Approximate Purchase Date:
I have already purchesed a AMD Phenom II X4 956 3.4GHz Quad Core processor and a ASRock 970 Extreme3 mother board. The rest I have planned but I have no purchased yet.
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Home Entertainmnet (movies and music)
Are you buying a monitor:
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg because of the range, I cant order from there though.
Cooler Master Elite 360 case
ASRock 970 Extreme3 motherboard (already purchased)
AMD Phenom II X4 956 3.4GHz Quad Core processor (already purchased)
ASUS HD7770-DC-1GD5 graphics card
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue hard drive
Antec HCG-520M Power supply - 520 Watt
720p 16:10 BenQ MW516
I have never built a PC before but I have done a bit of research over the last week or so. I decided to go with the x4 956 based off a good deal I got and planned the rest around that.
As you can see above, under the parts preferences I don't have any RAM chosen yet.
I plan to get 8GB (2x4GB) of RAM but there seems to be a lot of conflicting evidence and theory about 1333MHz CL7 and 1600MHz CL9 RAM so I would like to ask about it before I buy one or the other, it would be around the same price anyway.
Other than that, is there any about the build that I could get better for cheaper or the same price?
Thanks for any advice, I will be watching this thread closely.
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I got the CPU and heat sink for AU$90 delivered, I didn't look in to intel but with AMD there wasn't anything better until about $150 not including a heat sink. As for the board I searched all over the place for what budget boards people are using for X4 965 builds and the 970 Extreme3 come up a lot and seemed to be recommended a lot.
Do you have any advice about the CL7 1333MHz or CL9 1600 RAM?
I am actually pretty much of a "noob" when it comes to computers, I only have been reading about them a few hours a day for the last week, I should have asked for advice before I started buying parts but I though it was the best value.