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#1 RainbowSix

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 06:40 PM

I'm planning to build a computer before long. I may do some overclocking, but nothing too extreme.
I will be installing Ubuntu 9.04 and Vista Ultimate (both x64)
Are these parts compatible? Should anything be changed?
I also need wireless. Is the wifi built into this motherboard good enough?

Case
APEVIA X-JUPITER S-Type X-JUPITERS-BL Blue Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Power supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

MB
ASRock K10N780SLIX3-WiFi AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX

CPU heatsink
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

RAM
OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory (x2 for a total of 8GB)

Video cards
EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card (SLI)

Sound card
HT OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Optical disk drive
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X 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 Burner with LightScribe

Edited by RainbowSix, 25 May 2009 - 01:17 PM.

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 07:38 PM

That looks like a very good system. With the introduction of AM3 processors, an AM3 platform would be best for futureproofing but is more expensive. This can make AM2+ platforms appealing. I'm not very familiar with Tuniq power supplies so I cannot vouch for their quality, so I suggest the CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX or the SILVERSTONE ST1000. Note that sometimes surge protectors cause problems with PSU's of 1000W or more. You may also want to get faster DDR2-1066 RAM to gain greater performance. Two kits of OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 memory would do well. Also, if you don't want to pay for Vista, you can use the RC of Windows 7 until it is released.

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 07:56 PM

I didn't realize it supported up to 1066, but I see that you're right. I changed the listed RAM to DDR2-1066 as you said. I also changed the listed power supply to 750w, since I won't be needing the full 1000w and Corsair is a reliable brand name. Will that be enough power?
The main things I'm concerned about with this build are cooling and Linux compatibility, especially with the built-in wifi chip.

Edited by RainbowSix, 24 May 2009 - 08:09 PM.

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 11:24 PM

Given your video card, 750W will provide more than enough power for that GPU. An SLI setup would be a little iffy with power. The Wifi antenna is not included on the board itself, instead, it is a module and its headers connect with an included antenna. The instruction manual for the module is on the ASRock site. Given the size of the case and the number of fans, cooling shouldn't be an issue. If cooling is a concern, you can go for an aftermarket CPU cooler, such as the ASUS Triton 78 120mm EBR CPU Cooler or the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 01:35 AM

Thank you for your help. I've found a 850w by Corsair which is priced only slightly higher than the one I had listed before. I had already planned which heatsink I was going to get and I just edited it in. I also changed the sound card for a PCI one.

Edited by RainbowSix, 25 May 2009 - 01:42 AM.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 10:22 AM

The AMD Phenom II X4 940 is a great CPU... I'm going to get one myself... :thumbsup:
Also I noticed that the CD/DVD Drive interface is IDE, but the motherboard dosent have IDE connectors only SATA, so you should change your Drive to an SATA Drive

Edited by nesto1000, 25 May 2009 - 10:23 AM.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 01:15 PM

I'm pretty sure that the MB has an IDE connector. It comes with an IDE cable, and the some of the reviewers say they have IDE devices connected.
Though just to be safe I'm going to change it to SATA because it's supposed to be better.

Edited by RainbowSix, 25 May 2009 - 01:17 PM.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 02:51 PM

The motherboard does have a PATA (IDE) connector. Personally, I would go for a Xonar soundcard, I have one. The Xonar D1 is the same price as the one you have but also comes with a rebate.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 05:23 PM

One of the reviews says that card does not work in 64-bit Linux.
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 06:35 PM

I was able to get the Xonar to work in 64-bit Ubuntu and Kubuntu. ALSA supports the Xonar line but not all Linux builds use the same audio infrastructure. I saw the review that you mention, the reviewer was using Mepis and freely admits that the distro does not support it, they also mention that there may be other issues with other hardware in the PC preventing its use. Two other reviews state that the card works normally under the kernel in Intrepid Ibex and Jaunty Jackalope releases of Ubuntu. If you use a recent release of Ubuntu or distros based upon it, the card will work.

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