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post #11 of 54
Not to be rude, but it seems that you cheaped out on some components in order to fund your GPU.

In all honesty, your PSU sucks, and your motherboard and RAM aren't really top notch either.

If I were you, I'd spend to get a quality PSU first, and maybe even a better motherboard with an 890GX or FX chipset. Though you won't be able to see a performance boost with these upgrades, these two components are the backbone of your entire rig, and you will really regret it in the future once you want to upgrade further.

Trust me, I've been there, and done that.
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Edit: I love criticism , that's what this thread is for.

I built this thing about 6 or 7 months before I joined OCN . I know the motherboard sucks, was a mistake I regret lol. The RAM runs perfect at these timings . PSU also seems to run flawlessly. The GPU was changed from my EVGA GTX280. Good night at the casino, so i'm willing to drop $150-170~ on a mobo.

I will admit though I did skimp on the motherboard...but the RAM and PSU seem to run very well.
Edited by Silvos00 - 6/16/10 at 12:33pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Silvos00 View Post
Edit: I love criticism , that's what this thread is for.

I built this thing about 6 or 7 months before I joined OCN . I know the motherboard sucks, was a mistake I regret lol. The RAM runs perfect at these timings . PSU also seems to run flawlessly. The GPU was changed from my EVGA GTX280. Good night at the casino, so i'm willing to drop $150-170~ on a mobo.

I will admit though I did skimp on the motherboard...but the RAM and PSU seem to run very well.
The RAM is okay, but I still don't trust that PSU. Bad build quality, and I'm pretty sure it cannot pull out 630W.

For $150-170~, I'd buy a better motherboard as well as PSU.

MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard --- $100

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W PSU --- $60

For $160, you have yourself a solid motherboard and PSU.
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post #14 of 54
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MSI I'm still a tad shaky on...as I've owned 3 of their defective products. But I did post a RAIDMAX thread in the PSU section...and noone doubts it's trash. Maybe it's just a miracle. My first PSU was a Rosewill and I loved it. I might go back to them.

Edit: Was hoping to do a crossfire setup later, so I might aim for a (x8/x8) or better setup.
Edited by Silvos00 - 6/16/10 at 10:07pm
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Power Supply arrived and installed, Corsair 650W TX. LEDs pending.
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post #16 of 54
Nice power supply. You could use a motherboard upgrade but that would mean ram as well if you went to say an 890FX board. That Biostar TA890FXE is a great board for the price and would work great with a Bulldozer. Have you tried unlocking to a quad yet? It's worth a shot.
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post #17 of 54
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Ya...this MSI board sucks, looking for suggestions. The RAM would run in a new board wouldn't it? o.o DDR3. Ya I tried unlocking it, but wouldn't run stable without 1.5 volts...and that seemed like murder to my processor. I might be upgrading to a new Callisto to hold off until Bulldozer.

The PSU is only 650 which should be fine for crossfire, since if I add a WC setup or anything I'd be using a different power source.
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post #18 of 54
You should be OK with 1.5 volts with a good cooler-also a better mobo and PSU might need less.
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post #19 of 54
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I'm going to be selling my mobo + CPU to a friend, so I'm going to buy the CPU cooler with the new CPU + mobo. What about the RAM though? I thought this would work in a new board.
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post #20 of 54
Buy the better motherboard first. My recommendation would be the Biostar TA890FXE or the ASRock Deluxe 3. Both good bang for your buck boards. OC the 550 as much as you can. Then when you get the money get the X6 or Bulldozer.

Your ram should work. I thought it was DDR2 at first.

If you sell off your CPU as well then maybe a 955 would be a good choice.
Edited by coonmanx - 6/24/10 at 11:07am
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