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Old 12-16-2009, 11:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys im new to these forums lookin for help. I've picked out all the parts from what i believe to be a pretty nice PC for the $500-$600 price range. Here's the set up. Let me know what you think, maybe throw in your own opinions and also let me know if I'm missing anything. Also, what do i need to get the 9800 gtx working on a lcd tv with hdmi. I've heard the 9800 gtx needs a dvi to hdmi adaptor???

all products purchased on by the way. feel free to suggest things, im not the computer person i was 6 years ago so i need help badly lol.

Case: Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with pre-installed 2x 120mm Fan, Support up to 1x 140mm top fan, 2x 140mm side fan, 1x 140mm front fan, 1x 120mm rear fan

Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model

GPU: EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP


HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power supply: SPARKLE ATX-350PN-B204 350W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply - OEM

Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

DVD rom: LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model (dvd burner im sure plays dvd's right?)

I've also bought some thermal paste that i know ill need. is there anything else? how does that set up look?? Thanks.

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Old 12-16-2009, 02:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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theres a really good combo with that cpu and mobo, saves you $40 so pick that up. - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

that is a crap psu and it would most likely not power your rig. dont cheap out on the power supply.

get this one instead. - Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

and for $5 more, get this graphics card instead, its better than a 9800gtx+ by a good bit.
XFX Radeon HD 4870 Video Card - 512MB GDDR5, PCI Express 2.0 x16, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, with FREE Stormrise Game at

the case, hdd, and ram you picked are fine, you can keep those.

and switch the burner to this one. - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - CD / DVD Burners

with these changes, your parts should total a little over your budget @ $610, but it will be worth it.

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Old 12-16-2009, 02:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The brand sparkle is ok, but like muffin man said, get a higher wattage one.
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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alright ill def. swap for those. what about the psu. im really low on cash so i gutta be cheap as possible. do you think like 500w is enough?
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500W will be plenty.

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Old 12-19-2009, 10:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The 350 watt psu wont do . Definetly need something around 450 (still a bit low though ) or from 500 to 550 . The graphics cards can use a fair bit of juice so 500 would be ok probably.

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