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Old 06-18-2011, 02:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I read multiple places that I should ask here if everything is compatible so let me give you my list.

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Motherboard
MSI 760GM-P33 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - MSI 760GM-P33 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GPU
MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Newegg.com - MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
R.A.M.
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
DVD drive
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
Newegg.com - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners
power supply
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Newegg.com - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
MY favorite piece the case!
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
Newegg.com - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan


I've installed an ethernet card before and a graphics card before, i've reformatted many times/updated drives for it... but other than that I'm not sure if these are all compatible. any feedback would be soo appreciated!
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: building my first ever computer! need help

would you guys recommend any other pieces for a budget of 650

one more question, my old computer is using windows xp andddd my moms old computer has windows 7 cd key (no boot disc, she bought e-machhines) anyway I have the boot disk for windows xp, can I install xp then upgrade it online through the windows site? Then skip having to buy a fresh copy?
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Default Re: building my first ever computer! need help

First things first, your power supply is not strong enough, you should go up to like 650W or something like that and you want good Amps too

And you can't upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows XP, you can only upgrade from Vista, so you will need to buy a fresh copy
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If i upgrade to a 650w i'll have to exchange another piece for something cheaper, I've capped my budget, I found this psu Newegg.com - Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply will that do the trick? I don't plan to overclock
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I think Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply would also work, and it's cheaper after rebate. Newegg.com - OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom would also be a good PSU, I think.

Newegg.com - ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card is a much cheaper version of the 5770, unless that one you have is overclocked/superclocked, they should get about the same performance.

If you need a MicroATX mobo, I think Newegg.com - MSI 760GM-P35 AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard would work.

In case that mobo can't support 1600 speed, Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL those should work fine for the RAM. (You'd probably want to wait for someone else to answer that.)
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