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Old 02-12-2010, 12:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default thoughts on this build? amd based and i3 base

Have i missed anything?
Are these components compatible?
Do i need a cooling module for the processor? if so it would be this

<<<ZEROtherm CORE92 Socket 1156/1366 HDT Cooler>>>
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Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945WFGIBOX -

XFX HD-467X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified .


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

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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intel i3 build

About the same as above--only using the following intel components:

GIGABYTE GA-H55M-S2H LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80616I3530 - Retail
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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which ever build you go with, yes it would be compatible.

the psu you chose is overkill though. this will work and will also handle some other upgrades, plus its modular and has a nice $25 rebate.
Newegg.com - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 &#47; EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Power Supplies

if youre not planning to OC then no you dont need extra cooling for either cpu, they will both come with a stock cooler.

and youre missing an optical drive, unless you already have one.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ah yes, i forgot the optical drive, this is one i looked at

Newegg.com - MSI Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X Internal Burner - CD / DVD Burners

as far as AMD vs. intel--any thoughts.
Although it seems some people just prefer one over the other
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Old 02-12-2010, 04:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It all looks compatible to me.
I have some thoughts/comments.

#1
XFX HD-467X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

'DDR2'

That 4670 will perform like the injured ugly duckling compared to it's GDDR3 brothers.
If you get a 4670, get a GDDR3 4670, or don't get a 4670 at all.
The performance is garbage compared to the GDDR3 units.

#2 That burner you just said you were looking at, is IDE? This is 2010, SATA is a minimum standard now bro, unless you just like ribbon cables. :\ -ick-
I suggest this awesome guy instead :3
Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners

#3 I would pick this cooler over the Zero Therm
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

As it comes with brackets for both the AMD rig and the i3 rig, and has greater CFM air flow. (Even though it's slightly more expensive)

Also, as Muffin Man stated, the PSU was waaaay overkill

And one thing Muffin Man didn't tell you about was that the PSU he suggested has a promo code for 10% off until the end of February, so you can get it even cheaper.

EDIT: #4
The Phenom II X4 945 you selected is the C2 revision.
The C3 revision Phenom II X4 945 is this one, which will have better cooling and power performance and can overclock further than the C2 revision.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103809
Please excuse the funky colored purple box lol. I have no idea what that's about, but yes, this is the newest revision of the Phenom II X4 945

Any questions? Queries? Concerns?
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Old 02-12-2010, 08:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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ty for the advice on MB and memory

I'll be needing a video card--as i spent my wad on MB and processor--i am going inexpensive, we are not hard core gamers

what do you think of this?


Newegg.com - XFX PVT95GYAJ2 GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards


I may be way off on this
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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yea, thatll work.
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Newegg.com - ZOTAC ZT-96SEQ3P-FDL GeForce 9600 GSO 256MB - up to 512MB with TurboCache 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

24 hour sale on a 9600 GSO
That will outperform the 9500 GT you picked out.

Newegg.com - BFG Tech BFGEGT2201024D2BE GeForce GT 220 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

That will outperform the 9500 GT you picked out.


And this 4650 will probably outperform all of the above. (Except the 9600 GSO, as that's a very good deal 24 hr sale)

Newegg.com - MSI R4650-MD512 Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

If I were you, I'd probably pick the 4650 as it outperforms the 9500 GT by a good margin, if you don't manage to catch the 9600 GSO sale.
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I also have a recommendation against the Antec 300 case.
This case is far superior, and cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147023
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