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cpu/motherboard
Remember peoples he has a mATX case
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post #22 of 33
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cpu/motherboard
Remember peoples he has a mATX case
Not going to work properly
the 3+1 VRM will be at serious limit to that 125W processor. Though that motherboard will run a 125W because ASUS supports it, it will not run properly at 100% load because the VRMs will consistently overload causing OCP to activate way too often. I have seen this happen very often on ASUS 3+1 boards and 125W processors, even at stock & on stock cooler. 3+1 is just not enough.

Get at least a 4+1 phase mobo and be sure it is cooled if you plan to OC. Otherwise a 95W TDP processor may be better.
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I'm just going to do the M4A88TD $170 bundle that was mentioned earlier.

Thanks for all the help, I'll update the first post just to make sure I got everything right.
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post #24 of 33
Go for this drive, its better than the one you are going with.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
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post #25 of 33
Don't buy the Hitachi DEATHstar, they are not the best in terms of failure rate,

I also agree with captain1337 with the Spinpoint F3.

Spinpoint F3
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Don't buy the Hitachi DEATHstar, they are not the best in terms of failure rate,

I also agree with captain1337 with the Spinpoint F3.

Spinpoint F3
Alright, I just switched over my bookmarks and such over to that drive. I'll update the first post now.

Is this build good enough for what I would like to do? Play games such as Modern Warfare 2 and Crysis? Maybe some Old Republic when that comes out?
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post #27 of 33
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I am on a budget build for gaming. I'm willing to do whatever will give me the best performance, as long as it doesn't kill my wallet. I have an old Gateway computer case that I will be using, I will figure out how to cool it when that time comes, and it is a microatx case. I found a 600 watt power supply on ebay that I already purchased (newegg recommended 503w on their calculator thing) and it fits in my case (I measured the original psu that was in it and it was the same dimensions).

Thanks for reading and hope you guys can help me!
You can get a phenom II x2 555 BE,

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0327512

pop it in your M488TDV-evo (I have the same mobo, so i can guarantee this works) flip the core unlock switch, and you have four cores! You will be saving 10 dollars, and get better performance, because you will have 6mb of L3 Cache. I had doubts about this working when i built my PC, but it really did work just flawlessly. The 555 is also only 80 watt, so you wont have a problem overclocking.

Also, the motherboard comes with O.C. Profiles, and you can simply choose a profile E.G. ( 2%, 5%, 8%, 10% overclock) and the BIOS will do all of the dirty work for you. So if you invest in a better CPU cooler, you can get around 3.5 GHz without having to worry about screwing up your system

I would upgrade your hard drive to this with the money you save on the 555 (if you do what i suggested)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

Youll get much better performance and have 2x as much HDD space.

Also if youre in need of a case, why dont you pick this one up. Looks decent. and its 30 bucks shipped. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811154095

Those are my recommendations, other than that, everything else has been covered. Hope i could help!!
Edited by lapengu - 4/30/11 at 10:13pm
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post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by lapengu View Post
You can get a phenom II x2 555 BE,

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0327512

pop it in your motherboard (I have the same one, so i can guarantee this works) flip the core unlock switch, and you have four cores! You will be saving 10 dollars, and get better performance, because you will have 6mb of L3 Cache. I had doubts about this working when i built my PC, but it really did work just flawlessly. The 555 is also only 80 watt, so you wont have a problem overclocking.

Also, the motherboard comes with O.C. Profiles, and you can simply choose a profile E.G. ( 2%, 5%, 8%, 10% overclock) and the BIOS will do all of the dirty work for you. So if you invest in a better CPU cooler, you can get around 3.5 GHz without having to worry about screwing up your system

I would upgrade your hard drive to this with the money you save on the 555 (if you do what i suggested)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

Youll get much better performance and have 2x as much HDD space.

Those are my recommendations, other than that, everything else has been covered. Hope i could help!!
I already added that hard drive to my build.

Also, I'll probably just use the extra $10 and not have to overclock it. This is my first build and I would like to not have any issues with it to be honest, because knowing myself, I'll probably screw something up even if it is just flipping a switch to unlock it into 4 cores.
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post #29 of 33
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I already added that hard drive to my build.

Also, I'll probably just use the extra $10 and not have to overclock it. This is my first build and I would like to not have any issues with it to be honest, because knowing myself, I'll probably screw something up even if it is just flipping a switch to unlock it into 4 cores.
Well, do what you want.. But there really is no way to mess it up. Before you turn it on the first time.. you flip a switch. thats all there is to it. I did my first build with this.. im 14. so id mess things up more than you.
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post #30 of 33
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Well, do what you want.. But there really is no way to mess it up. Before you turn it on the first time.. you flip a switch. thats all there is to it. I did my first build with this.. im 14. so id mess things up more than you.
Alright, well would this processor also work for that? Because it's in the combo page deal I was looking at, but the one you listed isn't.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0347369

And also, I'm 15, about the same ha ha.
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