Planning on Building this PC

  Horza Bora 23:34 29 Nov 2008

Hello, this is the first PC Im trying to build and was wondering if I had everything right and I was not wasteing money on say graphics cards as the chip sets are wrong or they are to quick for the mother board issues, any way heres my list and product info. Lets go.

1x Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H 790GX Socket AM2+ onboard VGA 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard

1x AMD Phenom X4 9950 2.6GHz Black Edition Socket AM2+ 125W 4MB L2 Cache (512KBx4) Retail Boxed Processor

2x OCZ 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 667 MHz/PC2-5400 Dual Channel Kit SO DIMM 200-pin CL5 1.8 V unbuffered

2x Sapphire HD 4870X2 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card

2x Western Digital 1TB Hard Drive SATA300
7200rpm 32MB Cache Caviar Black - OEM

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English

Any thoughts or comments much warmly welcomed.

  sawuk 00:31 30 Nov 2008

Hey Horza...

Thats a nice setup youu have made...everything seems to be in spec, one thing you could of done if you were going out for the full top spec wammy then maybe you could of put in some 1066mhz memory instead of 667...but i doubt it would of made that much difference. All the same, would be good to see it running.


  Horza Bora 01:22 30 Nov 2008

Thanks for the quick response, I found this unders memory issues from the Motherboard website and is about the one thing I have not fully understand seems like there is some problem with AM2+ socket??? Well what it says and a like to the site.

Note: Due to AMD AM2+ CPU limitation, DDR2 1066 is only supported by 1 dimm per channel. ( That sounds like its not working at full spec)

click here

  Horza Bora 01:28 30 Nov 2008

Sorry, its late here! :) Cant spell at this hour, need more caffeine!!

  MCE2K5 01:33 30 Nov 2008
  Horza Bora 01:36 30 Nov 2008

sorry but i felt it was relevent in both searches.

  Horza Bora 03:30 30 Nov 2008

ok new ram, and still got the price of all this for just under 1500pounds.

2x Corsair 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL5(5-5-5-18) DHX Technology Heat Sink Lifetime Warranty

  Horza Bora 15:50 01 Dec 2008

Still hopeing for some more views please.

  GaT7 20:40 02 Dec 2008

I guess with that kind of setup, games are the main focus?

Reckon a single 4870x2 will be enough for some time to come. Of course it depends on the games to be played & their settings. Spending £350-400 on a graphics card is bad enough, but doubling that expense for 20% (?) increase in performance is plain foolish. I suppose one could argue if he/she can really afford it, then why not?

4Gb should be enough as well ("SO DIMM 200-pin" is laptop RAM btw!). Crucial 4GB (2X2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Ballistix Memory with better latency timings of CL4 (4-4-4-12) for only £38 click here. That Corsair RAM is almost double the price!

Have you considered an Intel setup at all? They perform better in games, & most all other things.

Any particular reason for Vista Ultimate? Can the few extra features click here over Premium justify the £70 extra? At least two of those 'extras' are available for nothing in the form of free alternative programs. G

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