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Old 05-25-2010, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2x2 gig 1600 DDR3 - Patriot Gamer Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGS34G1600ELKA
AM3 Mobo - ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
combo deal for 210$

ATX mid case - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

550w psu - OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

250 gts sli capable - MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr 1G GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

We are unsure of the processor to put in this rig, its gotta be AM3, but should we go with the high end 6 core? the normal 6 core? or a lower priced 2 or 4 core? we want to game with it, but not terribly high end, we also would like it to last for a while.

1 more question: should we get a higher wattage PSU (we intend to put in a second 250 gts someday)? would going SSD lower the watts used enough to make a difference? is 2 gfx cards + normal HD + 4 sticks of ram + 125 watt CPU going to be to much on this PSU?

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That motherboard is not SLI compatible, so going Nvidia will not work (at least if you want to add a second Nvidia card.) I don't even suggest the GTS 250. At that price, it's almost a rip off. The GTS ranks 22nd on our GPU performance list, while the 5770 ranks 16th, and they cost the same. You can do Crossfire with that board, and another 5770. There's also the advantage that the 5770 is DX11, while the GTS is only DX10, leaving you with a better card, for the future. Not sure if I would choose that PSU either, you could get a better one at about the same price. - Rosewill Green Series RG700-S12 700W Continuous @40C,80 PLUS Certified,Single 12V Rail,ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply

That's 80+ certified, and only cost $70. Gives you 150 more watts. Has a large single 12V rail (54amps), which SOME say is more effecient, and safer (I don't know if this is true or not).

EDIT : Hard drives pull a VERY little amount of power, changing from a HDD to and SSD won't give significantly less power usage.
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