Computer Build

I’ve decided to buy parts seperately and hand assemble a gaming rig. Problem though is im not sure whats compatible with what >>;. I know a little and i have a list going but i would like someone who knows a ton about computers help assembling it ^^;. Here is what i have so far. Please let me know if there is any compatibility problems or if im better off with something else or what not ^^;.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1158-TR GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (Cammy-white)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply (cammy-white)

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Motherboard: ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Update 8/25/10
So, the build has each piece needed now to make a gaming rig but i want everyone’s input on whether this build will be good for awhile. Input ^^?

If you’re going to get a videocard for gaming atleast get a 256-bit Card

Vid Card



Note i have this card and powerpack and case(Well i think i have the big brother of this case), But there both pretty much the same

when in doubt get an Antec 300 case, dirt cheap and super reliable

Saying goes you get what you pay for, Cheaper doesn’t mean good stock fans are trash in that last, I actually have that case you should replace all the fans it doesn’t come with the front fans or side fan, The fans work but there not great and if you have a bigger higher end pc it will get hot without that proper airflow

Can I ask a simple question? Are you planning to overclock that CPU to 4G since it’s a BE? If you are, ASUS motherboards are not good choices.

All that cammy-white suggested are real good. From what I heard, a lot of EVGA employees moved to Sapphire though.

If you will use MS 64, get at least 6GB of memory.

Off topic, when I read “BE” I immediately wondered “who the heck builds a BeBox in this day and age?”.

basic order you want to follow for compatibility 1 CPU-2 Mobo-3 RAM/GPU/Sound Card-4 Anything else

:smile: I have not seen one of those in ages, last time was in a museum. Those “BE” AMDs are very easy to unlock.

I know nothing of overclocking…or any of that stuff >>;. MS64…256-bit o.o;?

All right, build is complete, now to see what people think of the build and what not ^^

Are you building on a budget, what are your specific needs with new computer?

$800 is my budget for now. Needs to be able to handle games like CoD MW2, L4D2,CSS,FFXIV,FFXI

My changes: buy a cheaper case (see if you can go local). $119 is a lot for a piece of metal that holds an ATX form factor. If you’re on a budget, you may even be able to check your local Craigslist for someone giving them away. If you’re dead set on something new, you can get less expensive cases than that (esp since you will buy a PSU separately).

That PSU is well overpowered for your needs. Consider a lower wattage PSU: - Computer Hardware,Power Supplies,Power Supplies,SeaSonic USA

620 Watts will be more than enough for your needs, seriously. Just look at the number of power connectors available on the PSU to determine if you have enough juice to power everything.

EDIT: Mid tower cases from same maker that don’t include PSUs

Finally, with the money saved, get a GTX460 instead – it’s a much MUCH faster card and worth the extra cash.

The build looks good so far, but I would change the case for something cheaper and upgrade the GPU to atleast a GTX 460.

I’d recommend getting a GTX460 1GB VRAM card. Roughly around $210 and it is great with SLi later on down the road. GTX460 is the best price to performance ratio card.

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Case - how bout this one?

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

PSU: better?

PSU should be fine even if you SLi. I’d recommend swapping the mobo though. I’m not a big fan of SLi with one at 16x and the other at 4x. If you got money to throw get one that does 16x/16x. If you just want a decent mobo with sli, i’d get a 8x/8x. 16x to 8x is like a 3% difference anyways, but 8x to 4x is a lot slower though. If you do get a GTX460 1GB card, you would have to get the 750w corsair though because of the extra pci-e power connectors. You could always be ghetto and use the 650 and get 2 molex to pci-e power connectors for the 2nd vid card in SLi.

Edit: I’d still recommend a gtx460 1GB card.

The case is better (ihmo), because its far less expensive. As far as the motherboard is concerned, CLI/Crossfire isn’t worth it (ihmo) – don’t build your computer based off this functionality.

Definitely spend enough to get the GTX460 card, its 100% worth it.

SLi on a GTX460 is definitely worth it. The nvidia drivers for these are insanely good and some games are getting 93% performance boost on the 2nd card. SLi today is way better then SLi a few years ago.

Recent GTX460 SLi Test

Then you are fine with the ASUS motherboard if you are not going to overclock.

Microsoft Windows OS comes in 2 flavors, a 32 & 64 bit. Here’s a very good description for both: 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions

You can also invest on a very good CPU cooler, the stock fan (small) is okay but a quad core does get really hot.