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Finished picking out my parts ( first time builiding )


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LaVillaStrangiato

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Hi everybody,

So I've just finished scouring the internet for the last few days and this is what I came up with . Keep in mind I'm looking for a decent rig that is around $500 and able to run most games, maxed out on about 1280x720 res.

This is my first time attempting to build a rig and I'm hoping I picked out everything that is needed ( except the hdd and burner, which I already have )

Motherboard : ASRock 770 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157195

Processor : AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103911

Memory : GeIL Value PLUS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model GVP34GB1600C9DC
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820144461

Video Card : EVGA FPB (Free Performance Boost) 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130562

Power Supply : Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371016

Case : COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 II Black Steel / Aluminum / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119228

the grand total comes to $524
much appreciated

just noticed it says ' BUILIDING '...... fail

Edited by LaVillaStrangiato, 28 December 2010 - 05:21 PM.

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Not a bad system you have put together there, did you use a PSU calculator as 550W may be a bit tight for headroom if you are a serious gamer, your GFX card requires a minimum of 450W alone so it is worth checking out.
The other thing I noticed is you have not listed an OS, unless you already have a retail copy you will need to purchase something like this http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116754
For making sure the PSU is the correct one for the system http://www.antec.outervision.com/
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Yes I already have Windows XP retail so that is taken care of as far as the OS goes.
I tried using the calculator and it came to 297W.... which doesn't seem right. Anyways so everything seems fine ? I appreciate the quick reply
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No worries and thanks for the update, I will put your specs in another PSU calculator and post what it comes up with.
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cool thanks
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The Corsair one I usually use seems to be offline at the moment so I used another one, heres what it came up with;

Minimum PSU Wattage: 337 W
Recommended
PSU Wattage: 387 W
This seems low when you take into consideration the GFX card requirements :D
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hmm, interesting. Well from all the searching that I have been doing, the 768mb version of the card actually has a really good cooling system. That is why I think it will be very compatible with the 550 psu (from what I've seen people post on other forums )
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I have a fairly old HDD , but I am thinking of using it with this setup, would it be compatible? http://reviews.cnet....7-30478814.html

Features/Specifications:

* Maxtor 7Y250M0 250 GB SATA Hard Drive

* General Features:
* 250 GB formatted capacity
* 7200 RPM spindle speed
* 8 MB buffer
* 8.9 ms average seek time
* Serial ATA (SATA) Interface
* 150 Mbps maximum data transfer rate
* 3.5-inch form factor

* Power Specifications:
* +5V 670 mA
* +12V 960 mA

* Regulatory Approvals:
* UL
* CE

Package Includes:

* Drive only

Additional Information:

* Notes:
* Model: MaXLine Plus II 7Y250M0

* Product Requirements:
* Serial ATA controller
* Serial ATA cable
* Serial ATA power cable
* Available 3.5-inch drive bay

Edited by LaVillaStrangiato, 29 December 2010 - 12:04 AM.

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Yes that drive will be ok it will only operate at the speed it is capable of though and not 3 or 6Gb/s.
I don`t know what is going on with these PSU calculators, I have just tried the MSI one and it said 310W :D
If you can possibly afford the extra I would definitely go for a minimum 600W PSU, but at the end of the day it is your decision just make sure that if you go for the 550W Antec as posted that you must use the 3rd +12V rail that has 25 amps on it as your card needs +12V with 24 amps http://www.evga.com/...ries Family&sw=
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Thanks for all the help, I appreciate it. I have ordered everything and should be getting it sometime next week.
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No worries, let us know how things work out, good luck and post back if you need us.
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So I have some great news. All parts arrived as expected and everything went smoothly. The computer is running great ! Thanks for the help
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Congratulations on a successful upgrade I am happy it went smoothly for you ;)
Thank you for the update, enjoy your rejuvenated computer and the forums on GTG :D ;)
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