyone! Pretty soon I'll be making my very first build. Please tell me if a part wont work with another part, or if they all work fine. I will be purchasing from DirectCanada.com
NOTE: I'm on a $750 BUDGET, the total cost of everything is $700-800



Motherboard - Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 AMD990FX ATX AM3+ (UPDATED)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD7389


RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 1600
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211


Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB (UPDATED)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR0413


DVD writer - LG 24X SATA
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950DR5259


PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M (650Watts. Modular PSU) (UPDATED)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC8316


Video Card - Radeon HD 7850 (UPDATED)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD5497


CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10360AC7665


Case - Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid Tower case
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC4832



So please let me know, will all these parts work together? Thanks.

EDIT: I decided on an after market CPU cooler for overclocking:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (UPDATED)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0554

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October 14, 2012 2:37:48 PM

Power supply is overkill and video card is weak. Get a smaller PSU and use the money saved to buy a better video card.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-...

Radeon HD 7850 would probably be a better value for you.
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October 14, 2012 2:49:28 PM

That motherboard will not support two nVidia cards, so you don't need 750w power supply. 550w is more than enough. In order to get decent performance from that CPU, you really need to overclock it, which you can do, but you will need an aftermarket cooler. Would suggest CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo.
You don't really need extra fans. Money might be better spent, on faster hard drive, like Caviar Black.
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October 14, 2012 3:33:17 PM

My hard drive is the same speed as the one u gave me but mine has 64mb cache. How is that one better?
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October 14, 2012 3:39:26 PM

7850 = 975MHZ, 4.8GHZ

650ti= 1074MHZ, 5.4GHZ. How is the 7850 better?
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October 14, 2012 3:43:44 PM

MRC390 said:
7850 = 975MHZ, 4.8GHZ

650ti= 1074MHZ, 5.4GHZ. How is the 7850 better?


look at the memory bandwidth. Don't look at the speeds of the memory. All the Nvidia based cards below the 670 are choked by the memory bandwidth limitations imposed by Nvidia. The GPU's are barely idling because the information transfer is throttled by the memory bandwidth. I linked a benchmark for you to read. Architecture of the GPU itself has a lot to do with the performance of a card and arguably, the Radeon GPU's are better graphics processors. Nvidia chips do some things better, Radeon chips do other things better.
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October 14, 2012 3:45:58 PM

MRC390 said:
okay okay now im confused. Heres a 7850
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD5497&v...

ITS SLOWER than the 650ti! so why are you recommending it exactly? and whats the difference between my hard drive and the black caviar? Its got the same speed


Look at the benchmarks. 7850 on average is 25% faster in games than the 650ti
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October 14, 2012 3:46:26 PM

egilbe said:
look at the memory bandwidth. Don't look at the speeds of the memory. All the Nvidia based cards below the 670 are choked by the memory bandwidth limitations imposed by Nvidia. The GPU's are barely idling because the information transfer is throttled by the memory bandwidth. I linked a benchmark for you to read. Architecture of the GPU itself has a lot to do with the performance of a card and arguably, the Radeon GPU's are better graphics processors. Nvidia chips do some things better, Radeon chips do other things better.

I dont see any link. And what card do you recommend for gaming in the price of $100-$200
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October 14, 2012 4:06:55 PM

i would say ANY 7850 over a 650ti is a better buy the 650ti is for people who shop at BestBuys and know Nothing about computers
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October 14, 2012 4:13:01 PM

lichloathe said:
i would say ANY 7850 over a 650ti is a better buy the 650ti is for people who shop at BestBuys and know Nothing about computers


:lol: 
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October 14, 2012 5:29:25 PM

another question: what companies make good quality PSU's? I hear corsair is good, but i'd like to hear other companies too. How much watts would i need for my build with the 7850 card?
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October 14, 2012 6:06:36 PM

Gigabyte are decent graphics cards. For PSU, if you want a bit of scope for overclocking, 550w is OK, but may be worth getting 600w. Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec all good makes. If available, where you are, the PC Power&Cooling Silencer Mklll is quite good, and modular.
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October 14, 2012 6:13:58 PM

malbluff said:
Gigabyte are decent graphics cards. For PSU, if you want a bit of scope for overclocking, 550w is OK, but may be worth getting 600w. Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec all good makes. If available, where you are, the PC Power&Cooling Silencer Mklll is quite good, and modular.

I updated some of the parts new to make it better, it increased my range for my budget but I think its worth it. Do you mind looking over my parts to see if it's a go or no go? xD
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October 14, 2012 6:39:09 PM

Thay will all work Ok. You still need a CPU cooler, for overclocking.
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October 14, 2012 6:53:22 PM

malbluff said:
Thay will all work Ok. You still need a CPU cooler, for overclocking.

CPU cooler? U mean a fan for the cpu? What about the one that comes with the cpu? is it not good enough?
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October 14, 2012 6:57:53 PM

You can do much better for your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($176.37 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($86.88 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.58 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.47 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($232.00 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($87.40 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($48.08 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.57 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $757.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Note: I included the storm enforcer case because it's the same price as the carbide 300 which isn't showing up in pcpartpicker for some reason. If you want to save some money you can look at something like the Antec 300/302 or Coolermaster HAF 912 or Zalman Z9 or Z11.
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October 14, 2012 7:00:18 PM

The stock cooler, that comes with processor, is ok, for stock CPU performance, but not adequate to cool processor, when overclocked.
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October 14, 2012 10:05:55 PM

Okay thanks! I added a cpu cooler by corsair to the list. I can't wait to make this build :D 
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October 14, 2012 10:32:47 PM

Water cooling for your first build? Just get a Hyper 212.
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October 14, 2012 10:42:02 PM

The H60 is "OK". I quite like liquid coolers, myself, as they give a "neater" installation, and don't put a load, on the mobo, as air coolers do. On the down side, they tend to be fairly noisey, and expensive, compaired to an equivalent air cooler. A CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo would give similar performance, presumably at half the cost.
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October 14, 2012 11:35:02 PM

egilbe said:
Water cooling for your first build? Just get a Hyper 212.

I didnt even know it was water cooling xD lol
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October 14, 2012 11:42:58 PM

Its all fine and dandy now. egilbe referred me to a nice quality cpu cooler. Now all i need to do is order the parts and start gaming >:D 
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October 14, 2012 11:49:42 PM

OH!! I almost forgot! The 7850 uses HDMI and DVI connectors, But my monitors are DVI-D and VGA. Will the card work into the DVI-D slot on the monitor? :o 
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October 15, 2012 12:00:11 AM

Nevermind, I just took a look at my monitor that supports DVI-D, and its kinda small. My current monitor only supports VGA, Will a DVI to VGA adapter work?
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October 15, 2012 9:46:06 PM

computernoob29 said:
yeah it will, nice build

If a video card is DVI, will it connect into a DVI-D monitor?
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October 17, 2012 6:59:10 PM

Best answer selected by mrc390.
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