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#1 harmank70

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 09:01 AM

Looking to upgrade / rebuild current computer. The computer i have now has the following componets

Mobo = Abit kd7-raid / Want to replace
Processor = Amd athalon 2400+ / Want to replace
Ram= 512 not sure of speed or brand / Want to replace
Case = Mid case / Want to re-use
Psu = Antec 350-400 watt / Not sure if it will be enough
hd= 2 x 80gb wd in raid 1 / 1 x 40 gb wb / Want to replace
gpu = Ati radeon 9000 pro / Want to reuse for now if possible but will replace as funds permit

Looking to build a new computer but re-use the case,psu and gpu if poss. Budget 500-800 for now. I tend to like the Amd processors for the price and Asus motherboards, but am open to any suggestions. I would like a boost in speed and also a decent gaming computer once i upgrade the gpu. I play games like Wow and Everquest. I helped a guy put this computer together but it has been about 7 years ago. I will be on my own for this build.

If its not reconmended to re-use any of my componets please suggest alternatives.

Below is a list that i came up with

1. AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor 179.00
2. Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 49.00
3. ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard 118.99
4. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 99.99
5. OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 59.00

Edited by harmank70, 10 July 2010 - 11:47 AM.


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Posted 10 July 2010 - 12:27 PM

I think Windows 7 Aero requires a DirectX9 video card, which the Radeon 9000 pro is not. The Radeon HD 5550 is a cheap replacement.
I'm also unsure about re-using the case. There could be cooling or compatibility issues. Here is a cheap replacement: COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP

Edited by RainbowSix, 10 July 2010 - 12:27 PM.

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#3 harmank70

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:40 PM

Ok here is a revised list of componets. I might as well just start from scratch and give my old computer to my parents. Revised shopping list below. Would you make any changes. Everything look compatible?

1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103727 Cpu 179.00
2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136533 Hdd Sata 6.0
3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136284 Hdd choice 2 Sata 3.0 Worth the price diff?
4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817341019 Psu 54.99
5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131631 139.99 Mobo Would this be better it has onboard video untill i figure what video card i want? Open to any suggestions.
6. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231281 Memory 120.00

Still looking at the cases. Not sure what one i want.

So what do you think?

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 11:31 PM

Good CPU

Get hard drive choice 2. SATA III (6gb/s) is useless for most people. The only time you would ever notice a difference is when you're using several in RAID.

That PSU has issues; get a different one. The PSU you need depends heavily on your video card choice, which you have not decided yet. It's always better to have more power than what you think you'll need. Look at the power requirements for the video card you think you may get and add about 100-200 watts more just to be safe.
Here is a great PSU deal: COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US

Good motherboard, but this one is a better value: ASRock 880G EXTREME3. (crossfire only; no SLI)

That memory is overkill. The motherboard you had selected only supports memory that fast when overclocked. Here is a better value on memory: CORSAIR XMS3
Although you would also have to overclock to reach 1600, this memory is actually less expensive than most 1333 memory.

For video cards, have a look at the Radeon HD 5830, Radeon HD 5770, or Geforce GTX 460.

Edited by RainbowSix, 10 July 2010 - 11:39 PM.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 02:33 PM

Will my ide cable dvd burner hook to this mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813157191 or will need to get a sata dvd burner?

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:11 PM

Doesn't look like the burner will work with that board, as is.
No connector.
This is the type of socket you would need:

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If your burner still works good, you could add a PCI to IDE add-on card, which will allow you to use your burner, until it dies.
Then, you can upgrade to a SATA burner, and do away with the add-on card.
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 08:20 PM

The PCI to IDE card will cost about as much as a SATA DVD burner.
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 09:07 PM

This is true, but it is another option.
I like, options. :thumbsup:
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