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Just something to prepare myself for the release of Phenom II. I'm not planning on being an early adopter, but I'm not planning on waiting too long either. This will be my water-cooled OCing rig to tide me over. Here's what I'm thinking for now...

Open Box: BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $63.75

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Brisbane 2.8GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core black edition Processor Model ADO5400DSWOF - Retail $66.00

OCZ Solid Series OCZSSD2-1SLD30G 2.5" 30GB SATA II Solid State Disk (SSD) - Retail 3 x $69.99 = $209.97


TOTAL: $339.72

Already acquired:
Corsair 750W PSU
2 GB DDR2 6400 RAM
Watercooling set up


I guess my questions are... any concerns with the MOBO with regard to 3 SSD's in RAID for programs and booting, with another HDD being used for backup and storage? Also any particular concerns with this board running the Phenom II's? (Of course, it's all a big unknown right now until the chips come out, innit?)

Are 3 SSD's in RAID 0 overkill right now? Will I be limited by the on board controller? :-/

I'm also looking for a decent ~$100 graphics card to toss in there as well.


Thanks for your thoughts. Cheers!
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post #2 of 5
I do suggest you take a look at this list of motherboards compatible with AM3 processors: http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...cpu-ready.html (So you can see if your board is one of them or not.)

As for graphics cards, do you have any intention on gaming or any specific kinds of games? Usually your needs depend on the kind of graphics card that would fulfill that need.
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Originally Posted by Hoodcom View Post
I do suggest you take a look at this list of motherboards compatible with AM3 processors: http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...cpu-ready.html (So you can see if your board is one of them or not.)

As for graphics cards, do you have any intention on gaming or any specific kinds of games? Usually your needs depend on the kind of graphics card that would fulfill that need.
I've never been a gamer, really. I think it would be fun to pick up a few titles for kicks though. Maybe a few fps's, a racing game or two... stuff like that...

Ill take a gander at the mobo list you posted, but fwiw (not much), Biostar is claiming the board is AM3-compatible (which is pretty amazing for a $64 (OB) mobo. Edit to add.. yup, it made the list.
Edited by Sir Humpsalot - 12/20/08 at 7:30pm
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2x WD RE4 500GB (RAID0) Win7 / 64 26" Soyo Scorpius M10 & IBM Model M 
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750W Corsair HAF 932 
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As for graphics cards, for around $100, you can get this NVIDIA 9600 GT 512MB graphics card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130424

Or this ATI Radeon HD 4650 512MB graphics card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129124

Which are decent if you are not going to be worried about high end and high resolution games.

Or for $115, you can get this NVIDIA 9800 GT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130397

There are just a lot of options... I personally would recommend at least $150 - $200 into a graphics card if you end up using the computer for gaming, to also help future proof yourself a little more, but for what you have told me, the first three I have linked you two could be good options. Probably the NVIDIA 9800 GT being the best option of the two.

Though I do suggest you ask around or do some researching, to help make sure it is what you want and will be well compatible with what you plan on playing, as well as the resolution you use on your monitor, and what kind of graphics settings you want in the games.

Some people love to go into the highest settings, while some others are happy with low or medium in their games.

As for RAIDing, I would like to help you on that, but I still have a lot to learn about RAIDing... Though RAIDing two or four SSDs/HDDs are possible, but I don't know about RAIDing only three.. I'll see if there is a thread with a guide about RAIDing here...
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Samsung 850 Pro 512GB - OS Swamsung 850 EVO 500GB - Software/Games LG Bluray Burner Noctua D14 with NF-F12 IndustrialPPC 2000 PWM F... 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Dell U2713HM IBM Model M Corsair AX1200 
CaseAudioAudioOther
CoolerMaster HAF X Blue Edition - Custom Side P... Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Cakewalk By Roland UA-25 EX Epiphan DVI2PCIe Capture card 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i7 3610QM Nvidia GTX 675m Crucial 32GB DDRIII PC12800 (4 x 8GB) 240GB Mushkin mSATA 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
64GB SanDisk mSATA 750GB Hitachi 7,200RPM 6x Blu-Ray Writer 8x DVDR/W Super Multi Windows 7 Pro x64 
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17.3" Chimei N173HGE-L11 Panel Steelseries LED Backlit DynaAudio Speakers 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB - OS Swamsung 850 EVO 500GB - Software/Games LG Bluray Burner Noctua D14 with NF-F12 IndustrialPPC 2000 PWM F... 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Dell U2713HM IBM Model M Corsair AX1200 
CaseAudioAudioOther
CoolerMaster HAF X Blue Edition - Custom Side P... Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Cakewalk By Roland UA-25 EX Epiphan DVI2PCIe Capture card 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i7 3610QM Nvidia GTX 675m Crucial 32GB DDRIII PC12800 (4 x 8GB) 240GB Mushkin mSATA 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
64GB SanDisk mSATA 750GB Hitachi 7,200RPM 6x Blu-Ray Writer 8x DVDR/W Super Multi Windows 7 Pro x64 
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I guess the Biostar isn't that much of an overclocker. damn... So I got a paycheck and was ready to pull the trigger on the open box ASUS M3A79T and apparently a bunch of little bastards went out and took that christmas check from grandma and blew it on an open box mobo... sold the heck out.

So... uhh... back to the drawing board with regard to the Mobo.... what are the good options? Foxconn Foxconn Foxconn.. come on.. aren't their boards crap? Should I really buy the Foxconn board? Maybe a DFI? But which one? It seems like they all have an issue or two.... recommendations?

And really, ya'll could've told me that the Biostar board isn't much of an overclocker... I mean, come one, you think I come here for the witty banter? LOL I posted a lousy overclocking board for a water-cooled system and nobody said a word. Come on folks, bring me up to speed here!
Edited by Sir Humpsalot - 12/30/08 at 9:46pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
7750 BE Biostar TA790GX 128M Radeon HD 5770 OCZ 8GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2x WD RE4 500GB (RAID0) Win7 / 64 26" Soyo Scorpius M10 & IBM Model M 
PowerCase
750W Corsair HAF 932 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
7750 BE Biostar TA790GX 128M Radeon HD 5770 OCZ 8GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2x WD RE4 500GB (RAID0) Win7 / 64 26" Soyo Scorpius M10 & IBM Model M 
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750W Corsair HAF 932 
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