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Old 05-21-2009, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So a few days ago my computer decided to kaboom itself to pieces (at the worst possible time to, need it for school). So I'm trying to find some new parts (CPU, mobo, RAM, graphics card, hard drive, powersupply) with about a $750 budget. I'd like it to be able to play fallout3 decently (medium-high) at 1680x1050. Here's what I got so far. I've only built a hand full of systems and I wanted to make sure I got everything right.

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AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Processors - Desktops
ASUS M4N82 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - ASUS M4N82 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
ZOTAC ZT-20101-10P GeForce GTS 250 512MB
Newegg.com - ZOTAC ZT-20101-10P GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM
Customer Reviews Of Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
ZALMAN ZM750-HP 750W Continuous @ 45C (Maximum Continuous Peak: 850W) ATX12V V2.2
Newegg.com - ZALMAN ZM750-HP 750W Continuous @ 45C
(Maximum Continuous Peak: 850W) ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Modular LED Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power

(the powersupply I'm looking at probably is a bit overkill :/)


I think all this is compatible, but if anyone has any suggestions for different parts or if I missed a compatibility issue somewhere, please let me know

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Old 05-21-2009, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All of your links are broken, mate.

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
$100

Take the difference between this board and the one you had picked and get this card:
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
$175 w/$15 MIR

Or get this one:
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
$115 w/$15 MIR

Or spring for two of these:
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
$90 w/$10 MIR

$5 more, double the cache:
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

$10 more, double the cache and more room:
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
$115 w/$10 MIR

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
$59
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Whoops! Fixed.

Thanks for the response man, I'll take a look at those parts.

Hmm, will that motherboard work with the CPU I've picked? It doesn't look like it supports AM3
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AM3 is backwards compatible with AM2+ boards, but not the other way around... just like AM2+ CPUs will work in AM2 boards.

The only real difference right now is whether you have to use DDR2 or DDR3.
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AM3 is backwards compatible with AM2+ boards, but not the other way around... just like AM2+ CPUs will work in AM2 boards.

The only real difference right now is whether you have to use DDR2 or DDR3.
Oh, that I didn't know. Well fantastic, the build looks a lot better than the one I came up with . I think As long as everything's compatible I think this will be my revised build:

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

Thanks man, I really appreciate it

One last question though, do you think the stock cooler will be good enough? Or should I go for something like this?
Newegg.com - XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
I don't plan to overclock though.
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Looks good.. also you can save $40 with the combo on the X3 720 and 790GX available

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Its number 5 on that list
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If you can afford to spend $50 more you can get a combo deal with the Biostar 790gx and Phenom II 940 quad.

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II x4 940 + Biostar 790gx combo deal
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Thanks for the deals guys. I went ahead and used the first one so I could get a second hard drive.

But about this cooler, will it work alright with the cpu?
Newegg.com - XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
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Should be fine.
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Sweet. Thanks guys.
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