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Sovek

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    MSI-NEO4 AMD A64 3000+ 512MB RAM WD 80GB SATA Tt 480W PSU. CD-RW, DVD-ROM

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  1. Sovek

    Build problem

    Yeah, XP has that "Feature", My rig has four gigs as well, but windows only sees 3.2-3.4.
  2. Yeah, deff look into getting a new PSU, Corsair or Thermaltake would by first suggestions. I've had three thermaltakes, on is about 4 years old, another 3 or so, still running and running well. My third is the one in my new rig (gotta update my sig)
  3. Yes, whatever you do, DO NOT trust any PSU that comes with a case unless it has a good name brand you can stand behind. If it weighs less than 5lbs, chuck it. A good Thermaltake 500W PSU goes for like $50 on newegg What would you rather do? spend $50 now on a good, solid PSU, or spend all this money all over again after your computer fries because you used a cheap powersupply?
  4. The feet fold in, they are optional and up to you if you want them extended. Seriously though, windtunnel
  5. $900 for a single component? your crazy right? I built my rig for less than that. Seriously, go with a nice 4890 and save yourself $700 On the plexi case........... looks cool, but don't do it. Its incredibly hard to keep clean, and can look aweful cables wise unless you have a modular PSU. Even then.......... just dont.
  6. Meh, I say neither. The Xclio Windtunnel would be a somewhat better and nicer looking case than those two. The Sunbeam just looks tacky and the Antec is nice, but expensive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811103019 Again, thats just me.
  7. I built mine (monitor included) for about $800 The specs are such. Gigabyte MA770 board (a little outdated but ehh) Phenom X3 8650 (not the best but ehhh, fit the budget) 4GB DDR2 1066 RAM (800 just didn't save much money, sides I want room for overclocking) 500GB WD HDD. Sapphire 4870 with the Toxic cooler, Tt 500w PSU Acer 22" Widescreen LCD with contrast ratio of 2500:1 Xclio A380 case (I kinda wished I'd have gone with the wind tunnel Without a monitor to buy, I'd say MA790, 4GB DDR2 and X2 P2 Callisto CPU.
  8. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought AM3's needed DDR3?
  9. For example Verran, my Tt Purepower 480W out of my old rig is 480 watts sure enough, but to put it in my new rig would be stupid....... it only has a single 12v rail of 18 amps. All the other wattage is stuck on the 3.3V and 5V rails. I've played with electricity enough to know that yeah, watts matter sometimes, but its also real helpful to know the amp draw rather than wattage.
  10. Unless your aiming for multimedia rendering and such, go with the X2, usually the higher clock speeds will be able to run most games better than the X3 (not always, but most cases). I went with a Phenom X3 (not P2 ) for my performance rig on a somewhat tight budget. Had I not needed a new monitor I probably would of gone the P2 X2........... And to further save a little dough, look at the Gigabyte 790 boards, real good boards for cheaper than DFI, And maybe go with a Sapphire 4870, real good cards that give the 260 a thrashing for about the same price, maybe a little more, something like this http://geizhals.at/deutschland/a395038.html http://geizhals.at/deutschland/a403686.html
  11. Heh, the rig in my sig fried, and that antec failed about a year or two ago. It has a Thermaltake 480W which I would use, except that it only supplies 18A of 12v power. The only 12v devices I have are 2 250mm fans (which don't take alot anyway) and 2 HDDs, and a single DVD drive. But I did go with another Thermaltake 500W PSU per AMDs recommendation.
  12. FYI I considered the MA790 for a while for my build, it looks like it is one heck of a board. However due to budget constraints I had to drop that down to a MA 770 for my Phenom X3. In a couple days I'll let you know what I think of it, but it already promises to be a pretty good board. Though, at this point, anything will be better than that lousy MSI.
  13. I just upgraded to a 22" wide screen LCD, can't wait for it to come in, should be a vast improvement over my 17" CRT.
  14. I'm having a bit of trouble nailing down a good PSU, and it all pretty much depends on the requirements for the 4870 I intend on putting in this thing. ATI suggests a 500W PSU but we all know how useless Watts is... so what is the full Amp draw for a 4870?
  15. the HD and MB stay, I don't trust anything less than WD HDDs, I've had several, and almost all have failed, Maxtor, Seagate, Fujitsu, ect. And I see little benefit over an integrated GPU vs the X300, neither would let me game much at all, and the current board I have selected allows for future AM3 if I so wish. I have taken some advice though and am probably going to get an X3, but I'm only seeing like a $5 difference in 800 vs 1066 RAM, And In regards as the PSU. I've had alot of dealings with electrical circuits and designing of such, up to and including building my own power supply for an array of 3W LEDs. When dealing transformer/rectifiers, the best approach is almost always going to be multiple vs one large. not only do you have redundancy, but probably gonna deal with alot less heat. Not to mention is cheaper to use 4 smaller transformers vs 1 massive. I will agree that 4 rails is probably overkill.... its one of the cheaper modular supplies I could find that wasn't an Antec (horrible brand) Oh, and here is the updated CPU selection. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103253
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