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Mr.Tumnus

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Mobo- BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
$50

CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDX945WFGMBOX
94.99

PSU- Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
54.99

GPU- PNY GeForce GTX 460 OC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card -
$120

Heat- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler
$27.99

Memory- Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model KVR1066D3N7/4G
24.99

Monitor, case, hdd will be re used from my last computer so these are the only components I need. Any suggestions please besides Sandy Bridge. I understand it's much more future proof, but that's not a concern of mine right now. This is just a first build. I'll check this thing when i get off today, but i'm pretty sure I'm going through with this build and ordering tonight. Thanks all.
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phillpower2

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Hi Mr.Tumnus :)
Check that your CPU and Ram are compatible with the MB by using the CPU Support and Memory Support tabs @ http://www.biostar.c...nt.php?S_ID=450
Are you aware that using anything other than the stock HS and fan that are supplied will invalidate the AMD warranty!

This Limited Warranty shall be null and void if the AMD microprocessor which is the subject of this Limited Warranty is used with any heatsink/fan other than the one provided herewith

Full article @ http://support.amd.c...earLimited.aspx
Unless you are overclocking the stock heatsink and fan are more than capable of cooling the CPU, they are tested and proven to do so, consider using the money saved to fit another system fan that will help keep the whole system cooler.

hdd will be re used from my last computer

Unless you own the full retail version of the OS that is on the HDD you cannot use it as OEM software is only legal when used with the MB that it was originally tied to, to use it is software piracy and therefore illegal.
Also be sure to use only the correct amount of TIM between the CPU and HS, a tutorial courtesy of Digerati @ http://www.geekstogo...rface-material/
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Thanks Phill. I am actually thinking of doing some overclocking and the case I have isn't the most vented. Did not know about the warranty being voided or the HDD complications. Makes sense though.

And actually i leaning heavily towards this CPU right now http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103872 . The phenom has a special running until tonight as well so it caught my eye but my wallet really wants to go with the Athlon. With any luck I'll be able to unlock a 4th core. If not though, my main concern is that it would be a bottle neck for the 460. What do you think?
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Compare you selected Mobo with this AMD, socket AM3+.

http://www.newegg.co...9^13-138-179-TS

AS Phillpower2 advised, for whichever Mobo you are ordering, make sure that the CPU and RAM are compatible by going to the manufacturers website.
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Sorry Mr.Tumnus I cannot help you with the O/Cing aspect of computing, I prefer stability (an easy life)
But the information @ http://www.geekstogo...w-to-overclock/ may assist you :)
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