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Parts Compatible for a Gaming PC?


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#1 d_w_m_c_c

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:12 PM

I'm building my first Gaming PC and would like to know if these parts are compatible:

-Processor: AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition 2.8GHz Dual Core - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103678

-Video Card: : Radeon HD 4870 1GB (PCI) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150395

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Motherboard: Which one should I get and which one, or both, are compatible with the parts above?

Option 1: ECS BLACK SERIES GF8200A (V1.0) AM2+/AM3 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813135085

Option 2: MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813130223

I'm thinking about going with the ECS Black Series because it looks like it supports the Processor but I'm not sure. Please give any suggestions!

Thanks So Much,
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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:17 PM

That processor isn't good. The original Phenom's (Which that Athlon is based) had problems, whereas their successor, the Phenom II, fixes them and has better performance. The graphics card is a great choice so keep it. That ECS board is okay, but there are better choices. You also cannot use AM2/AM2+ CPU's on AM3 motherboards, below is a suggetion.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - The MSI you chose is more of a high-end motherboard, so I got one that is also high-end, just from a different manufacturer with a lower price. This board allows for Crossfire, AM3 processors, and DDR3 RAM. If you want a less expensive motherboard than this but are willing to give up Crossfire (using two or more graphics cards) the GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 is a good alternative. $129 (Before $15 mail-in rebate)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz - This processor performs better than the Athlon or Athlon II at a slightly higher price. This processor is also Black Edition so you can easily overclock it. $99

RAM: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - You need DDR3 for this motherboard. $57

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 07:11 PM

Sorry to use someone elses post, but I too am doing a build and need some thoughts...I have $500 to spend and here's what I've chosen so far........................PSU: Antec EA650......RAM: Kingston 2x2Gb 1066MHz.......CPU:AMD Phenom 2X3 tricore(heard it had good overclocking results)I believe its a black edition 770?......Mobo: ECS Black GF8200A......Video Card: HIS Radeon 4850 1Gb 256Mb Q cooler included(also heard of this card being overclocked with success.........Well fella's what do you think and can I improve this with the same budget? Oh btw...Price total from Newegg.com like $450... Thanx in advance. :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 09:53 PM

I don't think dwmcc would mind too much. I would suggest getting a different motherboard. That ECS motherboard is old and should be avoided if you can afford something else. I suggest, if you're not planning to use multiple graphics cards, the GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard. If you do want to use multiple graphics cards, the ASRock M3A780GXH/128M AM3 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard. Pair that with your chosen processor and the RAM I suggested in a previous post, and you'll be all set.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 02:54 AM

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - The MSI you chose is more of a high-end motherboard, so I got one that is also high-end, just from a different manufacturer with a lower price. This board allows for Crossfire, AM3 processors, and DDR3 RAM. If you want a less expensive motherboard than this but are willing to give up Crossfire (using two or more graphics cards) the GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 is a good alternative. $129 (Before $15 mail-in rebate)

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