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First Time Builder in need of help and reassurance!

by Asbobaslop / January 27, 2008 10:13 AM PST

I have never completely built a computer before and I've been working hard on making sure this one will work. I've gone as far as I can possibly go with the knowledge I have and I just need someone to tell me that the build I have chosen will indeed work and that they are compatible with each other. A big concern of mine is the compatibility of the drivers for some of these products with the 64-bit Vista OS that I am getting. I have chosen the 64-bit edition because I would like to install 8GBs of RAM.

An Antec 900 tower

A DFI AM2 ATX Motherboard

An XFX GeForce 8800GT Extreme 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card

An AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz AM2 Processor

8 G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 800 RAM sticks

A 750GB Western Digital Caviar SATA Hard Drive

This CD/DVD burner that seemed good compared to others.

A 950W Rosewill Power Supply. I'd like to know if this fits into the case I have chosen.

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition

Thanks for any help! I really do appreciate it!

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Powersupply 950W to 750W
by Asbobaslop / January 27, 2008 12:26 PM PST
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Double check your power supply
by Dango517 / January 27, 2008 12:41 PM PST

You said your getting a GT card the power supply you've specified checks out for GTX. Also recently I've read some post stating that some power supplies out there are saying they support SLI when in reality they don't. Double check these and do some research about this SLI problem. Post your findings here, if you would.

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by Asbobaslop / January 27, 2008 12:46 PM PST

Which one checks out? The old powersupply I posted or the new one I posted?

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(NT) second on post 2
by Dango517 / January 27, 2008 12:51 PM PST
In reply to: Which?
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by Asbobaslop / January 27, 2008 1:01 PM PST

Does GTX SLI mean that it is SLI for GTX cards ONLY?

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I'm not sure. You'll have to look and be sure.
by Dango517 / January 27, 2008 1:14 PM PST
In reply to: GTX SLI

GTX is the better of the two cards usually this type of thing works from the lowest to the highest not the other way around. I'll let you do the leg work.

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SLI what it does. What you need for SLI
by Dango517 / January 27, 2008 1:42 PM PST
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by ramarc / January 28, 2008 3:48 AM PST

you didn't mention what you plan to do with the pc, and it seems to be a hodgepodge of low-end and high-end components.

you've got a $260 motherboard with a $160 processor. the mobo supports ati crossfire, but you're using an nvidia card. if you don't plan on using crossfire, don't pay for it. and spending more on the mobo than the CPU is like buying a car with all the sports extras and putting the econobox 120hp engine in it. even the power supply cost more than the cpu.

if you're a die-hard amd fan, at least get a phenom quad core. if you want top performance, go with an intel p35 based motherboard (about $120) and a core2duo e8400 (about $220). that combination will smoke the x2 6000+.

and do you have software that can make use of that 8gb of ram? games can't. adobe creative suite can't. don't spend money on stuff you can't use.

and if you want a good power supply stick with these brands: corsair, coolermaster, antec, pc power and cooling, and silverstone.

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That board will support these CPUs.
by Dango517 / January 28, 2008 12:13 PM PST
In reply to: why?

Phenom FX, Phenom, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2

CPU that are very expensive now but down the road might be reasonable priced. I'd say he's right about that one. It might be a good idea to nudge the CPU up a bit or drop the Graphics card down and balance the system out. Your right it is out of balance.

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by Asbobaslop / January 28, 2008 9:03 AM PST
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Does the system FSB (bus) speed match your mother boards?
by Dango517 / January 28, 2008 12:35 PM PST
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Check the specification on the 9600 as well.

For consideration you might think about this. Have you checked into the new Intel CPUs. Intels new processors are based on an entirely new way of making CPUs there 40% more powerful then all the rest. There expensive now but the prices will drop in a few years. Keep in mind because there based on new concepts there might be problems. New technology isn't aways reliable technology. Just think this through and do some research.

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