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Old 07-22-2009, 07:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thank you for your replies! I've changed the build.

Motherboard (Combo Deal)
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Processor (Combo Deal)
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor

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Graphics Card
XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
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RAM
Patriot Viper 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
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Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
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Total: ~ $516

Is it better now? They all work together?

Is there a better case and PSU deal that's $100 or less with at least 500W and reliable?

Also I want to get Windows 7 so is it better to buy a Vista OEM with Windows 7 coupon? 32-bit or 64-bit? Or should I wait? (Need to get 3 Windows 7 for 3 PCs) I heard about the Windows 7 family pack, but I only have XP Home Editions =/
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:42 AM   #12 (permalink)
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If you don't care about flashy looks then go with these two.

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 541 RC-541-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Rosewill RP550-2 550W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply - Power Supplies

The case is an excellent case, and the PSU is rock solid with acceptable quality. Much higher than any case PSU you are going to find. If you want a little bit of looks then look around for a different case but the one I recommended is excellent. Case comes with free shipping too, which iss why I chose that model of Cooler Master for you
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:53 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Ah! I kind of wanted a case with a side and fans. The PSU looks good. I just don't see a warranty on it =/
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Just to let you know, but that motherboard wont let you use triple channel memory. Why not go with a different motherboard, and save money with DDR2.
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:12 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Just to let you know, but that motherboard wont let you use triple channel memory. Why not go with a different motherboard, and save money with DDR2.
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Oh. Thanks for telling me! I need a motherboard that I can keep for a very long time. One that's able to be upgraded by using RAM and graphics in the future without needing to replace motherboard.
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:16 AM   #16 (permalink)
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AMD currently doesn't support triple channel. Only the i7's support it atm.
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nice catch! That must've been what baron noticed too...
to the OP: the ram baron5 linked you to in his first post will do you fine, technically your board can support a little higher, but they should do you fine. If you've only hit $516 out of your budget so far, then I'd look for a pair with slightly higher specs, maybe some tighter timings.
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:20 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Lol. Didn't notice the fast replies before I edited my post.

Better graphics?

So I should be getting some DDR2s and not DDR3s that are duals?
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I personally would not go with DDR3 unless I had an i7 and was going to use triple channel. DDR2 is fine.

Edit: I think this was the combo Baron was looking for

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Old 07-23-2009, 02:32 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Now that makes a lot of sense. Btw, how much would an i7 build cost?
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