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Old 02-27-2009, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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mobo amd $110
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phenom x3 119.99
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X3 710 2.6GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

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Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

hdd 40
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar RE WD2500YD 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

9800 gtx+ 150
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N884-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ Superclocked Edition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

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Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

I need a nice looking, good airflow case, for about 50 bucks or less. (before mail in rebate if possible)

Modtek TBR2500 Computer Case - Black
This is what I have found.

Also will take any suggestions that will make this build cheaper. (nothing really that makes it more expensive lol)

Sorry but am on a strict budget. That PSU supply seems to havbe 4 12v rails i believe, none with many amps. Will this be okay?
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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With 4 12v rails, they're all combined. So total you have 72 amps which is more than enough. You might wanna consider an ATI card since the board supports Crossfire:
Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H485FN512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
4850 has same performance as 9800GTX+
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2.) Hybrid is virtually useless, as it only extends its support to extremely low end cards e.g. the HD 4370 is the highest (64bit memory bus...ouch!). However, Hybrid mode is actually compatible and more useful when using the older 2600XT (does not support 2900XT). If you can manage, find a used/new MSI RXT2600 512mb DDR4, results will be decently good but use of the 4350 in Hybrid, is slower than the IGP alone. Consider in just getting the cheapest 4500 series card by itself...it's virtually the same result.
I pulled this from newegg reviews. This owner was happy with his board. Is there any stock in this quote?
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AMD AM2+/AM2 Platform
Support latest AMD Phenom X4 , X3 / Athlon /Sempron processors
AMD 140W processor support
AMD 790GX Chipset with ATI Radeon HD 3300 Graphics
On Board 64MB DDR2 Side-Port memory
Dual-Channel DDR2 -1066/800/667/533
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Superior scaling with ATI CrossFireX technology
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PCI Express 2.0 Support
PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture is offering a future-proofing bridge to tomorrow’s most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications by maximizing 5 GT/s of bandwidth. PCI Express 2.0 motherboards are fully backwards compatible with existing PCI Express products for broad support of PC peripherals
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Don't get that hard drive. Get this one, it's only 5 bucks more, 70gb more, and it's not an RE. And it's in stock.

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Also, grab this RAM. You don't need DDR2 1066, and this set has better timings/is cheaper after a MIR.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Or this set, if you don't want a MIR to deal with.

Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

I second the video card recommendation from gt7...also, if you can afford to, get this processor instead of the 710:

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Processors - Desktops

Black edition, overclocks better.
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Don't get seagates they are not so good at the moment. Stick with WD or samsung.
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This HD 4870 is well worth the $15 price increase over the 9800gtx+.

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Seagates are fine. The only ones that are really having problems are the higher capacity ones with perpendicular recording/32mb cache. The one I mentioned has a 16mb, and is under 500gb. It's fine.

By the way, not all of the 1.5tb drives are bad, mine runs fine.

EDIT: Nice catch on that 4870.
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If Seagate can't even get it right for a massive client like IBM then why should they get it right for the little guys? This isn't even a question of the technologies in use or which drives are good and which are bad - the simple fact is that there must be a lack of quality control that you may as well avoid by buying from a different company.
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As if WD never had quality issues.

The only drives with problems right now are the higher 7200.11 series, and really, it's mostly centered around the 1.5tb. The rest of the drives are completely fine. I'm not going to boycott Seagate just because they came out with a bad batch of drives. If I did that, I would never recommend WD again either.
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No manufacturer is perfect and in fact I have talked before about the futility of predicting drive reliability. The issues appear to be much wider than just the 1.5TB drives ATTN : Barracuda 7200.11」, DaimondMax 22, Barracuda ES.2 SATA Owners
Notice all different sizes, notice too the ES.2 drives also found here IBM bricking Seagate SATA disks
I feel fine about recommending WD.
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