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Hey OCN! -

Been a little while posting ;

Wanted to get advice from my current part list - See if i could improve price/performance.

I was wanting to add a Solid state drive - any size really - and while trying to keep my budget under 500 for my part list.
Any advice on hardware.. Im mainly aimed at reliability and enthusiast level motherboard - The CPU used will be an AMD Athlon X4 940 -planned to have it clocked around 3.6 from 3ghz stock. All pricing is pulled from tigerdirect with a business account in Canadian founds.

What you' all' think?

Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply -

Asus Radeon HD 7770 HD7770-2GB DDR5

Kingston KHX1333C9D3B1K2 8GB HyperX Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-10600, DDR3-1333MHz, CL9, 1.5V, Non-ECC, Unbuffered

Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 AM3+ Motherboard

Toltal : $435.90

Tax/Ship. - $506.01
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How about this build instead?

The PSU is much better, there's a significantly more powerful GPU, the RAM is the near-legendary WondeRAM, the Mobo is solid (admittedly not as nice as the Asus) and there's an awesome 120 GB SSD included all for $495 after a rebate.

This is in USD of course but the exchange rate is very close if I remember correctly
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Originally Posted by Y3K View Post

Hey OCN! -

I was wanting to add a Solid state drive - any size really - and while trying to keep my budget under 500 for my part list.
Any advice on hardware.. Im mainly aimed at reliability and enthusiast level motherboard - The CPU used will be an AMD Athlon X4 940 -planned to have it clocked around 3.6 from 3ghz stock. All pricing is pulled from tigerdirect with a business account in Canadian founds.

Do you mean the Phenom X4 940? The socket on those isn't compatible with the AM3+ socket :/
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Originally Posted by Y3K View Post

Hey OCN! -

Been a little while posting ;

Wanted to get advice from my current part list - See if i could improve price/performance.

I was wanting to add a Solid state drive - any size really - and while trying to keep my budget under 500 for my part list.
Any advice on hardware.. Im mainly aimed at reliability and enthusiast level motherboard - The CPU used will be an AMD Athlon X4 940 -planned to have it clocked around 3.6 from 3ghz stock. All pricing is pulled from tigerdirect with a business account in Canadian founds.

What you' all' think?

Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply -

Asus Radeon HD 7770 HD7770-2GB DDR5

Kingston KHX1333C9D3B1K2 8GB HyperX Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-10600, DDR3-1333MHz, CL9, 1.5V, Non-ECC, Unbuffered

Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 AM3+ Motherboard

Toltal : $435.90

Tax/Ship. - $506.01

Im assuming you're going for a budget gaming rig.
Firstly for the PSU, you don't need 750W for a HD 7770, grab something around 500W and you should be fine and save money, which you could put towards a better GPU.
   
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Do you mean the Phenom X4 940? The socket on those isn't compatible with the AM3+ socket :/

Ohh... =/

You are correct yes - It is an AM2+ ...

Humm.. Im currently using a Biostar A780L AMD 760G Socket AM3/AM2+ -

So in word's the board HAS to support or state AM3/AM2+ ? = / Good catch.
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Revised list for CA Link, if you could let us know about which CPU you have that'd be hugely appreciated, depending on which one you have an AM3+ Mobo might not even work for you.
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Im assuming you're going for a budget gaming rig.
Firstly for the PSU, you don't need 750W for a HD 7770, grab something around 500W and you should be fine and save money, which you could put towards a better GPU.

My last main rig before i spilled coffee down the power supply had an Thermaltake 1200W.. I mean ROCK soild . Consistent - never had problems with booting or in storms -- A high end 500 W would be best i assume, branded of course.
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Originally Posted by Y3K View Post

Ohh... =/

You are correct yes - It is an AM2+ ...

Humm.. Im currently using a Biostar A780L AMD 760G Socket AM3/AM2+ -

So in word's the board HAS to support or state AM3/AM2+ ? = / Good catch.

Yep, the socket of the CPU and the Mobo has to be the same frown.gif

Ok then, that changes quite a few things, and there's a couple of option we could take. My suggestion would be to either

- change some things up and have not quite as nice of a rig with a modern CPU, or

- order everything but the mobo and keep that with your CPU (You'll play games/work just fine with that setup)

One thing to consider would be to go with an intel CPU/motherboard.
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My last main rig before i spilled coffee down the power supply had an Thermaltake 1200W.. I mean ROCK soild . Consistent - never had problems with booting or in storms -- A high end 500 W would be best i assume, branded of course.

Well thermaltake is one of the best brands out there actually tongue.gif
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post #9 of 13
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Revised list for CA Link, if you could let us know about which CPU you have that'd be hugely appreciated, depending on which one you have an AM3+ Mobo might not even work for you.

CPU INFO

PS- That's quite the build in compare to what i have going there... But if the CPU will not support the socket - I either change CPUs or Boards ?

Athlon ii X4 940 -- still has lots of juice too offer smile.gif
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Really the only upgrade i need is a new power supply and video card...
But i figured.... hey if im going to do that - should do the ram, then realizing that DDR2 will not do anymore with a new video card set-up - my goal is to try an eliminate bottleneck or possible hiccups between emulation, Bus, and a good north bridge chip while keeping quality with brands.

humm- This really changed the setup for me - now just thinking if i keep the CPU setup or try Intel ?

The golden 8800 GTX just can't keep up anymore ...

I actually mark January 2013 - the final death of the 8800 gtx and after being saved in the oven ; cooked a couple times last year to stop artifacting - it provided very well sense 2006.
6 years... the card lived too its technology -
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