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My first build...will it work?


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#1 brasslgobos

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 03:22 AM

Let me start by saying that I am not looking for a huge gaming rig. I just want something that I can play games with great graphics, will last 4-5 years, and be able to upgrade. This is what I have so far.
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022"&nm_mc=AFC-Bleeping&cm_mmc=AFC-Bleeping-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA"]OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply[/url]

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

ABS Aplus ABS-CS-Monolith Black SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burne

Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate

As you might be able to tell, I'm combo-ing most of these items to save money. But if you think that it isn't worth it, let me know. Any and all comments/suggestions are welcome.

Edited by brasslgobos, 23 March 2009 - 06:13 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:05 PM

First off, I suggest fixing your links since they are all broken. Second, your memory, though it will work, should be a little faster for better performance. The G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) memory should work. Also, your video card will not SLI with that motherboard since it supports ATI's Crossfire. You'll also need Windows Vista 64-bit to use all the RAM. You will be using an AM3 processor in an AM2+ board, you may need to flash the BIOS to get it to work. Combos can be great for saving cash, but occasionally they can mean reductions in performance that may be worth the extra cost. Other than these few relatively minor issues, the PC seems solid

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:17 PM

1. Sorry about the links. I fixed that.

2. Should I use a different motherboard or a different video card. I'm used to AMD/nVidia but I'm open to other things. Also I'm not looking to get an awesome card/board, just something will last awhile and present decent graphics.

Thanks for the help.

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 07:43 PM

Your power supply is underpowered if you're wanting to SLI or Crossfire, so if you seriously wanted to do that down the road, you should get a more powerful one. That said, if you don't really see yourself using SLI or Crossfire, you can keep the card you've got. However, if you are wanting to do Crossfire or SLI, you have two choices.

1. Keep the NVidia card but change the motherboard. The ASRock K10N780SLIX3-WiFi AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI ATX will work. You will need to use DDR2-1066 memory, the link that is in my previous post is the appropriate memory, with that motherboard.

or...

2. Get an ATI card and keep the motherboard. The SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 is a very good card for about the same price as the 9800GT you had originally. Check out reviews to compare its performance.

Edited by DJBPace07, 23 March 2009 - 07:44 PM.

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