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Old 05-13-2009, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking I'm Back and Building a New System :)

Well, while my attention over the past few years faded from computers and focused on modifying cars in the performance aspect, I have come back to my computer to upgrade her again.

On a side note, I logon in the first time in over a year to find I have infractions and warnings about signature violations dating over a year ago, and even going into 2007. (All messages not read) so I hope my current signature is not in violation, I guess the rules have changed over the years or something and I probably came back for one post and then get reamed on.

Anywho, it is good to be back enjoying computers. When I fist signed up here, I was a whole 13 years old and now I am 20 and going to College for Networking. (Just starting, so I don't know much of anything ^_^) Since I have faded far from computer hardware for so long, I came back to find some amazing stuff on the market and although by no means is my newest setup the top of the line, but I find it to be a heck of a system for what it is worth.

My New Build:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Quad Core (Coming Soon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3 Motherboard
Video Card: BFG Tech 1GB 280 GTX OCX Edition
RAM: 4 GIGS Corsair DOMINATOR DDR2 1066
PSU: Antec 550W TruPower Trio

The Power Supply and the CPU are the next on the list to be changed. I am probably going to go with a 650W Corsair Power Supply and getting the Phenom 955 as stated above. For cooling I am still a firm believer in Fans so I have all of the fans in my Thermaltake Xaser II case going.

I think I may install Windows 7 Release Candidate when I build this system Friday to give it a try. I have heard some good things about it so if anyone has opinions, facts, comments about Windows 7, feel free to enlighten me as to whether or not I should install Windows 7 or stick with Windows XP Home. My old man just installed Windows 7 on his PC today.

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Old 05-14-2009, 01:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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With the ram and video card you have you will want to run a 64bit OS.
I would go and get win7 rc 64bit as many here use it as their everyday OS and love it.

if you ran a 32bit OS you would only get to use 2.5gb of your ram with a gpu that has 1gb of memory.

Take a peek at this ram:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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You dont really need the phenom 955, you only need that cpu if you want to go ddr3. get these.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards A good deal on the rebate here.

I'm guessing your going to want to overclock aswell, so this cooler will assist your for that. It comes with a fan and good thermal paste too.
Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
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^^ I second this build. Wouldn't have it any other way.
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You dont really need the phenom 955, you only need that cpu if you want to go ddr3. get these.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards A good deal on the rebate here.

I'm guessing your going to want to overclock aswell, so this cooler will assist your for that. It comes with a fan and good thermal paste too.
Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

I will definitely look at that CPU Heatsink. I got the 280 GTX OCX for $265 Shipped that has similar specs to that 285 so I am happy with what I bought there.

With the 64 Bit, the only reason I am hesitant on going with the 64 Bit Windows 7 is because I hear that some programs don't run with 64 bit. Will I be able to install my games on 64bit? (Left 4 Dead, Call of Duty...etc) Also, what about my Adobe Master Collection CS4? Microsoft Office 2007?

I know when I first got Vista, I got 32-bit because it seemed a lot of programs wasn't supporting 64 bit, so let me know what you guys think/know about that. I have been away from the details of computers for so long, I don't know much anymore. Haha
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I run vista x64

On your list I can tell you that office 2003 runs fine so 2007 should b no problem.
Photoshop CS4 works great.
I have not had any issues with newer games on 64bit.

From the guys running the win7 beta I have not heard of any major programs with issues.
I have yet to get it up and running at them moment.
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Thanks for the info. Downloading the 64bit Edition now

All my stuff is coming today from NewEgg so I should be up and running by tonight
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64 bit win7 has ran just about any program i have. crysis/COD4/COD5 and L4D, GTA IV. so pretty much any thing that runs on 64 bit vista or XP will run on win7
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Well just to let you guys know I am on my 3rd day and it is running great!

Was difficulty finding an anti-virus program that worked but I am using the McAfee Beta that is good till December 31st.

Besides that, the system is running strong, all my games are running EXTREMELY smooth but the only problem is Ventrilo sometimes lags?? I downloaded the 64-bit edition but when I do push to talk sometimes theres a 2 second delay which is kinda weird but other then that, absolutely no regrets.

Just ordered a new DVD Burner and later down the line I will pick up the Phenom II X4 940.

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