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Old 11-03-2009, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, this is my first build, I am not crazy about spending tons of money here, and its just mid-range. ATM I have pretty much everything sorted out, but I need help choosing compatible ram, I would only want 3gb max, because I bought Win7 32bit, due to compatibility problems.


If anyone could please help, offering possibly better options or helping me in any way, that would be great.

Also, if anyone can post a link to 2gb of compatible RAM that would be great!

My build


CASE & PSU: comes with 500W PS, very good deal.

Newegg.com - RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Computer Cases - 79.99 (FS)


MOTHERBOARD: Very nice mobo, with 6 USB, Max RAM = 16gb

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards - 84.99 (FS)


PROCESSOR: Quad Core, 3.4ghz

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops - 102 (FS)


VIDEO CARD: (Runs great on Windows 7) - 174.99 (FS)
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

Newegg.com - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards


HARD DRIVE: 1TB

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 89.99 (FS)


The total ATM without RAm is arouns 580 dollars.
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This RAM should work well. Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5S-2GBPQ - Desktop Memory

Everything looks good, except for one thing; the power supply. PSUs bundles with cases tend to be very low-quality; you'd be much better off getting a PSU separate and from a more respectable brand, such as Corsair, OCZ, BFG, CoolerMaster, Thermaltake, Antec, PCP&C, Silverstone, Seasonic. I could go on :P

Also now I look more carefully, you say the CPU is a quad-core 3.4GHz however the link is to a dual-core 3.2GHz...

Also do you need an optical drive too?
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Hey, this is my first build, I am not crazy about spending tons of money here, and its just mid-range. ATM I have pretty much everything sorted out, but I need help choosing compatible ram, I would only want 3gb max, because I bought Win7 32bit, due to compatibility problems.


If anyone could please help, offering possibly better options or helping me in any way, that would be great.

Also, if anyone can post a link to 2gb of compatible RAM that would be great!

My build


CASE & PSU: comes with 500W PS, very good deal.

Newegg.com - RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Computer Cases - 79.99 (FS)


MOTHERBOARD: Very nice mobo, with 6 USB, Max RAM = 16gb

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards - 84.99 (FS)


PROCESSOR: Quad Core, 3.4ghz

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops - 102 (FS)


VIDEO CARD: (Runs great on Windows 7) - 174.99 (FS)
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

Newegg.com - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards


HARD DRIVE: 1TB

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 89.99 (FS)


The total ATM without RAm is arouns 580 dollars.

why did you get win7 32bit. the 64bit has NO compatibility problems.
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Ok, first of all I'm new here ...
Well, I really want a gaming PC, but I can't have one because I don't have the money, but I like to make budget computers wishlists, here are 2 I made (Speakers, monitor, keyboard and mouse are not included.)

Intel Build

Case
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE Luxo X142 Black SECC &#47; ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

MoBo
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

GPU
Newegg.com - ASUS EN9600GT SILENT&#47;2D&#47;512MD3 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

PSU
Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE ST56F 560W ATX 12V 2.01 &#38; EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

CPU (overclockable aprox. to 3.33Ghz, tested by a friend of mine that has a similar one (E2180))
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

RAM
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 &#40;PC2 6400&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Desktop Memory

HDD
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb&#47;s 3.5&#34; Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Thermal Compound
Newegg.com - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease

After market CPU cooler
Newegg.com - ZALMAN CNPS7700-ALCU 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

Total= $567.91 (Shipping not included)
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why did you get win7 32bit. the 64bit has NO compatibility problems.
Especially since it can run 32-bit apps.
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this is an okay gaming computer you could make a few changes like with the power supply but the ram should do just fine... but you should have gotten windows 7 64 bit... thats what i have and its great!
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this is an okay gaming computer you could make a few changes like with the power supply but the ram should do just fine... but you should have gotten windows 7 64 bit... thats what i have and its great!
Why would they need to change the power supply? Silverstone is known for quality PSU's, and that actual power supply is one of the best at that price on the Egg.
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Why would they need to change the power supply? Silverstone is known for quality PSU's, and that actual power supply is one of the best at that price on the Egg.
I concur.
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