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1 COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$89.99

1 EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$129.99 -30$ MIB

1 OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
$69.99 -15$ MIB

1 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
$47.99

1 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
$148.99

Subtotal: $503.94


I plan on Overclocking to about a 3.8 what would be a good Board for this build. I am still deciding on CPU cooling due to what board I get conflicting with the ram heatsinks. Also I have been reading and keep seeing stuff about power phasing when Overclocking x4's and x6's how do I determine what phasing is on each board I noticed newegg does not list this information.

Also any advice on what I have currently chosen? Nothing is purchased and I have about 3 weeks til this is ordered. I already have a 3gbs sata harddrive and a dvd burner for this machine.
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You should be able to get some CL8 ram for about the same price. Check Tiger Direct as well for ram as right now some of their prices are lower than Newegg. I just bought some Crucial Ballistix Tracer Ram (4G) for $57 shipped. Heatsinks are not tall at all.

Maybe a board like this...

Asus M4A88TD-V EVO
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Phenom II X4 B45 @ 3.37 Biostar TA790GXB3 4G Crucial Ballistix Tracer @1500 CL8 Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit 
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i'm an intel guy so not an amd expert, but i think you need nforce chipset to use an nvidia card. therefore, i recommend the MSI NF980-G65... it's 139.99 AR on newegg. it doesn't have sata III though
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256GB Crucial C300, IoDrive Duo 1TB, 10TB Seagates LG WH10LS30 Windows 7 x64 Dell Ultrasharp U3011 
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256GB Crucial C300, IoDrive Duo 1TB, 10TB Seagates LG WH10LS30 Windows 7 x64 Dell Ultrasharp U3011 
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Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996744

DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Timing 8-8-8-24 Cas Latency 8 Cas Latency: 8
Voltage: 1.65V
Multi-channel Kit: Dual Channel Kit
Timing: 8-8-8-24
63.99 shipped.

A better choice? I do not like the crucial tracer heatsink coloring.
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Is that true regarding the chipset? I have run in my Intel machines ATI and Nvidea cards and never had a problem. The only AMD machines I have built also had ATI cards.

Any other suggestions I am willing to swap out parts to get the best setup maintaining around the same price range.
post #6 of 8
Blacklines are a good choice. And you don't need an Nvidia chipset to run an Nvidia card. Only if you want to SLI. If you are considering SLI in the future then go to the motherboard section here as there are a couple of threads on that subject.

http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherboards/929355-best-bang-buck-am3-board-sli.html

http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherboards/929140-am3-sli.html

If not then the board that I posted would suit you well.
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Phenom II X4 B45 @ 3.37 Biostar TA790GXB3 4G Crucial Ballistix Tracer @1500 CL8 Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit 
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Samsung SyncMaster 2233 Ultra LSP750 Nexus Clodius 
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Samsung SyncMaster 2233 Ultra LSP750 Nexus Clodius 
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Originally Posted by coonmanx;12212998 
Blacklines are a good choice. And you don't need an Nvidia chipset to run an Nvidia card. Only if you want to SLI. If you are considering SLI in the future then go to the motherboard section here as there are a couple of threads on that subject.

http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherboards/929355-best-bang-buck-am3-board-sli.html

http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherboards/929140-am3-sli.html

If not then the board that I posted would suit you well.

ahhh it's sli... my bad
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256GB Crucial C300, IoDrive Duo 1TB, 10TB Seagates LG WH10LS30 Windows 7 x64 Dell Ultrasharp U3011 
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256GB Crucial C300, IoDrive Duo 1TB, 10TB Seagates LG WH10LS30 Windows 7 x64 Dell Ultrasharp U3011 
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post #8 of 8
I guarantee you that this kit (Kingston HyperX Blu 1600 CL9 - $50, $40 AR) will reach 1600 8-8-8; it is much cheaper. Some have reached 1600 7-8-7.

Great choices for boards:
Phenom II x4 955 + Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 combo (most basic, 16X+4X PCI-E so not CrossfireX optimized) - $228
Phenom II x4 955 + ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO combo - (also 16X+4X PCI-E, has IGP but I don't think it will be necessary - mosfet heatsinks may allow for more overclock) - $257, $247 AR
PhenoM II x4 955 (individual) + ASUS M4A79XTD EVO [buy.com] - $245.23, $230.23 AR (8x-8x CrossfireX, best expandability, great board for price)

That power supply is a very poor one, I do not recommend it at all. You can get a much better power supply (don't be fooled by the lower wattage, this is a Seasonic-built power supply and is much better) for cheaper in a combo: Gigabyte GTS 450 + Antec NEO ECO 520W - $170, $145 AR

For the exact same price you can get this much better case: NZXT TEMPEST EVO. Superior looks, superior cable management, superior modding capabilities, a side window, more fans than the CM 690 II, all for $90 shipped. Best case for the value. The CM 690 II definitely not worth $90 shipped even if you get the advanced version.

Assuming you go with the 955 + Gigabyte 870 board, Gigabyte 450 + 520W and TEMPEST EVO - total cost comes down to $488, $463 after rebate. I just saved you $100. The price before rebate is the exact cost of the parts you listed down, but WITHOUT a motherboard, and you are getting better parts all around thumb.gif
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