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Building computer... would this work?


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#1 jshicks

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 12:36 PM

Hey, I'm trying to get all the parts for a computer. I know a guy that is gonna put it together for me, but I wanted to make sure all these parts are compatible I guess. My last computer got a bad surge and fired all the parts... I still have my case, 500gb hard drive, and dvd drive. I don't know exactly what kind they are, they are packed away right now (not sure if it makes a difference).

Anyways... would all these parts work with each other? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

ASUS M4A78 PRO AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor

ASUS ENGTS250 DK/HTDI/1GD3 GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

I'm am looking to buy off newegg.com... thanks for any help.

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#2 iisjman07

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 12:48 PM

No I don't think it will... the processor is socket AM3 and the board only supports AM2+/AM2. Also you should buy a surge protector to protect the new pc.

EDIT:
One of the reviewers says it does support AM3... I think you need to check it out

EDIT2:
Actually I think it will work...

Edited by iisjman07, 25 April 2009 - 12:50 PM.


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Posted 25 April 2009 - 01:14 PM

From the ASUS M4A78 PRO spec sheet:

AMD AM3 CPU support

AMD Socket AM2+ / AM2 Phenom™ X4/Phenom™ X3/Athlon™ X2/Sempron™ Processors
Support AM3 Phenom™ II/Athlon™ X4/Athlon™ X3/ Athlon™ X2 Processors


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Posted 25 April 2009 - 01:24 PM

So it should support the am3 right?

Ya I'm gonna make sure I got a good surge protector this time.

My old hard drive/dvd drive should be compatible with everything right? Or do I need to find out exactly what they are and double check?

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 02:12 PM

Yes, the processor should work with that board.

Are your old harddrive, and DVD drive PATA, or SATA.
That mobo only has one PATA connection.
You would have to run the Harddrive as Master, and the DVD drive a Slave, on the same cable.
Because harddrives are so inexpensive these days, I'd opt for a new SATA drive, which would also be faster than the PATA drive.
Also, depending on the age of your old drive, it might be nearing the end of it's life.
On average, a harddrive can be expected to last 5 yrs., so that might be something else to consider.
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Posted 25 April 2009 - 03:41 PM

I agree with tg1911, you may want to consider getting a new hard drive depending on the interface and age of your drive. Depending on when the motherboard was manufactured, you may need to update the BIOS before it will recognize the processor. Also, bear in mind that since it is an AM3 processor, an AM3-only motherboard will have higher performance with that CPU than a AM2/AM2+ motherboard. Finally, your operating system should be 64-bit since you 4GB of RAM.

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