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Computer is screwed, going to replace nearly everything...is it compatible?

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#1 jmillerdls


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Posted 02 November 2008 - 08:15 AM

Is everything here compatible?

Its kind of similar to what I have now (the system that will not stop crashing every couple of hours no matter how many different suggestions I implement). I'm basically getting the only motherboard at newegg that will let me use the RAM I just bought (thinking it was the problem), along with staying as cheap as possible....and getting stuff with good reviews. I've already got a case that I can use as well. It gives me slight upgrades at video card, hard drive and CPU. This will be a temporary fix until I can afford a real upgrade.

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM


Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

SAPPHIRE 100175L Radeon X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail


Broadway Com Corp P4-OKIA600-BLACK 600W ATX Power Supply - Retail

ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 LGA 775 VIA PT880 Pro/PT880 Ultra ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7300 - Retail

and the ram i already have:

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail


Would appreciate any insight you can give. I'm placing my order today if you guys give me the go ahead.

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 09:23 AM

Your good to go. Make sure that your PSU has all the appropriate plugs as your Sata hard drive should be needing a serial power source, however seing as the PSU is new you should be good. You dont need that much wattage you should be good with 400W maybe even 350W(but stick to 400) but stick with the bigger one since you can get more powerfull components later on.
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#3 jmillerdls

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 09:27 AM

Yeah...I'm a little iffy on the SATA. My current system doesn't have it (that's why I'm getting the new DVD-RW, as mine is currently an IDE drive). Even looking at the motherboard pictures, I can't tell where SATA plugs in...I don't even know what a SATA cable from the drive to the board looks like. Serial power source? Not sure what that is either. The PSU comes with 1 SATA power connecter (I figured it would connect to the DVD-RW), and the motherboard comes with a 4pin to SATA adapter that I figured would hook up to Hard drive.

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 11:37 AM

The red, and black connectors, are your motherboard SATA connectors:
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SATA cable, connects motherboard to the drive:
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In this image of your power supply, you can see the SATA power connector, on the bottom left:
Sata Power Connector
That will plug into your SATA drive, and as the name suggests, supply power to the drive.

The 4-pin to SATA adapter would only be necessary, if you didn't have a SATA power connector available.
If that were the case, the 4-pin connector would plug into the 4-pin molex power connector (bottom right in the image), and the other end would plug into your drive.

I would also opt for a better quality power supply.
I'm not trying to be insulting, but $30 for a 600 Watt power supply, is a joke.
I wouldn't expect it to last long, or perform up to specs.
Do not scrimp on your PSU.
Invest a little extra for a name brand, reliable, PSU.
If a PSU fails, it could potentially take out every component in your system.
Why take the chance?

Some quality power supplies, in no particular order, are:
Fortron Source
PC Power & Cooling

Edited by tg1911, 02 November 2008 - 12:07 PM.

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P, CPU: Phenom II X4 955 Deneb BE, HS/F: CoolerMaster V8, RAM: 2 x 1G Kingston HyperX DDR2 800, VGA: ECS GeForce Black GTX 560, PSU: Antec TruePower Modular 750W, Soundcard: Asus Xonar D1, Case: CoolerMaster COSMOS 1000, Storage: Internal - 2 x Seagate 250GB SATA, 2 x WD 1TB SATA; External - Seagate 500GB USB, WD 640GB eSATA, 3 x WD 1TB eSATA

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