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Advice on My New Build


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#1 SaGe14

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 07:06 PM

Well, I'm building a new computer and I've decided on the following components:

Motherboard: Foxconn A7DA-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Processor: AMD Phenom 9950 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HD995ZXAGHBOX - Retail

Video Card: MSI R4870 T2D1G OC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Memory: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Case: Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Optical Drive:LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 - OEM

After shipping, rebates, and one promo code, this will cost $874.19.

So basicaly what I'm wondering is whether anyone has any feedback, I'm very open to suggestions (though it's unlikely I'll agree to switch to Intel, you can still try ;)). Also, I just wanted to make sure with people who actually understand this stuff that all the components are compatible, will fit in the case, etc.

So what do you guys think, is this a good setup?

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 07:59 PM

So far, so good. What are you doing for a power supply and a heatsink?
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#3 SaGe14

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 08:32 PM

Umm, this power supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

I was going to try the stock heatsink and see if it was sufficient; I would like to overclock it probably to 3.0GHz at the most, do you think I'll need an aftermarket Heatsink/Fan? And I have the thermal compound.

Edited by SaGe14, 19 October 2008 - 08:33 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2008 - 09:04 PM

If your planning on overclocking, I would definitely recommend an aftermarket Heatsink/Fan.
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Posted 19 October 2008 - 11:28 PM

You will also need a 64-bit operating system if you want to use all 4 GB of memory. I like the ZALMAN CNPS9700 it keeps things nice and cool for me.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 11:44 AM

The stock heatsinks are horrible, buy a good heatsink.

Also for about the same price you could get this hard drive. This is the one i just bought to put in a comp im building for my cousin

Seagate 640GB 32Mb Cashe

Sure you dont want to switch to intel. Can get an E8400 for the price of that processor CPU performance charts
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#7 SaGe14

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 01:43 PM

Alright I switched to this motherboard:DFI LANPARTY DK 790FX-M2RS AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

And changed the Hard Drive to the one you recommended Lucky23, thank you: Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

And I added this CPU Heatsink/Fan: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - Retail

Any comments on these? Good decisions?

Thanks.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 05:28 PM

Looks good, though I've never heard of Sunbeam for the CPU Heatsink/Fan. I've only ever had Arctic Cooling and Zalman CPU coolers.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:23 PM

Alright, I've further revised my setup and here's what I've come up with:

Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY DK 790FX-M2RS AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Processor: AMD Phenom 9950 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 140W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HD995ZFAJ4BGH - OEM

Video Card: EVGA 896-P3-1265-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Memory: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail

Power Supply: Thermaltake W0116RU 750W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Optical Drive:LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 - OEM

CPU Cooler: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - Retail

Case Fans: 2x APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan - Retail

I found a pretty epic combo deal that allowed me to get the GTX 260 216-core and the 750W PSU for only $330 after mail-in rebates. Though I could also get:
that^ for only $265 which is ridiculously cheap, but the card doesn't have the greatest reviews and the PSU is 700W

So are the extra 2 fans a good idea? Is the Antec 300 good? Do you guys think all this will fit? Should I get an nForce motherboard instead (though I seriously doubt I'm going to use SLI if I get this card), and overall what do you think of this setup? Should I go with the HD 4870? Do you guys agree with my choices (other than the 9550 which I know no one will ;))?

Altogether it costs $850, after shipping and mail-in rebates.

I really appreciate anyone taking the time to respond to this! Thank you.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 07:52 PM

Very nice, you switched to Nvidia, haha Ive been reconfiguring my first build that ive had in mind for a while now.. the Antec 300 is a very small case, are you sure it will have enough airflow to keep your GPU cool? that and seeing as your buying a black edition cpu looks like your going to overclock; once again wondering if that case will be big enough to supply the airflow those components need.

Edited by Pray For Snow, 27 October 2008 - 07:55 PM.


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Posted 28 October 2008 - 01:27 AM

Will your case allow for a GPU of that size? I had a mid-tower and a GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB was as large as I could get, anything larger wouldn't fit. The cards would be too long and would go into the hard drive enclosure. More case fans will make more noise, typically. Which OS are you going to use?

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